I’d like to formally introduce myself. My name is Donna Akers, and I’m married to Grant Akers. We have four children Dylan, Evan, Georgia, and Rhett. Dylan and Evan both have careers. Georgia is in college, and Rhett is in second grade. I have been a teacher for the last 28 years, and this May I’m retiring from Pontotoc City Schools.

Grant and I have been married for almost 30 years. Grant was born here, and I moved to Pontotoc when I was in the 8th grade. Grant and I, along with our three oldest children graduated from Pontotoc High School. I went on to Ole Miss and earned my Doctorate of Education in the area of Elementary Education. I also have a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction.

I have spent my entire life loving this town and loving to teach children. Throughout my studies, I learned that children need to be able to take charge of their learning, learn at their own pace, and hold themselves accountable for their learning. Further, I learned that with the use of the Socratic Method a teacher can guide students by providing learning opportunities and environments.

So, when I decided to retire, I knew in my heart that I had to continue with my personal calling, and I must also help my child and others find theirs. I discovered Acton Academy ( and was excited to discover that there was a school that stood for the same principles of education that I embraced. Ivy Greene: an Acton Academy was born.