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!”

“His energy was contagious! I just wish my teachers could see him.”

So creative and engaging! These strategies are easily customizable and therefore applicable to any course or occasion. This resource is also beautifully designed with all elements tied to the theme of the activity. Thank you for sharing!”

“The best session I have ever been to! So informative and motivating. Highly recommend.”

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

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

Wednesday, July 24
EDrenaline Rush: A Game-Changing Approach to Student Engagement
Pennsylvania Association for Education in Communications and Technology
Keystone Technology Innovator’s Summit
8:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Sunday, July 28
ED-Talk Live Podcast
9 am E.S.T.
Facebook Live
ASCD Pakistan

Tuesday, July 30 – Wednesday, July 31
igKnight Summer Sandbox
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Bishop O’Connell High School
Arlington, Virginia

Thursday, August 1
EDrenaline Rush: A Game-Changing Approach to Lesson Planning
VASCD Summer Conference on Teaching and Learning
12:30 – 1:45 PM
Great Wolf Lodge
Williamsburg, Virginia

Thursday, August 1
Mini Game Madness: 13 No-Prep Games for Any Course or Content Area
VASCD Summer Conference on Teaching and Learning
1:45 PM – 3 PM
Great Wolf Lodge
Williamsburg, Virginia

Saturday, August 17
Changing the Game with EDrenaline Rush
Author Meet & Greet / Book Signing
9 AM – 12 PM
Barnes & Noble
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, September 17
EDrenaline Rush: Inside the Fully Gamified Classroom
GamiCon 2019
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana

Monday, October 7 – Wednesday, October 9
A Mental Health Game-Changer: Crafting a Human-Centered High School Classroom Through The Power of Play
The Mustard Seed Project
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

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

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

March 14-16, 2020
From Breakout to Break IN: REVERSE Escape Rooms Mean No Locks, No Boxes, and NO LECTURES!
ASCD Empower 20
Date / Time TBD
Los Angeles, California

Monday, June 1, 2020
EDrenaline Rush: A Game-Changing Approach to Student Engagement
Summit for Transformative Learning
Time TBD
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.