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Ten Tips to Prepare for College

It’s not to early to be thinking about…
  1. Utilize AP courses to your advantage but don’t let AP pursuits come at a cost to your grand point average (GPA).
  2. Look for mentors in a field that you can see yourself doing, it helps you start making learning how to network while getting more comfortable at approaching adults that you admire.
  3. Volunteer in your area of passion or something that isn’t related to academia. This shows how well rounded you are and colleges will be looking for that type of individual who stands out in their hours clocked after school.
  4. GPA needs to stay up, in 12th grade there’s often this feeling of “coasting” or “senior-itis” but the truth is that if you let your grades slip during the last few years, your GPA will suffer in the end.
  5. Participate in clubs and school activities. This could mean joining the student council or asking your student council members about how you can get more involved.
  6. Do community service related projects or unique assignments that your teachers offer. If you don’t know where to begin always ask your teachers and they can guide you appropriately.
  7. Internships that are offered over summer break can be give you a huge advantage on your college applications as well as gaining useful skills for life.
  8. Develop strong relationships with at least one of your teachers, they will be the ones who write a recommendation letter for you to get into college so it’s good to have at least one teacher that you can feel closely aligned with.
  9. Start thinking about all of this in 9th grade. It’s not too soon to be considering these tips. Be sure you’re working with your college counselor who will keep you on track!
  10. Look below to find more specifics tips from our college counselor.

 

 

Freshmen preparing for college should plan to:

  •     Take challenging classes in core academic courses.
  •     Work with their school counselors to create a yearly schedule to meet graduation and college admissions requirements.
  •     Talk to an advisor or school counselor about taking Advanced Placement®* and honors courses.
  •     Identify interests and potential career fields through online resources, like this interest profiler, and by attending career fairs and other events.
  •     Get involved with community-based and leadership-oriented activities that best reflect their interests.
  •     Browse the College Scorecard to see what types of schools interest them.
  •     As they find and review them, bookmark resources for college planning.
  •     Start a running list of accomplishments, awards, and recognition’s to use when completing college applications and writing resumes.

Sophomores preparing for college should:

  •     Consider taking a practice test to prepare for the PSAT.
  •     Attend college and career information events.
  •     Start learning about funding for college, including scholarships, grants, loans, work-study jobs, etc.
  •     Consider the types of careers that fit their interests and what college majors they require.
  •     Reach out to school counselors and/or mentors to discuss occupational interests and college requirements.

In the Fall semester, Juniors should:

  •     Take the PSAT if they have not already. Students should generally take the test no later than fall semester of the eleventh grade to qualify for National Merit scholarships and programs.
  •     Attend in-person or online college fairs.
  •     Explore careers and their earning potentials in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

In the Spring semester, Juniors need to:

  •     Register for college admission exams—SAT, the SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT—and take practice tests. College admissions professionals recommend students have at least one standardized score before the end of their junior year.
  •     Research how to pay for college and what federal student aid may be available to you.
  •     Identify scholarship opportunities to pursue; note deadlines on calendar.
  •     Contact colleges to request information and applications.

During the Summer, rising Seniors should:

  •     Plan college visits.
  •     Narrow down the colleges under consideration.
  •     Make decisions required by colleges’ early-decision or early-action programs.
  •     Complete the Federal Student Aid Estimator.

In the Fall semester, Seniors will need to:

  •     Register for and take (or retake) the SAT and/or ACT, if not already done.
  •     Complete and submit college applications prior to deadlines.
  •     Request transcripts and letters of recommendation at least 30 days before they are due.
  •     Work with parents to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA® form). Before each year of college, you’ll need to apply for federal grants, work-study, and loans with the FAFSA.
  •     Complete and submit scholarship applications prior to deadlines.
  •     Meet with a counselor to verify that they’ll meet graduation requirements on schedule.

During the Winter months, Seniors should:

  •     Review and make any necessary changes/corrections to their Student Aid Report.
  •     Finish submitting scholarship applications.

In the Spring semester, Seniors will need to:

  •     Visit colleges on their “short list.”
  •     Consider college acceptances; compare financial aid packages offered.
  •     Call college financial aid representatives with questions.
  •     Decide on the college to attend (typically by May 1) and contact its offices.
  •     Make informed decisions about student loans.

While some seniors think they’ve “made it” and can coast in their last year of high school, students preparing for college should recognize that college admissions officers will expect to see they’ve worked hard to keep grades up and stayed involved in school and community activities. Parents may reassure aspiring college students that they can still enjoy life and time with friends while remaining focused on larger goals.

 

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The Four Prides at Maharishi School

Curious about the four Prides?

pridesThe Pioneer is our school mascot and we divided the pioneer into four different qualities, thus the four different prides. Trailblazer, innovator, adventurer, and visionary.

The Pride system at Maharishi School serves many purposes to unify the whole school from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Offering Pride related events serves as an opportunity for the students to collaborate, work on projects together and have school-wide teamwork. Not only do teams have to work harmoniously together but they also compete against the other Prides to earn points throughout the year.

We also wanted the Prides to work with our 5 core values (respect, responsibility, service, solutions, transcendence). Our students are able to earn points for their pride whenever they are displaying any of those core values. Again this gives them an opportunity to compete, earn points, to collaborate, and have a sense of achievement at the end of the year.

As the competition goes on, the points tally up and at the of the year is a big celebration to announce the winning Pride. The winners get to have their photo taken, their pride team name written on our Dean’s cup (which is a big trophy), and they will also get a pizza party, or a free dress day or gift cards.

 

After School Activities Log

While the school day is filled with a busy schedule of math, sciences, writing and projects, we understand that each child may have a desire to go more in depth into an area or personal hobby. Check out this list of fun after school activities that your child can get involved in right here in Fairfield.

[The views and opinions expressed by the following venues do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Maharishi School.] 

 

 

  • Horseback Riding – Either private for $45 or groups of two for $40 each (depending on students experience). Lesson run two hours from start to finish. If you have any more questions or would like to sign up please email Tara at tesands@me.com
  • Tennis – Coach Lawrence Eyre offers group and individual tennis lessons for ages 4-18, please contact him at 309-221-3376
  • Dance Class – The Iowa Dance Collective offers a huge variety of class from ballet, jazz, tap to hip hop, acro/tumbling and more! Click here to view the weekly schedule and here to view prices. To get in contact with Tyler you can email him at tyler@iowadancecollective.com or call 319-280-1262 for more informaiton.
  • Ground Zero Martial Arts– offers youth boxing, kickboxing, and jiu-jitsu. Click here to visit there website and see the schedule of classes. Or call instructor Nick Ulin at 641-919-6386
  • Driving Lessons – Safer Driver Solutions in a driving school in Iowa that can help you get a driver license. They also support kids learning to drive with autism, ADHD, anxiety and executive functioning disorders. Click here to learn more.
  • Art Lessons – Bill Teeple is the owner of ICON gallery and can be contacted for art classes at iconbillteeple@gmail.com or (641) 919-6252
  • Photography – Carolyn Waksman has many photography workshops throughout the year, to get in touch with her you can email at cwaksman@barclayhedge.com or call 641-472-8427
  • 4-H & Youth/ Iowa State University – Iowa 4-H Youth Development is the premier youth development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Providing research-based education to K-12 youth, Iowa 4-H focuses on Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership and Civic Engagement, and Communication and the Arts. Click here for more information.

 

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What is CCLS?

In addition to our students’ practice of Transcendental Meditation, we have a unique course that distinguishes our Consciousness-consciousness educationBased Education approach.

It’s called Consciousness, Connections, and Life Skills. As the title implies, the course has three interrelated aspects:

1) Consciousness: deepening students’ understanding and experience of consciousness

Topics: practice of Transcendental Mediation, yoga, pranayama (breathing technique), advanced TM techniques, brain coherence, theories of human development and higher states of consciousness, collective consciousness, and research on consciousness.

2) Connections: exploring underlying, universal principles and qualities that are common to the structure and functioning of all aspects of life—their academic subjects, in nature, and in themselves

Topics: 16 Life Principles, 50 Qualities and 16 Values of Creative Intelligence.

For example, we see how “Life is found in layers”: whether in the earth’s crust, our government, the analysis of literature, a math theorem, or one’s family and personality.

This is one way Maharishi School cultivates both horizontal and vertical thinking: making connections between all the details on the surface of life and with the big ideas at their basis.

3) Life Skills: developing social-emotional awareness and skills as a foundation for their personal and academic growth.

Topics: Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Comprehensive Health, Positive Discipline and Restorative Justice


Social and Emotional Learning curriculum in our Upper School consists of 5 main competencies as formulated by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL):

  • Self-Awareness: the ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior.
  • Self-Management: the ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations.
  • Social Awareness: the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Relationship Skills: the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Responsible Decision-Making: the ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions.

Comprehensive Health curriculum: We use the K-12 curriculum from Advocates for Youth called Rights, Respect, and Responsibility. This curriculum includes age-appropriate lessons that cover a wide range of health areas, including relationships and consent, STDs and contraception, dating abuse, etc.

Positive Discipline is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities. Our overall goal for positive discipline is to culture mutual respect between peers and adults, and to make sure all children are heard, respected, and intrinsically motivated.

  • In Middle School, communication skills and conflict resolution are the main focus.
  • In the Upper School, many aspects of Positive Discipline (such as effective communication and problem-solving skills) are covered in the SEL curriculum and practiced in the classroom. The upper school also utilizes Restorative Justice talking circles and practices, which are much in line with Positive Discipline.

 

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Getting to Know Nuwaira

nuwairaMessage from Nuwaira

I have often asked myself the question- “What is the purpose of education?” Is it to prepare children for jobs and careers which will give them financial security and the ability to procure materialistic comforts or is it about preparing them for ‘life’ which is beyond comforts, materialistic possessions, power, pleasure, contentment and satisfaction?

 I have been an international educator in the UK and India for over two decades. Learning, is not just my passion, but it defines who I am. The vertical and horizontal range of experience in international curricula has helped me in understanding teaching and learning requirements globally, enabling me to strengthen academic rigour with a focus to provide holistic education to students of the 21st century. My experience in the various facets of education has also made me realize the critical role teachers play in shaping young minds and the importance of creating a positive and nurturing environment for learning and unlearning to take place.

2020 has been a defining year for schools all over the world. Every individual, family, state and nation has been through some very gruelling times. However, the blessing in disguise has been that Corona acted as a reminder to each one of us that we need to reset our lives – pause, slow down and re-connect with ourselves. A reminder that there is more to life than money, pleasure and power. A reminder that the greatest gift parents and teachers can give their child, is to help them find a purpose  and give meaning to their life.

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 In a world where change is the new normal, there are three constants in our life: our higher purpose, the vision that flows out of it, and to be future ready. This involves acquiring competencies to re-skill ourselves, competencies to take bold risks, and welcome failures as an unavoidable requirement for success. I believe that in a  post-Corona world, children will need to develop a wide range of life competencies to thrive in a world which is volatile. High performance in academics and standardized tests alone will not suffice for children to be future ready. Education is truly about balancing the education of  the Head, Heart and Mind. There has to be a pronounced shift in education of the heart (emotions and competencies) and mind (spirituality), and not the head alone.  I believe that the purpose of education is to prepare a child for life and we must support our students to develop skills, competencies and techniques to deal with the challenges that life may bring.

 

At Maharishi School, we do exactly this. We prepare our children for life and provide them with a toolkit to enable them to live a more meaningful and purpose driven life. Our children engage in the practice of yoga and meditation twice-daily. They devote time to pause and reset their buttons to experience the quietness within themselves. They learn the mechanics to dissolve stress systematically on a daily basis. In addition to the practice of Transcendental Meditation the children also engage in a Consciousness Based Education system which focuses on teaching children principles of life. This transdisciplinary course teaches students to identify underlying universal principles of how life is structured and functions. It encourages children to think deeply about life concepts and develop an appreciation and reverence for life. This is Maharishi School’s version of holistic education. In addition to the wide range of academic and extracurricular subjects there is a strong emphasis on developing the inner self to unlock a child’s potential and creativity.

 

nuwaira pasha head of schoolWe look forward to having you join us in the journey of unravelling who you are and what your true potential is.

 

Nuwaira Pasha

 

 

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Fostering the Parent-Teacher Partnership

How it helps

It has been well established that collaboration between parents and the school has a significant and positive impact on the learning and development of children. When parents are aligned with the school’s vision and are actively engaged in supporting its mission and core values, they contribute towards creating a harmonious and positive ethos in the school. This helps in improving children’s morale, attitude, academic achievement, behavior, social adjustment, and, most importantly, helps them become productive and responsible citizens of society.

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Furthermore, this partnership between the parents and the school, helps build trust and positions them to set high expectations for their children. A well-structured partnership program improves the school, strengthens families, and increases student achievement and success. All of us at Maharishi School wholeheartedly endorse parental engagement in the education of their children and invite parents to participate in the school’s learning experience in a positive and constructive way.

What we are doing about it

In order to provide a focus to parent engagement and to streamline parental involvement, Maharishi School intends on constituting a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) to serve as a link between the school and the wider parent community. Its objectives are:

  • To facilitate on-going communication between the school and the wider parent
    community. The PAC is an advisory body. It communicates mutual concerns,
    recommends possible solutions and shares innovative ideas that might benefit
    the school. It acts as a medium between the school and the wider parent
    community.
  • To provide an opportunity for Maharishi parents to share their ideas and mutual
    concerns on every facet of school life.
  • To endorse, recommend and encourage parental collaboration on school
    initiatives.
  • To support, endorse and propagate the school’s vision, mission, core values and
    its central focus on Consciousness-Based Education.

In addition to the PAC, we also intend on engaging parents in their child’s learning, for students in the Children’s House and Lower School. This will be done by having regular events where children will showcase their learning through different mediums. We also plan to keep the parents informed about their child’s learning on a bi-weekly basis.

We plan on conducting Parent Education Sessions to strengthen the alignment between the parents and the school’s mission. The only way to grow is by accepting and acting on feedback. As a school we will be seeking quarterly feedback from the parents on the different facets of the school. Once the feedback is received and analysed, solutions will be arrived upon and then shared with the parent community.

 

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Establishing A Foundation of Connection

Maharishi Lower School is going through a makeover!

With the arrival of our new Interim School Head, Nuiwara Pasha, has come many welcome changes and improvements to our Lower Schoolfirst grade maharishi school curriculum.

Nuwaira plans on strengthening the academic experience by developing systems and processes in the Children’s House and Lower School for better organization and functioning.

One aspect of this is the integration of more Performing Arts into the Lower School. This will include classes in music, dance, drama and theater. The final pieces that the children have worked so hard on will be performed every quarter for our Maharishi Lower School parents and family.

There will also be, for the first time in Maharishi School history, an Elementary Student Council (Grade 5).

Connecting through CBE

As always we will maintain our consciousness-based education by incorporating ayurveda, CCLS (consciousness, connections, and life skills), as well as Positive Discipline.

This is a place where your child is nurtured, and where your child is known and valued as a unique member of our family-like community of learners. Children explore ideas and learn from each other in small, personal classes. Teachers maharishi school dramapartner with parents to support students’ budding independence and help them identify how they learn best.

Small-group instruction in the core content areas of reading and writing, mathematics, science, and social studies allows for the full participation of each child. Woven in and out of all the subject areas is the Consciousness, Connections and Life Skills (CCLS) curriculum. Cooperative groupings emphasize communication and collaboration skills. Classes in artgreenhouse/cooking, music, makerspace, and physical education round out a stimulating and invigorating schedule that encourages ownership of learning, independence, and most of all, fun.

 

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2022 Graduation Commencement Speech by Kelly Malloy

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Maharishi School Alumni Kelly Malloy’s Speech

Good Afternoon,

It is an absolute pleasure being here with you all today, in celebration of completing your high school education, with all of the hard work, commitment and accomplishments that have led up to this time. Now we meet at the end of this journey, in preparation for the next. Congratulations. You made it!

I remember this day so well, sitting in this very auditorium 20 years ago, feeling all of the emotions….excited, nervous, happy, sad, but ultimately grateful. Choosing to attend the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment is a gift. Im sure you experienced during your time here, some of the deepest connections in friendships, with your teachers, peers and ultimately, with yourself.

As a former graduate, I want to start by sharing some of the highlights that I found to be extremely valuable to this day –

Let me start with TM

This is one of the most powerful tools I was given at the age of 10 yrs old. And I have my parents to thank for that. If they weren’t hippies back in the 1970’s seeking a more spiritual life, I might not be here today. But during my time at MSAE I didn’t even realize what a gift it was to learn to meditate, and have it built into my daily routine. I didn’t always appreciate it either. My friends and I would often giggle our way through meditation in the Hall of Bliss calling it “the hall of bubbling bliss” But I also had many meditations experiencing deep silence…ultimately what this time allowed me to develop was a good habit… that I found even more valuable after I graduated from high school and entered into college and career life. TM then brought me back to my current calling 14 years later, becoming a teacher of it… we’ll get back to that in a bit.

The Science of Creative Intelligence

A class that teaches you an over arching universal principle – To live in tune with nature. These simple yetalumni kelly malloy instrumental concepts have helped keep life in perspective in its truest form. Water the root to enjoy the fruit”. We water the root through meditating and experiencing the deepest part of ourselves. Along with that, getting enough sleep, proper nutrition, and staying physically active are vital components to support our well-being. If we do these things we can feel the support from our environment and move more fluidly. This reality athletes often refer to as “being in the zone” or an artist might describe it as “being in the flow state”. So keep these principles close to your heart.

Where it all started

The last thing I want to mention that I found very special about growing up in Fairfield, was the multi cultural melting pot that has been created here in a town of 10,000 people. Maharishi School and University have drawn people from all over the world. This naturally created an environment of acceptance and understanding that every living being deserves love and respect. I feel very fortunate to see things in this light…We have to remember that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience, regardless of the color of our skin, religion, or political views. Being raised with the fundamental belief that The World Is My Family has served me well in life.

Let’s talk about the present. I remember when it was time to start thinking about applying to colleges. I wasn’t the most academically oriented teenager and really didn’t know what I wanted to continue my eduction in. Or even go to college for that matter. It’s a huge decision to make, but rest assured that your direction in life can change many times. And that’s ok. Whether it’s deciding to go to college right away, or take a gap year, or even change your major a few times…it’s all ok.

After some consideration, I decided to pursue Interior Design and start applying to design schools. It was a hobby of mine growing up. My mom always made our home look so beautiful and inviting. From this, I began to develop a design eye, and made my choice to attend Harringtons Institute of Interior Design in Chicago IL. My first year of college was a challenge. Being on my own, learning how to manage my time more efficiently, meeting deadlines, and experiencing bigger work loads was an adjustment to say the least. But it taught me how to find my voice, by asking for help from my professors when I needed it, learning to give presentations, and venturing out to make new friends. I was slowly acclimating to college life.

After a year of living in the cold, windy city of Chicago, I moved too warm, sunny California. I continued with my design education in Los Angeles at The American Intercontinental University. By year four, I was so ready to take a year off. Having the motivation and discipline to finish school got hard as each year became more demanding. But I got through it, with the support of my amazing parents and their sage advise to, persevere. I was glad I continued, because I was given the opportunity to intern for a designer on the House & Garden Network. On graduation day I received the honor of Cum Laude with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts.

I went to work in the Interior Design industry in LA, assisting interior designers at private firms, to managing a textile department at The Pacific Design Center – a one million six hundred  thousand square foot facility located in West Hollywood nicknamed as the Blue Whale….. after fulfilling my desire of working in the field of Design, I was ready for a change and decided to move back home to Fairfield to regroup. I worked and saved some money, with the desire to travel and see the world. I embarked on a trip to South America where I back packed for 3 1/2 months, visiting Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina. I lived in hostels along the way, meeting other young people like myself on an adventure of exploration. My most memorable experiences were dancing in the streets of Rio De Janero during the Brazilian festival of Carnival, learning to surf in the pacific ocean of Ecuador, eating the traditional delicacy’s like ceviche from Peru, and feeling the warmth and love from each culture even with the limitations on our verbal communication. My trip came to an end, and I returned home feeling refreshed, inspired and ready for my next journey.

alumni kelly malloyOver the next 4 years, I utilized my talents in different ways. My mom & I started an organic catering company called Simply Italian. This was my opportunity to put my culinary skills and love for Italian food to good use. I then moved back to California and became the west coast sales rep for a honey company called Heavenly Organics; honey that was harvested from wild beehives at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains.

Although I enjoyed the wide variety of experiences of trying my hand at several different jobs, something felt like it was missing. I always had a desire to become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, but the timing never seemed right. In October of 2014, the planets aligned and my desire to attend Teacher Training became a reality. Being exposed to Maharishis knowledge since childhood, was a valuable preparation for the fast paced learning environment. In turn I was able to act in a leadership role, assisting the other course participants during the intense 5 month training program.

Working for David Lynch Foundation

In March of 2015, I became a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation. I decided to work for the David Lynch Foundation in New York City. For those of you not familiar with the David Lynch Foundation, it’s a non-profit organization that started in 2005. Our mission is to serve and uplift vulnerable and at risk populations in our society. The foundation began with teaching inner city children TM, and implementing a program called Quiet Time, where students were given the time to meditate twice a day in their classroom. Some of the programs that followed are the Resilient Warrior Program, teaching veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress, The Women’s Health Initiative, helping survivors of domestic violence and abuse, and The First Responders Program, consisting of law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders.

My first position with the DLF organization was teaching at Bronx High School for Law and Community Service. In the first year of the program we taught 400 students how to meditate. The buy in was strong due to the immense stress, and difficulties these teens encountered in their daily lives. The power of meditation and the impact it had was extremely gratifying to witness. Here are a few testimonials from my students –

“TM helps me get through the school day without stressing about it. It also keeps me calm and focused. I have also noticed, after using meditation, my grades have gone up rapidly, making me eligible for the honor role 3 times.”

Another student said – “I have been more confident in my school work and myself, and I feel happier since the day I started meditating.”

And the last one – “I feel calm after I meditate and have more self control, than being the kid I used to be, who was always acting like a fool. That changed since I started meditating.”

I taught at Bronx Law for 5 years. In April of 2020 a new initiative was launched to help people in the field ofalumni kelly malloy healthcare called Heal the Healers Now. This program grew out of the desperate need of front-line health care workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. I was asked to come and be a lead teacher on this program. I’ve taught doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, and administrators. The role of a healthcare worker is to ensure the health and well-being of their patients. With the arrival of the pandemic, the workload of ill people became unmanageable, and the stress and burnout grew quickly amongst this population.

Here are a couple of testimonials from healthcare workers after learning TM –

“I wanted to let you know how beneficial the TM practice has been for me. It has allowed me to fully relax and recharge. It has helped me cope during the last couple of months which have been extremely stressful with the increase in COVID patients. The practice has been extremely helpful for my mental and emotional well-being. I am so grateful for this opportunity.”

“I am a nurse that is grateful for taking the TM course. Before TM, I had really bad insomnia, especially after working a 12 hour shift in the Emergency Department. I barely slept 4 hours a night. After practicing TM for 8 months, I have no problem with insomnia, and I am getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I have become more centered, energetic and calm. I am forever thankful for this opportunity.”

In my mind these people are heroes, and I am humbled to be of assistance to them, and provide a tool to help in their own personal healing.

My experience teaching TM has far surpassed anything I could have imagined it to be. In fact, I never expected to have a full time career doing this. I realize that society is changing, and recognizing the value of consciousness. A long career of being a full-time TM teacher is more of a reality now, than its ever been. I am grateful for the opportunity to be of service to humanity in this way. Maharishi would say – The role of the TM teacher is to, “whisper infinity to the student.”

So the message I want to leave you all with today, is to keep moving forward, be fearless, go after your dreams, and don’t lose site of your vision, even if there are set backs….continue to stay focused, but most importantly remember to enjoy the journey;)

I want to share a quote from Napoleon Hill. He was a famous American author born in the 1800’s & big influencer on the key to success and personal achievement.

And I quote – “Cherish your visions and dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprint of your ultimate achievements.” End of quote

A quote from a famous American first lady – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dream”.

Congratulations graduates. It’s been a joy speaking with you all today and I want to thank for this opportunity.

 

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Nuwaira Pasha Addresses Maharishi School Families

Message from the interim Head of School’s Desk

“The nature of life is to grow”
– Maharishi Mahesh Yogi-

 

Dear Parent,
It is indeed my privilege to be a part of this dynamic community of lifelong
learners who believe in the fullness of life and are driven by a very strong purpose.nuwaira pasha head of school
“The nature of life is to grow”, one of the 16 principles of creative intelligence. Observing toddlers
grow and develop into young and responsible human beings, gives me meaning and purpose
in life.
I am a highly energetic and intrinsically motivated individual with a vision to nurture children to
unlock their potential and make a difference in society. I believe that the purpose of education
is to prepare a child for life and not just a career. To this end, I believe schools must work towards
developing life competencies in students to enable them to deal with the challenges of
the 21st century. I am also of the belief that every child is unique and has the potential to be the
best version of themselves if nurtured in the right environment and given opportunities to explore
and experiment.
I have been an international educator in the UK and India for over two decades. Learning, is not
just my passion, but it defines who I am. My most recent experience as an educator, is of a
school principal at Indus International School Hyderabad. The school offered the International
Baccalaureate Primary, Middle and Diploma Programmes. During my tenure at Indus, I also
spearheaded the establishment of 4 Indus’ early learning centres across southern India and
monitored their continuous growth.
The vertical and horizontal range of experience in international curricula has helped me in
understanding teaching and learning requirements globally, enabling me to strengthen
academic rigour with a focus to provide holistic education to students. My experience in the
various facets of education has made me realise the critical role teachers play in shaping young
minds and the importance of creating a positive and nurturing environment for learning and
unlearning to take place.
Our school’s mission is “To create an innovative Consciousness-Based educational environment,
where students think deeply and become creative, compassionate, contributing citizens of the
world”. I look forward to creating such an environment where our children can flourish and
work towards seeking the highest first in all spheres of their life.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi believed that “within everyone is an unlimited reservoir of energy, intelligence,
and happiness”. I couldn’t agree more. I look forward to tapping into my unlimited energy
and intelligence to take this wonderful school to newer and greater heights.
There is a saying in Sanskrit “Aprapyam nama nehasti dhirasya vyava saayinah”. There is nothing
unattainable to the one who works hard and has courage. I will leave no stone un-turned to
achieve our goals, and hope, that every action of mine, has a positive impact on the school this
year.
I look forward to giving my best to Maharishi school.
Regards
Nuwaira Pasha

school head

 

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New Interim Head of Maharishi School

Interim Head of School Announcement

The Maharishi School Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ms. Nuwaira Pasha will be joining the school as the Interim Head of School.

She will work with Dr. Richard Beall to transition leadership up to his retirement July 1. Ms. Pasha has extensive background as both a teacher and school principal and is excited to be a part of the Maharishi School community and its Consciousness-Based approach to education. Everyone on the Board, as well as the schoolhead of maharishi school Leadership Team, has enjoyed working with Ms. Pasha in the process of having her join the school. She brings experience, enthusiasm, energy, and great vision to Maharishi School. Ms. Pasha will be an excellent leader moving the school forward.

 

More about Nuwaira

Nuwaira has many accomplishments that have led us to believe she will be the best person for this position. Some of her achievements include; building a team of educators and administrators that helped in improving the reputation and quality of education at Indus International School Hyderabad and establishing a culture of community service and global citizenship by raising $50,000 as a part of the community service goals and set up by students and teachers to feed 200 people per day from Kondakal village.

Professional Qualifications:

• Currently pursuing Masters in Education from Birmingham City University, UK

• Post Graduate Diploma in International Education from Birmingham City University,
UK
• Qualified Teacher Status from the General Teaching Council for England
• Diploma in Early Years and Pre-School Practice, London, England
• Bachelor of Arts: English, Psychology, Sociology, India

head of school

 

Message from our Incoming Head of School
I strongly believe that the purpose of education is to prepare children for life. We are very grateful to Maharishi School’s global community for the trust shown in us, towards the delivery of a Consciousness-Based curriculum. We look forward to the continuous growth of this unique program and to our partnership towards this end.
Message from our Outgoing Head of SchoolDr Richard Beall head of school
It’s been my privilege to serve Maharishi School these past 14 years as Head of School. I’m every bit as enthusiastic about our future under the guidance of Ms. Nuwaira Pasha. Your continued support will, as always, be deeply appreciated.

We are looking forward to seeing how Nuwaira will bring her expertise to our Maharishi School community.

 

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