Experience how Acton is transforming education in this independent, award-winning documentary.

play button

Watch the video.

Our Story

Todd and Julie

A few years ago we felt our family was suffocating. Todd was working out of town most of the time and Julie was working full time as a Registered Nurse while trying to manage the homefront as well. Everyday was a rush. Quality family time was being lost. Julie quit her job and began homeschooling to offer our children a more unique, personalized style of learning and to spend more time together as a family, traveling with Todd for work as often as they could and taking learning on the road. As our children began learning at their own pace, through play, projects, exploring their environment and cities traveled, we soon realized they were learning and thriving in a very non-traditional way. And our family was whole again.

We believe our kids can change the world. We want to equip them with the tools to build and lead a meaningful life and encourage a love of lifelong learning. We are excited to offer them an opportunity that will equip them to learn to do and learn to be in this world.

Our Team

Julie Stady
Co-Founder, Executive Director

Julie is a Registered Nurse and has practiced in various critical care settings for 18 years, as well as teaching wellness and prevention and practicing public-school nursing, before deciding to invest more in her two children though homeschooling. Her experience working with patients, as well as her own children, has enabled her to learn compassion and encourage children and adults to strive for their best. She believes in the vast learning potential that a project-based, learner-driven community can provide for children as they connect new concepts with real world applications. She currently serves as the Lead Elementary Guide.

Todd Stady
Co-Founder, Director of Operations

Todd received his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and holds Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. His career began practicing as an OT here in the Central New York community and has had the opportunity to work with both pediatric and adult populations in both rehabilitative and preventative environments. Drawing on these experiences has allowed for a transition to his current position as a HealthCare Information Technology consultant, where he works to assist health care systems implement and optimize the use of the electronic health record and other technologies to facilitate improved care delivery and outcomes. He is experienced with serving and directing the nomination committee for the Board of Elders for his church. He is passionate about education and providing children in the community, as well as his own, with positive learning experiences to increase their success and achievement.

Natalia Lester
Program Coordinator

"The thought of a learning environment that incorporates active learning, includes all the senses, and emphasizes a pursuit personalized to your individual gifts, sounds amazing. What kid doesn't deserve that?"

Our promises to your child

They will:

  • Begin a Hero's Journey
  • Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner.
  • Develop a deep respect for economic, political and religious freedoms.
  • Cherish the arts, wonders of the physical world and the mysteries of life on Earth.
  • Discover his or her most precious gifts and learn to use them to solve difficult problems.
  • Understand the importance of strong character.
  • Value a healthy lifestyle of mind and body.

Hi, I'm July Stady. 👋

I'm Co-Founder of Acton Academy Syracuse.

Learn more about Acton Academy Syracuse!

Discover what a 21st Century, self-paced, hands-on learning environment can mean for your child!

Learn more about us! 👋