The IndED Philosophy


Independent education holds the key to connected communities, and life-long learning for families based on relationships, community, and liberty. We take learning live.


IndED is a MicroSchool enterprise which prepares students for their futures through personalized, classical and project-based learning experiences led by dedicated Mentors.

We work for a world in which high-quality, unique and tailored, wholesome education is within reach of every family who seeks it. This world provides:

  • students an independent path to life-long learning as productive citizens, leaders and thinkers.
  • mentors an opportunity to leverage their passions and the flexibility to teach kids in a way that fuels and spreads that passion.
  • parents precious time with their children in their most formative years, severing the artificial line between upbringing and education, while giving them purview over both.


Our Microschool program offers:

  • A strong, classical educational foundation enhanced by project-based learning and personalized learning plans
  • Real-world community service experiences
  • Mentor-driven engaged learning environment
  • Small class sizes; multi-age classrooms
  • Flexible tuition

In addition, we offer additional enrichment programs and activities:

  • Microschool Core and Specialty courses for homeschoolers
  • Afterschool programs for all
  • Summer camps
  • An annual conference for Independent Education

At our hub in Downtown Leesburg, we offer comprehensive programs in Science, the Arts, and Civics, which can be taken a la carte or as part of our complete “microschool” education.

Meet Our Team


William “Butch” Porter is a Louisiana native and graduate of Physics/Astronomy from Louisiana State University. He worked for a college marketing internship through a publishing company out of Nashville, TN, helping college students earn college credit and prepare themselves for leadership in the work world through marketing and communication skills in the sale of educational books for K-12 students.

Butch is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Loudoun, former President of the Leesburg Downtown Business Association, held a four-year term on the Town of Leesburg Economic Development Commission, and is a long-time active member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Leesburg, VA with his wife and two children.

Butch is the Managing Member and one of the founders of IndED. Butch mentors our Civics and Community Program and offers support to many other programs at the Hub.

Helena has thirty years of experience in education, consulting and corporate training. She loves teaching, mentoring and inspiring others to love learning. She graduated from George Mason University and her graduate work is from George Washington University. She established an award-winning science program and STEM initiatives and served on various committees while teaching for the Diocese of Arlington.

Helena has served as an adjunct lecturer at Northern Virginia Community College, as academic dean for a career school and held the position of Executive Director of the Loudoun Education Foundation which she took through the visioning and goal setting process. In the capacity of Vice President of Academic Affairs, she worked for regional accreditation and degree-conferring status for what is now Stratford University. Helena represented the Sterling District on the Loudoun County Planning Commission for three terms and has been involved in many initiatives in her community, earning her several awards. She and her husband have raised five children in Sterling, VA and spend their time between Loudoun and Richmond, VA.

Helena mentors our “Thinking Like a Scientist” Program , as well as acts as our Mentor for our "full-curricular" students.

Specialist Mentors in our After School Programs
These are the mentors who make it happen at IndED through our After School Programs and Clubs.

Our Partners, Guest Speakers & Hosts

IndED takes a lot of pride in connecting with our community and making sure that as many of our community leaders, innovators, and professionals are involved in our programs. Below are the folks who have been kind enough to either host some of our students or be a guest speaker for our programs.

Watch Our Video

To learn more about IndED, watch our video on The IndED Method for helping create a tailor-made, relevant, and engaging education for the modern K-12 student: