Meet The Team Behind Challenge Island



Kisses Deschamps


Kisses immigrated from the Dominican Republic at the age of 14. She pursued her love of travel, cultures and languages with an International Business career at Columbia University in New York City.

She is a multinational manager turned educator passionate about bringing Equal Educational Opportunity to all. She stands by the belief that successful students become successful adults and has over 13 years of experience working with children and youth of diverse social-economic backgrounds in different capacities. She has held positions as tutor, mentor, translator and for the last 7 years as teacher and director of the Challenge Island franchise in Queens, NY.

Kisses is a single mother of two and when she isn’t working, you’ll find her at her home in Staten Island, NY attempting the difficult task of winning classic board games against both her teenage son and toddler daughter.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” by Albert Einstein is one of her favorite quotes.

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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