About Us

The Masons

Long before the Masons (Justin and Theresa) and the Syswerdas (Adam and Dre) had school aged children, both families were on a mission to find a non-traditional education for their children.  While there are excellently rated public schools in the north Texas area, traditional public schools did not seem to provide the education that either family was looking for.  As their oldest children were approaching Kindergarten, their searches became more intentional.  They considered local private schools but the significant annual investment per child was a deterrent for each family, as siblings would be approaching school age in the very near future.

The Syswerdas

In the spring of 2020, a friend of Dre’s told her about Acton Academy. The Syswerdas looked into the school and its mission, and realized this was the school they had been looking for!  They began the application process to attend a local Acton and shared their knowledge of the school with the Masons.  As the Masons did their own research, they, too, realized this was the school they had been looking for and also applied. Both of their sons were accepted, and in the Fall of 2020 both the Masons and Syswerdas’ sons were enrolled in Acton Academy. Over the course of the 2020-2021 school year, both families fell in love with the Acton model and the incredible potential beginning to be unlocked in both of their sons and families. 

We discovered that Acton is not just a school, but a way of life. We no longer answer questions, but encourage others to find the answers. Our children have an excitement in their eyes when they discover an answer they worked hard to find. 

We decided to join the movement and launch our own Acton Academy, Vine Academy – An Acton Affiliate in the Fall of 2021. Every hero at Acton has a unique journey and story. We are here to help your young hero discover the incredible plans God has for their life! 

Our mission is to inspire each person who enters our doors to discover his or her God-given calling that will change the world.

Our Team

Theresa Mason
Head of School and Co-Founder

Theresa is a serial entrepreneurial! Since graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2004, she has started and sold multiple businesses.  From painting to real estate, country music to non-profits, Theresa loves serving others, growing, learning, and leading.  Currently, Theresa and her husband, Justin, are Broker Associates with Magnolia Realty in Grapevine, TX.  Theresa also manages Justin’s country music career.  When the opportunity presented itself to start an Acton Academy franchise in Grapevine, Theresa was up for the challenge.  Seeing her own children thrive in this incredible learning environment and seeing the joy they had for school, made this decision easy.  She and Justin, like so many other parents, are passionate and intentional when it comes to their children.  Being able to provide an Acton educational model in Grapevine for her own children as well as others in the community is truly rewarding and exciting!

Adam Syswerda
CFO and Co-Founder

Adam grew up in Grand Rapids Michigan. He attended Hillsdale College where he developed a deep appreciation for the brilliance of the founding fathers and their incredible architecture for the United States of America. After college Adam moved to Texas for a job and soon met his wife, Dre. They have been married over 10 years and have 3 children with 1 more on the way! Adam is the Vice President of Box Insurance Agency in Grapevine TX. In 2019-2021 Adam obtained his MBA from Southern Methodist University. During that process he developed a deeper understanding of how amazing the Acton model is for children to become who God has created them to be.

Dre Syswerda
Co-Founder

Dre is one of our Co-Founders. She has a background in Kinesiology from TCU, a deep passion for life-long learning, and is a master of managing chaos as a mom of three.

Justin Mason
Co-Founder

Justin is a veteran of the United States Navy, a former Police Officer, Real Estate Broker, country music entertainer and co-owner of Vine Academy.  He is also a husband and proud father of 3 amazing kids.  After seeing his own son thrive in the incredible learning environment of Acton and seeing the joy he had for school, Justin, along with his wife, Theresa, felt that the decision to start Vine Academy was easy.  Like so many other parents, Justin and Theresa are passionate and intentional when it comes to their children.  Being able to provide an Acton educational model in Grapevine is a rewarding and exciting venture!

Laura Sandefer
Mentor, Co-Founder of Acton

Laura Sandefer is the Co-Founder, Head of Schools, and Elementary Guide at Acton Academy. She is also the author of  Courage to Grow. Her guidance, inspiration, and mentorship every step of the way have been an integral part of our success at Vine Academy. 

Jeff Sandefer
Mentor, Co-Founder of Acton

Jeff Sandefer is the Co-Founder of Acton Academy, Middle School Guide, Founder of The Acton MBA School. His support, inspiration, and guidance have been a tremendous part of our success at Vine Academy.

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