I founded STARS Kids Life Coaches in 2019 to help children address the many challenges with growing up in today’s frenetic society. Whether it’s developing a growth mindset or dealing with adversity, I’m passionate about empowering young people with the resilience and confidence to succeed.
In a 30-year career as a schoolteacher, I learned the critical importance of a caring and quality school experience. I also came to appreciate the limitations of what can be accomplished in the classroom to create the self-acceptance, self-awareness and coping tools that many children require to succeed. That was the inspiration that led me to become a life coach. Now, I can focus on the unique needs and thinking patterns of an individual child. Whether he or she faces typical challenges in our competitive academic environment or is struggling with a learning disability, attention deficit, or lack of self-esteem, it is a joy for me to be a partner in each individual journey.
Besides a career teaching diverse groups of children in the classroom, I’ve invested in a lifetime of learning. In addition to an undergraduate degree in elementary education and a master’s in education and psychology, I’ve taken an additional 65 credits that prepared me for an array of coaching challenges. They include specialized certified training in social skills, conflict resolution, LGBTQ youth, mindfulness, anxiety disorders, and cognitive and behavioral awareness.
Bronwyn Bergen is the founder/President of The STARS Kids Life Coaches and STARS Athletic Mindset Services. She says there is no greater inspiration than empowering children and our youth athletes. STARS Athletic Mindset Services is a certified global Kids Life group specializing in building a growth mindset in our athletes, building self-esteem, leadership skills, emotional intelligence and communication skills. STARS Athletic Mindset Services works with children coaching them to develop discipline, poise under stress, resilience, and focus while creating mental toughness in our youth athletes. The ultimate goal is to build a success mindset in every young athlete with whom they work and to inspire, motivate, and provide kids with a greater self-acceptance, self- awareness and clear understanding of their own thinking patterns in order to become successful athletes.
What makes The STARS Athletic Mindset Services coaching distinctive, is that each child receives a tailor made program. This is a unique approach to coaching that will facilitate self-development, enhance social skills, motivation and build self-esteem through the transfer of this prescriptive program. Being proactive with coaching our youth athletes and building a toolbox of skills is monumental when athletes are dealing with daily stresses of balancing school, academics, and life.
Kelly’s passion for sports started at the young age of five with soccer and led to softball and basketball all throughout her childhood and through college. She played travel soccer for the Hibernians and Mercer Jaguars before high school. In high school she earned nine varsity letters. She was a two-time captain for soccer and softball, 1st team all-area, 1st team all-county (three years for soccer) and named the athlete of the year in Mercer County in both soccer and softball in 2002. Kelly went on to play soccer at Montclair State University where she was a two-time captain, collecting a career scoring 22 goals and 25 assists. She is currentlythe all-time assist leader for the women’s soccer program. Kelly was named rookie of the week multiple times and was named to the 2nd and 1st team all NJAC throughout her career at Montclair.
For the last 15 years, Kelly has been a high school physical education and health teacher at The Burlington County Institute of Technology. There she coaches both boys soccer and girls basketball. She resides in mercer county and is happily married with two boys who are obsessed with all sports!
Tina is all about coaching and helping young athletes achieve their best potential for their sport. She grew up as a tennis player and lived every moment for the sport. Tina was ranked in the juniors, played on both the boys and girls high school varsity tennis teams and eventually played Division 1 tennis at James Madison University. Although she loved competing, her passion was coaching and grooming players to their best potential whether it be in their sport, health or life.
Tina eventually became a mom and began the role of guiding and watching her children become student athletes and live to their full potential. She has three children and understands how different personalities can affect performance. Tina’s kids include a Division 1 pole vaulter, a three-sport varsity athlete, and a Division 1 pitcher. She has a full understanding of the importance of staying engaged as challenges arise within all levels of a sports career.
Furthermore, Tina’s love for coaching propelled her to become a Certified IIN Health Coach and Gentle Sleep Coach. Her desire is to help families understand the importance of sleep and help them sleep train their children with various techniques, schedules, and lots of encouragement.
Jaime is a former 1,000-point scorer at both Hamilton West High School andRowan University. As a senior at Rowan, she was named 2005 Division III WBCA-Kodak All-American and NJAC Player of the Year.
Currently, Jaime is a Health and Physical Education teacher at Williamstown High School andhas been the head varsity coach there since 2019. She resides in South Jersey with her husband, Scott, and two children, Avery (11) and Chase (13).
Kathleen graduated from Hunterdon Central High School where she played soccer, lacrosse and ran winter track. Kathleen received the Robert C. Shoff Athletic Award honoring the best all-around athlete in her graduating class. She was a member of the indoor track Sprint Medley Relay team that earned All-American honors her senior year. Kathleen continued her multi-sport career at The College of New Jersey where she played lacrosse and ran winter track and cross country. Throughout her collegiate career, Kathleen qualified and competed at the indoor track National Championships and the lacrosse final four championships, earning All-American honors in both sports. Kathleen was named to the NJAC first, second and All-Academic teams, was named the 2017-18 NJAC Indoor Track and Field G. Larry James Most Outstanding Athlete, and the 2018 NJAC Midfielder of the Year.
Kathleen has continued her passion for athletics by empowering children in education and sports. She is currently a Special Education teacher at Princeton Middle School, coaching cross country and winter running. Kathleen is also the head varsity lacrosse coach at The Hun School of Princeton and has been coaching with Triple Threat Elite Lacrosse for nine years.
Tim began his career working with children when he was a freshman in high school, volunteering for a program called TopSoccer. This program paired him with a group of children with various special/physical needs in which he spent his time coaching them the basics of soccer and how to be part of a team. From that experience, he knew that he wanted to be a teacher and coach. His passion blossomed over the years, as he graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in Early Education with a Minor in Coaching. After graduating, he played soccer professionally for the Philadelphia Atoms for a year and then knew that he wanted to teach and coach full time. Tim began teaching and coaching the year after graduating. He taught a wide range of grade levels at a special needs school for four years, working with elementary, middle, and high school aged students. He then went back to his alma mater in New Jersey, Gill St. Bernard’s, where he has been coaching the high school soccer team for the past six years and teaching in the middle school for the past two years. Tim couldn’t be happier working with the youth of Gill St. Bernard’s where it all started for him, and aiding his community towards a successful future on and off the field.
I am a certified kids life coach, and also have taught for over 30 years. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from The University of Delaware and a Masters degree in reading from Holy Family University. Besides being a teacher, I was also a reading specialist for 5 years. My life’s passion has been to help kids and now it is to coach them to become the best version of themselves!
I am thrilled to be a kids life coach! I have received training and certification through the Health and Life Coach Institute. I graduated with a degree in Dance Education where I began my journey of exploring and expressing emotion and imagination. For a few years I taught dance to kids from the ages of 3-16 in the school and studio setting, then I dedicated myself to my own children who are now 17, 14, 12, and 9. I love kids and I want to help empower them to believe in themselves, be able to handle the challenges they face, and take action to create their best life.
I’ve been an educator for 25 years, teaching elementary school, high school and special education. Professionally, I have been writing curriculum and teaching students across various content areas and at many levels for about 20 years. One area I particularly enjoy teaching is the importance of executive functioning skills, self-motivation and personal development. I recently started coaching students, privately, and have seen success in working with them on an individual basis. I coach them to implement skills and strategies as they apply to their specific daily routines, workloads, work spaces, schedules, materials and stress levels. Just as every person has a unique personality, students also develop different learning styles and preferences for organization and resource management. I coach to meet their strengths but to challenge, and strengthen, areas of weakness. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of Scranton and my Master’s degree in Special Education at the New Jersey City University. Additionally, I earned a certificate in Early Childhood development at Middle Tennessee State University. Outside of teaching, raising my 17 year old “kiddo” into a kind, funny, strong, independent, organized, very focused, driven and hard working young woman is by far, my biggest and most fulfilling accomplishment. Working with parents, children, and young adults on the small, incremental, but consistent steps to achieve their goals, is what gets me out of bed every day. My motto is “a little progress each day adds up to big results.”
I am from La Paz Bolivia and discovered my passion for working with kids when I came to the USA to be a teacher. I taught bilingual kids for 11 years and have been coaching kids in Spanish and English since 2018.The kids I have coached are kids that learned how to understand their inside world, their thoughts, their emotions and learned how to self regulate. Kids and teens that develop these skills at a young age are more confident, comfortable with themselves, will develop more self control, self love and self respect, which leads to better connections and relationships, which leads to more connected families. That’s what motivates me every single day.
Hi! I’m on a mission to inspire and empower kids in every way! I have a background in psychology, business, and teaching English to non-native speakers. My current passions are coaching individuals, groups and teaching Leadership and Life Skills workshops. I also volunteer as an Assistant Scout Master for Scouts BSA (which now includes girls!). I have lived overseas as an adult in Japan and Brazil and I speak Portuguese, Spanish, and a little Japanese. I am currently learning Italian.I am mom to 2 awesome boys- ages 12 and 16, who teach me daily about how to be a better parent. My certification in Kids Life Coaching has also helped me become more sensitive to the needs of parents who would like to smooth out the friction points of communication and behavior with their children.My coaching style aims to help children foster self-leadership skills by learning how to:-self-regulate big emotions through breathing and self-awareness and the power of choice– build self confidence and communication skills (with an emphasis on listening and polite assertiveness)– Executive Function skills (planning, organizing, time management, and building focus)I love working with kids and I look forward to each coaching session, as it fuels my passion to help become the best version of themselves.
“I’ve always had a passion working with children and their families. This passion led me to obtain my Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and to teaching Pre-K. I have also nannied professionally and love the mix of helping educationally as well as emotionally in and outside of the classroom. Through my own self development journey I learned how powerful life coaching is, which led me to become a certified Child Life Coach. I believe all children can benefit with someone in their corner helping them with mindful habits and techniques that help maximize their potential. Helping children develop a strong sense of self and emotional maturity is so rewarding for me. Outside of coaching I love to travel, stay active, take my dog on adventures and develop meaningful connections. I look forward to meeting you and helping your child thrive!”
I am an academic library professor for over a decade. Before this, I was a New York K-12 certified school library media specialist and a corporate trainer/instructional designer/technical writer. I have worn many hats! This varied experience provides insight into what children need to be successful as lifelong learners, starting from pre-kindergarten through adulthood. As a mom of three Division One athletes (currently a West Point graduate, medical school student, and public health graduate student), I understand the struggle and joy of raising happy and productive children! My goal is for the kids I work with to expand their toolbox of strategies that will contribute to successful personal, academic, and professional lives!