Hello. We're the Lucas Family.
We've been there. We are there.
Being a parent of young children today is tough. And rewarding. But mostly tough. This whole Life-Sherpa-for-Tiny-People thing is no joke - it's our greatest privilege and our passion.
We know what it's like to desperately want to arm your child with the tools and skills they will need to live a rich, fulfilling Life of Meaning...and yet not know exactly how to go about delivering it...
We know where we're going.
After searching high and low for an educational model that resonated with us, most roads have led to deep disappointment (and sometimes outrage). They deserve better - we all do.
We strongly believe that the Acton Academy educational model offers the most promise for delivering the learning outcomes young people deserve.
Come with us.
We are proud to be part of the growing movement of parents and educators that are disrupting the current educational landscape. This is part of our own Hero's Journey...wanna join us?
- Head of School -
Born & raised in Houston, Texas by a pack of feral lifelong learners, I came to Austin to attend the University of Texas. Two Bachelor's degrees, an MBA, a husband, two kids and two dogs later, I'm ready to take my passion for disruptive education to the next level. Check out my online resume here if you'd like.
- Lead Guide -
My Hero's Journey has had lots of twists and turns and I have found myself doing many different things, from teaching high school Math & Spanish, to working as a professional chef, to co-founding our crazy little pre-k co-op. I believe everyone has a spark that brightens the world and look forward to guiding others to find their calling so that we may all leave our mark.
- Research & Development -
She started it. No really, she did. We might never be on this path if not for her. From Day 1, this little firecracker has ignited a flame that continues to help light the way through our own Hero's Journey. Wanna see what inspires her? Check out her day-to-day in the Pre-K Co-op we started!
- Quality Control -
Meet Tara, our Spark Studio Guide!
- Spark Studio Guide -
Tara Kaye has had a passionate interest in growth and development that has led her to pursue positions, voluntary and occupational, that have allowed her to grow and develop a wide range of skills as an Entrepreneur and as a parent. From working her way up from an entry-level Sales position to Owner of her own Promotional Marketing company to Independent Contractor for local small businesses to becoming a parent 7 years ago she has been focused on the science behind growth and development.
After a year of being a Mom to 2 boys - now almost 5 and 7 years old - and researching all her options for developing their mind, body and life skills, she found Tinkergarten and fell in love with their approach to cultivating all these skills through ample outdoor play. She became certified in Early Childhood Development over the next years and really honed her skills of guiding kids ages 2 to 8, and parents.
If it were not for her agreeing to be our Spark Guide we would not have a Spark Studio right now. Her entrepreneurial life experiences, certification in Early Childhood Development through Tinkergarten and Kids Coaching certification through KidStrong are exactly the well-rounded, Hero’s Journey adventurer background sought after for Acton Guides. We are so thankful to see her excited to take her love of science - growth and development - and ability to observe and guide learning in children and embark on her next Hero’s Journey with us.
Meet Mike, our Campus Support!
- Campus Support -
Introducing Mike, our newest team member!
As our Campus Support lead, Mike is helping take care of important behind-the-scenes projects as we continue to grow our learning community - everything from graphic design and administrative tasks to property improvements, tech support and learning design collaboration.
Mike has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing his teaching certification in Technology Applications. We are so thankful to see him take his passion for education and embark on this next chapter of his Hero's Journey with us.
He and his wife Ali have their hands full raising their 4 children, chickens, quail and bunnies in Jarrell, Texas.