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Pinnacle Academy Head of School, Aryan Marxaney

Aryan Marxaney is the Head of School of the T4N Pinnacle Academy. He has been able to bring the school to new heights with his energy, experience, enthusiasm and unique ability to adapt online learning to a 21st century model.

As head of school, Aryan has been responsible for a large number of milestones, inclusive of the school's accreditation by the GEAC and NCAA. In addition, he has made it possible for nontraditionally schooled students to be part of an HBEAA accredited program, by providing a streamlined HBEAA accreditation process. Under his leadership, the school has attracted expert educators from around the world. Aryan has also pioneered the pedagogical methods, such as the smart course system, used in Pinnacle Academy classrooms and has opened new horizons in the courses available for students to take whilst still in school.

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Education

Throughout his life, Aryan has studied at a vast number of institutions. Among the schools and colleges which Aryan has attended are the Sevenoaks School (UK - ranked as the top independent school at A-level or equivalent by the Independent in 2012), the Stanford Online High School (US), the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (US), University of California Scout (US), the Andong National University (South Korea) and the Universita degli Studi di Perugia (Italy). After receiving offers from Westminster School, St. Paul's School, Sevenoaks School, King's College School, City of London School, and Emanuel School for 11+ entry, Aryan decided to attend Sevenoaks School with a music scholarship before later moving into the American high school system.

Over the years, Aryan has studied a vast number of languages. In addition to being native in both English and German, Aryan has studied French, Latin, Chinese, Russian, Dutch and Japanese.

Aryan has received a number of prestigious awards for his own learning and academic work, including being named as an "AP Scholar with Distinction" by the CollegeBoard. Aryan also became a gold award winner in the Primary Mathematics Challenge, and received separate bronze and silver awards in the Primary Mathematics Challenge Bonus Rounds in later years. 

Aryan is also an avid, active writer. Aryan has written over 60 academic publications, is a freelance writer for Academia.edu, and has crafted numerous works of fiction and poetry. In addition to writing a book which tells the humorous story of his own life, Aryan acts as the editor-in-chief for the Informaleon Publishing House (a division of The4Network). Aryan has managed the editing and publication of over 500 books in print format.

As a subject matter expert in education for both the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) and Coleman Research, Aryan provides advice to EdTech companies, online/virtual schools, hybrid schools, online educational content providers, accreditation bodies, and firms interested in investing into the growing education sector.

Pedagogy

Before joining the T4N Pinnacle Academy as its head of school, Aryan already had a vast amount of expertise in the education realm. Aryan began his pedagogy work in a British primary school (American equiv. - elementary school), where he engaged students through a sequence of term-long interactive science lessons. Aryan's science classes soon became a roaring success, with the number of students coming to his club sessions constantly on the rise. It was Aryan's experience with teaching in primary school that led him to become fascinated with pedagogy.

Aryan soon began teaching in virtual environments to students in elementary school in subjects inclusive of science and world history. Founding the T4N Pinnacle Academy, Aryan decided to focus on providing a high quality education to children globally, a mission which Aryan has surely accomplished with much success. Aryan quickly turned his attention toward the creation of engaging yet individually-paced classes, a format which would allow for the seemingly effortless proliferation of excellent curricula around the world. 

Aryan applies his vast amount of knowledge in child psychology, educational psychology, developmental psychology and adolescent psychology to creating courses and developing a dynamic and exciting learning experience for all students. Aryan is also a certified IPI Senior Instructor for all core course subject areas.

Aryan has served as a guest speaker and host at multiple respected education events and conferences, inclusive of the International Pedagogical Institute Global Education Summit.

Performing Arts

The performing arts have always been a central element of Aryan's life. In music, Aryan has graced the stages of concert venues in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and South Korea. Through both violin (WATCH: Aryan plays solo violin as a child in South Korea) and classical/opera singing (WATCH: Aryan sings "Se Tu Mami" as a child in Perugia, Italy), Aryan has given concerts in spectacular locations, inclusive of the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music and Cadogan Hall. 

Also in music, Aryan has composed a number of songs in the modern, musical theatre and opera genres, , including the songs which make up Aryan's opera "Evil and Good." For his abilities in violin and singing, Aryan was named a Music Scholar by the Sevenoaks School.

Aryan has also let his creative capabilities flourish in the world of theatre. On stage, Aryan has acted in numerous productions including several musicals such as "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat." Aryan has also worked behind the scenes in theatres and concert halls, acting either as the Deputy Stage Manager (DSM) or as the lighting technician.

Aryan has had the privilege of studying under well-known performers at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in acting, singing, break dance and tap dance. Aryan also earned distinctions in group graded acting and performance alike as part of the LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) program.

Finally, Aryan has created numerous puppet theatre productions, contributing as director, puppeteer, set designer and technical director alike in the Munich Marionette Theatre. To-date, the theatre has housed over 15 different productions and holds more than 200 puppets.

Visual Arts

Aryan has created a number of important pieces of visual art in photography, model-making, film and painting alike. An energetic photographer of zoos and animals, Aryan has amassed a vast collection of his own animal photography works based on visits from zoos and aquaria globally, including the London Zoo, Hannover Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Phoenix Zoo, Shoenbrunn Zoo, Moscow Zoo and more.

Aryan is also the creator of the largest model zoo on Earth - covering over 30 square meters with more than 1000 animals, the Global Zoo Modelling Centre houses Aryan's large zoo setup complete with different theme worlds, animal enclosures full of enrichment and visitor attractions such as an Africa boat ride, large indoor rainforest house and more!

Aryan has also crafted a number of unique short and long films in the live-action and stop-motion categories. Among Aryan's live-action films are "Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (Dir. Aryan Marxaney), "The Cleaner and the Cook" (Dir. Aryan Marxaney), "The Globetrotters" (Dir. Aryan Marxaney) and "The Robbery" (Dir. Aryan Marxaney). Aryan has also directed and produced numerous stop-motion films covering nearly every aspect of life - from visits to the hospital through to school trips and airplane landings!

Aryan greatly enjoys creating detailed architectural master-plans for both indoor and outdoor settings. Aryan has created numerous architectural drawings for theme parks, theme park rides, zoological parks, museums, schools and recreation centers.

Finally, Aryan has also created numerous pastel, watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings. Amongst these paintings are many paintings of animals as well as cultural-architectural pieces which involve important architectural landmarks of different cultures.

Speaking

Aryan has spoken at a great number of events and conferences, both in-person and online, around the globe. Aryan has inspired and talked to a vast number of educators and students alike, with attendees of his talks coming from countries ranging from Hungary to the Philippines and from India to Spain.

The organisations which Aryan has spoken for include the Advaith International Academy (India), the LittleMe Academy (Philippines), Future Generations of Scientists (International), the International Pedagogical Institute (International) and more!

Though many of Aryan's talks have been inspirational or have focused on Aryan's volunteering work, Aryan has also had the opportunity to deliver a number of single "masterclasses" to students in topics inclusive of "Eutrophication," "Mental Mathematics" and "Cell transport."

Volunteering

Volunteering plays an essential role in Aryan's life. Aryan holds the position as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of The4Network and THE4NETWORK FOUNDATION, respectively, and also acts as the principal of the T4N Pinnacle Academy. Aryan has contributed a vast number of courses and endless hours to help make the T4N Pinnacle Academy a success.