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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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Ten Tips for Teens

Spring is just around the corner and with that comes the year of our 2022 graduates. Where will this next chapter in their lives take them? We don’t know but it’s up to us to prepare them to the best of our ability for that journey. Being in your teens brings about a lot of changes, and they aren’t just in the body. The emotional change that occurs in the teenage years can feel unpredictable at times. That’s why at Maharishiteens middle school School we encourage our students to know themselves and think deeply. And we’ve made it our mission to do just that.

10 Tips for Teens

 

  1. Don’t be afraid to say “No,” and don’t be afraid to say “Yes,” either…                                                You get to determine how intentional you want to be with your decisions and  voice your opinions authentically.
  2. When in doubt, pay it forward…                                                                     If it seem like there’s an opportunity to help someone who is in need, do it.
  3. Life isn’t always fair, don’t waste your time lamenting it…           At times we can feel like a victim of life, but is that really true? See if you are able to shift your perceptive about the situation and move forward.
  4. Fall in love with yourself…                                                   Your friends may be talking a lot about what relationship their in, but the most important relationship you can have is with yourself. If you nurture a deep love for yourself, you will never break up. I promise!
  5. The journey is more important than the destination…           Life is a series of small moments, and it’s about learning how to focus on and enjoy the process rather than being wrapped up in the success at the end.
  6. It’s not being shallow to want to be happy…              There will be times that you need to take a step back and ask yourself if what you are doing is truly making you happy, or if you’re doing it for other people. It’s OK to be selfish with your self!
  7. Make attainable goals…       Having big, lofty goals can be really fun, but don’t forget to make smaller ones that you know can do easily. Otherwise that to do list will never get checked off and you’re left feeling defeated. Show up for yourself and get the small things done before you dream big!
  8. Hard work usually pays off…  If you want to accomplish your goals, be prepared to put the time and effort in that is needed to make that achievable. Know that things may not come easily but the reward for your hard work will be so gratifying.
  9. Don’t agonize, organize…                Don’t waste time over how difficult a big project is, use your organizing power to divide and conquer. Then it will be done much faster and with less stress.
  10. Exercise. Exercise. Exercise.       I’m not saying that you should be in the gym 24/7, in fact there’s so many ways to incorporate fitness into your day that has nothing to do with lifting weights. If you live close to where you need to go, walk there. On days when the weather is nice try riding your bike to school instead of driving. Getting your heart rate elevated for just 30 minutes a day trains your body to move oxygen and blood more efficiently and can lower your risk of health problems in the future.

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Our Alumni Are Everywhere!

How Our School’s Alumni Are Serving Throughout the Many Global TM Organizations

Look anywhere among the young teachers and administrators of the TM organization and you will find Maharishi Schoolalumni in front of school alumni. Whether as teachers, accountants, or digital marketing experts, they have played an indispensable role in bringing Consciousness-Based technologies to the world. Maharishi School alumni have held important positions in all of the following TM organizations and institutions:

• Maharishi School
• Maharishi International University
• David Lynch Foundation
• Maharishi Foundation
• Mother Divine and Purusha
• Maharishi Invincibility Institute,
South Africa
• Maharishi European Research
University, the Netherlands

And nearly all the alumni featured here continued their education at Maharishi International University. We’ll let them tell their own stories.

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Gyan, Hilary, and Genevra

Maharishi School helped me to discover who I was and what I wanted out of life. As a result, I was fearless in my approach to
exploring the world when I graduated.
Annie Falk Blecher

The following is only a small sample of the many extraordinary Maharishi School alumni who are working for TM organizations.eliana maharishi school alumni

Eliana Freeman (1999):

As an accountant at the Maharishi Foundation, I enjoy utilizing all my lessons from my time at Maharishi School—but especially the critical thinking I developed through studying the Science of Creative Intelligence. At the Maharishi Foundation, I enjoy the sense of community. Even more than that, though, I appreciate the overall kindness and mutual respect shared throughout the TM organization.

Gyan Shrosbree (1992), Genevra (Daley) Bell (2005), and Hilary Nelson (2003):

These three alumni are all teaching in the MIU Art Department. Gyan comments, “Maharishi School encourages and cultivates creativity and individuality. The small community allows students to be seen and to shine. This kind of confidence building from an early age is helpful in life and a good platform to draw from in working with students.”

Sarah Sica (2002):

sarah sica alumniSarah is Director of Programs for the David Lynch Foundation in New York City. “I feel lucky that my parents decided to move
to Fairfield so that my sister and I could attend Maharishi School. I loved being able to do asanas, pranayama, and TM twice a day with the rest of the School and that every subject was always connected back to our Self, and universal principles were seen across disciplines. As a TM Teacher, it’s gratifying to see people feeling better within just a few days of learning the technique. It’s such a simple and empowering tool to allow someone to connect with themselves again and lower the wide range of symptoms of stress. I feel grateful to have been able to do this work with the David Lynch Foundation these past eight years.”

Owen Blake (2008):

maharishi school alumniOwen is a Performance Coach for professional e-sport teams, teaching TM and a Consciousness-Based methodology for highest performance. He is researching the effects of TM on professional e-sport athletes for his PhD. “Attending the Maharishi School exposed me to so much knowledge about life and well-being that just isn’t readily available elsewhere. There
is a level of familiarity and comfort with Maharishi’s technologies of consciousness which helped me immensely as a teacher of the TM technique. This knowledge helps me live my life in a healthier and happier way and allows me to lead by example when teaching the TM technique.”

Kennidy Stood (2012):young alumni maharishi school

Kennidy taught TM in Los Angeles schools for the David Lynch Foundation. “Maharishi School gave me a strong foundation for practicing my own self-care and self-reflection, be it through TM or other tools I picked up along the way. This has helped me stay grounded and curious throughout my personal and TM-teaching journeys. Teaching through the David Lynch Foundation gave me the joy of connecting with some amazing school communities while also sharing TM and the perspective and calm it has brought me.”

Jeremy and Tasha Blitz-Jones
(1999):

Jeremy is a leadership coach and strategy consultant. Tasha is focused on teacher education and building a professional learning community of schools with TM programs. They teach TM in schools, companies, hospitals, and local TM centers.
maharishi school alumniTasha: “Maharishi School provided me with many years to familiarize myself with the experience of transcending and gain an understanding that consciousness is a primary paradigm. “ Jeremy: “Even though I’ve been practicing TM for over twenty years, the experience of teaching people TM continues to inspire me. People consistently report improvement in their ability to focus and an overall improvement in their quality of life. I am grateful to be able to share TM with others as part of my work.”

 

 

Annie Falk Blecher (2001):

Annie manages the business development for Community & Individual Development Association and the Maharishi Invincibility Institute in South Africa. She was previously based in Beijing and San Francisco with theCenter for Wellness & Achievement in Education, Stress-Free Schools, and the David Lynch Foundation. In 2005, Annie completed her BA in
Digital Media and her MBA in 2014 from MIU. She is a certified teacher of the TM technique.“Maharishi School teaches young people to believe in themselves. It helped me discover who I am and what I wanted out of life. As a result, I was fearless in my approach to exploring the world when I graduated. This helped to build my character, taught me how to solve problems, and prepared me to tackle new challenges in the workplace. The education at Maharishi School instilled in me the love of lifelong learning, a solution oriented mindset, and an insatiable interest in achieving the highest. Now I help provide this unique form of Consciousness-Based education for unemployed youth at the university level, and soon at preschool and high school levels starting early in 2022. It is deeply fulfilling to work with the TM organization in South Africa and contribute to the real transformation in other young people and ultimately in the whole nation over time.”

 

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Alumni Spotlight: Owen Blake

What is Maharishi School alumni Owen Blake up to?

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Owen Blake

When catching up with Maharishi School alumni I often find them in very diverse career paths, from designing life saving technology , to creating a new venture capital start-up company, our alumni are doing great things.

One of those who are on the entrepreneurial scene is Maharishi School alumni Owen Blake. I had the chance to interview him and find how the fascinating world of esports and transcendental meditation merge.

Owen can you tell us a little bit about your background growing up in Iowa and  attending Maharishi School? Where did you go to college after high school and what led you to the work that you are currently doing now? 

I was born in Fairfield, and I mostly grew up here. I home schooled until 8th grade, then I came to Maharishi School, graduating in 2008. After high school I decided to attend MIU in the Media and Communications department, focusing on recording music and composing for movies. I briefly transferred to St. Ambrose University to pursue my basketball and piano dreams, but ultimately it wasn’t for me so I came back to MIU, graduating in 2012. 

Video games have always been a hobby of mine. I enjoy the competition, the challenge and strategy, and the social element of playing with friends and family. Video games were also an important way for me to stay in touch with my Dad as he didn’t always live nearby. I’ve followed the emergence of the esports industry and watched as it’s continued to exponentially grow in size and influence. I see

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Misfits competing on stage in the European League of Legends Championship League

a very bright future for esports as more and more generations are looking to esports and video game culture for entertainment, recreation, and competition. In the US, esports have recently exploded all over Universities with some offering esport scholarships and many creating esport “arenas” or venues for students to compete and have fun together playing video games.

Another interest of mine is giving back to others the gift I’ve received from Maharishi’s knowledge and technologies. I feel so much personal growth and benefits from studying Maharishi Vedic Science and practicing the Transcendental Meditation and the TM-Sidhi Program, and I enjoy sharing that knowledge. Most importantly, I feel like the knowledge and experiences have helped me become a better person and perform at a higher level which is how it connects to performance, sports, and esports. 

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Misfits taking a bow after winning a match

I realized I could combine two of my interests in life, esports and Maharishi Vedic Science, to bring something very valuable on many levels to esport athletes and through them to current and future generations. After completing my Masters in Maharishi Vedic Science from MIU and teaching at the Maharishi School for a year I decided to pursue my PhD in MVS from MIU and investigate if the TM technique could be a useful tool for esport athletes. 

In 2020 I went to Berlin to teach TM and collect data for my research. I was later offered to return as the Performance Coach for Misfits Gaming’s League of Legends team. This position would put me in charge of everything “outside” of the game from diet and exercise to team togetherness and mental and emotional coaching. This position allowed me to continue collecting data while also expanding my role with the team.

I decided to team up with Ruben Yepes Sanchez, a former professional football (soccer) player from Spain who has developed a Consciousness-Based Sports Methodology based entirely on Maharishi Vedic Science. Ruben and I attended our TM-Teacher Training Course together in 2013 and even at that time discussed working together to bring TM and Maharishi’s knowledge to sports and esports. We teamed up on this project to test the application of the Consciousness-Based Sports Methodology for esports and gauge the effectiveness in this new industry. Our season was a major success as we finished one game behind 1st place and nearly qualified for the World’s Championship tournament.

How would you describe your business for people who have never heard of esports before?

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Misfits Coaching Staff

Esports are video games that are played professionally. All esports are video games, but not all video games are esports. Some video games are more enjoyable to watch and are more skill-based which leads them to more often be considered esports. Esports can be watched online or in-person and can draw massive audiences, even exceeding traditional sporting events.

There are many different esports that each draw a variety of public interest. The video game that my team plays is called League of Legends and it is generally considered the biggest esport in the world. Last year in the global finals the viewership peaked at almost 4 million concurrent viewers. 

Ruben and I’s business applies the knowledge and techniques of Maharishi’s Vedic Science to help esport teams and players reach their peak performance in a stress free way. We help align a team or an individual with their highest purpose, connecting them with the Laws of Nature so their actions are effortless and maximally effective. We will be expanding our offerings in the next season and are looking for investors to help us bring this Consciousness-Based Methodology to more esports and traditional sport teams.

What drives your passion for the work you are doing in the area of Esports?

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Misfits players practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique

I think there are a lot of interests and personal qualities that combine to create my passion for what I’m doing. I’m very passionate about human development, I love working with younger people, I’m very competitive and love to be involved with sports. I enjoy esports and think they will continue to grow and develop, and I really feel fulfilled applying Maharishi’s knowledge into a new and exciting industry. This project feels like my contribution to the world and my way of giving back for all the personal blessings I’ve received in my life

How do you feel your education at Maharishi School has informed the work you’re doing today?

Maharishi School is the only school in the world which could have prepared me for what I’m doing today. Maharishi School taught me, through knowledge and experience, the power of consciousness for human development and performance. Through my unique education at the Maharishi School I was able to understand foundational principles of life and apply them to an exciting industry, in the process creating a dream job and opening up the possibility of forever changing the esport industry.

I will be forever grateful for the knowledge taught here at the Maharishi School and continue to use it for my own development and the development of my clients.

 

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Maharishi School Teachers Then and Now

Blast from the past

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we thought it might be fun to highlight our teachers who have been with us since the beginning. Here are some of our current teachers, then and now!

To me, teachers are the heart of a school. Just as the heart takes in blood, oxygenates it and sends it out to sustain and build our bodies, teachers take in students, inform and inspire them, and send them out to sustain and build our society.
Their attention, energy, commitment, and intelligence is at the core of education, and they deserve our deepest appreciation this week–and always.
-Cohead of School Dr. Richard Beall

Dr. Richard Beall

       cohead richard beall

 

Lynn Shirai

      maharishi school teacher lynn

Anne Balf

   maharishi school teacher anne

Charlotte Zmachinsky

      teacher charlotte

Katherine Walmsley

     elementary teacher katherine

Jason Walls

teacher and alumni jason

Camille Morehead & Sheila Higgins

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science teacher                   art teacher camille

Lawrence Eyre

      maharishi school teacher lawrence

Laurie Eyre

      maharishi school teacher laurie

Diane James

diane james teacher

 

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Meet Our New Teachers: Amie Saine

Meet Alumni Amie Saine!

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Amie leading a  yoga to class.

Amie was born in Gambia and moved to the United States when she was 14 years old to attend Maharishi School. After Amie graduated, becoming an alumni in 2015, she enrolled at Maharishi International Univeristy. There she completed her schooling in 2019 with a degree in business. Amie says,  “After graduating, I had a modeling contract with BMG model and talent agency in New York City. I moved to NYC for almost a year, but then I ended up getting very sick in January 2020. I decided to move back to Fairfield in February in order to focus on my health and live with my parents. Here, I am now teaching kids and having a lot of fun.”

Amie was also a teachers assistant for the fitness and health class at MIU where shea learned how important it is to have fun while doing physical activity. She explains “having fun motivates students that don’t feel comfortable to feel comfortable. In my P.E class I try to make sure my students are happy and excited while doing an activity because having total wellness is the main purpose of my classes.”

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Teaching our students to do tree pose. 

Teaching with covid

While teaching during covid can be difficult, I imagine teaching a physical education class would pose many obstacles to overcome. Amie says, “To be honest, it is very challenging sometimes because most students forget that we are in the middle of a pandemic. Sometimes, when they are having a lot of fun, the students just want to touch and connect with their friends, but we can’t do that in these difficult times. We play sports that involve touching, so sometimes we have to get really creative with activities just to make it more 2020 friendly without physical contact.” Teaching the kids at Maharishi School brings Amie so much joy and we are so lucky to have an alumni like her to focus on the health and well being of our students!

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Why is STEM education important?

What is STEM

Why is STEM important?

STEM education helps break the traditional gender roles by increasing the amount of women and minorities that are able to access STEM-related careers.

“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” –National Science Foundation

STEM at Maharishi School

I got to speak with Kaye Jacob who is both a teacher and academic director of the Middle and High school students here at Maharishi School. Her thoughts on STEM skills are that they need to be seen as ends in themselves but for most students they are means to an end.  In other words, knowing how to use technology to access information and incorporate it into your life and work is essential to any student.

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Kaye Jacob

“The S in STEM is apparent when the 7th graders drop containers out of windows to see if the egg inside will break or not–and equally when the upper school rocketry students send a rocket up into the air with the same objective–to protect the “payload” (an egg) which actually represents a human being in space travel.
I am writing this in my English class as three students are collaborating from their homes (one of them in Ecuador) in a Zoom break-out room and the rest are working in small groups on presentations for class tomorrow. They are sharing documents and resources related to a literature topic (Transcendentalism) but updating it with videos and powerpoint presentations.  To me, that is the T in STEM applied to my subject area.
I also like to emphasize that STEM should actually be STEAM, because the A needs to represent Art.  This year, we are offering traditional studio art with Susan Metrican to our Upper school students and also a more technical course in digital photography with Camille Morehead, who has a graphic design background.  We are hoping to combine forces with various applications of technology and art design in the future.”
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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!”

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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.

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