John Meaney

Graduation Year: 2015

Post-Graduation Activities:
Working at Vanguard: I worked in the after school program, was a Teaching Assistant for a couple of years, and now work as a Registered Behavior Therapist.

What was your favorite thing about Vanguard?
How they push you to be better and show support in many ways such as teaching emotional skills, as well as new techniques to maintain those skills in easy, clear ways.

How did Vanguard help prepare you for life after graduation?
Pushing me to learn how to drive, open a bank account, and process fears of the future and the present, are just some of the things they did to help me after I graduated.

Do you have any significant Vanguard memories you would like to share?
One of my favorite memories, among many, is the senior trip we had back in 2015. We went to Museum Tower in downtown Dallas. We went swimming, played in the park across the street, played some ping pong, and more. Really fun day.

Were there any teachers or staff members that made a special impact on you?
Veronica Nelson, Stephanie James, and Dave Welsh are the main ones. They are supportive, understanding, give good advice, and teach well, encouraging me to push forward. One example would be Dave assigning the class to make a PowerPoint presentation on weather. I had never really done much with PowerPoint back then, so I was very resistant to it, but Dave pushed me and told me I could do it. I did it and it came out so well that Dave wanted the Head of School to see it. She loved it and I was SO proud of myself, thanks to Dave who believed in me and pushed me to do it.

Is there any advice you would give to current or future Vanguard students?
The advice would be not only for those who are Vanguard students, former or otherwise, but for everyone too:
Try to open your eyes to different experiences (within reason), different opinions, and different ways to view everything in life. Remember that opinions are opinions and are not facts. You can have a different opinion about a certain topic, be it politically, movies, interpretation of something, etc, and still be respectful to someone who disagrees with you. You can respect the person and not the opinion and still be civil. Be kind, and don’t stray too far to one side.

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