Angelo San Segundo

Principal, Wooten Elementary School, Austin, TX

When I was first presented with the Academy 4 model, my initial thought was, “That’s a lot of time to take the scholars out of class.” It is well worth the time and effort. Our fourth grade academic data has shown growth, attendance has improved, and major discipline concerns have reduced. I believe Academy 4 has played a strong role in this.

Mr. Graham Marshall


The goal of A4 is to capitalize on the minds of 4th graders, who are in the early stages of transforming from concrete to abstract thinking. As a mentor, I can attest that by partnering with a child throughout the school year and seeing the changes evolve is nothing less than remarkable. Mentors are the vehicles that drive the students, which will transform them into leaders in school, the community and at home. It’s a wonderful responsibility to incur and it’s no wonder why the program is so successful and rapidly growing. I am proud and humbled to be associated with Academy 4, its message, the people and most of all…our future leaders.

Dr. John Messmann

Senior Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Worth, TX

Our members have been delighted to make a practical difference in the lives of children. The positive, hope-inspiring influence of mentors on the young lives spills over into the school and the families of the children.

Dr. Kevin Westergren

Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Austin, TX

Academy 4 has helped our congregation to be a blessing in our community and its families.