Plano and Highland Park/North Dallas, Texas
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!
Tia began her journey with Challenge Island in February 2017. Before Tia has been working with children for 30+ years in the Dallas area. She began her teaching career in 1992 in Austin, TX but moved to Dallas in 1994 and began teaching in DISD. When she had her first child, she quit teaching to stay at home with her son, but continued to work with children in several different ways – including a Gymboree teacher, preschool teacher, Destination Imagination volunteer, and after school teacher in her children’s preschool. Once both kids were in school, she continued working as a preschool director and also began as the Director of Camp Gan Israel in Plano, TX.
Now that her kids are grown and she is about to be an empty nester, she began looking into what she could really sink her teeth into and dedicate herself, her love of children, and all of her experience-that was when she found Challenge Island!! She fell in love at first sight and began building her business in February 2017! In that time, she has worked with countless schools and organizations, bringing Challenge Island to children all over the Plano/Dallas area. In addition, she opened a storefront in North Dallas, giving even more kids the ability to experience all that Challenge Island has to offer. It has been a dream come true, working with kids, parents, her teaching staff, and all of the other franchisees to create a place where kids to come and learn, create, explore and grow as people all while building their STEAM knowledge!