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Mrs. Kaegan is a highly accomplished graduate professional with a passion for education and a dedication to fostering a positive learning environment for all students. In 2007, she earned her distinguished Bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Student Education K-12 with Honors, complemented by an ESOL endorsement, solidifying her commitment to inclusive and diverse learning settings.
Becoming a certified teacher, Mrs. Kaegan began her career in both the public and private school sectors, where she honed her expertise in catering to individual student needs and cultivating a love for learning. Her unwavering dedication to educational advancement led her to pursue higher education, and in 2016, she obtained her Masters in Developmental Disabilities and Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis.
With her expanded knowledge of therapy, child development and education, Mrs. Kaegan became an educational consultant and tutor for local schools and learning centers. Through this role, she provided guidance and instructional support, suggested appropriate accommodations and positively impacted the lives of many families.
In 2020, many schools closed their doors for in-person learning, but families came to Mrs. Kaegan looking for support. In response, she took a bold step and opened Starfish Tutoring LLC, a brick and mortar tutoring center, in the midst of a pandemic. In the matter of months, it grew and then quickly evolved into a transformative homeschool co-op. The catalyst behind this vision was her own personal experience as a mother. Observing her vibrant and academically advanced 4-year-old son struggling with conventional schooling, she further recognized the unmet educational needs of her son and community. She knew she had to create a space that redefined education.
Fuelled by her love for her son and her profound understanding of progressive education, Mrs. Kaegan revamped the center to include classes that met the needs of the whole child. At Starfish Holistic Learning, children are encouraged to learn through hands-on experiences, fostering their unique personalities and allowing them to thrive academically and personally.
Today, Mrs. Kaegan continues to be a beacon of inspiration and innovation in the field of education. She exemplifies the power of passion, knowledge, and compassion in shaping a brighter future for her son and other young minds.
Meet Mr. Matt, a passionate educator with a remarkable journey in the field of education. As a child, his mother worked at a therapy clinic. Mr. Matt became so familiar with the place and practices, the employees joked that he would become a therapist. It actually was what started his love for helping others.
In 2009, he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Exceptional Student Education, setting the foundation for his career. Shortly after, Mr. Matt became a certified teacher and dedicated himself to teaching in a private school. As an ambitious professional, Mr. Matt quickly advanced in his career, assuming the role of lead teacher and providing support to the school's two locations. His commitment to his students led him to explore additional avenues for making a positive impact. In 2016, Mr. Matt earned a Master's degree in Developmental Disabilities and Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis. He continued to work as a teacher and Registered Behavioral Therapist (RBT).
In 2020, Mr. Matt joined Starfish Holistic Learning as a teacher, embracing the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children. His dedication and proficiency soon caught the attention of the organization's leadership. In 2022, Matt's exceptional skills, infectious personality and leadership qualities led to an expanded role at Starfish Holistic Learning. Alongside his teaching responsibilities, he also took on the vital role of HR manager, contributing to the school's growth and ensuring a nurturing and fun environment for both students and staff.
Mr. Matt's journey exemplifies a true passion for education and commitment to empower and enrich the lives of those he serves.
Inspired by her mother's career as a college professor, Ms. Alicia's passion for teaching led her to a career in education. As a twice exceptional (2e) individual herself, she has a unique perspective that allows her to truly understand and relate to her students. After graduationg high school at the age of 16, Ms. Alicia pursued an Associate in Arts in English Education and English literature, completing her degree in 2022. Currently working towards a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education, she is committed to expanding her skills to provide a high-quality education.
Ms. Alicia's personal experience as a twice exceptional individual gives her valuable insight into the diverse needs and strengths of her students. She empathetically connects with them, offering support, understanding, and tailored strategies to help them thrive. With a deep understanding of early childhood development, Ms. Alicia is dedicated to creating a nurturing learning environment where every student feels seen, heard, and valued.
Her goal is to empower her students, instill a love for learning, and help them reach their full potential. As part of Starfish Holistic Learning's teaching team, Ms. Alicia brings her expertise, enthusiasm, and personal connection to foster a supportive and inclusive atmosphere. Collaborating with students, parents, and colleagues, she aims to create a journey of growth and achievement for each child, ensuring that their unique abilities are recognized and celebrated.
Ms. Kyla is a dedicated educator and accomplished fine arts instructor. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Miami, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our learning community. Her credentials in modern languages and literature further enrich her teaching abilities.
Having worked extensively in the field of education, Ms. Kyla has experience ranging from standard elementary education to exceptional student education, catering to students of all grade levels both nationally and internationally. Additionally, she has served as a fine arts coach for local schools and theater programs, nurturing the creative talents of young learners.
Ms. Kyla's passion lies in captivating students through various engaging methods, such as voice work, movement, hands-on projects, and fostering creativity. She believes in the power of experiential learning, creating an immersive and dynamic environment where students can explore and express themselves freely.
At Starfish Holistic Learning, Ms. Kyla's expertise and dedication contribute to the vibrant and holistic educational experience we offer to our students. Through her innovative approach and infectious joy for teaching, she inspires and empowers young minds to discover and unleash their full creative potential.
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