We're Hiring!

After two years of learning, designing and planning, we have submitted a proposal to launch what may be Arizona’s most innovative learning community - Phoenix Modern. We have applied the latest research in child development, human psychology,  social/emotional intelligence, instructional design, technology, and the future of work, as well as the most effective practices from schools and other learning experiences all around the world.

Currently,  we  have  submitted  our  proposal to  the  Arizona  State  Board  for  Charter  Schools.  Our  anticipated  approval  is  December  2018,  with  a  plan  to  open for  students  fall  2019  in  central  Phoenix.  Our  specific  location  is  still  to  be  determined,  but  is  intended to  attract  a  combination  of  low  income  and  affluent  families  (goal  is  at  least  40%  low  income families).  We  believe  that  the  opportunity  to  learn  beside  and  collaborate  with  a  diverse  set  of  peers  will  best  prepare  students  for  experiences  in  the  work  setting  and  other  aspects  of  society.

We are now seeking to hire two critical positions for our founding leadership team -  Master Learning Guide and Operations Director.  Learn more about our proposed school model and open positions here.



Aaron Klusman, Founder/Chairman

Aaron Klusman is a serial entrepreneur and private investor who specializes in retail real estate development and collaborative enterprises that inspire a common good. He is Founder/Owner of Neighborhood Concepts under which he has founded such companies as Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt and Modern Grove, a neighborhood eatery and market. Most recently, Aaron co-founded Acton Academy Phoenix, a K-8 school focused on helping kids find a calling that will change the world, and a beverage company called Neighborhood Initiatives that invests 50% of profits in local charities. 

Aaron has also created a civic organization of businessmen called Camelback Society, which helps risk takers better incorporate their faith and work.  He serves on the boards of Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo School of Business, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt, Hustle Phoenix, and Escondido Innovations, Inc. 

Andrew Collins, President/CEO

Andrew Collins is an educator and consultant with over a decade of experience in Arizona as a classroom teacher and director of school development.  In this time, Andrew has supported the launch of over 30 schools and numerous school improvement efforts focused on intentional school design and visionary leadership. Before joining New Learning Ventures, Andrew co-founded New Schools For Phoenix, a subsidiary of the Arizona Charter Schools Association that focuses on developing high performing schools in low-income communities within the urban core of Phoenix.  In that role, Andrew also managed a startup grant program that awarded over $3.5 M in funding for new schools.  

Andrew serves on the board of Empower College Prep, Young Education Professionals, and dedicates time serving families in the Refugee community. 


Advisory Council

Steve Wheeler  |  Honor Health

Bret Edson | Marketplace One

Tyler Johnson | Redemption Churches

Jack DeBartolo | DeBartolo Architects

Courtney Klein | SEED Spot

Jeff Trent | TGen

Brian Mueller | Grand Canyon University

Kevin Kemper | Clear Sky Capital