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