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Our Learner Driven Communities are run mostly by our Eagles, where closely connected families of lifelong learners are bound by clear covenants; and “Learning to Do” and “Learning to Be” are even more important than “Learning to Know.”


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.





Johanna Oramas is an accomplished technology professional and entrepreneur with deep interest in self-directed education, she is a natural-born problem solver and change agent. In addition to serving as Director for Acton Academy Orlando, she currently works for the Walt Disney Company in Digital Program Management where she oversees strategic initiatives within a $10B portfolio.

Since entering the digital tech space, Johanna has built a successful career working in high level project management positions at Turner Broadcasting, Payspan, Fanatics and other Fortune 500 Companies. Her specialty continues to be a keen ability to truly understand client needs and respond with program management strategies that deliver innovative solutions. She is a certified Agile ScrumMaster, PMI PMP and recipient of the ToastMasters Competent Communication Award.

A self-described autodidact, Johanna began to search for self-guided learning alternatives when her son’s interest and talent in robotics was not fostered in the traditional school setting. Joining the Acton Academy network has been a thrill for Johanna who says the opportunity enables her to create an exciting learning environment for her own children and so many others while redefining how we use digital technology to advance us in every area of life.




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 Entrepreneurship 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.




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”.