May 19, 2013
The academy is
dedicated to the encouragement and support of educators who invest time, energy, and capital to create,
develop, and market programs, products, services, or technologies designed to enhance and improve education
while simultaneously working with schools and colleges to insure the learning, practical application and
appreciation of the skills and values of the entrepreneur by students they serve.
Dr. Don Leisey and Charles Lavaroni, co-directors of the
academy, have written a book titled The Educational Entrepreneur: Making a
Difference that chronicles the lives of twenty-two educators who have built successful
businesses to improve learning. These former teachers and school administrators all took personal risks to
enhance education. Each one of their stories is profoundly inspiring.