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“I was in Tonga as a Learning Specialist.” – Doc Meek

Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Today I am so happy and grateful for my good connections with Tongans and the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific Islands. ~ Doc Meek, Neurological Learning Specialist

Beautiful Tongan sunset

Tonga Sunset

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Watch a gentle Tongan sunset-time video at this link below:

Lucky me! I got to see the Tongan culture and lifestyle first-hand, and for more than two years, thank heaven!

I was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Education out of BYU-H (Brigham Young University-Hawaii) in 1999,  and sent to the Kingdom of Tonga with my beloved wife Jeannette. Both of us were appointed to participate in the ITEP (International Teacher Education Program) sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The teachers and students and the administrators all worked together to raise the student achievement dramatically.

Way to go Tonga educators!

They helped the students get higher marks and they also helped them change attitudes, behaviors, and cooperation with other students and teachers.

The results? Happier students and healthier students (and wealthier students, wealthy of mind). ūüėģ

They took the meaning of active learning beyond expectations.

And they took my “heads-hearts-hands-hope” inclusivity to a new high.

The Tongans taught me more than I taught them.

Tongans are generous of heart and mind, non-judgmental, and they loved and respected me.

And Tongans loved and respected my wife Jeannette even more.

Naturally! She’s better looking than I am! ūüôā

And we loved and respected Tongans.


Jeannette was a real hit with the students and their parents. She directed a 150-voice Tongan choir, mostly youth, and learned to appreciate the saying, “When Tongans sing, the angels sing with them.”

Tongans can sing 7-part harmony a capella, with ease and grace.

And they can dance too! Sometimes wildly. ūüėģ Wow!

Jeannette also taught an English class for young adults who had all failed to pass their “big English Test” in high school. Thus their gateway to higher education was closed to them (at least in their minds, and in the minds of their parents).

Permanent “doom.” ¬†No hope.

Until Jeannette showed up and pointed out (dramatically):

“I don’t care how others have graded you. I am going to grade you up!”

She added (as some of the students thought this palangi [Caucasian] teacher might give them all an easy “pass”):

“We are going to study and write that exam again; then we are going to study and write that exam again; and then we are going to study and write that exam again!”

The students were stunned.

The thought of writing that dreaded exam again and again was not part of the cultural norm at that time.

If you flunked, you flunked. That was it. You were an “educational¬†failure for life.”

Jeannette faithfully taught a class of 32 students (who came from far and wide when they heard about her famous English class).

Twenty-eight (28) went on to higher education. And the rest carried their newly-found self-confidence into other great opportunities.

We are forever grateful to the first student in Jeannette’s class:¬†Uini, whose dear father asked Jeannette if she would help his daughter with English.

Thank you Tongans for the greatest two years in any land!

A special salute to the parents and teachers and students and administrators in all the Tongan Islands.

And a dozen “high fives” for Mele Taumoepeau, who was Principal of Liahona High School on Tongatapu during my time in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Mele made the hard work sing! Thank you, Mele!

Kindness, Doc

Doc Meek, Tues, September 13, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

P.S. My beloved wife Jeannette is now building her new health and wellness business, which is giving new hope and health and wellness to people with heart disease and diabetes:

I am glad I have known “Mr. Integrity.” ~ Doc Meek

Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Today I am so happy and grateful that I have known, not one, but two men, who were known far and wide as “Mr. Integrity.” They never announced this to the world. They simply lived it. ~ Doc Meek

Tom Pearce

Tom Pearce, Prudential Utah Real Estate, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Here is a letter I emailed to Tom today:

Dear Tom,

I have been overwhelmed with gratitude today for two things:

(1) That my wife Jeannette knew intuitively to choose you to work¬†with, as her broker¬†in her real estate work, you, who became¬†ultimately and always,¬†“Mr. Integrity,” in our eyes.

Not to mention your intelligence, seasoned wisdom, professional knowledge and competence. First rate, all the way.

(2) That I was wise enough to follow Jeannette’s lead in this, when¬†I worked as her assistant,¬†even though my¬†own “logical” intelligence¬†might have chosen¬†a different broker, up front, before I met you.

We are both everlastingly (literally) grateful for your life and for your example, both personally and professionally.

What can I say more?

Warmest personal and professional regards,

Doc and Jeannette Meek


Who was the second “Mr. Integrity” that I knew before I met Tom Pearce?

My Dad, whose name I have been blessed with all my life, James Collins Meek II.

In reality, I have known many men and women of integrity in both my personal and professional life. I am simply thinking of these two men, pillars of light, today.

Today is the anniversary of my Dad’s death, September 6, 2001, and perhaps thatis what has sparked my overwhelming feelings of gratitude for the good men and¬†women I have been blessed to know throughout my life, among which, of course,¬†is my dearly beloved, my wife, Jeannette Meek, of heart health fame:

Thank you, Tom Pearce and James Collins Meek II, for showing us THE WAY, no matter what.

Doc Meek, Mon, Sept 6, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

J. Collins Meek, Ph.D. (Doc Meek)

Neurological Learning Specialist

“What if your brain is smarter than you think?”

“What if your heart is more loving than you think?”

“What if you can work harder than you think?”


CANADA: P.O. Box 3105, Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2T1

TONGA: Mele Taumoepeau, P.O. Box 60, Nuku’alofa

USA: Dr Meek (801) 738-3763, South Jordan, UT 84095

For brain health, also ensure heart health (short video):

More on heart health:

Ph (801) 971-1812 (Jeannette); Fax [801] 282-6026


“Brain health needs heart health.” – Jeannette Meek

Friday, December 17, 210. Today, once again, I am grateful for everything. I have no complaints whatsoever! I am grateful I can read. I am grateful I can read and gain new and useful knowledge. This brings me great¬†happiness. ūüėģ Joy even! ūüėģ

Plush Beating Heart

Plush Beating Heart

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Jeannette Meek reminds us all to protect our cardiovascular system, now, so we can have hearty brain health! ūüėģ

For brain health, ensure heart health (short video):
More on heart health
Ph (801) 971-1812 (Jeannette); Fax [801] 282-6026

Thank you Jeannette Meek, for bringing us heart health so we can have brain health!

Doc Meek, Friday, December 17, 2010, at Strathcona Public Library, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

J. Collins Meek, Ph.D. (Doc Meek)
“What if you are smarter than you think?”
Learning Specialist

For brain health, ensure heart health (short video):
More on heart health
Ph (801) 971-1812 (Jeannette); Fax [801] 282-6026

CANADA: P.O. Box 3105, Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2T1
TONGA: Mele Taumoepeau, P.O. Box 60, Nuku’alofa
USA: 3688 W 9800 S, #138, South Jordan, UT 84095


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