We had the good fortune of connecting with Kendra Jordan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kendra, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My business was created to assist scholars with their social-emotional learning as well as their academic progress during this pandemic. At the start of the pandemic, I was teaching a group of neurodiverse and neurotypical second graders in March of 2020. When we were forced into remote learning, my scholar diagnosed with Autism struggled the most. These scholars thrive off and require social interactions to better assist them with their progress. It was difficult to replicate the social interventions and social-emotional activities on a remote platform. We adapted our curriculum to embed these interventions to help our neurodiverse scholars succeed. My S.E.A.T. LLC was created with these scholars in mind. I strived to give my scholars the social-emotional approach to their tutoring experience.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I first started this journey having the determination to assist young minds with making progress with their educational endeavors. In 2005, I graduated from SUNY Oswego with my bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education grades 1-6. I then shifted careers and began working for United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. I serviced neurodiverse adults as a habilitation specialist. I later achieved a position as a director of my own program. In this position, I realized that I had the passion for teaching people with special needs and the desire to focus more on children. In 2018, I received my master of arts in Special Education from Ashford University. I am currently pursuing an advanced certificate in Early Childhood Special Education from Fordham University. My passion for helping my scholars succeed inspired me to create My S.E.A.T. LLC which stands for My Social-Emotional Approach to Tutoring. My business has nothing to do with making a substantial amount of money or recognition. My S.E.A.T. LLC is all about helping others help themselves. My S.E.A.T. LLC is an original idea which generated from an experience with one of my scholars while remote teaching. My scholar, who was diagnosed with Autism, needed something more that remote learning could not provide. I had to implement different social-emotional learning activities to ensure that she was still with us. This is how My S.E.A.T. LLC was born. It was created to assist scholars like her with the self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, decision making and relationship skills that are needed to become productive members of society. In a world where so many things are happening, it can be challenging for an individual to stay focused on their mission. I am able to do this by consistently reminding myself of what started me on this journey and the reason why I do this work. Without me realizing it My S.E.A.T. became the catalyst in my maturity. It taught and forced me to make the transition to be more professional on all levels. I set out to educate the future and before I knew it my business was educating me. My S.E.A.T. LLC became my teacher. In order to affect change and impact lives my business opened up new opportunities for learning. My pride in My S.E.A.T. comes from it not being a ‘one size fits all’ program. It considers each scholar in their environment as a unique individual. Each interaction with my scholars is always approached as if it is my last. The reason being that if we never meet again, I would like to believe that their lives were positively affected for the greater good of the community and the world.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, we are discussing New York City here! People come from all over the world to experience the city that never sleeps. I would first have to say that everyone has to see Time Square at least once in their lifetime. The lights alone are an attraction. Walking the strip is definitely worth traveling a long distance. I would then bring my best friend to my home community of Brooklyn, New York. There we would visit the spa Body by Brooklyn and enjoy the intimate setting as we relax and unwind. Then we would travel to Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island to indulge in some retail therapy. While there we would have to stop by my favorite restaurant Grand Lux Café. Their baked to order deserts are a must have. Those are just to name a few of my top places to visit in the New York City area.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Aminah Mosley, Therapist for her dedication to the Autistic community and for creating Read and Sign with Me an Instagram and YouTube series that promotes early childhood literacy and basic Sign Language. readandsignwithme.
Facebook: My SEAT LLC