Jane and John Doe - June 2018

Our Story

As parents of four young children, we believe strongly that each came to earth with unique gifts and passions that would be theirs to cherish. We believe our role as parents is to inspire and equip them to reach the potential that is already within them, by inspiring them to embark on what we call a Hero's Journey.

These principles reverberate through history as men and women, heroes, have given all in the pursuit of individual liberty. This belief is what drew us to Acton Academy, a place where children were deeply respected, discovering how they uniquely contributed to the world, rather than how they can become just like everybody else.

We continue to learn so much on this journey, but we do know we want our children to be prepared for a meaningful life, with 21st-century skills that focus on learning to "Do" and to "Be" while embracing lifelong learning.

Jane and John Doe
Acton Austin Co-Founders

Our Verona Campus

Acton Academy Essex County is centrally located at 20 Hill Street, Verona, NJ 07044.

Our Team

John Doe

Co-Founder and Head of School

John Doe was born and raised in Austin, Texas. With a passion for business and finance, he attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his degree in Business Administration.

After graduation, John founded his financial consulting firm which has now become a staple in the Austin business community, helping countless individuals and companies secure their financial futures.

With his success, John has become a sought after speaker and author. He has written several books on finance and wealth management, including his best-seller, "Wealth Management for the Modern Age," which has sold over 20,000 copies to date.

John's drive to improve education led him to co-found the Acton Academy of Austin, a cutting-edge school that blends entrepreneurship and classical education. He serves as the school's CEO and is dedicated to providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the 21st century.

Married to his high school sweetheart, Jane, John is the proud father of two children. In his free time, he enjoys exploring Austin's food scene and playing golf.

Our Advisors

Jeff Sandefer

Co-Founder - Acton Academy

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 Entrepreneurship 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.

Laura Sandefer

Co-Founder - Acton Academy

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."

Our Promises

We promise through Socratic guiding and experiential learning to encourage each member of our community to:

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    Begin a Hero’s Journey,

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    Discover precious gifts and a commitment to mastery.

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    Become a curious, independent, life-long learner.

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    Embrace the forging of a strong character.

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    Cherish the arts, the physical world, and the mysteries of life.

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    Treasure economic, political, and religious freedom.

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Our Beliefs

We believe clear thinking leads to good decisions, good decisions lead to the right habits, the right habits forge character, and character determines destiny.

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    We believe each person has a gift that can change the world in a profound way;

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    We believe in learning to learn, learning to do, and learning to be.

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    We believe in a closely connected family of life-long learners.

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    We believe in economic, political, and religious freedom.

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Our Economic Model

We believe self-directed, peer-to-peer learner-driven communities built by our young Heroes will deliver transformational learning at a cost all parents can afford.