The Acton Academy mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world.Visit our blog
He or she will:
Begin a Hero's Journey
Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner.
Develop a deep respect for economic, political and religious freedoms.
Cherish the arts, wonders of the physical world and the mysteries of life on Earth.
Discover his or her most precious gifts and learn to use them to solve difficult problems.
We believe each child has a gift that can change the world in a profound way
We believe in a closely connected family of lifelong learners.
We believe in learning by knowing, learning by doing and learning by being.
We believe in economic, religious, and political freedom.
Head of School
Sandi Teeter was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She studied Education at the University of Texas at Austin where she specialized in Math and Reading. Having been around construction her whole life, it was no surprise, her path lead her into homebuilding rather than education.
She moved to Houston after graduation where she transitioned from various accounting and purchasing roles to the land development and acquisition side of the homebuilding industry. In 2006, she and Scott moved their family to San Antonio, Texas. She spent several years as a VP Project Manager for a private builder and is currently a VP of Sales & Marketing Manager for a large public home builder.
Sandi & Scott are the proud parents of three beautiful children. Emily, William and Brian fuel our passion to continue our Hero’s Journey.
Scott Teeter, born in Washington, DC and raised in New Jersey and Philadelphia, considers himself a Texan. He graduated from Penn State University's Schreyer Honors College in 1989 with a degree in Finance. He worked in Dallas for EDS until he returned to Philadelphia to attend graduate school at The Warton School where he received his MBA with a concentration in Finance and Strategic Management. During his graduate studies he spent 6 months in Sydney, Australia at the Graduate School of Management.
After graduation he worked in business development for Frito Lay in Dallas and supported one of their largest product launches. He followed his mentors to Centex Homes where he acquired numerous companies across the country. He found his calling when he combined finance, land acquisition, community planning and development. This passion moved him to Houston and eventually to San Antonio. Scott currently works for a public homebuilder as the VP of Land Acquisition and Development for San Antonio and Austin.
His love for family and community inspired him to start Acton Academy San Antonio.
Daniel Herbruger is a Socratic Facilitator who helped pioneer the second Acton Academy location which was opened in Guatemala City in 2012. During that experience he enabled learners to learn how-to learn instead of what-to learn.
He is a graduate level adjunct professor at a Tulane University affiliated business school and as a faculty member he is in the top five percentile of the student’s evaluations.
As a lifelong learner himself, Daniel has been one of the youngest participants in the Socrates Program hosted by the Aspen Institute and has been part of the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar for two consecutive years.
As part of his Hero’s Journey, he likes to see the world at 10 miles per hour and has pedaled 2,891 miles from Washington State to Washington DC and has also biked the Berlin-Copenhagen bikeway with his wife Rebeca. He is also the host of a personal finance podcast known as La Asignatura Pendiente which is top rated in iTunes.
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".
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 Entrepeneurship 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.