• Interested in becoming a TREP$ school?

  • We empower children by providing a fun, project-based learning experience which creatively integrates entrepreneurship education with the opportunity to apply business, academic, and life skills.

    We envision a world where all children are given the opportunity to acquire an entrepreneurial mindset in order to prepare them to succeed in our ever-changing economy.

  • Who We Are

    TREPS ED, LLC provides schools, parent associations, and community organizations with TREP$™, a comprehensive project-based entrepreneurship curriculum designed for students in grades 4-8.

    Our History

    When 9-year-old Jack Romano of New Jersey wanted yet another Lego™ set, his mother encouraged him to earn the money to buy it himself.  Jack accepted the challenge and prepared for his first business launch by booking a space at a local vendors’ market.  As he began production of hand-stamped wrapping paper, he realized he could use some more hands!  His friend and fellow 4th-grader Hans deWaal soon came on as Jack’s business partner.  The young entrepreneurs quickly sold out of their product and happily profited about $35 each.

    The boys’ mothers, Hayley Romano and Pamela deWaal, were proud of their boys’ financial success, but they noticed a whole host of other unexpected, valuable opportunities Jack and Hans had experienced through their brief stint as small business owners.  The chance to learn basic business concepts.  The chance to innovate.  The chance to make decisions.  The chance to work hard.  The chance to see something through from start to finish.  The chance to take a chance.

    The experience inspired Hayley and Pamela to develop a program that offered students in their children’s school those same opportunities.  With the support of the PTA, TREP$ was piloted as an after-school club at the Paradise Knoll School in Oak Ridge, New Jersey in 2006.   TREP$ was soon named winner of the New Jersey PTA’s Champion for Children Award and a top 5 finalist of the National PTA’s Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award, propelling it into the spotlight.  As other schools began to express interest in offering the program, Hayley and Pamela seized the market opportunity and became entrepreneurs themselves.  TREPS ED, LLC was established in 2007 and began marketing the TREP$ curriculum.

     

  • Our People

  • Pamela deWaal
    Partner

    Pamela is a certified mathematics teacher who lives in New Jersey with her husband, son, and daughter.  After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Montclair State University, her desire to work with children motivated her to return to school to earn her elementary and mathematics teaching certificates from William Paterson University.

  • Hayley Romano
    Partner

    Hayley is a certified K-8 teacher with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Bucknell University and teaching certification from William Paterson University. She taught elementary school for 12 years, specializing in Language Arts.  Her favorite thing about TREP$ is that it reaches kids who may not be that excited about school.  In her spare time, Hayley is a board game enthusiast with a collection of over 500 games.

  • Our Partners

    TREP$ is proud to partner with the following civic-minded organizations as we work to deliver our empowering program to thousands of students each year. These organizations are vital to advancing our mission and provide financial, in-kind, or volunteer support while leveraging their brand’s assets to raise awareness about TREP$ in their communities.

    To learn more about our partnership opportunities, please contact us at info@trepsed.com.

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