Parents around the world are reinventing education by opening Acton Academies. Are you ready to join the revolution?

Jennea Potter (Founder).

Our Story

For the past three years, I have researched a multitude of schools and education options for my daughter. After trying a homeschool program for kindergarten, I found myself searching once again for something more for her. My mission was to find an education which would allow her creativity to flourish while at the same time insuring she was receiving a solid foundation in math, reading and writing. It was vital for me to find an education opportunity which would prepare her for our everchanging new world in technology, help her develop critical thinking skills necessary for the real world, and not focus on standardized tests or regurgitating facts. I truly want her to love learning!

One evening, I discovered an article in Forbes magazine about education options, and Acton Academy was mentioned. From that article, I began to research Acton Academy. My excitement led me to stay awake all night reading about their Socratic discussions, the learner-driven model and the belief each child has a gift that can change the world in a profound way. I knew this was the opportunity I must give my daughter and other children in our community. Beginning with the launch of Acton Academy Southlake in fall 2018, the journey will begin!

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Jennea Potter

Founder

Jennea Potter is a native Texan with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for providing the best education opportunities possible for children in her community. After several years of studying private piano, Jennea’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to begin her first company, at sixteen years old, providing music lessons for beginning piano students. She worked with the high school principal and counselors in creating a work release/apprenticeship program for budding entrepreneurs.

After graduation, Jennea continued to teach in her spare time while working as an International Knowledge Management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Realizing the need for an early childhood music program that was truly educational, she designed a program for children ages 18 months to five years old to introduce them to music theory along with singing and instrument play.

In 2001, Jennea decided to give up her career with Pricewaterhouse and pursue her passion as a music teacher. She began teaching music classes full-time and founded Little Musicmaker which provides quality, early childhood music education at child care facilities, Montessori schools, her private studio in Southlake and various additional locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Jennea is an active member of MENSA, Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Fort Worth Music Teachers Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers and Piano Teachers Forum. Currently, she is serving on her third consecutive term as Vice President of Student Activities for the Fort Worth Music Teachers Association.

Laura Sandefer

Advisor

Laura lived on both US coasts and in between as a child, then settled into Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate studies in the College of Arts and Science. After being awarded the highly competitive Walter Wattles Fellowship at Lloyd’s of London, Laura worked in the aviation insurance industry in New York City. Deciding to follow her calling into the world of education, Laura returned to Nashville and earned her Master of Education at Peabody College. This led her to her work at the Oklahoma Arts Institute, creating fine arts education programs for teachers and talented high school students.

Laura married Jeff Sandefer and is the happy mother of Sam and Charlie and step-mother to Taite. It is the inspiration of these children that led Laura and Jeff to co-found Acton Academy.

Her greatest hero is her mother who was a Master Teacher. Her wisest mentor is her father who sent her off to college with two words of advice: "Be curious".

Jeff Sandefer

Advisor

Jeff Sandefer lives a dual life as an entrepreneur and a Socratic Guide. As an entrepreneur, he founded his first company at age 16 and went on to found or co-found seven successful businesses.

As a Socratic teacher at the University of Texas, Jeff's students five times voted him the school's Outstanding Teacher and Businessweek named him one of the top Entrepeneurship professors in America. Jeff went on to co-found the Acton School of Business, an MBA program perennially ranked by the Princeton Review among the best in the nation. In 2012 The Economist honored him as one of the top fifteen Business School professors in the world.

Jeff is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he served for over twenty years on the school's governing committees. He was a longtime director of the Philanthropy Roundtable and National Review magazine and one of the youngest members ever elected to the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

I have seen so much development in our son, just in the last few months - not just academically, but in the way he responds to adults and even his younger brother.  He is also more prone to figure things out on his own rather than coming to me or his mom for everything. We love Acton and love what we are seeing in our son!
Patrick B. — Parent
Our promises to your child

He or she will:

  • Begin a Hero’s Journey.
  • Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner.
  • Develop a deep respect for economic, political and religious freedoms.
  • Cherish the arts, wonders of the physical world and the mysteries of life on Earth.
  • Discover his or her most precious gifts and learn to use them to solve difficult problems.
Our beliefs
  • We believe each child has a gift that can change the world in a profound way.
  • We believe in a closely connected family of lifelong learners.
  • We believe in learning by knowing, learning by doing and learning by being.
  • We believe in economic, religious, and political freedom.

JOY + RIGOR = MASTERY

Embracing rigor is part of saying ‘yes’ to a Hero’s Journey. Deep learning brings a special sense of joy, but the mastery required for a Hero’s Journey goes even further, requiring commitment, discipline and hard work towards a worthy goal.

Hi, I'm Jennea Potter, Founder of Acton Academy Southlake 👋

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