Lessons Learned as an Edupreneur Year 2: You can’t be everything to everyone | Tanya Sheckley | 3 Min Read

March 9, 2023

When I first launched my school we wanted to create programs that were accessible to more students than just our own.  The reasoning for this was multi-faceted.  We wanted to have an impact on the community and reach as many youths as possible.  The goal was to offer programs for students who might not have access to them otherwise. And, less altruistically, we needed to pay the bills.  

When we opened UP Academy we were focused on creating an inclusive environment for students with and without physical disabilities.  Our goal was to create a methodology that could be replicated and shared so that we could support students all over the world.  We intentionally wanted to have as many programs in the school as we could so that parents and students didn’t need to run to several after-school programs to fill in the gaps for their children.  We envisioned push-in therapies, Spanish, Mandarin, SEL (Social Emotional Learning), Art, Coding, Music, Entrepreneurship, STEAM, and of course a full academic curriculum.  We offered several of our classes to the homeschool community to come and join us for a few hours a week as we built our programs and worked…

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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.