South Charlotte, North Carolina
The Foundational Pillars of our Program that Make Challenge Island the Go-To Choice for Millions of Parents and EducatorsView All
"To develop a complete mind, study the science of art; study the art of science; realize that everything connects to everything else." - Leonardo DaVinci
We foster the fundamental skills kids need to thrive today and tomorrow including creativity, collaboration, communication, flexibility and leadership.
Our programs promote deep, critical, analytical and creative thinking abilities in kids which help ensure their long-term academic and professional success.
Our STEAM Teams® engage in collaborative, inquiry-based, student-driven learning grounded in real world connections and meaningful problem-solving.
Whimsical island ambience combined with cross-curricular themes make the Challenge Island experience an unforgettable adventure.
We foster the social and emotional intelligence children need to form healthy relationships, make positive choices and find fulfillment in life.
Research shows that a Challenge-Island-palm-tree-like ability to be flexible and strong through life’s ”storms” is far more essential to future success than IQ.
No child is an island which is why kids tackle our hundreds of proprietary challenges by combining their strengths with those of a STEAM Team of friends.
Our programs provide digital native kids the precious opportunity to connect with their peers face-to-face and discover the wonders of the world, undeterred by devices.
Our standard-aligned, cross-curricular K-12 field trips take students on a STEAMtastic island adventure without ever leaving school grounds.
When school is out, STEAM is in! Our outrageously exciting camps feel like vacations in their own right!
Our STEAM teams visit different island destinations each week and tackle challenges using only materials in their treasure chests and their boundless imaginations.
Our wide array of badge and journey workshops for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes come with a Challenge Island Fun Patch for every girl!
Don’t just have a party, have an ISLAND party! Choose from our epic STEAM themes or design one of your very own.
Our multi-generational family engagement events turn families into STEAM Teams as they work together to take on family-size challenges and fun.
Our signature team-building experiences inspire collaboration, critical thinking and creativity in all kinds of teams – from kid to corporate!
STEAM + Reading = STREAM! Our book series field trips bring the bestselling Challenge Island stories to life in your classroom!
Jill is the owner of the Challenge Island™ South Charlotte program. She is a former award-winning K-8 elementary school teacher with public and private school experience. A “real” S.T.E.A.M. Queen, she spent nearly 20 years in the Pharmaceutical Sciences industry employed by Fortune 500 companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Abbvie in a variety of leadership roles.
An avid reader and science geek, Jill is passionate about equity in education. Her mantra is “every child yearns to learn.” Jill received her undergraduate degree in English Language Arts/Teacher Certification Program from Virginia Union University. She received her MBA from Syracuse University-Whitman School of Business. Jill runs her local Challenge Island business in Charlotte, NC where she lives with her husband, daughter and 2 pups.