What do we mean by
School Reimagined?

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our model school, Acton Academy
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How will I learn?

Core Skills


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.

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


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
Spelling city
Click spell
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

Work hard


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

Tel. (832) 800-3817

Why audition


Trotter Family YMCA Educational Building
1331 Augusta Dr.
Houston, TX 77057

Tel. (832) 800-3817

Our Team


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 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 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 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

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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