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We believe we are all students of life for life and that the whole wide world is our classroom.

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Founder, CEO, & Mom

Rebekah Neumann

Rebekah Neumann is the Founder & CEO of WeGrow and Founding Partner & Chief Brand Officer of WeWork. She majored in Business and studied Buddhism at Cornell University, and has gained certification as a Jivamukti yoga teacher. Rebekah has traveled the world apprenticing and studying under many Master Students, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mother Nature herself, and is committed to creating an educational community that fosters growth in humans' minds, bodies, and souls elevating the  collective consciousness of the world.

 

FEATURED TEAM MEMBERS

 
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COO

Adam Braun

Adam Braun has been focused on improving education for students around the world for more than a decade. He was previously Co-Founder & CEO of MissionU, a college alternative built for the 21st century, as well as Founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise, the award-winning organization that has built nearly 500 schools across the globe.

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Head of Learning

Sung-Ae Yang

Sung-Ae Yang has been a leader in education for over 15 years. She started in the sector as an elementary school teacher. During her teaching years, she received her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and wrote curriculum and assessments for the Osborn School District. Over the last decade, she has been in a variety of education leadership positions including managing the Teaching and Learning Team nationally for Teach For America, serving as a Vice President on their Teacher Preparation Support and Development Team, and leading the school design of a new innovative elementary school model with Achievement First Greenfield. Most recently, she was a Partner at Transcend Education working with school leaders nationally to build innovative school models to affect institutional change and transformation.  

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Head of Community

Josh Shanklin

For twelve years, Josh has been devoted to consciously preparing learning environments for children to realize their possibility. As a Montessori educator with American Montessori Society teaching certification, Josh has worked in public and private schools. Most recently, he was an upper elementary lead teacher at the Montessori Laboratory school at Xavier University. He was also part of their clinical faculty and teacher education program. He has led workshops at national Montessori conferences, as well as assisted in writing and publishing a reflective tool for Montessori teachers.

 
 
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Head of People

Michele Vespi

Michele has devoted over 18 years of her professional career to creating and leading innovative approaches to people and organizational culture, with an unwavering commitment to always keep the human element present. Michele has worked in both corporate and non-profit settings, driving investment in people to inspire a spirit of generosity and a dedication to personal and professional growth. Prior to coming to WeGrow, Michele served as the Chief People Officer at Success Academy and spent 6 years in the world of education reform helping to build schools across New York City, serving thousands of children and mentoring hundreds of faculty and employees.

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Head of admissions

Kristin Eberstadt

Kristin has lived in over nine countries around the world, and is passionate about children growing up to be curious and compassionate about the world around them. Kristin began her career in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi in Japan and has focused her creative energy towards education for the past 14 years. After teaching and mentoring in the classroom, Kristin was Director of Admissions, Director of Institutional Advancement, and Executive Director at Ross School in East Hampton, New York, welcoming students from over 27 countries. Kristin approaches education with a deep respect for children and enjoys watching them grow to become aware of their gifts and those of others. Kristin holds a M.S.Ed from Long Island University, New York and a B.A. in International Relations from Sophia University, Tokyo.

 
 
 

CHIEF OF STAFF

Laura Miller

 

hEAD OF engagement

Adam Amar

DIRECTOR OF BRAND

Carlo Dumandan

 
 

school community manager

Danae Ioannidis

PEOPLE MANAGER

Lauren Nappi

Agricultural Educator

James Gilland


 

WeGrow is always excited to meet educators and collaborators who are on a journey of personal growth.

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wegrow chelsea NYC

110 W 19th Street

Ph: (646) 842-1143

 
 
 
 
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Start your WeGrow journey by applying today

 
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