Temp Keller is an education entrepreneur working to build high quality, highly accessible K-12 education models for 21st century learners. He is the Co-founder and President of Templeton Learning, LLC, a 21st century learning company that currently has two active, operating investments: WonderLab (www.wonderlablearning.com), a supplemental learning lab based in Austin, TX, of which Temp is President, and Blyth-Templeton Academy (www.blythtempleton.org), a quality, affordable private school in Washington, D.C.
WonderLab is a student-led, project-based curriculum that helps students discover their big ideas and turn them into reality. WonderLab Learning Quests guide learners to identify and articulate their individual gifts, passions and opportunities, provides tools to build projects and portfolios around their ideas, and encourages sharing and defending the results.
Temp in 2012 was an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Acton Academy (www.actonacademy.org), a private elementary and middle school in Austin, TX that aims to move learners (teachers and students) from receivers of knowledge to self-seekers of knowledge. He is the former Managing Director of Innovations for Learning (www.innovationsforlearning.org), a Chicago-based nonprofit organization formed in 1993 to develop innovative technology to improve early elementary education.
He is also the Founder, former President and Chairman of Resources for Indispensable Schools and Educators (www.risenetwork.org), a national nonprofit organization working to connect second-stage teachers with schools in low-income communities, improving student learning for more than 50,000 students. Prior to RISE, he taught fifth grade at the East Palo Alto Charter School (www.epacs.org) in East Palo Alto, CA.
Temp was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship (www.ashoka.org) in 2004 — one of 125 social entrepreneurs in the United States selected to join a community of over 2,000 Fellows world-wide “recognized for innovative, entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social problems” — as well as the Manhattan Institute’s Social Entrepreneurship Award in 2005.
He serves on several for-profit and non-profit Boards, including TK Capital, LLC, a family investment company focused on operating small cap, U.S. based manufacturing firms, as well as Kids Science Labs, a learning center providing hands-on science classes and camps to kids ages 2-12. He is a Trustee of the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT, Austin Achieve Charter School, and also serves on the U.S.-based Foundation Board of the African Leadership Academy, a pan-African secondary institution that aims to educate and develop outstanding students into principled, ethical leaders for the African continent. He received his B.A. in Politics from Princeton University and his Masters in Business Administration from The University of Chicago. Temp, his wife Kerry and two young children live in Austin.