Dr. Kirsten L. Stein

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Dr. Kirsten at Athena’s

Hello! My name is Dr. Kirsten. I am so happy you found us! Athena’s was created for you. Athena’s was created to help parents educate their gifted children and help gifted students to make discoveries, be challenged, and learn!

My children also needed help along the way. That is why I started Athena’s. My profoundly gifted children were not being challenged in their schooling environment. In fact, my oldest child started to become clinically depressed in kindergarten because she wasn’t learning. I felt desperate and didn’t know where to turn. I created Athena’s so that gifted kids like my children would have a place where they could cultivate their love of learning and so parents like me would have a place to get help educating their gifted children.

I have been lucky to have worked with so many amazing families over the years. I often tear up when reading through the heartfelt messages I receive from parents and students. It inspires me to know that we have been able to help and support students along their educational journey. I would like to share (with permission) one such message. I hope you will find it as touching as I do. (Thank you, Tenzin!)

Click the picture to read Tenzin’s letter: 

Kirsten L. Stein, Ed.D. is known for her passion for teaching gifted students. This passion was her doctoral focus in earning her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and her reason for founding Athena’s Advanced Academy. For over three decades, Dr. Kirsten has been involved in the field of education. After receiving her B.S. in Education, Dr. Kirsten taught in the public-school system and went on to earn her M.S. Education degree with a focus on teambuilding. She spearheaded the school district’s involvement in inclusion practices and the use of paraprofessionals in the classroom. Dr. Kirsten then shifted her focus to homeschooling her two profoundly gifted children and online education. From there, she created Athena’s Advanced Academy. As C.E.O. and instructor at Athena’s Advanced Academy, Dr. Kirsten Stein is passionate about bringing people together to meet the educational needs of gifted learners while creating a supportive community environment.

Get to know Dr. Kirsten a little better through a fun conversation with the women from Seeking Balance, a podcast for mom entrepreneurs.
From their site: “She’s a homeschooling mom that is also a boss! While a lot of mom entrepreneurs separate their home and work life, Kirsten likes to keep her schedule fluid.”
“I love how much my daughter looks forward to her webinars -for every Athena’s course. She tries to never miss one. She thrives on the interaction with other students and she always enjoys her time with Dr. Kirsten. I believe that she received the most information from the webinars and the additional information posted by Dr. Kirsten in the class. Dr. Kirsten’s positive energy is contagious. I love to hear her happy voice whenever I am nearby during the webinars. I know that her bright approach keeps [my daughter] interested and I love that I hear her laugh often during classes!”
Parent Amanda D.
I dedicated this medal to Dr. Kirsten.
She is always there, helping us to reach our full potentials. She also gladly resolves any questions or concerns we might have.
Dr. Kirsten dedicates so much of her time to creating new, interesting, and fun activities, forums, and assignments for us to do, and works so hard to make sure we are all enjoying, learning, and benefiting from our Athena’s courses.
For these reasons, I think that she more than deserves a medal to be dedicated to her
.”
Student Ruby

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