Welcome to Neural Education's Family Academy
Neural Education is excited to add the third leg to our programs that include teachers, learners and now parents and guardians: FAMILY ACADEMY. We recognize that a shared vocabulary, vision and mission are essential for the continued support of the child on their learning journey
Learn about our brains while connecting with other families.
Explore missions to enhance our understandings.
Cultivate community in which children flourish.
Our Family Academy Team
Our Family Academy team is creating a course of study and community of learning. Our goal is to help families understand the brain, how it functions, and how to support children in their development, while making connections with, and learning from, other families in the program.
Missy Widmann, EdD
Missy Widmann has a passion for education, technology, neuroscience, health, fitness, and community. Missy earned her doctoral degree in Educational Neuroscience from Northeastern University (Seattle) and currently teaches Health & Fitness at the high school level. She serves as a board member, co-founder, and presenter at Neural Education where she co-creates innovative professional development that connects neuroscience with teaching and learning.
Sophie Monge, M. Ed
Sophia Monge is a K-12 Instructional Coach in the Puyallup School District. She came to Neural Education looking for ways to enhance her Social Emotional Learning practices and walked away with so much more! She now uses her understanding of the brain to inform her work with equity and social justice while promoting change, healing, and a sense of belonging. She strives to use neuroscience to create positive impact for others.
Kieran O'Mahony, PhD, FRGS
Dr. Kieran O’Mahony is the founder of Neural Education, a Seattle-based nonprofit that provides professional development for K–12 teachers with a view to improving learning outcomes. As a learning scientist with a focus on cognitive neuroscience, Dr. O’Mahony carried out systems research at the University of Washington College of Education LIFE Center (Learning in Informal and Formal Environments), the first NSF-funded Science of Learning Center that studied the social aspects of how children learn.
Mary Snyder, M. Ed
Mary Snyder currently serves as a Social Emotional Learning Specialist and district administrator for Steilacoom Historical School District and has a teaching background of over 20 years in higher education, elementary education, reading, and instructional coaching. Mary's work currently focuses on the development of systems of support integrating neuroscience with social emotional learning.
Véronique Mertl is a learning scientist fascinated with how people learn and how interests develop, with a focus on collaboration and neural education. As the founder of Mertl Learning & Research that uses research to design environments, Véronique studies learning, the ecology of educational and family settings, how to improve design possibilities, and experiences for underrepresented populations. She strives to support youth, families, and educators.
Family Academy will be delivered on an innovative mobile app that makes it convenient and accessible for busy Family Academy members. The platform makes it easy, fun, and manageable as each individual learns alone, with community and with deep understanding.
As always, Neural Education courses are delivered in brain-aligned, entertaining and challenging easily-digestive chunks so that Family Academy learners will have success in a field that is fast growing, meaningful for their children, and designed for twenty first century success.
We, at Neural Education, are committed to education for life and for lifelong learning. We are excited to include parents and guardians in the ongoing educational journey of our learners. Courses will be available in the very near future. Stay tuned.