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 in a way that prepares him for the 21st century world.

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. I’ve been an entrepreneur and an innovator for as long as I can remember. 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, I got connected 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 my entrepreneurial journey and for my family. But I knew this is what we needed to do, not just for us but also for our community. We have the opportunity to see “miracles” 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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Meet Our Team

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

Moonjung approached her adventures of cultures with a heart of learning. She was born in Korea and migrated to the U.S at 17, then served as a missionary in Cambodia. Now back in the States and settling in Seattle, WA, she and her husband David enjoy doing life with their daughter Joey (17) and son Rohaam (14).

Moonjung found her great excitement of learning during her undergraduate at Maryland Institute, College of Art, specialized in installation art. She continued her graduate study at Columbia University, Graduate School of Mission, majoring in Intercultural studies to prepare for her 11 years of life in Cambodia. Her time in Cambodia enriched her life, equipping her to adopt a continual learning attitude with people and cultures as her family lived with Cambodian university students.

Moonjung has homeschooled her two children since their first child was 6 years old, and still considers this journey as one of the most soul-shaping experiences of her life. She still enjoys growing with her children as they flourish to find their passions and callings in their lives. Both Joey and Rohaam are competing in team policy debate as a sibling team for last two years, as well as speeches and have qualified to the national competition with their speeches.

What Moonjung loves and appreciates the most in this journey of Creator’s house has been the fact that they have been a learning community with an emphasis on family. Coming together with Mike and Amy, daring to plunge into a new adventure in Creator’s House - ‘a new place of life’ has been a great blessing.

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.