Our Mission: To unleash every child’s superpowers

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WeGrow is committed to supporting growth in children’s minds, bodies, and souls through an integrated, individualized curriculum that challenges and elevates all aspects of the child. Our learning originates from each child’s passions and is hands-on and project-based, drawing from progressive educational pedagogies, such as Montessori, Bank Street, and Reggio Emilia. Our goal is to create conscious global citizens, who know who they are, understand their gifts, and approach life with wonder, joy, humility, and a profound desire to share. With a focus on studying life through spirituality, farming as a way to respect and understand the planet, and yoga, meditation, and conscious eating as tools to center our bodies, we delve deeply into cultivating the whole child. Language and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) are taught and emphasized as ways to further connect with the world. WeGrow supports the growth of our children’s entrepreneurial spirits through initiatives such as a school-run farmer’s market as well as a collaboration with WeWork. As we begin to identify our students’ passions, they will be paired with employees and members under whom they can apprentice.

How we do it

It is with profound respect that we approach education, understanding that we have as much to learn from children as they have to learn from us. We respect the magic, sense of wonder, and curiosity that is innate in all children. We believe that an educational community that values kindness, global citizenship, collaboration, and creativity will unleash the gifts and superpowers of each child. WeGrow educators personalize curriculum for each child based on their needs, interests, and aptitudes. We work with the most skilled teachers in each subject area, always looking for educators and professionals who not only excel in teaching, but also in their humanity. With success defined as happiness and the ability to share in meaningful ways, we support each child as they create their own roadmap towards a profound and love-filled life.

WEGROW WITH WEWORK

WeGrow is uniquely positioned within the WeWork community, giving our students access to an amazing network of mentors who will encourage our children to pursue their passions creatively through mentorships catering to their interests and superpowers. The connection with WeWork will also allow employees and members to engage with their children on a regular basis, enforcing our belief that we all learn better together. This is a family affair!

How we do it

It is with profound respect that we approach education, understanding that we have as much to learn from children as they have to learn from us. We respect the magic, sense of wonder, and curiosity that is innate in all children. We believe that an educational community that values kindness, global citizenship, collaboration, and creativity will unleash the gifts and superpowers of each child. WeGrow educators personalize curriculum for each child based on their needs, interests, and aptitudes. We work with the most skilled teachers in each subject area, always looking for educators and professionals who not only excel in teaching, but also in their humanity. With success defined as happiness and the ability to share in meaningful ways, we support each child as they create their own roadmap towards a profound and love-filled life.

WEGROW WITH WEWORK

WeGrow is uniquely positioned within the WeWork community, giving our students access to an amazing network of mentors who will encourage our children to pursue their passions creatively through mentorships catering to their unique interests and superpowers. The connection with WeWork will also allow employees and members to engage with their children on a regular basis, enforcing our belief that we all learn better together. This is a family affair!

Programs & Curriculum

Mind

  • Literacy
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, And Mathematics)
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language

Spirit

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Spiritual Studies
  • Global Citizenship & Philanthropy

Body

  • Conscious Eating
  • Dance
  • Martial Arts
  • Sports

Arts

  • Visual Arts
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Farm-to-Table Cooking

Conscious Entrepreneurship

  • Hands-On Farming
  • Student-Run Farmer’s Market
  • WeWork Apprenticeship Program
  • Healthy Earth, Healthy People
plants

Programs & Curriculum

Mind

  • Literacy
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, And Mathematics)
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language

Spirit

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Spiritual Studies
  • Global Citizenship & Philanthropy

Body

  • Conscious Eating
  • Dance
  • Martial Arts
  • Sports

Arts

  • Visual Arts
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Farm to Table Cooking

Conscious Entrepreneurship

  • Hands-on Farming
  • Student-Run Farmer’s Market
  • WeWork Apprenticeship Program
  • Healthy Earth, Healthy People
plants

Our Team

Rebekah Neumann

FOUNDER, CEO & Mom

Superpower: Intuition

Lois Weiswasser

Director of Education

Superpower: Compassion

Gina Lofquist

Montessori Education Advisor

Superpower: Inspiration

Lindsay Taylor

HEAD OF OPERATIONS & ADMISSIONS

Superpower: Friendship

Benjamin Shuldiner

EDUCATION ADVISOR

Superpower: Communication

Stan Chu

SCIENCE CONSULTANT

Superpower: Resillience

Hannah Flood

AGRICULTURAL EDUCATOR

Superpower: Growth

Adam Broza

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT

Superpower: Imagination

Cliff Schneider

LEGAL ADVISOR

Superpower: Strategy

Credit: The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Our Inaugural Home

WeGrow’s spaces will be designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The WeGrow school embeds the values of a new conscious approach to education. The space of the school aspires to support the growth of the mind, body and soul of the 21st century child. The design starts from the premise of a school universe at the level of the child. A field of super-elliptic objects forms a learning landscape that’s dense and rational – yet free and fluid. Modular classrooms, tree houses, digital portals and a vertical farm promote an inclusive and collaborative learning environment. Acoustic clouds, natural materials and neutral colors create a calm setting for the child’s focused study. Playful and transparent, yet homelike and structured, WeGrow nurtures the child’s education through introspection, exploration and discovery.

WEGROW AT WEWORK HQ — 115 W 18th St.

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REBEKAH NEUMANN

FOUNDER, CEO & MOM

Superpower: INTUITION

Rebekah Neumann is a founding partner of WeWork. As Chief Brand Officer, she directed the company’s mission, values, and culture from inception. As an artist, entrepreneur, and yogi, Neumann has also gained certification as a Jivamukti yoga teacher and acted in and produced a number of film projects. Neumann majored in Business and studied Buddhism at Cornell University. An avid student of life, Rebekah has travelled the world apprenticing and studying under many of the greats such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and mother nature herself. Mother to five young children, Rebekah is committed to creating a conscious, educational community that fosters growth in children’s minds, bodies, and souls, unleashing endless happiness, global citizenship, and every child’s superpowers.

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LOIS WEISWASSER

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Superpower: COMPASSION

Lois Weiswasser is the former Principal of PS 41 in Greenwich Village. During her 27 years at the school, she moved up from teacher to Staff Developer to Assistant Principal and then to Principal. She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Miami, Masters Degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and certification as a School Administrator from New York University. Lois is New York City and New York State certified as a School Administrator. Lois has served as an adjunct professor at Stern College where she taught literacy and social studies courses to aspiring teachers. As an adjunct at Hunter College, she worked with Aspiring Principals. Lois is a Trained Literacy Staff Developer who has designed curriculum, facilitated professional development workshops, and trained teachers in New York, Maryland, and New Jersey. She has also worked as a Leadership Coach for the NYC Leadership Academy.

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LINDSAY TAYLOR

Head of Operations & Admissions

Superpower: FRIENDSHIP

Lindsay is a mom of three and has been passionate about both education and the arts for over 20 years. Lindsay is the founder of Taylor Art Advisory, a firm dedicated to supporting young and emerging artists. For many years, Lindsay was the Director of Development at Free Arts NYC, a New York nonprofit that delivers arts-based mentoring programs to at-risk children and families, and now serves on its Board of Directors. Prior to Free Arts, Lindsay was a Teach for America corps member and taught 3rd and 4th graders at the Edward W. Kilpatrick School in Paterson, NJ. Lindsay holds a Master’s Degree from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Nonprofit Management and a BA from Georgetown University. She grew up in New York City, where she lives with her husband and three children.

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BENJAMIN SHULDINER

EDUCATION ADVISOR

Superpower: COMMUNICATION

Benjamin Shuldiner has worked in the field of education for over 15 years as a teacher, principal, and professor. Ben was the founder and principal of the High School for Public Service (HSPS) in Brooklyn, NY. Under Ben’s leadership, HSPS received numerous awards for its outstanding success. HSPS was named one of the top 50 high schools in New York City by the Daily News and received a Bronze Medal from US News and World Report, putting it among the top schools in the country. In 2010, HSPS was named the top Title I school in New York, the first time a high school has ever won this award. Ben also led innovative projects at HSPS that gained national notoriety, from the creation of a fully functioning organic farm to a school-wide grading curriculum focused on mastery and proficiency.

In 2005, Ben had been selected after a nationwide search to receive the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service for an Individual 35 Years of Age and Under. Ben has also been an adjunct lecturer at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. His most recent endeavor is to join City University of New York (CUNY), full-time, where he is serving as the Distinguished Lecturer of Education Leadership and Program Coordinator of the School and District Leadership Program at Hunter College. In 2015, Ben was appointed to the New York City Board of Education and became a trustee of the Board of Education Retirement System. In 2016, Ben was elected President of ASCD, an education professional organization comprising over 125,000 members: superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries— including 52 affiliate organizations. Ben received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and his M.S.Ed. from Baruch College.

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STAN CHU

SCIENCE CONSULTANT

Superpower: RESILIENCE

Stan is in his 51st year as an educator. After undergraduate school and public school teaching, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone in the late 1960s, working with local village primary teachers with the African Primary Science Program. He then came to New York City, teaching in progressive independent schools for a number of years, along with earning a graduate degree at Bank Street College. He has taught undergraduate, graduate, and working teachers for 40 years. Stan is a senior faculty member at the Bank Street College of Education, as a program director, advisor, and instructor of the graduate science education course. He has extensive international education experience, mainly in southeast Asia and China. In addition, he has developed curriculum for the PYP/IBO and was its first external advisor. His work as an educator continues to focus on helping children make sense through direct sensory experiences with the natural world and with people and places of meaning to children. Of equal importance is Stan’s commitment to equity and social justice for children and families both in and outside of school.

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HANNAH FLOOD

AGRICULTURAL EDUCATOR

Superpower: GROWTH

Hannah is an organic vegetable, herb, and flower farmer and educator at the Linden Farm. She is a lover of all living things and believes in the incredible healing power of good food grown responsibly. A graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Sustainable Agriculture, she has worked at a variety of different production and educational farms throughout the Midwest, and most recently worked as a flower and medicinal herb farmer at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture located right outside New York City in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Hannah joins our environmental educational program with enthusiasm and excitement, and cannot wait to share the magic of nature, science, and a rooted connection to the earth with our students. Her hope is to continue to learn from nature every day in new ways through her job as a farmer and steward of the earth.

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GINA LOFQUIST

MONTESSORI EDUCATION ADVISOR

Superpower: CLARITY

Through the vision of Dr. Maria Montessori, Gina has been an advocate for children and their families for more than 25 years. She has dedicated her professional life to the education of children as they construct themselves into the adults they will later be, and to helping adults recognize children as the possibility of our future. Presently, Gina is the Senior Director of Teacher Education at the American Montessori Society, the leading member advocacy organization, research forum, and resource collaborative for the global community of Montessori educators. In 2015, she was honored with the Dennis Schapiro Award for Innovation in Montessori Teacher Education. She was the Assistant Dean and Program Director for the Xavier University Montessori Institute and Lab School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gina holds a master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Montessori, and an Ohio teacher’s license. She has been a Montessori teacher, head of a school, teach educator, and a consultant to public and private Montessori schools in the U.S. and abroad. Gina is highly sought after to lecture nationally and internationally on topics such as Montessori philosophy, child development, teacher transformation, and parent education. She began her career in advertising and public relations before responding to her true passion: making education better for children.

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CLIFF SCHNEIDER

LEGAL ADVISOR

Superpower: STRATEGY

Cliff focuses his practice on advising individuals and organizations that are innovating in the areas of education, business and the non-profit sector. Whether it’s a school, a start-up business, existing business or a social enterprise, Cliff guides his clients through projects big and small and the many twists and turns organizations experience along the way. Drawing from 15 years of experience in which he serves many as their general counsel and close trusted advisor, Cliff’s cross-disciplinary approach to practice spans a variety of areas of law to provide clients with a team member that possess the depth and breadth required to implement legal strategies that support clients as they pursue their passions, purposes and interests.

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ADAM BROZA

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT

Superpower: IMAGINATION

Adam studied law at the University of Cambridge, completing the traditional three-year degree in two years and receiving a First Class distinction for his dissertation on legal responsibility for autonomous military systems. He is from Tel-Aviv, Israel but has lived in Spain, the US, and the UK. Adam holds two previous degrees from Israel (a BA in Government, Diplomacy & Strategy and a BA in Jazz & Contemporary Music). Between 2011-2017, Adam conducted research on various issues in public international law (specializing in international humanitarian law) at a number of think tanks, including at Oxford on a joint project with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Harvard Law School, Brookings, and the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies. Adam was also Director of Research for Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Dror Moreh’s next film, and provided assistance to Legal Counsel for Mr. David Haigh and Mr. Julian Assange. He really likes dogs.