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.”

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Middle School Science with Sheila: Hands-on Learning

What is the hands-on learning approach?

Hands-on learning is about creating an experience where the students feel empowered to try new things and work through failure. Maharishi School alumni Sheila Higgins explains, “when the students come up with something that’s Sheila alumni and middle school science teacher at maharishi school talks about hands on learningfrustrating them, they need to have a dialogue about why that happened, and what they could do to experience a different result. Especially with science it’s not a matter of right and wrong, it’s always a process of discovery.”

Sheila guides her students through the process of proving that something is “wrong” or doesn’t work, which she says is just as significant as proving that something is right. There are a variety of opportunities for hands-on learning in science, it has to be something that provides them with enough structure that they understand what the objectives are. While maintaining enough freedom to think creatively, and experiment with their own ideas.

What are the Middle School kids doing in Science?

Right now the students in Sheila’s Science class are working on a solar-powered model car. The students are familiarizing with concepts of renewable energy, solar technologies, basics of what a photomotaic cell is, and basics of circuitry. Having the hands-on experience of building something from scratch gives them ownership of the whole process of learning. Sheila says, “the students interact with success and failure in an important way and persevere through challenging concepts.”

Sheila found the kits on amazon that had basic components for the cars; tiny solar hands on learning middle school students build a solar powered carpanels, little engines and circuitry. The kids have to connect the positive to the negative leads and make sure everything is in place so that as soon as it gets enough sunlight, it takes off.

Sheila explains,”science is about maintaining that sense of curiosity, especially for middle school age kids. You have to get them excited about a subject. Then make them wonder how the world works and what their place is in it. As well as come up with new ideas.”

Click here to watch the solar car in action.

Click here to see Uma Wegman show the car up close.

What is the future of hands on learning in Sheila’s Science class?

hands on learning middle school students build a solar powered car

I asked Sheila how she plans on applying hands-on learning to her Science classes in the future.

Sheila wants her class to be as “hands-on and as student lead as possible. That means getting

the students comfortable working collaboratively with one another.” Sheila sets up groups

of students to coherently solve problems that use scientific principles. If you were to spy on Sheila’s classroom you would see kids building, experimenting, and putting learning in the context of reality rather than textbooks.


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Oprah Winfrey Visits Maharishi School

by Christine Albers, Director of ExpansionOprah Winfrey Visits Maharishi School


When Oprah Winfrey walked through the doors of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment on Wednesday, October 19th, I knew I would remember that day for a long time. For several weeks, her Harpo Productions film crew was at the school interviewing students. Rumors circulated that perhaps Oprah might make an appearance, but nothing was certain.

When she actually arrived, it was momentous. The shiny black SUV pulled up inside the school fence, drove along the sidewalk and stopped. Faculty and administrators peered out their office and classroom windows to catch a glimpse of this woman who has touched so many lives.

There she was, Oprah Winfrey, stepping out of her SUV, adjusting her sweater. Is it really her, I wondered? Yes, it was—one of the most famous and powerful women in the world, at little Maharishi School. Dr. Richard Beall, School Head, greeted her. When she saw the school’s name, “Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment,” engraved above the door, she told Richard, “I always wanted to help create an Age of Enlightenment, but I didn’t know how.”

Bob Daniels, Chairman of the School Board, attended a brief ‘Meet and Greet’ with Oprah, where she said, “How have you kept this school a secret for so long? Well, it won’t be a secret any longer.“

She walked up the center staircase to observe the Lower School children practice their walking meditation. Then she went to the Hall of Bliss to see the 5th through 12th-grade girls meditating. She closed her eyes and meditated with them. When her cameraman zoomed in on her, she waved him away. This was a moment for her to relax, too.

Afterward, she spoke to the girls. Kai-Li Diyaljee, a 6th-grade student, remembers what Oprah said: “You’re helping the world. You’re raising consciousness in the world. There are so many people talking about raising consciousness, and you guys are living it. So, YAY for you!” (applause!)

Teachers and staff members gathered in the lobby to greet Oprah as she was leaving. A crew member warned us that Oprah was on a tight schedule, and not to be disappointed if she didn’t talk and visit with us or shake our hands. But when the great woman appeared we were thrilled that she took the time to shake every single person’s hand. And then she stayed a few more moments to address our group.

“Here are our teachers,” she exclaimed. “I love teachers.”

“Teachers can change lives,” she said. “It was my 4th-grade teacher, Mrs. Duncan, who changed my life and helped me become the person I am today. So I always honor teachers.“

She continued, “Who knew that there was a school in Iowa based on consciousness? I’ve done a lot of TV shows and often feel like it’s stepping backward. With you guys, it’s a giant leap forward. My whole life I’ve been trying to raise awareness and help people live better lives. You guys are doing this. This is a dream come true to see a school based on consciousness. It’s a very special day to actually see it.”

When all the faculty and staff applauded, Oprah motioned to the group and said,“THANK YOU! You should celebrate yourselves. I’m clapping for you.”

So we all clapped. We clapped for her, she clapped for us, and we concluded with an uplifting wave of mutual love and appreciation. This one woman who can change the world left with a promise,

“The TV show will make people aware of Maharishi School. We will fill the school with students. The world needs to know about you.”

At right: Watch Dr. Oz’s interview of Oprah in which she describes her experience in “TM Town”