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jeffrey Peyton

jeffrey Peyton

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jeffrey's work combines: Education, Entrepreneurship, and Upholding a Cause and Belief

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Day In The Life

Founder, Play Tectonics

I am leading a movement to transform the learning culture

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Social Sciences, General

    Bard College

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Social and Community Service Managers:

Bachelor's Degree: Apprenticeship

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    As early as high school, I could feel that I wanted to make a mark, but I didn't know how or what.

  • 2.

    After my freshman year at NYU, I studied in Vienna, Austria--which changed my life forever.

  • 3.

    When I got out of the Army in 1969 I moved to New Haven, CT. took a room at the YMCA, began substitute teaching.

  • 4.

    Got my 1st car, my 1st apartment, got my teaching cert. and worked in the inner city high school

  • 5.

    I left teaching and started doing puppet shows with my fiance--way out of my comfort zone but in step with a desire to be

  • 6.

    doing something different--building a life. Started doing workshops and we were awarded 3 consecutive grants to bring my work into every city elementary school. Learning how puppets turned on kids.

  • 7.

    In 1977 I co-authored an article in a big education magazine and 10,000 teachers from all over the world responded. I was not ready, but I knew that I had struck a chord in the marketplace of ideas.

  • 8.

    We embarked on a 3-year detour and life-crash--moved far away, failed partnership, stress and we divorced. Moved from NC to Virginia where I began working for a college friend who asked me to publish

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    If you have a dream, and the dream appears misguided or a flight of fancy, be prepared to spend a lot of time in your interior--it can be lonely. After a while, people avoid asking questions.

  • How I responded:

    Be honest with yourself. Be your own best friend. Find someone who is already on a path doing some kind of variation on what you think you will need to do, and align with people who are serious about the path they are on--ask questions, learn, appreciate them and yourself, and work hard to organize your way forward.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I started out very 60s doing puppet shows and later began to build an education business. But I knew little about business building. Even with some financial support from a friend, I failed many times.