Mastering Reading, Writing, Math, and Civilization using computer simulations and intense Socratic Discussions.
Competing and collaborating in a game-like series of real world projects to learn 21st Century Skills.
Experimenting with entrepreneurs, scientists and community leaders,honing your most precious gifts and talents until you find a “calling” in life.
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.
Young heroes celebrate the mastery of tools, skills and character by earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions.
“The Talent Unbound mission is to inspire each person who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world.”
We want to inspire you to use your most special gifts, in a way that brings great joy, to solve a deep burning need in the world. At Talent Unbound, we call this a Hero’s Journey.
Our promise at Talent Unbound is to have you well prepared for any selective university where you can score high enough on a standardized test to gain admittance.
Universities are changing so rapidly that it’s difficult to imagine what a college education will look like in ten years. Unfortunately, many colleges still place a great deal of importance on standardized tests, which are little more than IQ tests, and are difficult to improve on once you understand basic test taking tricks.
Once you get over the test taking barrier at the university of your choice, your portfolio and critical thinking skills will be a big boost during the application and interviewing process.
Most importantly, you’ll be well prepared to shine in the real world, whether you choose to go to college full time, part time or not at all.
Talent Unbound runs 9 or 10 months a year (depending on location), typically with five to six week “sprints” followed by a week off. Tuition at each campus is $4500 per academic year.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, ages 8 through 18 at our Champions Campus and ages 5 through 12 at our Katy Campus. For future academic years, we will accept older students at our Katy location.
We are open for parent visits on Tuesdays from 9:00-11:00am at our Champions campus. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment beforehand.
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5830 Bermuda Dunes Dr
Houston, TX 77069
Tel. (832) 800-3817
Tel. (832) 930-6307
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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