Entries by Lori Peters

A View Clear and Wide

As we start up Session 3, it’s been remarkable to look back and see how far we’ve come in such a short time. What started with a “spark” of an idea last July (and just seven students) has grown to more than twenty part and full-time students, and a community that feels connected, relaxed, and […]

Lunch Anyone?

So, about lunch at One Spark… I bet you’ve never seen middle school age children eat lunch like this. When we talked about having “Healthy Lunch”, we weren’t kidding. Each week, Laura carefully plans the menu for the next week, often including fresh, donated vegetables and eggs from our families’ gardens. Our mornings start with […]

A New Journey Begins

What better way to signal the start of a new journey than with an 8 mile hike through a canyon? Last week, One Spark Academy opened its doors to a handful of bright, creative and motivated students…and equally motivated and excited teachers! Four days of lessons and, in a sense, what seemed like private tutoring, […]


Real relationships are the result of authentic connections. Without people we can truly connect to, the stuff around us means little– it’s just empty packaging. And if we pay close attention, it’s easy to recognize when we’re not our true selves around others, right? That’s because it’s vital to our well-being to nurture and be […]

The Tests That Matter

Last week, families received back the state test results from this past school year. Within a few days, I received several emails from parents telling me how their kids did in my class last year. Most were very positive (i.e “What did you do? My child is advanced!”), and a few were concerned (“My child […]


Do you have a story that reminds you why we all must work hard to make education better? I have many. This is a story that one of my mentors used to share with her students. I then shared it with mine. It reminds me how each child is unique, and how important it is […]