Co-Founder, Director of Schools
A son of Taiwanese immigrants, Yow was instilled with the value of placing community before self and an ancestral fire to continue the eternal conflict against oppression. As a first-generation college graduate, this innate drive for communal liberation led him to pursue a career as an educator after earning a B.S. in Biology and Economics from The Ohio State University. While working as a secondary STEM Teacher and Parent Advocate at both Uncommon Schools NYC and the Denver School of Science and Technology, he saw how creating spaces where student identities were affirmed led to both high academic achievement (his students on average scoring in the top 3% across network schools) and more importantly, initiated journeys of reclaiming narratives and created paths towards unprecedented self-love. He believes the core of every student and educator’s learning experience should be centered on self-actualization and embracing one's own identity.
In 2016, Yow committed to furthering his craft by accepting a role as a Field Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in order to explore the intersection of collaborative learning, pedagogy encouraging student self-efficacy, and the development of social justice in spaces that are traditionally inaccessible to underrepresented groups. Through his time leading expeditions in beautiful wilderness areas of the Rocky Mountains, the Northern Cascades, and the Eastern Chugach of Alaska, he only further recognized the importance of acknowledging the oppressed history of stolen native lands and advocating for the advancement of decolonization principles in the public consciousness.
After earning his Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from the RELAY Graduate School of Education, Yow is currently a New School Creation Fellow as a Co-Founder of The Moxie Collective while also pursuing his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at High Tech High GSE in San Diego, CA. Relentlessly focusing on his own identity work and building authentically holistic learning experiences with students and families through nature, artistic mediums, and storytelling continue to ground him each day in his work as a learner and an educator.