New month, new EdCorp Founder killin’ the game. In honor of Fail Forward February, we are thrilled to highlight JR Pilyih. His EdCorps has had some highs, lows, and a few fish funerals along the way – but they’ve pushed on! Regency Grows started as a business that would grow and sell tilapia and strawberries. After their strawberries were bite-sized and six of their nine tilapia died (one from trying to escape their tank!), student buckled down and pivoted to other products they could grow and sell easily (like strawberry starters for home gardens). Not every class can bounce back that easily, but with JR’s optimism and leadership, his students aren’t giving up! We’re thankful that JR is modeling what it looks like to fail forward and find joy in learning.
Name: JR Pilyih
School: Regency Park Elementary
Grades: 5th-6th Grade
About Regency Grows:
Why did you want to start an EdCorp?
JR: I wanted to start an EdCorp because it was completely different and outside the box of what we are used to doing in a public school. There aren’t many opportunities for elementary students to not only start their own business but make their own money and give back to the community. Such powerful stuff!
This year was a huge challenge because not only did we try to start the business, but we really started using aquaponics for the first time. I’m so excited to see what happens with everything next year and will be ready to run the whole business within my classroom.