John Dixon and Maureen Reilly (Team Reilly-Dixon) love teaching and exploring.
They wished that every day at school could be a field trip, and that they could explore all that’s fun in the Big Apple, and learn every day from the world around them. They decided to invite some friends along to fulfill that wish, and the Jr. Explorers Club was born!
Maureen brings a diverse set of creative talents to the Jr. Explorers Club team. She worked in advertising as a commercial producer, and then in the digital world as the web producer for CartoonNetwork.com, and for the LEGO Company as a Senior Producer in online community development (she now serves as a freelance consultant and LEGO Ambassador of Fun). Maureen has worked in pubic and independent schools as a homeroom teacher, a robotics coach and coordinator, and as a Maker Space facilitator and STEAM specialist.
John also brings a wealth of creative talents to the Jr. Explorers Club. He is an actor, writer, director, songwriter and teacher. He currently teaches grades 1-3 at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, where he also writes and directs plays, videos, and a comedy club.
They are both dedicated volunteers for FIRST LEGO League and serve as the Masters of Ceremony.
Here's a snapshot of what Jr. Explorers Club provides:
SUMMER ADVENTURE PROGRAM
In our Summer Adventure Program, each week we investigate a big idea by visiting multiple locations throughout the city. A top secret dispatch is sent every morning to the children from a Guest Explorer, giving us a mission for the day.
The Jr. Explorers map out our route and picnic spots, pack the necessary provisions, review how to be safe on our journey, and go off on an adventure. We don’t let the weather get in our way, and we find the fun in all we do. At the end of our day’s exploration, we come back to base camp for project-based free time, inspired by our discoveries.
Each summer we explore the tastes and treats of the city, meet animal friends, design dream parks, pools, and robots, find and make entertainment everywhere we go.
We also provide Educational Consulting in STEAM, Maker Ed, and Social Emotional Learning. If you are looking for insights on how kids play, think, and connect, we host focus groups and provide a thoughtful recruitment process.
MYSTERY FIELD TRIPS: Jr. Explorers Club for Big Kids
Jr. Explorers of all ages love adventure! We are experts in urban adventure and know all the sweet spots in the city for kids of all ages. If it's a birthday or another special celebration we will design a Mystery Field Trip that suits your taste and budget. Where do you want to go?
John and Maureen are a writer/director - producer team. Team Reilly-Dixon have been creating original content for Jr. Explorers Club and for kids for years. We can produce your next video, or just come and entertain you.
LEGO Boost #Boostyourplay campaign, Fall, 2017