Today we’d like to introduce you to La Shaunn Spivey-Angeletti.
La Shaunn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In my early 20’s, I thought that I had “arrived”! I was working for one of the largest financial institutes in the country and accomplishing some of the most advanced investment banking goals of that time. I was a single mom of a beautiful baby girl and had just begun shopping for my first home. I was sure that my five and ten year plans were well within reach until the day I found myself in the emergency room. The medical terms tendonitis and carpal tunnel took over my life with a level of pain and therapy that I could not have even imagined. My young promising career took a dive and what I thought I had saved to invest in a new home became my means of survival for nearly two years (devine planning). To many I had lost it all but something inside kept telling me that this door was closing in order for another to open.
I chose to return to school and learn how my daughter would be developing over time. The more courses I dove into the greater my desire to learn child development grew. I began working in every educational setting from preschool to middle school, public to private, substitute to director I’ve done it all. Today I’m excited to share that I’ve been an educator for 20 years and I have cultivated statistically proven results in test scores, social skills and a number of other breakthroughs. I have been able to partner with parents and administrators to design new and exciting ways for students to learn of all ages.
What has gotten me to where I am today is the blessing of watching a child’s dreams come true. Over the years I have been mastering the craft of cultivating students innate gifts and talents and showing them how to use those skills to accomplish academic success. My philosophy is that every tool a child needs to succeed is already within them. It’s our responsibility to help them learn how to activate and master their skills. The success of my daughter Nylah is one of my greatest testimonies. At sixteen years old Nylah wanted to start her own cupcake company. Not only did we cultivate that dream but it has become a nationally recognized brand. The windows of opportunity have been opening continuously for my young CEO and she has now stepped into adulthood with a fire that no one can take away. I can say with pride that I have learned what it truly means to “love what you do, and do what you love.”
Has it been a smooth road?
The main obstacle for me, as Dream Cultivator Ms. Spivey has been working within a system where I knew that the curriculum in the classroom was not allowing space nor the tools needed for teachers to cultivate each student dreams through their own gifts and talents. Most school districts only want a curriculum that teaches to our standardized tests.
Unless a program is privately funded or able to hand select their students, society is not looking inside of the gifts and talents of our youth to define success beyond school athletics and test scores. My main obstacle became working and developing measurable activities and strategies which met curriculum requirements. I knew that my goal had to be accomplished through lesson plans as well as cultivate the student’s dreams so I began to implement my practices within the school sites curriculum.
There was no doubt in my mind that the purpose placed on my life was to help develop others to recognize their gifts, talents, and purpose for their own lives. The proof was continuously demonstrated through my students academic and social advancements. Parents would continuously extend their gratitude for my work with messages like, “Ms. Spivey I can’t thank you enough for helping my son. I don’t know how you did it but he loves being in your class and has improved so much.” The complements warm my heart as a teacher but I wanted to really step out and help more. The capital needed to launch Dream Cultivator Ms. Spivey exclusively seemed to be outside of my reach. My purpose in life began to challenge my fear. I had to step outside of the system and take a leap of faith of my own. So, I left the traditional classroom and officially launched Dream Cultivator Ms. Spivey in August, 2017.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am so excited about what 2018 has been but the plans for Dream Cultivator in 2019 are going to be like fireworks! First let me share that the series Parent BOOTCAMP 1 & 2 which were launches for parents as Fall and Winter sessions, will now have mini sessions live on Facebook and YouTube. These courses were created to help parents understand the rigor at school and how to assist with it all from home. We tap into identifying your child’s learning style, love language and how to teach from your own strengths but that’s not all! In a class with me, Ms. Spivey you are assured to get to P-L-A-Y and have fun!! Imagine how bananas a Q & A may be when you and your children can ask and receive your answers instantly? I mean really, do an activity live and have a blast while you learn together as a family? I’m so excited about this project!
For my young entrepreneurs I invite you to catch me as I teach alongside the CEO of Nylah’s Cupcakes (my daughter) on the National List Tour. The tour kicks off in San Diego and tours the country saving Los Angeles for its final leg in September. If you have a child with a big dream that they have been fantasizing about, sign them up for the Young CEO project. We can show them how to make that dream a reality. Psst, psst, here’s a golden nugget; the National List Tour will be crossing International waters and into Africa in 2019. Be sure to join this network of go-getters Angelenos, I promise that we won’t disappoint.
2019 will also include a number of student-led courses and outings for parents. As a guest speaker to a number of child centered organizational events this year, one of the most desired elements that young people have shared with me is their need to be heard clearly. There is no greater way to get students to participate in demands other than giving them a platform and a voice. Teachers don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you. I will not only be open for more speaking engagements but I will also be offering educator and administrator courses with topics such as “Beating the Burnout” and “Understanding Students From Their Block”. Your role is so precious in the lives of our youth yet how many places do you have to vent and reboot? Let me help you with that as well.
Private sessions and speaking events are always wonderful to do for our community. I am excited to be partnering with several counseling offices and school districts to speak to parents and students about specific areas such college, bullying, mental health and so much more. No two children are exactly alike so I will have satellite sessions and lesson plans designed to help as a community. This year Dream Cultivator Curriculum For Parents will launch and offer families to work at their own pace. All bases will be covered in 2019 so if you need something designed specifically for your audience, I’m your girl!
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I definitely feel that Los Angeles is a great place for a business like mine. We have over 2.37 million students here in Los Angeles between the ages of 0-17. I feel that it’s safe to say that if every child had access to learning and hearing that they are amazing and given the tools to make it happen, then we can change Los Angeles for the better and impact our legacies in a greater way.
- Website: www.DreamCultivator.com
- Phone: (323) 989-2011
- Email: Ms.Spivey@DreamCultivator.com
- Instagram: @DreamCultivator.Ms.Spivey
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/DreamCultivator.Ms.Spivey
- Twitter: @MsCultivator