Our educators are all certified and state-licensed.

Karrin Burns, MAT
Founder and Executive Creator at Flying Start

Karrin Burns a licensed and certified educator in the state of Illinois with twelve years of classroom experience. Karrin has a Bachelor of Arts in French (minor: Art History; University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006) and a Master of Arts in Teaching (National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois 2010). She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google for Education Certified Trainer.

Karrin Burns enjoys using inquiry-based learning and design-thinking in her classroom to maximize student learning as well as encourage student voice and choice. She believes education and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand, cultivating creative thinkers through establishing an innovative idea-driven atmosphere. Entrepreneurial spirit and start-up mentality help to foster a creative and effective community!

Karrin loves to code in Swift and has four apps for kids on Apple’s App Store.

Our mission

At Flying Start, we believe learning to think critically can change the world. We provide mathematical and computational opportunities for learners to develop and cultivate flexible and creative thinking. We cultivate growth and innovation by providing interactive, real-life, remote learning experiences for learners in traditional school, homeschool, and un-school settings.

Our vision

Flying Start aims to provide a platform for students to learn and explore problem-solving and encourage learners to explore curiosity and the world around them.

Our core values

Progress. Integrity. Kindness. Giving.

We are progressive thinkers. We keep learning, moving forward, and challenging the status quo.

We operate with integrity. We mean what we say and say what we mean.

We are stewards of kindness and giving for humanity and our Earth. We want to make the world a better place every day.

Real work, real life, real learning.

Welcome to Flying Start!


Karrin J Burns

Founder and Executive Creator, Flying Start