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Speaker Celebrates Change Agents

Friday, February 9, 2018

He’s a dyslexic writer, speaker, and do-gooder who did not learn to read until 12 years old, and he recently spoke to an audience of Stanwich Upper School students, faculty and parents. Jonathan Mooney faced a number of low expectations growing up — he was told he would flip burgers, be a high school dropped out and end up in jail. But Jonathan beat those odds, graduating from Brown University with an honors degree in English lit.

Jonathan spoke at Stanwich, opening everyone’s eyes to thoughts of re-imaging education for the 21st century, inclusion, neurodiversty, the myth of normalcy, youth empowerment and much more. He talked about the power of student/teacher connections and relationships as the foundation of transformative learning environments. Throughout his presentation, Jonathan celebrated the idea of educators being change agents, and education as a powerful tool for personal and social transformation.

Jonathan was invited to speak by Stanwich Junior Schuyler Dubitsky as the capstone of his Moral Leadership Project aimed to bring awareness to ADHD and learning differences issues. 

Click here to view Jonathan’s powerful presentation (Google account required).