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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!

Saturday, March 7
EDrenaline Rush Coast to Coast Challenge to Fight Cystic Fibrosis
Magic Kingdom Theme Park
Orlando, Florida

Monday, March 9
EDrenaline Rush: A Game-Changing Approach to Student Engagement
New Kent High School
New Kent, Virginia

Friday, March 13
EDrenaline Rush Coast to Coast Challenge to Fight Cystic Fibrosis
Disneyland Theme Park and Disney’s California Adventure
Anaheim, California

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

Monday, March 23
EDrenaline Rush: A Game-Changing Approach to Student Engagement
St. Edwards-Epiphany Catholic School
Richmond, Virginia

Saturday, March 28
Edcamp NoVA
Academies of Loudoun
Leesburg, Virginia

Wednesday, April 15
Beyond Kahoots & Jeopardy!: Sparking real change in student engagement with whole class gamification
National Catholic Education Association Annual Conference
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland

Friday, May 22
EDrenaline Rush: A Game-Changing Approach to Student Engagement
St. Mary Magdalen School
St. Louis, Missouri
Wilmington, Delaware

Thursday, June 4
EDrenaline Rush: Game-Changing Student Engagement
Caroline County Leadership Retreat
Fort A.P. Hill
Bowling Green, Virginia

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

Monday, June 15-16, 2020
EDrenaline Rush: Game-Changing Student Engagement
USM Summer Spark
University School of Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24
igKnight Summer Sandbox
Bishop O’Connell High School
Arlington, Virginia

Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17
Great Plains Summit
Southwest High School
Lincoln, Nebraska

Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, June 22
igKnight Summer Sandbox
Bishop O’Connell High School
Arlington, Virginia

Monday, August 17
Burke County All-School Pyramid Kickoff Event
Lake Braddock High School
Burke, Virginia

Saturday, October 24, 2020
EDrenaline Rush: Game-Changing Student Engagement
TCCA Conference
Houston, Texas

Friday, February 12, 2021
EDrenaline Rush: Game-Changing Student Engagement
Game Based Learning Summit
Baltimore, Maryland

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.

 

Past Presentation Highlights
VASCD Annual Conference, Williamsburg, December 2015
Play Like a Champion Today, University of Notre Dame, June 2016
National Catholic Education Association Annual Conference, San Diego, April 2016
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council, Seattle, December 2016
National Catholic Education Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, April 2017
VASCD Annual Conference, Williamsburg, December 2017
National Catholic Education Association Annual Conference, Cincinnati, April 2018
VASCD Full Day Gamification Training, Shenandoah University, October 2018
VASCD Annual Conference, Williamsburg, December 2018
Fauquier County (Va.) Public Schools Full Day Gamification Training, March 2018
ASCD Empower19, Chicago, March 2019
National Catholic Education Association Annual Conference, Chicago, April 2019
Summit for Transformative Learning, St. Louis, June 2019
Keystone Technology Innovators, Keynote Presenter, Shippensburg University, July 2019
Ingenuity Initiative Kickoff, Keynote Presenter, Watkins Glen NY, August 2019
Gamicon 2019, Keynote Presenter, New Orleans, September 2019
Tidewater Catholic High Schools, Keynote Presenter, Virginia Beach, October 2019
The Mustard Seed Project, Chicago, October 2019
Insight Manville, Manville, NJ, October 2019
Teach Better Conference, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, November 2019
Future of Education Technology Conference, Miami, January 2020
Game-Based Learning Summit, Keynote Presenter, Baltimore, February 2020
Council for Exceptional Children 2020 Conference, Portland Oregon, February 2020