Meet The Team Behind Challenge Island

Terri Lowe

Franchise Owner / CEO

Terri Lowe is the Challenge Island CNY Franchise owner for Central New York within Onondaga and Cayuga Counties.  Terri is a mother of four grown children, and grandmother of five.  As a parent and grandparent, she knows the importance of not only kids learning the skills necessary to thrive in this complex world but also to play and enjoy being a kid.  She’s noticed that with all the time she sees being spent using electronics these days that it’s vital that we give our kids time to “unplug” and tap in on their own creative juices to engage with their classmates and friends on a social and emotional level.  She says, “Challenge Island is not only fun and exciting but it also increases kids’ skills in creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.  Terri lives in Marcellus NY and is very excited to offer this Award-Winning program to the schools, kids and families of the communities surrounding her.  Please join her in making sure every child has the opportunity to visit all the fantastic islands with Challenge Island CNY!

Sharon Duke Estroff M.A.T.

Founder & CEO

Sharon is founder and creator of the Challenge Island™ program, She is an award-winning elementary school teacher with two decades of experience in Atlanta public and private schools. She started Challenge Island in her second grade classroom and began running it as an enrichment business using the current model in 2003. It has been growing by leaps and bounds ever since.

Sharon is a nationally recognized parenting and education expert and a freelance writer for numerous national publications including Scholastic Parent and Child, Parents, Woman’s Day and Good Housekeeping magazines. She is the author of the popular parenting book, Can I Have a Cell Phone for Hanukkah? (Random House) and co-author of the upcoming Challenge Island book series that turns the Challenge Island curriculum into an exciting and educational story. She is sought-after speaker who has presented to scores of communities nationwide about the trials and tribulations of raising kids in the digital age.
Sharon received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Emory University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.

She continues to run her local Challenge Island business in Atlanta, Georgia where she lives with her husband and four children.

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