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 Company, 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

  • proofreading

  • curriculum design (with a focus on English for specific purposes)

  • English language teaching

  • English teacher training

  • language acquisition coaching

  • adult education

  • English literacy

My Favorite Things

  • wind

  • 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

  • making bread

  • potatoes

  • learning new languages

  • helping people attain their goals

  • learning how things are made

  • making connections

My Favorite Places (some of them):

  • Rattlesnake Lake, North Bend, Washington

  • Wealthy Street Bakery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • The streets of Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Sofia, Bulgaria

  • 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