BullpenJohn Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. His first book, EDrenaline Rush, was published in June of 2019 by Dave Burgess Consulting, and offers a game-changing look at student engagement strategies inspired by theme parks, mud runs, and escape rooms.

John began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. In March of 2019, he created the #EggDashChallenge – a classroom activity that became a viral video, racking up 75K+ views in less than one month’s time, and spawning hundreds of classroom videos in 40 US states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 8 countries. He is a past presenter at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races. 

SpeakingNice Things People Are Saying About John’s Presentations

“This session blew my mind!! Everything about it was great – amazing ideas that I am 100% going to work to implement in my building. Thank you for sharing your story and your work!”

– VASCD Annual Conference Concurrent Session Attendee

“John makes learning meaningful because he knows his audience, does not lose sight of his purpose, and isn’t too caught up in the game to build relationships.”

– KTI 2019 Keynote Session Attendee

“This is one of the most useful and hands-on trainings I’ve ever had, and also the most fun. Thank you!!”

2019 Summer Sandbox Two-Day Conference Attendee

“John is a dynamic presenter! I could really sense his passion for making learning fun.”

– 2018 VASCD Shenandoah University Full-Day Session Attendee

“He encourages you to step out of your comfort zone, so that you can begin to create an environment that dreams are made of. He offers tools and support to help you on your journey. He gives you what you need to get the results you want. He shows you how to make the impossible…possible. Hands down, John Meehan’s the real deal.”

Tara Brown, EDrenaline Rush book review (Goodreads)

“Some educators worry that you lose content at the cost of engagement and fun but John demonstrates how this is not so, that your class can be an amazing engaging class full of rigor and learning.”

– Jessica Buckle, EDrenaline Rush book review (Amazon)

Catch me on the road at the following events in the coming months!

Monday, October 7
Changing the Game in Catholic Education
Bishop Sullivan Catholic School
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Tuesday, October 8
Maslow Before Bloom: Mental Health in a Gamified Classroom
The Mustard Seed Project
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Sunday, October 13
Game-Changing Student Engagement
Bishop O’Connell HS Open House
Bishop O’Connell High School
Arlington, Virginia

Monday, October 14
EDrenaline Rush: Game-Changing Student Engagement
Rewire 2.0
Kenneth R. Olson Middle School
Tabernacle, New Jersey

Friday, November 1
Changing the Game in Catholic Education
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Baltimore, Maryland

Tuesday, November 5
EDrenaline Rush: Game-Changing Student Engagement
Sherando High School
Stephens City, Virginia

Friday, November 8 – Saturday, November 9
EDrenaline Rush: A Game-Changing Approach to Student Engagement
2019 Teach Better Conference 
Summit County Educational Services Center
Cuyohoga Falls, Ohio

Saturday, November 16
EDcamp NovA
Manassas, Virginia

Wednesday, December 4 – Thursday, December 5
Netflix and… PD? Total Teacher Autonomy and No More Useless Meetings
VASCD Annual Conference
Williamsburg Lodge
Williamsburg, Virginia

Wednesday, January 15
From Breakout to Break IN: Game-Changing REVERSE Escape Rooms!
Future of Education Technology Conference
Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Florida

Thursday, January 16
Netflix Meets 20% Time for Teachers: 24/7/365 Infinite Growth PD!
Future of Education Technology Conference
Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Florida

Saturday, March 14, 2020
From Breakout to Break IN: REVERSE Escape Rooms Mean No Locks, No Boxes, and NO LECTURES!
ASCD Empower20
Los Angeles, California

Monday, June 1, 2020
EDrenaline Rush: A Game-Changing Approach to Student Engagement
Summit for Transformative Learning
Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School
St. Louis, Missouri

Saturday, June 13 – Sunday, June 14, 2020
EDrenaline Rush: Game-Changing Student Engagement
DBC Pirate Con
Town & Country Hotel
San Diego, California

Thanks for dropping in! Happy to talk further and see how we can continue to change the game together. If you’re interested in bringing me in for an event in your school or district, kindly fill out the form below and I’ll get right back to you.