My name is Mike Ma, co-founder of Creator’s House. When my firstborn, Seth, was born and I began asking the questions all new parents ask about; parenting, education and how to raise him the way God would want his son to be raised. Before there was ever an educational institution, there was a family.  I love how God wants us to choose abundant life in the garden of freedom, with intimate connection to His heart.  God was bigger than our mistakes and wrong choices.  What would learning look like in Father’s house?

The question that plagued me was if traditional school was the best education I could provide my children, knowing they are unique, they are creative and they have calling from God. I’m an entrepreneur and an innovator. In my heart I believed there had to be a better way! The idea of homework, frequent tests, sitting in a classroom all day, and conforming to a school agenda felt to me like I was wasting my children’s time and limiting their potential. 

3 years ago, God connected us with a family.  Jeff and Laura Sandefer had launched Acton Academy for their two young boys. I visited Acton and remember thinking, “Those kids are empowered, encouraged, and absolutely love learning. I would have given anything for that type of education.” I did not know that starting a school would be part of the path the Lord had for my family. But when the Holy Spirit spoke those words in me, I knew. We have the opportunity to see God working in incredible ways on a daily basis in the lives of kids and their families.

If you are ready to reinvent education for your family, I encourage you to connect with us. We look forward to meeting your family.

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Our vision is to see generations who are confidently living out their truest identity, pursuing their callings, and being heroes in their community.

Moonjung Ooi

Head of School / Guide

My first invitation to adventure in education came when homeschooling my own children - my first born, at 6 years old, had been in an international school for a year, while we were in the mission field 9 years ago. So, our journey of learning began together.

I grew up with a rigorous, yet rigid, traditional Asian education until I was 17, when I moved to America. I had an opportunity to go through the U.S. public high school system for half of my high school education, then to Fine Art School in Baltimore (Maryland Institute of College) to complete a Bachelor in Fine Art. With a calling for mission work in Asia, I moved to South Carolina for graduate study at Columbia International University for seminary training in inter-cultural study with a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign language) degree.

It has been a challenging and rewarding journey with my children, as so much of this journey have been a continuation of my own learning - new and old - being redeemed. I have been learning new subjects as Latin, logic, Socratic dialogue, and debate through classical education with my children, as well as re-learning subjects like science and math and history in a new light and new language. I have gone through a year long counseling program at Seattle School of Theology since our return back from the mission field, and have been tutoring and directing the elementary, middle school, and high school program with Classical Conversation over the last 5 years. My daughter and son are 16 and 13 years old respectively and both are actively pursuing their God-given gifts and callings in their lives.

What I love and appreciate the most in our journey has been the fact that we have been a learning community as a family - pursuing God together and dreaming for each other for His Kingdom. The most exciting part of life given to me is knowing Him and journeying with Him deeper. I have seen His people find true daily calling and ‘playing’ in His kingdom with obedience and delight. Coming together with Mike and Amy, daring to plunge into a new adventure in Creator’s House - ‘a new place of worship - playing in His playground as His children’ - with trust in His leading, has been so delightful!

Laura Sandefer

Advisor

Laura lived on both US coasts and in between as a child, then settled into Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate studies in the College of Arts and Science.

After being awarded the highly competitive Walter Wattles Fellowship at Lloyd’s of London, Laura worked in the aviation insurance industry in New York City. Deciding to follow her calling into the world of education, Laura returned to Nashville and earned her Master of Education at Peabody College. This led her to her work at the Oklahoma Arts Institute, creating fine arts education programs for teachers and talented high school students.

Laura married Jeff Sandefer and is the happy mother of Sam and Charlie and step-mother to Taite. It is the inspiration of these children that led Laura and Jeff to co-found Acton Academy.

Her greatest hero is her mother who was a Master Teacher. Her wisest mentor is her father who sent her off to college with two words of advice: ``Be curious``.

Jeff Sandefer

Advisor

Jeff Sandefer lives a dual life as an entrepreneur and a Socratic Guide.

As an entrepreneur, he founded his first company at age 16 and went on to found or co-found seven successful businesses.

As a Socratic teacher at the University of Texas, Jeff's students five times voted him the school's Outstanding Teacher and Businessweek named him one of the top Entrepeneurship professors in America. Jeff went on to co-found the Acton School of Business, an MBA program perennially ranked by the Princeton Review among the best in the nation. In 2012 The Economist honored him as one of the top fifteen Business School professors in the world.

Jeff is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he served for over twenty years on the school's governing committees. He was a longtime director of the Philanthropy Roundtable and National Review magazine and one of the youngest members ever elected to the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO LEARNERS

Creator’s House admits learners of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to learners at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.