"If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."
Matthew 18:6 NIV
Welcome to the Executive page of School Alive, where we introduce our esteemed Board of Directors, also known as the School Board. Comprising dedicated leaders like the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and other directors, this team upholds our mission of nurturing Christlike character and academic excellence. Each member brings a unique blend of passion, expertise, and commitment to guide our institution in its vision of transformative education. Here, you can explore their individual biographies and understand the wealth of experience they bring to School Alive.
Dr. Graham Pierce Lyon is a dedicated Christian, Husband, Father, Patriot, Eagle Scout, Triple Major, National Teaching Fellow, and Educationist. His commitment to education is evidenced by extensive informal education and a doctoral-level formal education including a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Buffalo in 2015 followed by a Master’s Degree in 2017 and a Doctor’s Degree in 2023 from Purdue University. Dr. Lyon grew up in Elmira, New York, attending Holy Family Catholic Schools followed by Elmira Free Academy where he earned an Advanced Regents Diploma and the MVP award as the varsity swim team captain. During his time at SUNY Buffalo, he was an Advanced Honors Scholar and completed a Triple Major in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics with a minor in Teacher Education. Dr. Lyon earned an award for excellence in undergraduate research and scholarship for his work within the Physics Department that focused on high-temperature superconductivity. He also earned awards for academic excellence in chemistry with high distinction and in physics with high honors. Dr. Lyon was the lead tutor at the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and dedicated significant time to the Buffalo school system through his involvement with the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership. His passion for teaching extended beyond the classroom, as he served as a teacher and coach at the Michael Phelps Swim School along with teaching for summer bridge programs geared for disadvantaged students. His academic and teaching excellence was further recognized through his selection to deliver a graduation speech at the University Honors College, being featured in a university video titled “More Than A Major,” and his acceptance into a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship, supporting his studies at Purdue University.
After moving to Indiana in 2015 for his STEM Goes Rural specialized Master’s Program, Dr. Lyon taught at Seeger Memorial Junior-Senior High School in Warren County followed by Tri-County Jr./Sr. High School in Wolcott, Indiana. There, he taught physics, chemistry, geometry, calculus, among other courses, enriching students’ lives with his knowledge and passion for STEM. In the Fall of 2019, he returned for his Doctor’s Degree at Purdue University, continuing to make significant contributions to the educational community by working for the College of Engineering through the Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS) program in the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, the College of Science through the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the College of Education through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as well as the Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST) and the Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute (GER2I). His doctoral dissertation research focused on measuring authentic learning within Purdue University’s EPICS program, exemplifying the power of authentic education initiatives to build 21st-century skills through real-world experiences. Dr. Lyon earned the 2023 Sidney Marsh Moon Teacher Award for content area expertise, motivating leadership, and exemplary teaching. He also graduated from the School of Kingdom Ministry and was invited to speak on the world stage as an Outstanding Leadership Award Honoree at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, for the 2024 Education 2.0 Conference focused on uniting changemakers to revolutionize education.
As an educator at Purdue University and the Founder and President at School Alive, Dr. Lyon has consistently advocated for a transformative approach to learning. Under his guidance, School Alive has emerged as an exemplar of authentic education that reimagines education at the community level, collaborating with home and church to nurture Christlike character and foster lifelong learning. Rooted in Judeo-Christian values, the institution emphasizes holistic education, focusing on character, virtue, and individual purpose. Stemming from Dr. Lyon’s spiritual revelation in 2020, School Alive addresses modern education’s inherent challenges with vision and innovation. Implementing Dr. Lyon’s “Authentic HAMSTER Education” framework, School Alive moves beyond STEM, STEAM, and STREAM to seamlessly blend Healthcare, Art, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Religion, providing students with comprehensive and faith-grounded education. Amidst changing educational landscapes, Dr. Lyon’s revolutionary vision for School Alive remains steadfast, molding future leaders anchored in liberty, truth, and heritage while igniting their individual passions.
Mrs. Brooke Dawn Mason brings a wealth of experience and a heart deeply rooted in faith to her role on the School Alive Board. With a Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Professional Development from Eastern Illinois University and an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Personnel from Danville Area Community College, her academic background is both rich and diverse. Brooke’s professional journey, highlighted by her certification as a Certified Coding Associate from the American Health Information Management Association and significant roles in medical billing and office management, showcases her commitment to excellence and precision. Currently working for a dermatology office and formerly serving as a Billing and Coding Coordinator at Purdue University Student Health Center, Brooke’s expertise in managing intricate systems and fostering efficient, compassionate environments is invaluable.
Raised near Danville, Illinois, Brooke’s journey to Indiana began in 2013, a move inspired by love and a shared vision of building a life centered on faith with her husband, Jared. Her passion for revolutionizing education through a Christ-centered foundation is deeply personal. Brooke envisions a world where education is not just about academic achievement but about nurturing the whole child to grow into the person God created them to be. Her desire to support the transformation of education in our country, to lay its foundations on Christ and the principles upon which our nation was built, is a testament to her faith and commitment to service. Brooke’s philosophy, inspired by 1 Corinthians 15:58, is a beacon for her work: steadfastness in faith, unwavering dedication to the Lord’s work, and the belief that such labor is never in vain. This scripture, coupled with her professional acumen and personal journey underscores her multifaceted ability to lead, inspire, and contribute meaningfully to School Alive’s mission.
In her personal life, Brooke’s greatest joy and calling is being a wife and mother, embracing the beauty and challenges of family life with grace and faith. Her passion for God’s Word and its foundational truth for our educational system is a guiding light for her service on the School Alive Board. Brooke’s commitment to creating a nurturing, safe space for children to learn and grow is fueled by her belief in the transformative power of education grounded in Christ’s love and teachings. Brooke Mason’s journey is marked by a Dolly Parton quote she holds dear: “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” In her role as Secretary, Brooke is not just paving a new road; she’s helping to lay the foundation for a revolution in education, driven by the unshakeable faith and values that define School Alive.