Our Grassroots Beginning
In the spring of 2012, I decided to leave my teaching position at Reid School, located in Salt Lake City, to move to the small town of Wellsville, UT. Upon hearing this news, one of my student’s mother asked if I could still teach her son full time. Due to the long commute, she proposed an online one-on-one school set up where I would teach all four core subjects in less than three hours a day. I was skeptical, but soon discovered that there was ample time to cover history, math, English, and science while still diving deep into my student’s interests. He could train and compete in motocross across the United States while still excelling in academics. Once we proved this online endeavor was successful, she signed up her two other children for schooling. Through word of mouth, the school expanded and I taught students who needed an alternative to either public or private schooling, staying true to the live, one-on-one education vital to online learning.
It wasn’t until the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic that ELIAS Academy officially started. Because public and private school systems were ravaged with unknowns during a time of transition, parents turned to me as an alternative. Knowing that I couldn’t devote my time to each student for individual schooling, I hired three highly qualified, passionate teachers who wanted to work from home while empowering students to be successful lifelong learners.