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Our Story

As parents of three young children, we believe strongly that they are destined to find a calling that will change the world. We believe our role as parents is to inspire and equip our children for their Hero’s Journey.

Many years ago we became enthralled with what Acton Academy could mean for the future of education and our children. As a student at Acton School of Business, Ian saw firsthand the impact the Acton method had on students. When we moved to St. George, UT to be near family, it was on one condition, that we would start an Acton Academy in St. George for our kids and the community. We believe it’s important to prepare our children for the future with an education that will match the challenges and the demands that they will inevitably face. We believe Acton Academy will do that for future generations.

As we start our Hero’s Journey, we encourage you to join us in finding yours. We invite you to explore Acton Academy St. George and reach out as you prepare for this life-changing journey.

Ian and Stephanie Lindsey
Acton Academy St. George Co-Founders

St. George Campus

Acton Academy St. George, a Montessori inspired Private School in St. George, UT, is currently located in the Little Valley area and will be moving to historic downtown St. George in late Fall 2021.

Our Team

Ian Lindsey
Acton Academy St. George

Ian Lindsey is the Co-founder and Head of School at Acton Academy St. George, a pre-k Montessori, Elementary, and Middle private school in St. George, Utah. William Butler Yeats once said that “Education is not so much the filling of a bucket as the lighting of a fire.” Acton Academy does just that and has been hailed by the former US Education Secretary as a leading example of education innovation.

Ian’s background includes years in the technology industry creating better practices, increasing sales, managing financials, and leading teams for start-up companies and universities. He has worked with some of the most innovative educators in the world. Ian holds a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho and an MBA from Acton School of Business in Austin, TX. While at Acton, his love for education was solidified. Acton MBA’s mission is to prepare talented and dedicated individuals for extraordinary lives as principled entrepreneurs.

Amidst Ian’s education, he was a competitive snowboarder, an accomplished musician, and an avid golf player.

Together, Ian and his wife Stephanie founded Acton Academy St. George to provide the community they love with this magical learning environment. They have a passion for learning, innovation, and believe that one person can change the world. They are the proud parents of three young children.

Stephanie Lindsey
Acton Academy St. George

Stephanie Lindsey enjoys her dual life as the co-founder of Etch Design Group and a full-time mother of three very active children. Motivated by their love for their children, Stephanie and her husband Ian have founded Acton Academy St. George, a pre-k Montessori, Elementary, and Middle private school in St. George, Utah.

Professionally, Stephanie is an award-winning interior designer and manages a full-service residential and boutique commercial interior design firm with her business partner, Jessica Nelson.

She graduated from the Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach, CA with her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Stephanie has worked with contractors, designers, and architects throughout the country, developing a unique and versatile portfolio of projects. She believes in client satisfaction, honesty, and integrity in all that she does. Stephanie is a Registered Interior Designer (RID) and is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).

Stephanie and her family live in St. George, UT. Her hobbies include painting, kayaking, and chasing her children.

Jeff Sandefer
Advisor and Acton Academy Co-Founder

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 Entrepreneurship 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.

Laura Sandefer
Advisor and Acton Academy Co-Founder

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."