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Who we are 

Anja Sherry
Founder  & CEO
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Anja Sherry
Founder  & CEO

Anja was born and raised to Swedish-American journalists in Hong Kong, China. She spent her teen years in Washington, DC and moved to Florida in 2010. She completed her degree in Elementary Education at Rollins College and obtained her State teaching license. Inspired by the child-centered philosophy of Maria Montessori, she proceeded to complete her graduate certification in K-6 Montessori education. After a successful 5 years as a lead Montessori teacher in Lake Mary, FL she decided to follow a calling to public education. Her experience at a struggling Title-1 school in Orlando invigorated her determination to understand and improve the education system for children and educators. While there, she developed programs, such as the Mighty Milers Run Club, and implemented Montessori practices, to provide external structures and outlets for students and families. 

 

Anja moved to Miami in 2019 where her curiosity led her to another branch of education; homeschooling. She helped facilitate a successful homeschool enrichment program, which ultimately and unexpectedly prepared her for the pandemic the world was about to face. Amidst the transition, Anja catapulted into her private teaching and tutoring career and developed a vast network of childcare and education professionals to support children for the long term. She recognized how important it was to be adaptable, resilient, and open-minded, just like the children and families who were adjusting to the changes.

 

Adaptive Education was born from a strong desire to help as many individuals connect to the right resources for them, and for educators to maintain the love and passion so many may lose fighting through an outdated and unfair education system. Rather than four walls, school becomes a limitless web of truly dedicated, loving, and capable individuals, committed to educating our citizens of tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabrielle started her career as a 1st Grade teacher at a charter school in Harlem, New York. From there, she went on to work in strategy and operations for non profits and school districts. She served as the Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Education in the School Planning and Development Division. She has also served as Special Assistant to the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools. In 2020, she launched FTK Consulting, LLC where she focuses on providing students with equitable and unique educational opportunities and anything that involves elevating the teaching profession. She considers herself an educational concierge and loves connecting people to impact student outcomes and systemic change. Gabrielle started working with Anja and the Adaptive Education team when Anja was running micro schools in Miami Beach during COVID-19. From there, they formed a partnership to provide bespoke sourcing services to families in the areas of education and childcare. Gabrielle graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business and Minor in Chinese Language. She has her Master's in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. In her spare time, she likes to read, hang out with her 3 year old Bernedoodle named Rocky and husband on Miami Beach! 

Gabrielle Fraenkel
Strategic Partner & COO
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Atena Sherry
Operations Manager & Technical Support
Atena is a writer, educator, project manager, and Anja's sister! She moved to Miami in 2014 and began working at the Perez Art Museum where she catalogued the museum's research library and helped launch PAMM Community night. After leaving PAMM she began teaching Poetry to elementary students in Miami-Dade public schools through O, Miami Poetry Festival's Sunroom Poetry program. Along the way, she has pursued her creative and journalistic writing and been awarded residencies at the Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach, The Poetry Foundation, The Wolfsonian Museum, and Void Projects. In 2019, she was contracted by Sanctuary of the Arts as their Director of Narrative and Community to launch the performing arts institution in Coral Gables. Her freelance journalism work can be found in major local and national news outlets around the country.
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