New­monthl­y­series to­fo­cu­son­fam­i­lies

Serve Daily - - MERIT ACADEMY - By Kati Evans Merit Academy

The staff at Merit works to in­spire young men and young Dr. Jesse Meeks is the new di­rec­tor and women to de­velop Your Fam­ily Mat­ters is a new monthly prin­ci­pal at Merit Academy, a char­ter high mean­ing­ful se­ries de­signed just for fam­i­lies. Each school in Springville. He was cho­sen for skills and month there will be a new ac­tiv­ity, speaker his unique back­ground, his ed­u­ca­tional at­ti­tudes, en­abling or project that fo­cuses on build­ing and phi­los­o­phy and his en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy. them to strength­en­ing fam­i­lies through fun and in­spir­ing en­gage in 21st ac­tiv­i­ties.

Be­fore he joined Merit, Meeks started cen­tury chal­lenges The se­ries events will be held at Merit and ran a pri­vate, clas­si­cal lib­eral arts and op­por­tu­ni­ties. Academy, lo­cated at 1440 W. Cen­ter in school. The stu­dents in his school read and Springville. discussed the classics, learned to speak Merit rec­og­nizes This month’s speak­ers will be Scott and and be lead­ers, and worked to un­der­stand the world Becky Mack­in­tosh. Their event will start foun­da­tional prin­ci­ples from the great­est is chang­ing, at 7 p.m. on Mon­day, Jan. 23, in the Merit minds in his­tory. Later, he taught Bi­ol­ogy and it is help­ing its stu­dents pre­pare for Academy com­mons area. It is open to the and Gov­ern­ment and A.P. Gov­ern­ment at suc­cess in col­lege and ca­reer through pub­lic and ad­mis­sion is free. Karl G. Maeser Prepara­tory Academy. He de­vel­op­ing 21st cen­tury skills and at­ti­tudes Us­ing wit, hu­mor and down-to-earth also served as the de­part­ment chair for the like in­no­va­tion, ex­cel­lence, no­table phi­los­o­phy, Scott and Becky em­pha­size Ap­plied and So­cial Sciences De­part­ment Achieve­ments, real-world prob­lem solv­ing, the power of choice, con­fi­dence and courage. at Maeser Prep. At the con­clu­sion of his work­ing with au­then­tic au­di­ences Those at­tend­ing will go home know­ing fi­nal year there, he was given the great and de­vel­op­ing a pow­er­ful work ethic. how to beat the demons of doubt and honor of re­ceiv­ing the “Teacher of the The school achieves this by im­ple­ment­ing tap into unseen per­sonal power and in­ner Year” award. what it calls Project Based Learn­ing. In­stead po­ten­tial to become con­fi­dent, coura­geous

Meeks has also served on the board of of just lec­tur­ing and test-tak­ing, its and in­flu­en­tial lead­ers at home, school and di­rec­tors at Pa­cific Her­itage Academy. He stu­dents and teach­ers are con­stantly ask­ing the com­mu­nity. served as the di­rec­tor of En­theos Academy, ques­tions about what they are re­ally Scott and Becky move and mo­ti­vate an Ex­pe­di­tionary Learn­ing Char­ter in­ter­ested in and how to have im­pact in au­di­ences, cre­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that touch School. Meeks has a strong, mo­ti­va­tional the com­mu­nity and world. They do not hearts for a life­time. phi­los­o­phy. He be­lieves every stu­dent fo­cus on what the cur­ricu­lum and state Scott and Becky Mack­in­tosh co-host a is a ge­nius. He loves in­spir­ing stu­dents stan­dards say; they fo­cus on how to make weekly Pod­cast Ra­dio Show called Life to de­velop lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, per­sonal those stan­dards come to life. in 22 Min­utes dur­ing which they share gifts and tal­ents, and he loves in­spir­ing Merit’s Open House for next school sto­ries that in­spire, give hope and bring a teach­ers and staff to be trans­for­ma­tional year will be on Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 smile to lis­ten­ers’ faces in only 22 min­utes. men­tors. He brings pas­sion for learn­ing p.m. The pub­lic is in­vited to ex­plore the They have ap­peared on the To­day and de­vo­tion for guid­ing youth and adults school and meet Dr. Jesse Meeks and Show, Good Morn­ing Amer­ica, CNN, as an ed­u­ca­tor. He re­ceives every per­son Merit’s teach­ers and stu­dents. There will Fox and Friends, Rachel Ray, The Matt where they are and helps to un­lock their be sci­ence demos, stu­dent and teacher Townsend Show, Jimmy Fal­lon and many fullest po­ten­tial to achieve their unique pan­els, open class­rooms, demon­stra­tions other shows. Jimmy Fal­lon said, “I love mis­sions in life. and more. Din­ner will be served. this dad, he gets Dad of the Year Award.”

Scott and Becky have been mar­ried for 34 years and are the par­ents of seven grown chil­dren (five were teenagers at the same time).

For in­for­ma­tion about fu­ture Your Fam­ily Mat­ters events, visit the Merit web­site at www.mer­i­ta­cademy.org or read Serve Daily.

Scott and Becky Mack­in­tosh

Dr. Jesse Meeks

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