I was meant to do this work, to join Unrulr. I spent the first seven years of my life in Lesotho. After Lesotho my family moved regularly; I was enrolled in 12 different schools before University. I was and am a third culture kid, constantly making new friends and being dropped into new communities. I was raised by storytellers and craftsmen, and I married into Hawai’i, falling in love with a Mililani girl who went to High School as a boarding student at Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) in Waimea.
Life can be circular, and we spent eight years at the very same school she once attended. In Waimea, I found my calling as an educator and as an entrepreneur. Life has led me to Unrulr.
My work at both HPA and Nalukai has been centered around co-creating programs rooted in youth agency and authenticity. I used Unrulr for two years as the K-12 Capstone Coordinator at HPA; it was the single most important learning tool I have come across. Unrulr fostered a culture of accountability, equity, collaboration, and storytelling amongst our students, faculty, and administrators. It allowed us to have a successful and moving Capstone Showcase each May. It brought trust and visibility to our learning, and allowed us to better live our culture.
To sum up the experience: it was joyful and unifying. I am grateful and overjoyed to grow and develop Unrulr and I am excited to help transform learning communities to make them more joyous and rooted in their learners' capacities, skills, experiences, lineage, passions, and personalities. My name is Aaron Jamal Schorn and I am the Head of Growth and Community at Unrulr.