Exploring Student Experiences with Natalie Chen | Tanya Sheckley

May 2, 2024

On this Rebel Educator® podcast, Tanya Sheckley has a conversation with Natalie Chen, a ninth-grade high school student and was one of her daughter Eliza’s best friends, about amplifying student voices and understanding the experiences and needs of learners.

Natalie has encountered a variety of educational approaches throughout her academic career so far and she’s here to talk to us about her experiences, her thoughts on the pros and cons of the different styles that she’s had and share with us some of the work she’s done to teach young learners a critical life skill.


  • Natalie’s experiences in a project-based elementary school, a private middle school, and a public high school.
  • The pros and cons of each of the schools Natalie attended.
  • Community, collaboration, and parent involvement.
  • Natalie’s vision for the perfect school experience.
  • Why Natalie created a financial literacy curriculum for students.
  • Social media’s effect of modern learners.

Tanya Sheckley

Tanya Sheckley is Founder and President of UP Academy, an elementary lab school which values innovation, empathy and strength and incorporates a unique neuro-development program for children with physical disabilities. Tanya’s vision and mission show it’s possible to celebrate differences, change what’s broken in the American education system, and that all children can receive a rigorous, well-rounded education. She is an Edpreneur, Author of Rebel Educator: Create Classrooms of Imagination and Impact and host of the Rebel Educator podcast. She speaks frequently on the future of education and entrepreneurship. She is a rebel educator who works with new and existing schools to question the status quo and develop innovative student experiences through inclusion and project-based learning.

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