Tanya Sheckley | Be The Change: How One Rebel Is Making A Difference

May 24, 2023

It is easy to identify some of the challenges and opportunities in education. Actually doing something about it is much harder. Even with no formal background in education, Tanya Sheckley identified some opportunities for change and ended up founding UP Academy: an elementary lab school that engages children's senses wonder and curiosity by focusing on their academic, emotional and physical growth through a differentiated learning and project-based curriculum. In this episode, she talks about how she found herself starting a school, what her goals are, and what is happening next.

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, challenge what's broken in the American education system, and that all children can receive a rigorous well-rounded education. She is an Edupreneur, 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.

For more information on Up Academy, visit www.upacademysf.com.

For more on Tanya Sheckley, visit www.tanyasheckley.com.

Become a Member


ALEP / Certificate Programs


Comprehensive industry education: ALEP and Advanced Certificate Program


Online Awards


Visit our showcase of past online entry submissions


LearningSCAPES 2024


October 16-19, 2024
Portland, OR