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Born and raised in Michigan, Erin has always had a passion for entrepreneurship. She owned businesses since she was a child and through her college years, while she earned a Bachelor of Science as an Anatomic Pathologists' Assistant. After eight years in the medical field, she followed her calling to design and build an independent coffee shop from the ground up while remaining in her profession. Four years later, a one year old and a newborn became her top priority and she sold the business. Now eight and seven, her daughters have become the inspiration that fuels new-found passions. Responding to a call to action, Erin found herself searching for a school that would empower her daughters and embrace their unique selves while preparing them to be caring, contributing community members. Finding the perfect fit in Acton Academy, she pursued ownership to ensure them the stability of this learner-driven education. Armed with the experience and knowledge that Acton philosophy can be life-changing for many children, she is determined to help families and children realize their hero within.
Tracey is a dynamic guide with 25 years of teaching experience in a variety of capacities: independent schools, unschooling parent, childbirth doula, homeschooling liaison, outdoor environmental schools, and public school. She is leading the way in cultivating lessons in a multi-age environment that fosters growth inside and outside the studio in social and environmental justice. Her instruction has always been based on student interests and abilities, driving her to create learning opportunities for students in a place-based, project-based education. A leader in stewardship education and deep ecological learning, Tracey has experience shaping course plans to meet academic, intellectual, emotional, and social needs of students. She has worked on research vessels on the Great Lakes, driven 15 passenger vans on cross country learning trips, implemented innovative nature immersion programs, and has been named "Outstanding Place Based Educator and Leader" with Southeastern Michigan Stewardship Coalition. Tracey was a childbirth doula for 16 years. She embodies all that is required of a guide to empower young learners on heroes' journeys.