Hi, I’m John DeArmon. I was born and raised in Frederick and spent most of my youth playing guitar and bass in a few different bands that performed throughout the MD/DC/VA/WV area. I graduated from Frederick High in 2010 and spent 2 years as a lifeguard while traveling the U.S.A. I also traveled internationally & began teaching English at a juvenile detention center in Varanasi, India (through the organization LEAPNOW) which was a unique experience. I also spent a season “WWOOFing” in New Zealand, i.e. working on various organic farms in exchange for room & board (WWOOF = Willing Workers On Organic Farms, a networking platform that links up farmers and workers all over the world); and finally, I backpacked 550 miles of the Appalachian trail, the entire Virginia section with a friend during the Summer of 2012.
In the Fall of 2012, I moved to Portland, OR pursuing a long-held dream of living on the West Coast in a bigger city with a thriving music scene. The first place I lived in Portland was a WWOOFing arrangement where I was to take care of 2 goats, 2 chickens, and a vegetable garden which just so happened to be part of the outdoor environment at a Montessori preschool. I soon transitioned from being the school gardener to being a classroom assistant for the 1-2 year-olds, a job I held for 2 years.
While in Portland, I began taking college classes at Portland Community College, eventually transferring to Portland State University, where I graduated with a degree in mathematics and a minor in physics. I’ve always been an avid reader, especially of philosophy and science books and had it in my head from about age 15 that I eventually wanted to pursue a career in theoretical physics because it seemed like the field where I could uncover the deepest truths about “life, the universe, and everything.”
Towards the end of college, though, I had a change of heart and decided that the one subject that’s more interesting to me than physics is the study of human consciousness, namely neurology and cognitive psychology. I also decided that I wanted to do something directly benefitting other people, an urge that’s not quite satiated by trying to prove abstract conjectures about string theory.
Ultimately, I believe the purpose of science should be to optimize human potential and provide tools for human well-being, and to me, that’s exactly what the Montessori Method entails – an attempt to provide children with rich learning experiences and the best care possible based on the most up-to-date information on child development mixed with a keen observation of each child’s unique personality. I look forward to being an important part of the Meadows school community!