Meet Our Founder
Who am I?
My name is Moriah Sharp and I’m a home-loving nomad who never wanted to leave my comfort zone, but I was drawn away by a love of people, learning, and foreign lands. When I was younger, I proclaimed a litany of “nevers” including “I never want to be an English teacher” and “I will never be a business woman”—but my desire to invest all I am and know and have into the development of people has led me to be the very things I thought I’d never be.
Born and raised in the foothills of the Cascades, with deep family roots in the West Virginia hills, I spent my 20s studying and working in flat places (a B.A. in English Literature in Michigan and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language in Illinois). Now, as a 30-something, I’ve made my permanent residence in West Virginia. I travel the world with this state as my anchor-point. And whenever I return from my travels, I come with new insights and compassion for this little corner of the world I call home.
Before starting Seekna, I taught literacy and English classes to adults in the US, Europe, and India. I worked as an in-house assistant editor at a book publisher, and several years after that as a freelance editor and proofreader. I worked in a used bookstore. I coached non-Indians in their study of Hindi and other Indian languages, and I trained Indians in how to share their language with foreigners through home tutoring.
My Current Areas of Interest
History of education (educational styles throughout the ages), low-tech mobile learning for rural developing communities, and the unique challenges rural teachers face.
My Areas of Expertise
developmental book editing
curriculum design (with a focus on English for specific purposes)
English language teaching
English teacher training
language acquisition coaching
My Favorite Things
being slightly lost and finding my way home
hearing people’s stories about where they came from and their dreams about where they want to go
learning new languages
helping people attain their goals
learning how things are made
My Favorite Places (some of them):
Rattlesnake Lake, North Bend, Washington
Wealthy Street Bakery, Grand Rapids, Michigan
The streets of Edinburgh, Scotland
Kovalam Beach, India
Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford
Araku Valley, India
West Virginia forest trails (especially in the fall)
The Chicago Cultural Center and Lurie Gardens, Chicago, Illinois
Tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah, India
Coastal path near Stonehaven, Scotland
Hill Station Cafe, Bangalore, India