Star eQuality Academy
Jennifer Sundell, our founding owner, is a dynamic, passionately student-centered educator with 18 years experience, a BA in Music Theatre, a clear Educational Specialist credential, and two Masters degrees; an M.A. in Special Education and a dual credential & M.S. in Educational Administration.
Since the turn of the century, Sundell has been working with moderate/severe students & students with emotional disturbance in both homes and special education classrooms across California. During that decade and a half, Sundell has consistently seen two things:
-the school system continues to fail to progress with the society it is tasked to educate
-the academic prowess of differently-abled students in special education classrooms is dramatically underestimated.
Rigorous standards directly paired with financial gains and consequences have forced teachers to sacrifice essential teaching elements including the freedom to teach at the pace of the learners, most (if not all) areas of art, and lessons in citizenship and empathy in favor of the mastery of concepts relevant to standardized tests. IEPs for students in special education programs allow too many teachers to limit their instruction to the narrow scope of skills being data tracked in the classroom; even with specialized curriculums being developed and implemented.
There is no one to blame. At this point, we need solutions.
Star eQuality Academy seeks to provide the academic and arts enrichment that your child is not receiving in the daily classroom. Whether your special learner would benefit from academic tutoring, performance lessons such as singing or dance, instrumental lessons across a wide variety of instruments, or fundamental visual arts lessons including painting, woodworking, paper crafts, or fabrics; Star eQuality Academy has the expert educators to enhance your child's overall growth.
In order to provide this incredibly needed service, we need start up monies! Our founding team of educators are, in fact, public school educators; which in Orange County means we already live paycheck to paycheck--even with a combined 25 years experience and multiple advanced degrees.
While our ultimate goal is $10,000, our immediate need ranges just under $1000. Reaching this initial goal will allow us to launch our domain name, www.starequalityacademy.net, purchase needed materials, and offset the cost of mileage for our educators.
To our donors who gave to our previous attempt to open a performance-specific program for differently-abled artists, THANK YOU!! Your generosity allowed us to retain ownership of our business name and start getting our name out into the local community. We would not be ready to take this next step without you!!
Let's take this first step toward improving the quality of student-centered education together!
Where will services be located?
*To start, educators will come to your home. When we start organizing small classes, we will arrange a space with a local church or recreation facility.
What will services cost?
*We are working from a base estimate of $65/hour for individual tutoring/lessons and developing a sliding scale to ensure access to as many learners as possible. Once we are established, we will start the process of becoming a vendor connected with entities such as Regional Center, which may allow us to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket spending for families.
Are your educators specially trained?
*Yes, our entire founding team has enjoyed a successful experience working in the public school system across all grade levels. We have certified crisis prevention personnel, certified first responders, and all of our educators are familiar with ABA, augmentitive communication, and strategies for providing effective 1:1 assistance.
Are you a therapy clinic?
*No. We are a team of educators and artists, not therapists. While we are experienced and knowledgeable about therapeutic practices, we are not clinicians or nurses.
When are services provided?
*During the remaining 2016/17 school year, services are limited to afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Starting in June 2018, services will be available morning, afternoon, and evening Monday-Saturdays, excluding federal holidays and the last two weeks of August (to allow both students and our own children to transition back to school with minimal distraction).
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