It happens when I listen to sports announcers describe a game on TV or when the conversation turns to pop culture—fashion, music, recording artists, etc. I recognize words being used as English but that’s where the recognition ends. This is a bit how I felt talking recently with the very highly accomplished videogame designer Randy Nash ’02.
Randy is senior technical designer at Playful Studios, a premiere independent game studio located in McKinney, Texas. His journey to this position of great responsibility has been swift and reflects his eagerness for challenge and opportunity, a posture cultivated at MSR. Arriving on the Lead Mine Campus as a toddler, Randy continued through the final year offered, which at that time was 6th year. He believes his father ‘s educational viewpoint—teach children how to teach themselves—is what led his parents to choose a Montessori school. “My dad was all about teaching the man to fish, not just giving him a fish,” says Randy. He recalls that even on summer breaks and vacations, his dad was coaching him in how to “take things apart, physically and intellectually, and put them back together.” After MSR, Randy was enrolled in local public schools for Grades 7 through 10, but at that point his parents decided they could do a better job, and Randy was homeschooled through high school.