Meet Our New Teachers: Uma Henderson

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Uma Henderson co-leads in the Preschool.

Alumni teaching at our school

Did you know Maharishi School Alumni Uma Henderson is a co-lead teacher in the Children’s House? Uma grew up in Fairfield and attended Maharishi School from K-12th grade. After graduating she moved to Boulder, Colorado to study holistic nutrition and natural medicine. Uma worked in the field of health and healing for many years. Her work allowed her to travel around the world to Thailand, Indonesia, and Hawaii.

After her traveling days came to an end, she wanted to reestablish a home base. That’s when Uma and her partner moved back to Fairfield and had their daughter, Prayma.

Maharishi School community

I asked Uma how she feels about growing up in the same community that she’s raising her daughter in and she said,

“I have to say that I had the sweetest childhood here in Fairfield. It was such a nourishing place to grow up and I am thankful everyday for the friends, teachers, and community that helped raise me and (to this day) still show their love and support.”

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Uma’s daughter Prayma.

“I always felt that I wanted to return to Fairfield to settle down. For me, at the end of the day, it came down to the human connection and like-minded community that cultivated a true sense of happiness. This made it pretty clear to me where I wanted to raise my own children. My daughter was born here and now she is almost three. The support that I experienced from this community during my pregnancy, and through the first years of motherhood is more than I could have asked for. Returning here has been a really positive experience for many reasons, but a significant one is my opportunity to work at Maharishi School and have my daughter attend the Children’s House. I love being able to see her each day at school and I also immensely appreciate all of the parenting tools I have become familiar with being in this atmosphere.”

Teaching with covid-19

I also asked Uma what her thoughts are about teaching preschool during a pandemic. She responded,

“I had my concerns about returning to teaching at the preschool during the pandemic. Of course the obvious concern of being exposed to the virus, but also I was concerned about how the mask wearing and social distancing would affect the children socially and emotionally. For this reason, this year we have really prioritized their outdoor play time, where they can safely play mask free and also build strong connections with one another and the teachers. Cultivating these connections is key in helping them adapt and feel comfortable when we do have to be inside wearing a mask.”

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Prayma

“The work that we do at the Children’s House very much involves assisting the children in cultivating emotional intelligence. We help them to learn how to identify the emotions that they are feeling and voice them, so as to allow them to process their feelings and experiences in a healthy way. I believe that the emphasis we put on the emotional body allows the children to feel seen and heard. So although I did have initial concerns around the mask wearing, so far, I do believe that the children are handling it quite well, perhaps as a result of the emotionally nurturing environment we have provided.”

Being an alumni

I also asked Uma what it’s like to be teaching at the school where she is also an alumni, and what plans she has as a co-lead teacher this year.

“Returning to Maharishi School has honestly been such a sweet experience for me. Because I spent twelve years here growing up, it definitely feels surreal at times that life has come full circle over a decade later. It amazes me that now I am taking my daughter’s picture in the same place where my mother took mine each year on the first day of school.”

“I feel that it’s such an honor and privilege to be a teacher in the Children’s House at Maharishi School. Although sometimes I

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Uma

 feel that the students are really teaching me! I believe that each child has a well of innate knowledge and I believe that it’s my job to help nurture that as well as each child’s own inner intelligence and curiosity of the world around them. I have grown so much as a person as I’ve learned to embody the teachings of Montessori, as well as Positive Discipline, and Maharishi’s Science of Creative Intelligence. These three philosophies are what we follow in the Children’s House and they work harmoniously together to create such a smooth and enriching experience for the students and teachers.”

“Teaching children, for me, has been one of the most growth provoking, soul enriching, and heart warming experiences I have ever had. I am thrilled to be guiding these blossoming souls and am so excited to continue for years to come!”

If you would like to learn more about the Children’s House, click here.

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Maharishi School Graduates, Where Are They Now?

Devan Burke and Daniel Zhu

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When you think of Maharishi School Alumni you often see dates of those who graduate after the 90’s, but what

about our more recently alumni? In an effort to connect with our younger graduates, I got to conduct an online interview with 2 alumni who both graduated in the same class of 2018. Each one has taken on very different life paths and yet their stories draw many comparisons. Both young men reflect on their experience at Maharishi School as formative to who they’ve become.

Devan

devan burke a maharishi school alumni 2018My name is Devan Burke. I am currently 20 years old, I was born in England, and grew up in Sweden for 9 years before venturing to the U.S to start Maharishi School in my Sophomore year of High School. I have always been interested in many things, often too many things to pursue at once. Music, Theatre, Sports, Business, and much more.

When I graduated from Maharishi School in 2018 I had no idea what I wanted to do next. My gap year was a chance for me to delve into work. I started doing Project Management consulting in San Francisco,  from which I learned an incredible amount of life skills as well as business acumen.

As I started college I realized what the true gift of Maharishi School was to me. It was an unprecedented mixture of people. I don’t think I will ever be in a classroom with people that I know through and through, and whom I consider dear friends, if not family, for a long time. The perspectives and diversity that I experienced at Maharishi School is, as I said earlier, unprecedented. I also believe that the discussions had in the classrooms, between peers, and teachers from multitudes of backgrounds teach us far more than we sometimes care to realize and that in of itself, is one of the best teachers we can ask for.

After my senior year at Maharishi School, I worked as a Project Management consultant in San Francisco for a year before starting college at San Jose State University in Silicon Valley, where I’m currently studying Business Management and Information Systems. I played tennis for the Club team and started many projects with new friends. Recently, however, I have begun to dive into music, applying my business management skills to keep me on track and develop. I will be releasing an album soon with all original work (I am very excited about it!). It will be about my experiences in college and the thoughts I’ve had throughout my life from social interactions to deeper thoughts. If you want to check it out, follow me on Instagram @leotheodoremusic to stay updated on the release.

I can’t wait to see where my fellow classmates and I go and where we will find ourselves in years to come.

To my fellow current Maharishi School students, I would say that there is far more to school than just school. It is an opportunity to find life long friends and mentors who will be by your side for many years to come.

Make the most out of it!

Daniel

My name is Daniel, and I’m currently 20 years old. My parents are from China and I was born in Iowa, where I’m Daniel Zhu maharishi school alumni 2018currently studying economics and computer science at Grinnell College. I’m very interested in business and finance, and hope to pursue a career in those fields after graduation. Outside of academics and career related goals, I like to relax with my friends, play tennis in my downtime, burn pasta whenever I try to cook dinner, and copy Bob Ross paintings.
I graduated from Maharishi School in 2018. I think that Maharishi School is such a unique setting and school that stands out in many ways from other institutions. One thing in particular that I came to realize was so special about Maharishi School was the bond that you form with your classmates. I remember one day in college when my friends were talking about how they were “without a doubt” closer to their college friends than they were their high school friends, and how they were surprised that I even had to take time to think about the question. That experience illustrated to me how unique the friendships you form at Maharishi School are and made me cherish them even more. The people you meet at Maharishi School, I think to an extent, become much more than just your peers and instead, become your family.
I’m currently an analyst intern at NCP Investment Banking. Very basically, investment banking is a business that deals with mergers and acquisitions between companies. I work with our buy-side/sell-side clients to identify potential acquisitions or interested buyers, respectively. Investment banking is such an exciting field and one that I hope to explore even more of in the future. I think that working these deals and meeting new people from all walks of life in the process is something that’s so cool and definitely a potential career for me to consider.
In addition to the ongoing internship, I’m starting my third year at Grinnell College this fall. I’m taking accounting, computer science, business, and art market courses this semester, all of which I’m excited for. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, I’m taking these classes online which means I’m unable to play club tennis this year. Next spring, I’m planning to study abroad at the London School of Economics, which I am look forward to a lot.
I’m excited to see where life will take my classmates and I, and I know that no matter where we go, we’ll always share the unique friendships that we formed at Maharishi School. I hope that the current students there enjoy the unique experience that Maharishi School is as much as I did and take advantage of the multitude of opportunities that the school offers. Like Devan said, there is more to Maharishi School than just school: in addition to the countless other benefits, it’s the opportunity to find lifelong friends and mentors who will be by your side for many years to come.

Maharishi School Graduates

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Winning a tennis match together.

Both Daniel and Devan touched on this concept of their Maharishi School peers becoming family for the rest of their life. When I talk to other alumni, from all generations, I find this to be true. Many of our alumni have even moved back to Fairfield and enrolled their own children in Maharishi School, which is truly an incredible experience.

Eliana Freeman graduated from Maharishi School in 1999, her daughter Leni is currently in first grade and she commented about  her daughter going to school where she is an alumni.

“I feel very comforted when I drop Leni off at the school in the community that I grew up in. I enjoy get seeing other alumni that I grew up with dropping their kids off as well. Dr. Richard Beall has created an all inclusive community that is welcoming to everyone. This inclusivity attracted me to the school.  I value the curriculum as being a part of who I’ve become.”

Maharishi School welcomes connections with all of our alumni and we look forward to sharing those relationships with the community.

To read more about the alumni, click here.

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From Maharishi School to College Acceptances

Over 98% of our graduates are accepted into 4-year colleges and universities all over the country.

maharishi school graduation college acceptancesEarly decision acceptances for our 2020 graduating class are coming in! Congratulations to the students who’ve had early college acceptances from Princeton University, Lawrence University, Pratt Institute, Roger Williams University, Agnes Scott College, University of Iowa, and Iowa State University.

Our goal is to help your student find the right college fit for them.

Personalized college counseling is built into the school curriculum and covered by tuition fees. In 9th and 10th grade, academic performance and planning are emphasized, with students filling out inventories to help them plan for their futures. The college counselor meets periodically with 9th and 10th graders to check on their progress and hold college planning meetings. Starting in 11th grade, all students go on two college visits a year to identify features and characteristics that fit with their individual preference. In their second semester, 11th graders take the Junior Seminar, a weekly class that introduces all of the important concepts necessary for a successful college application.

List of college acceptances by Maharishi School students in the last 10 years.

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Muhlenberg College

Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences

Skidmore College

Iowa State University

University of Iowa

Bradley University

University of Northern Iowa

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michigan State University

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Texas A&M University

Eckerd College

Roger Williams University

Knox College University of Kansas

New York University Shanghai

University of Toronto

Fordham University

Hawaii Pacific University

Features at a glance:

  • The college counselor is on call on all deadline days, to assist students with any part of the submission process.
  • All juniors take the Junior Seminar their second semester, which introduces the important concepts necessary for applying to college in the Senior year.
  • All Juniors and Seniors visit two colleges a year, one small liberal arts school and one large university.
  • College representatives visit Maharishi School each year to deliver information sessions to interested students.
  • By looking through previous tests, the college counselor helps all students plan their college testing schedules, and choose the tests that will best represent the student’s strengths.
  • The college counselor reviews all college essays, providing group essay sessions, then individual assistance for Seniors.
  • In partnership with ICAN, the Iowa College Access Network, Maharishi School provides multiple events each year to help families navigate the financial aid process for college applications.

To read a comprehensive list of all college acceptances by students at Maharishi School, click here.

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8 Businesses to Work at in Fairfield

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We understand that when it comes to your family, that safety and a good education are the most important things you will be looking for when you are ready to move. Sometimes city life just isn’t suiting the needs of your family anymore. That’s why we’ve put together some information here so you can picture your life in Fairfield, Iowa.

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This blog can help you picture your new location, and give an idea of where important facilities

such as work, school, grocery stores and other important places are situated. You can also find a relocation packet on the chamber of commerce website.

Top 8 businesses you can apply to today!

  1. Cambridge Investment Group- Privately controlled financial solutions firm focused on serving independent financial advisors and their investing clients with a broad range of choices regarding financial Solutions. Click here to find out more!
  2. Food Chain ID Group– For more than two decades, FoodChain ID has been at the vanguard of the New Food industry, providing expertise worldwide to navigate the requirements of an increasingly regulated food economy and technical services to support the demand for clean label standards. Click here to find out more!
  3. TENCO-For more than 30 years, the Tenco Foundation, Inc. has focused on one purpose, to enrich the lives of people with disabilities. How do they accomplish such a lofty goal? In two primary ways—providing a sound financial base for Tenco Industries, Inc. and by investing directly in the people it serves. Click here to find out more!
  4. Premier Housing Management– An innovative, full-service real estate company that is focused on personal service and the business results you need and deserve. Click here to apply!
  5. Green Building Supply– Green Building Supply (GBS) is the Midwest’s oldest and largest eco-building supply retailer. Now in its 20th year, GBS has more than 30,000 satisfied customers who continue to be our best customers. They gained their reputation by sourcing the best products and providing excellent customer service. This resulted from extensive research and monthly hands-on training of their staff. Click here to find out how you can be part of the team!
  6. Creative Edge Mastershop- Operating from its headquarters in Fairfield, Iowa, Creative Edge is known as the pioneering firm that first harnessed the capabilities of high pressure waterjet technology to design, fabricate and deliver unique architectural projects. Click here to learn more!
  7. First National Bank- First National Bank in Fairfield is proud to offer personal banking, business banking agricultural banking and lending opportunities. Click here to see what employment opportunities there are!
  8. Shaus Vorhies Companies- General & Sub Contractor, Metal Building Erector, Industrial Contractor, Wood Timber Construction, Span Buildings and a lot more. Click here for more information about the company!

What people are saying about Fairfield

  • The Smithsonian: “One of the top ten small towns to visit.”
  • National Center for Small Communities: “Top entrepreneurial small city in America.”
  • Buzzfeed: ” One of the eleven coolest small cities.

fairfield iowa sunsetIf you need further convincing then check out our blog about the, “Top 10 Benefits of Living in a Small Town.”

To learn more about why Maharishi School would be good for your kids, click here.

Want to know how Maharishi School responded to the coronavirus, click here.

Top 10 Tips for Creating a Balanced Teenager, click here.

Banner Art created by the Artist Everett Day click here to see his work.

 

Who is Speaking At Graduation?

Jessica Hawthorne-Castro to speak at 2020 Graduation Ceremony

We are honored to have Maharishi School Alumni Jessica Hawthorne-Castro as our distinguished guest speaker for the 2020 graduation ceremony! We will be having an “outdoor (in person) – online” hybrid, using event our spacious courtyard to accommodate the 10 graduates who’ll still be here, while the other five students will be tuning in online from China, Korea, and Mexico.

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We wish we could share it with everyone but it needs to be a private event to maximize safety, everyone will be wearing masks, sanitizing hands and practicing social distancing. A video of the full graduation ceremony will be posted on our Youtube channel at a later date.

About Maharishi School Alumni Jessica Hawthorne-Castro

A Fairfield native and proud Maharishi School graduate, Jessica Hawthorne-Castro is currently based in Los Angeles and the CEO and owner of
Hawthorne Advertising, an award winning technology-based advertising agency specializing in analytics and accountable brand

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campaigns. Hawthorne Advertising was founded in Fairfield, IA nearly 35 years ago by Tim Hawthorne, and now has offices in Fairfield, Los Angeles and employees in several other states across the country.

Hawthorne Advertising has a legacy of ad industry leadership by being a visionary in combining the art of right-brain creativity with the science of left-brain data analytics and neuroscience. Many of the company philosophies can be tied back to the curriculum she studied at Maharishi School. Jessica’s role principally involves fostering long-standing client relationships with the company’s expansive base of Fortune 500 brands to develop highly strategic and measurable advertising campaigns, designed to ignite immediate consumer response. From strategy, creative and production to media and analytics, Jessica is committed to premium quality and innovation throughout all agency disciplines.

CEO of Hawthorne Advertising

As CEO of Hawthorne Advertising, Jessica has prioritized company culture and corporate social responsibility and is a Climate Change Reality Ambassador. Today, Hawthorne is a certifiedwoman-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a Great Place to Work®, and on the Inc. 5000 list. She is a member of the Forbes

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Agency Council and Ad Age’s Agency Collective, invitation-only organizations for senior-level executives in public relations, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies. She is the incoming Chair of the Board for the  ANA ECHO Board of Governors, the elite group behind one of the most coveted prizes in marketing as well as a participant in TED International, TED Women communities and Vistage International. She is also a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the global organization empowering more than 28,000 members in more than 130 countries and is the Chapter Chair for YPO Los Angeles and on the YPO Pacific U.S Regional Executive Board.

Prior to joining Hawthorne Advertising, Hawthorne-Castro was a successful TV literary agent with William Morris Endeavor (formerly Endeavor), one of Hollywood’s top full-service talent agencies representing writers, directors and producers for television. As the agent for an maharishi school 2020 graduation speaker alumni jessica hawthorneimpressive list of WME’s top TV talent, she identified and negotiated opportunities for shows airing on all major broadcast and cable television networks. She also packaged key elements necessary to develop shows, working regularly with executives from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, HBO, USA, Bravo and others.Jessica Hawthorne-Castro graduated from Maharishi School, then moved to Los Angeles and received a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture and then several years later went back to obtain her MBA from Loyola Marymount University. When Jessica isn’t busy with the company, culture, and board participation, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and traveling back to Fairfield and all over the world (over 50 countries so far and can thank Fairfield and its diverse roots for her love of travel). She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, 7 year old son and newborn daughter.

Click here to read, “A conversation with Jessica Hawthorne-Castro, CEO of Hawthorne,” and learn more about our graduation speaker.

Maharishi School Alumni: The Next Generation

Why are the Alumni important?

Maharishi School is educating the second generation of families. Alumni can be found in many places throughout the school as teachers, staff, and board members. Our students can network with alumni to enhance their experience or hear perspective on the way life used to be. This school has gone through many changes over the years and thanks to the input from our alumni, it will keep evolving.

The Next Generation at Maharishi School

Empowering Education, published by the Suryadatta Education Foundation, states that “An organization’s alumni are the reflection of its past, representation of its present and a link to its future.” At Maharishi School, we couldn’t agree more. A few of our alumni have answered some questions about their experience as well as what it’s like sending the next generation of children to Maharishi School.

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” I feel fortunate to be able to send my kids to Maharishi School knowing that they are receiving a Consciousness-Based education. They come home happy and excited for the next day.”

-Mala Markowitz graduated in 2000. Her her son, Mekhi, and daughter, Natalie, are attending in the 9th and 3rd grades.

“We love how the school has evolved through the years and we really wanted our kids to have an alternative education like we had. We feel like it was a big part of our decision to stay in Fairfield. We love that our voices are heard at the school and we can help shape our kids Alumni Ben and Mira with their sons Ronan and Declanlearning experience. It’s so cool to see how the school adapts beautifully to each new generation.”

-Mira graduated in 2001 and Ben Daniels graduated in 1998. Their sons, Ronan and Declan, are currently attending the 5th and 1st grades.

“I feel very comforted when I drop Leni off at the school in the community that I grew up in. I enjoy get seeing other alumni that I grew up with dropping their kids off as well. Dr. Richard Beall has created an all inclusive community alumni eliana with daughter lenithat is welcoming to everyone. This inclusivity attracted me to the school.  I value the curriculum as being a part of who I’ve become.”

-Eliana Freeman, Maharishi School Board Chair, graduated in 1999. Her daughter, Leni, is attending Kindergarten.

“Having come back to Fairfield after 10 years of living in another state, it’s been wonderful seeing how the school has grown and changed. It is a great feeling to be able to send our son, Henry, to Maharishi School. He is always excited to get to school in the morning and can’t wait to tell us about his day when he alumni Christi and Ben with their son Henrycomes home. It’s a pleasure seeing how Henry is blossoming and gaining confidence at the preschool.”

-Ben and Christi Stone graduated in 2001 and their son Henry is currently attending Preschool in the Maharishi School Children’s House.

 

Generations Day

Our alumni are so important to Maharishi School, as well as their parents. Laura Bordow developed Generations Day  to highlight this special relationship. She explained, “We are very excited to announce a new tradition at Maharishi School called Generations Day. It was inspired by the realization that our Generations Day 2019student body now includes 37 second-generation students representing over 50 grandparents who all live locally. On this day, guests will get a glimpse of what our students experience every day. They will visit classrooms, see musical performances, and leave with a photo to remember the day.”

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Give Us the Ballot – Ari Berman Visits Iowa City Book Festival

Maharishi School alumni Ari Berman is speaking this Friday night, October 5, at 7pm, at the Iowa City Book Festival. ICBF writes,

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” [Ari] has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.”

Ari, a senior reporter for Mother Jones and a Fellow at The Nation Institute, is an expert on the issues of gerrymandering, voter registration, and voter suppression—topics that are on the mind of many in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections.

Ari’s book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, was published in 2015 and is as relevant as ever. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR. The event is in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, co-sponsored by the Johnson County League of Women Voters and the University of Iowa Public Policy Center.

 

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

 

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz Exploring the World Through Journalism

Maharishi School and MUM alumni Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at Smithsonian magazine. When she started her job in 2015, her employer was quite familiar with MUM, since the magazine featured Fairfield as one of the 20 best small towns to visit in 2013.

“It was wonderful to start a new job and realize I didn’t have to explain Transcendental Meditation,” said Jennie. “People see it as an asset in my background that makes me better suited to handling stress and coming up with creative ideas.”

Jennie grew up in Fairfield and graduated from Maharishi School in 1993.  She went on to attendMaharishi University and earned a major in literature and a minor in writing in 1997. Jennie loved learning about the world through storytelling. After completing the Transcendental Meditation® Teacher Training Course, she went to graduate school at UC Berkeley and majored in journalism.

In 2006 Jennie started working at The Atlantic magazine as senior editor. She was instrumental in developing the online version of the magazine and turning it into a robust internet publication. Now she writes and edits articles for the print edition of Smithsonian, which satisfies her curiosity and thirst for knowledge. “The whole driving force behind the magazine is knowledge and the excitement of learning new things,” she explains, “it’s great to be part of that.”

Jennie lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, MSAE alumnus Jonathan Gritz, and two small children. In her free time, she enjoys singing and playing the guitar. She also makes sure to visit Fairfield regularly.

“TM helps me work better under pressure, be happier inside, and have more clarity,” said Jennie. “Just like at any job, we have deadlines; we have things that don’t turn out the way we expected. Meditating makes it easier to stay focused and do my job well, but not take success or failure too seriously.”

It’s wonderful to track the careers of our alumni and see them thriving and enjoying life!  We’re pleased to announce that Jennie will be the graduation speaker for the Maharishi School class of 2017 – we look forward to her speech, and know she will be a great role model for our students.

Thanks to Maharishi University for permission to reprint photos and text from their article.

Maharishi Preschool: Education for the Next Generation

Maharishi Preschool has, in the past few years, become a daily alumni reunion with so many second generation students being enrolled along with alumni teachers joining the faculty team. Here are just a few of the alumni parents and faculty now involved in Maharishi Preschool:

Emily Schweitz Martlin, 1998, & Like Martlin 1994

“I graduated in 1998 and I went to MUM right after graduation. I studied fine arts, then I realized that I wanted to study acting. So I left MUM and moved away for about eight years, and came back in 2009.
The business I was in, the acting world, is very stressful and exhausting. I realized I had been going, going, going without any breaks or time to rest and so I realized I had to come back to Fairfield and take a break. The more time I spent in Fairfield the more I realized I wanted to stay – any creative venture I had was supported.

Then I met my husband, Luke Martlin, and we had our son Cal two years ago. We were talking about moving out of town – Luke wanted to pursue his PhD in the humanities – but because we had Cal we thought, this is not what we need to be doing, we need to be living in Fairfield where it’s a sweet space for him, and easy and safe. We both liked the idea of him coming back to MSAE because it was a sweet experience for us.
We feel like it’s the best place for him to be in terms of the level of sweetness and safety and attention.”

Mira Waller Daniels, 2001, & Ben Daniels, 1998

“Both Ben and I went all the way through MSAE from preschool through graduation, and all of our siblings did as well, we’re the alumni family. We both really felt that an education at MSAE was an important thing that we wanted our kids to have. That’s one of the main reasons we’re still here in Fairfield, other than the fact that our families are here and that’s wonderful to be able to be with them.

I love the extended outdoor space for the kids. The Nature Explore classroom and the greenhouse are so beautiful, there are so many spaces and growing things. The kids take ownership of that stuff, “this is our strawberry patch”, they go over there and it’s their space.

I love the calm, I can tell that Declan craves the calm of the classroom. I love that, with both my boys going through the preschool, I totally see that calm at home.

And the diversity – I love that – because I feel like if there’s one thing above academic learning goal I have it’s to raise them to be citizens of the world and have zero boundary when it comes to any other kid. There are kids from Gambia and India and China and they celebrate the cultures and their uniqueness and it’s a special thing. I love that idea of celebrating difference and diversity because then the kids feel like not only do I get to have all these friends going through school with me, but I get to learn about their cultures that are unique.

Sarah Krone, 1999

After Sarah graduated she went to the University of Iowa and got a BA in English in 2003. She has since lived in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Colorado, before moving back to Fairfield three months ago. Sarah is now working at the preschool in the mornings, and loving the experience.

“I really like the Montessori philosophy, plus I love being outside and being around little kids, so it’s the perfect fit! There’s something really sweet about being around small children even though it’s challenging.”

Brianna Eason, 2006

Brianna attended Maharishi University and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Media and Communications and a minor in business.

“What I was doing before was marketing and web design, which was fun, but I felt like I wasn’t very actively engaged in the community. I felt wasn’t really making that much of a difference. So I decided to shift everything over and work with kids, because it would be a great area where I could contribute and make a difference.
I really like it, it’s a lot of fun. I’m really enjoying it so far.”

Thomas Weiss Accepted to PhD Program at Columbia University

Maharishi School class of 2012 alumni Thomas Weiss just graduated from Cornell College in Mt Vernon, Iowa, earning a bachelor’s degree in geology.  Cornell College has a small student body of 1,200 and operates on a block plan, similar to Maharishi University of Management.  

Weiss felt well prepared for his college education due to the consciousness based teaching methods and structure used at MSAE.  He reflects, “I think it was good preparation because our curriculum focused on making connections between classes and between topics within the classes, and I think that was a really good learning strategy for me in college; it helped me understand what I was learning more and see more deeply into it.”

In addition to the learning methods and study skills Weiss maintained from his MSAE days, he also continued the Transcendental Meditation practice he participated in since Kindergarten.  Weiss recalls, “Meditation helped me a lot, we had four hours of class on the block program, I’d get out at three and be pretty exhausted, and then I’d meditate and I’d be ready for the rest of the day.”

Weiss is now moving on to the Ivy League, as he has been accepted to the PhD Program at Columbia University in New York!  He has chosen to earn his degree in Paleoclimatology, the study of climate change throughout earth’s history.  The program will not only be tuition free, but Weiss will receive a stipend to cover living expenses.

We’re excited for Thomas – a degree program in New York City with so many new people to meet, so much culture to explore, and of course, so many things to learn!  We look forward to hearing about his PhD program experiences, graduation, and continuing educational path.  Weiss predicts that he will become a professor, but is open to other possibilities that may present themselves.

Good luck, Thomas, and stay in touch!