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!)
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.
- Dr. Kirsten Stein’s doctoral study: A Qualitative Narrative Phenomenological Study: Parental Perceptions in Choosing Online Educational Classes for Gifted Children
- Dr. Kirsten Stein is honored to have been added to the SENG Honor Roll of Outstanding Educators.
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