About Us

Our Story

In 2008, as educators in Michigan, we were frustrated with the one-size-fits-all approach to education. It was working for some young people but was frustrating and demotivating for others. Some students learn faster or slower than others. Many learn better by doing rather than just listening and reading. Students were disengaged, dropping out, or not able to graduate on time. The education gap was widening and we wanted to do something about it.

A body of research supported project-based learning, where students researched, solved real-world problems, and explored topics interesting to them. We decided to open a school to combine project-based learning with standards-based grading, blended learning, and online learning.

We began to build our own projects and learning platform to support our school. Students needed a way to find projects to do. They needed a way to organize their work and keep track of their progress. They needed a way to communicate and collaborate with teachers and other students. In short – they needed a system.

That's where HERO came in. In 2011, we started having other schools interested in using our curriculum and learning platform. We have grown along the way and continue to focus on how to best support young people in the pursuit of their learning.

Leadership



Our Team

Amanda Coughlin


Psychology

Beverly Henry


Science

Jennifer Tomanek


Careers

Joe Bradley


Social Studies & ICT

Jason Williams


Social Studies

Jay Zalawadia


Software Developer

Jeff Sanford


Social Studies

John Martini


Math, Phys. Ed.

Juliette Abbott


Theatre, Visual Arts

Kathryn Haske


Math

Kerin Stover


Science

Lea Arend


ICT, Social Studies

Maggie Gistinger


Social Studies

Megan Thompson


Science

Nancy Hoorn


Math

Randi Watts


Careers

Sara Millward


ELA

Stacy Long


Social Studies

Tina Donze


Theatre, Music

William Ballard


Health, Phys. Ed.

Tracy Dryer


ELA & Psychology

Stephanie Current


Visual Arts