Meet Megan Hurley. She’s one of the most genuine people I know. It’s always refreshing to meet women who are genuine and inclusive. As a fitness enthusiast and business owner of Barre3 in Fayetteville, Megan has become a mentor and friend to everyone who steps foot through the door of her studio. (I speak from personal experience.)
She and her husband, Brian, moved to Fayetteville in 2005 and have two young boys, ages 4 and 6. Megan has an English degree from Columbia University (can you say brains and beauty?!) in New York City and a master’s degree in English from the University of Arkansas. She taught high school English at a public school in New York City for several years before moving to Arkansas where she and Brian both taught at KIPP Delta Collegiate High School in Helena.
After getting to know Megan, I truly believe she’s on a mission to make the world a better place. She introduces herself and makes it her top priority to welcome every new student that attends one of her classes at Barre3. I’ve seen her do this week after week, and trust me… she always knows if you’re a new face in class!
While visiting her husband’s family in Oregon over the Christmas holiday in 2012, Megan took a Barre3 class and left inspired. After encouragement from her mother-in-law, who Megan says helped make the Fayetteville studio possible, she has merged her love of teaching with fitness as a service to others.
Megan opened Barre3 in December 2013 with 24 classes and seven staff, including herself. Now the studio offers 37 classes each week with a team of 23.
Barre3 really aligns with her personal values of having a whole body health lifestyle. She says, “It’s not just about working out. Healthy living is a life-long effort that comes with skills like learning to cook, not shaming ourselves when we eat a donut and letting go of the quick-fix ideas that our fitness industry sells us.”
Through Barre3, Megan has hosted healthy eating programs in which she helps women build cooking skills through sharing recipes and resources. She also regularly donates to local nonprofits through fundraisers at the studio and classes to benefit those in need.
As a business owner, it's easy to recognize Megan's commitment to hard work. She's also a great mom who's present and involved with her family. I could go on and on about the authenticity of this amazing woman. All this, coupled with her passion as a former educator, is why I know she'll do a great job representing the Fayetteville Public Schools. Her oldest son attends public school in Fayetteville, so she's acutely aware of the needs in our school system. She's running for a seat on Fayetteville's school board and you can cast your vote on September 20 (early voting opens today, September 13). If you want to meet Megan in person, drop by Gulley Park on Sunday, September 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Or if you just want to learn more about Megan and her campaign, visit her Facebook page: Megan for Fayetteville School Board.
Please, do us all a favor and vote for Megan. I know I am.