What do we mean by
School Reimagined?

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How will I learn?

Core Skills

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Mastering Reading, Writing, Math, and Civilization using computer simulations and intense Socratic Discussions.

Quests

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Competing and collaborating in a game-like series of real world projects to learn 21st Century Skills.

Apprenticeships

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Experimenting with entrepreneurs, scientists and community leaders,honing your most precious gifts and talents until you find a “calling” in life.

Our Philosophy of Learning

We believe that:

Clear thinking leads to good decisions,
Good decisions lead to the right habits,
The right habits lead to character and
Character becomes destiny.

Measuring Mastery

Badges

Earn Badges to Prove you've mastered new skills

Young heroes celebrate the mastery of tools, skills and character by earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions.

  1. Parents use badges to track academic progress in Core Skills like reading, writing, math and spelling and character development in "Learn to Be" Badges.
  2. Electronic and hard copy Portfolios capture rough drafts, photos, video and other creative work.
  3. Public exhibitions at the end of most Quests allow young heroes to present work to experts, customers or the public for a real world test.

Personalized Tools

Dream box
Khan
Duolingo
Spelling city
Click spell
Mango
Nored link
Good reads

“The Talent Unbound mission is to inspire each person who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world.”

Our Campuses

Why audition

Champions

John Wesley United Methodist Church
Room E222
5830 Bermuda Dunes Dr
Houston, TX 77069

Tel. (832) 800-3817

Katy

Katy

Website

Jesse@TalentUnbound.org

Tel. (832) 930-6307

Our Team

Mike

Mike Olson

Mike Olson has been an innovator in K-12 education for over 15 years. He has worked at every level of the K-12 experience, from classroom teacher to a district level manager. He has been recognized as one of the top 70 educational entrepreneurs at the SXSWedu conference in 2015. And Talent Unbound has been written about in Education Week magazine and has appeared on the top tier education blog, Getting Smart.

Mike loves spending time outdoors, is a father of two, and is a Rice University graduate.

Tory

Tory Gattis

Tory is passionate about education reform, improving cities, and innovative new approaches to organization, including winning the Gary Hamel Management Innovation Prize for his Bossless Organization concept and founding OpenTeams, a web-based collaborative software company that emphasized openness and transparency inside large organizations.

He is a native Houstonian, 6th-generation Texan, Rice University graduate with a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, former consultant with the prestigious global consulting firm McKinsey, and speaker at TEDx Houston. In his spare time, he writes his long-running Houston Strategies and Opportunity Urbanist blogs for the Houston Chronicle, and writes and speaks as a Founding Senior Fellow with the Center for Opportunity Urbanism.

Beth

Beth Phillips

Beth Phillips is our lead Guide for the Champions Foundations Studio (elementary age). Beth has been a passionate learner throughout her life and her love of teaching began when she was a child. While attending Rice University earning her degree in mathematics and pursuing her musical hobbies, she also took Rice's rigorous and hands-on teaching courses. One of the many reasons Beth has been drawn to education is her belief that each person deserves to learn without fear and find a calling to positively change the world. Being a Talent Unbound Guide provides Beth the opportunity to be present when a Hero learns something unexpected and joyful in their learning path.

Jonita

Jonita Colling-Holland

Jonita Colling-Holland comes from a family of lifelong learners and she enjoys helping our Heroes grow into lifelong learners. She began her educational training in high school through peer tutoring. While attending the University of Alberta she completed her degree program as an English/Educational Psychology double major with a Special Education minor. Jonita is a passionate Canadian who feels fortunate to live in Texas and have the opportunity to call both Canada and the U.S.A. home.

Helping Heroes take risks to overcome obstacles they never dreamt of tackling is Jonita's favorite part of being a Talent Unbound Guide. She enjoys bearing witness as Heroes become increasingly empowered on their educational journeys

Jesse

Jesse Grimm

Jesse has been leading a Talent Unbound campus since April of 2015 at both the Galleria and Katy studios. Previously, he taught seventh grade math in Alief and was a Dean of Instruction and Assistant Principal in HISD.

From the beginning of his career in education, Jesse has known that changes needed to be made to the educational system in order to better prepare our children for the 21st century economy and workplace. In 2016, he completed the Rice Educational Entrepreneurship Program at Rice University along with an MBA from the Jones School of Business. Working on that degree propelled his thinking towards an alternative to the current K-12 educational model.

Jesse has been married since 2008 to his wife McKenzie who is a ceramics teacher at Tompkins High School is Katy ISD. They have 4 unique daughters, each with their own passions and talents. Their two oldest daughters are Heroes at Talent Unbound in Katy. In their spare time, the family enjoys being outside, working in the garden or art studio, and remodeling their home.

Jeannie

Jeannie Kim

​Words are one of Jeannie’s favored forms of expression and introspection. A lifelong learner of languages and cultures, Jeannie spends her time outside Talent Unbound writing short stories and poems and developing a platform for students to exchange writing feedback. She also practices Italian on Busuu and DuoLingo alongside the Heroes.

​Prior to joining Talent Unbound, Jeannie taught seventh grade reading and writing at KIPP Sharpstown in Houston where she also designed her own curricula.

In another life, she worked in valuation advisory and investment management in Los Angeles and Shanghai

​Jeannie graduated from Taylor High School in Katy and earned her BA and BSEconomics through the Huntsman International Studies and Business Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Get Inspired

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Jeff Sandefer

Co-Founder of
Acton Academy.

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Sal Khan

Founder of Khan Academy visiting Acton Academy.

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Sugata Mitra

Founder of School In The Cloud visiting Acton Academy.

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