For the Love of Learning – Rethinking Education – Epi#7

For the Love of Learning Episode #7

Show Title:

Rethinking Education

Monday March 16, 2015 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm EST
Tuesday March 17, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT

Special Guests:

Susan Terry
Sarah Etherington
Zahra Lightway
Joy Harmon

Show Description:

We are so excited to share information about next week’s show. In this episode we speak with four amazing women who have stepped outside of the traditional system to rethink the education equation.  Each of these women have applied their passion for learning through unique programs they’ve either created or are spearheading, all to the benefit of their students. The women on tonight’s panel are true education visionaries! This is a show you certainly don’t want to miss!


Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

Susan Terry

susanDirector of New Earth Zero Point Learning Faculty, Founder / Executive Director of Paradigm Education Academy of Creative Enlightenment Inc., Teacher, Artist, Musician, Multi-Media Specialist

Susan is a graduate of Nipissing University: Bachelor of Arts – Fine Arts and Music majors, French Minor ~ Bachelor of Education – Visual Arts and Instrumental Music majors, International Teaching; ESL and International TEFL Degree; Canadore College: Radio & Television Broadcasting Degree, Developmental Social Work, Advanced Computer Technology, Graphic Design and Early Childhood Education.

Her career path began with establishing and supervising a Montessori style Day Care Centre; to executive office worker; child care worker with “at risk teens” in Toronto; film and television writer, producer, director, editor employed by Canada’s top independent film company and all Canadian National television networks; owner and operator of an all media agency, ICU Media Marketing & Promotions; College Professor (Project Management, Business English; Computer Software); ESL/TEFL Instructor; Founder/Executive Director of PEACE School – to create a meaningful creative education system, where children consciously discover and develop their innate potentials, reconnect with the Earth and blossom fully in a Universe of limitless possibilities. Susan has been inspired and spiritually guided by remarkable mentors, who have given her the courage and confidence to undertake and fulfill this mission for PEACE. Now as Director of Zero Point Learning Faculty, she has made it her mission to seed the Earth with limitless creative and inspiring learning experiences for all humanity.

Susan is an advocate of cooperative and self sustainable community living and volunteers where she can: Muskoka Chautauqua Board Director, plays flute in the North Bay, 22 Wing Military Band, North Bay Joy Band and played with the North Bay Symphony; chaperone and PR person for a high school band on two European tours; coordinated and managed a Canada-Wide Science Fair in North Bay, ON, assisted Youth Science Foundation Canada, as a member of the National Science Fair Committee and the North Bay Regional Science Fair over 13 years; active in her children’s education as Chair of School Parent-Teacher Association; was President of McQuaby Lake Property Owner’s Association; and for over seven years she hosted a Belarusian child in her home, for a healthy summer respite, through the Children of Chernobyl organization.

Zahra Lightway

zahraZahra Lightway is famous for empowering parents to inspire their children to lead fulfilling lives through direct parent coaching and designing alternative homeschool programs.
She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years, has a Master’s degree in Education Administration and founded her own school in Texas before changing direction towards helping parents create their own progressive programs.

Light Way Schools is a 501 (c) 3 social profit founded in 2006 in Houston, Texas as a 501 (c) 3 corporation with a mission to co-create a world wide network of consciousness-based learning environments that fully support children in reaching their unlimited potential within a self-sustaining community built on trust, joy, harmony, love and peace.

Sarah Etherington

Sarah has an extensive background in alternative education. She holds a Masters in Montessori Integrative Learning with a specialty in Garden-Based Education. She is a MACTE certified Montessori teacher, trained to teach ages 2.5 – 12. She also holds a degree in Outdoor Education and a BA in Sociology. Sarah’s real pride and joy is being the mother to three phenomenal children; Lucas, Hailey and Scarlet.

Sarah believes in honoring the individuality of children by nurturing their self-creation, independence, creativity and imagination. She does so by following the interests and learning styles of each child individually while allowing learning to naturally unfold. This way, children take their learning as far as their heart and minds desire- often much further than any teacher-imposed learning outcome would have enabled. Her desire is to connect children to the Earth while igniting passion and a life-long love of learning.

Sarah has been teaching in a varity of settings for 16 years. Prior to becoming a Montessori teacher, Sarah instructed for Outward Bound in South Africa where she lead adjudicated Zulu and Xhosa youth in the mountains for 21-day outdoor leadership excursions. She has worked with ages 2.5-12 in different Montessori schools throughout Hawaii, California and British Columbia, Canada. In addition to teaching in the classroom, Sarah owned and operated her own Montessori preschool which operated at capacity with a waitlist. She also co-founded a homeschool program called Love of Learning on Bowen Island, British Columbia.

Originally from Canada, Sarah currently runs a nature and project-based homeschool program, Love of Learning Green, for families on Koh Samui, Thailand where she has been living with her family for 1.5 years. She has a group of permanent families and also part-time families who travel through Koh Samui and join the program while visiting. The idea for the Global classroom came from these visiting families asking how they could remain involved from afar. And so, Love of Learning Green GLOBAL was born.

Joy Harmon


Receiving her BA in Economics and French from the University of Michigan in 1966, Joy immediately began her professional career as a Municipal Bonds Investment Analyst at Detroit Bank & Trust. After 1 year, Joy and her “new husband” enthusiastically joined the Peace Corps. Upon their return, Joy was offered a position teaching 3rd/4th graders at PS #1 in Baltimore, MD. There she received hands on, Real Life training, stepping into her first “Inner City” classroom across the street from the city jail. Upon earning MA degrees from Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD) and Bethany Bible College (Santa Cruz, CA), Joy joined Santa Cruz City Schools as a teacher of math&English for struggling Middle & High School students.

After several years of successfully creating mathematical miracles with young people learning and liking math, Joy realized HER OWN PASSION~enticing people (ages 5-95) to the Love of Learning, helping them develop the skills to WORK & LIVE IN THEIR PASSION OF CHOICE!

Thus, in 1986, Joy and “Team Swan” launched the precursor of Swan Educational Center, supporting hands on, real-life learning by visiting businesses with 5-15 year old students. Questions were asked and apprenticeships acquired so that students (now ages 5-95) can get a sense of “what people in this world DO to earn their living”. As Swan Educational Center Global enters its 29th year, students from around the globe contact Joy and her staff for educational support. Plans are in process to create Global Regional Centers, engaging ALL AGES (5-95) in the “JOY OF LEARNING” everywhere on Planet Earth.

Statement of the Process and Success at Swan Educational Center, now Global

At Swan Educational Center Global, “we guide as educators with compassion, engaging all of our clients to proceed with passion”, creating opportunities for humans to embrace and acquire the skills needed to move joyfully through the world, living and working in their field of choice.



Lainie Liberti

As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

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