Lessons Learned as an Edupreneur, Year 3: Never make a decision alone | Tanya Sheckley | 3 Min Read

April 11, 2023

Our third year of operation at UP Academy was 2020-2021.  If you are an educator you may have just gotten goosebumps thinking about that year.  It was a year of Zoom school, a year of challenges, a year of unspoken trauma, and a year of illness and death.

It was also a year of changes, innovation, creativity, and of challenging the status quo in everything from how we order and eat at restaurants, to how we go to school.  As a rebel educator, if there’s one thing I love, it’s challenging the status quo.  

In the fall of 2020, our school was in person, in school, in our small and safe-ish community.  But not because it was my decision.  In year three we had a large enough community that we could connect with, so we could ask questions and let them lead.  

Year 3: Never Decide Alone

In March 2020 when we closed our doors, we, like everyone else, went online.  At first, it was a schedule that was modified from our school schedule, but pretty similar.  That was too much time online.  We changed it to have breaks between each class.  That was too much…

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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.