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Welcome to E.S.T.E.A.M: an Acton Academy

At the Core of our Program are the Acton Academy Principals of Learning.  Our Full Program includes teaming with Industry leaders such as 4Reelz School of Film, Learning Fun 101,  and many others who will be an integral part of our community and assist in guiding our students along the way thru our Enrichment Programs. A Young Film Makers Club &  Robotics Club will be staples in our program.

This is not your ordinary School and Our Students are not your Ordinary Students!! Parents and Students have a say in what we bring in and how we move forward. Parents will also have the opportunity to be involved in the communities projects.

The perfect candidate for Acton E.S.T.E.A.M are Self-Sufficient, Outside the Box Thinkers! Creative, Risk Takers, who Dream Big and are Not Afraid of Failure!

We are located in Round Rock, Texas, and accept students from all the surrounding areas, including: North Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander, Liberty Hill, Hutto, Tayler, Pflugerville.

Nicholle Walton-Durban: Co-Founder & Mentor

Nicholle Walton-Durban: Passion, Purpose, Curiosity, and Grit. These are the things that have driven Nicholle thru her life. Born and raised in the South, at the age of 20, she would set out on her Hero’s journey and chase her dreams to Los Angeles, CA. There she attended Santa Monica College,Cal State Fullerton, studied Theater Arts, traveled to China as part of a Musical Theater Troupe/Cross Cultural Exchange Program, received her license in Cosmetology, and worked her way up in a startup from an entry level position to VP of Operations in just under 5 years. After relocating to Austin, TX in 2008, Nicholle opened Edgen Films in 2010, and then 4Reelz School of Film in 2014, offering classes and camps where kids, teens, and adults of all ages could come to explore, create, and express, while learning and developing skills in a variety of Art / Tech Industry’s.

Of all her adventures, becoming Mom to 3 wonderful boys is truly where passion and purpose aligned, and Nicholle wanted to ensure they would have an environment where they could discover their own unique gifts, talents, passion’s, and purpose. In 2016, Nicholle would team up with Joann Nolte and open E.S.T.E.A.M Academy (an Acton Academy affiliate) combining their love of Art, Technology, and Entrepreneurship with Core Academic Studies, Socratic based Discussions, Projected-Based Learning and Enrichment, in a Student-Led environment.

 

JoAnn Nolte:  Co-Founder & Mentor

JoAnn Nolte: As a life-long learner, JoAnn has pursued a wide range of knowledge and experience across several fields.  JoAnn studied Organizational Management and Youth Psychology while attending Colorado Christian University, she began her journey in the realm of learning as she and her four children journeyed together through 12 years of homeschooling.

Along the way, JoAnn has learned real-life lessons on how young minds truly think and learn, how to celebrate and capitalize on those varied learning styles, and strengthen individual talents and interests.  She celebrates opportunities to see those around her heroically traverse challenges to discover how they can change their corner of the world.  She truly believes that everyday life is a huge, open classroom with endless possibilities.

While on this learning journey JoAnn started Learning Fun 101: LEGO Robotics, an educational company in the Central Texas Area that reaches over 2000 children every year with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.   Learning Fun 101 success was the beginning of her life as an entrepreneur and a key component in the creation of E.S.T.E.A.M Academy.

:: Studio Guides ::

Brett

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Upper Studios Guide
Archery Club
Trade Skills Club

Dan

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Prep Guide
Art Club
Board Games Club
eSports Team

Jenna

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Discovery Guide

:: Enrichment Club Guides ::

Justin

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Digital Art Club
Film Club
Trade Skills Club

Betty

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Cooking Club
Gardening Club

Melissa

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Discovery Clubs

Kelsey

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Performing Arts Club -Technical Director

Josh

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Performing Arts Club – Musical Director

Michael

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Enrichment Clubs
Athletics Coach