Why Proudtree?

Proudtree Empowered Learning was founded with one essential goal in mind: to help children learn to embrace and love who they are as they develop respect for others.

We believe helping children develop a strong social and emotional foundation has never been more important. Did you know that most children fail in school not because they lack the necessary cognitive skills, but because they feel detached, alienated, and isolated from others and from the educational process.*

The good news is that when you instill children with a sense of control over their world, you equip them with self-confidence, the skills needed for intellectual growth, and a foundation of empowerment upon which they can build—experiences that help them develop the skills needed to succeed in school and beyond.

We started Proudtree Empowered Learning to give children a fun and inspiring way to begin to lay this empowering foundation.


* M. Beck and J. Malley, "A Pedagogy of Belonging,"  Reclaiming Children and Youth

Meet our Founders

Kristan Kostur

Kristan serves as President of Proudtree Empowered Learning and shares more than 25 years of experience developing and bringing to life innovative concepts—a passion she's embraced since childhood.

Defining Moment: Age 6 when she was told that she couldn't sit in the cab of an 18-wheeler because she was a girl

Most Embraced and Loved Quality: Being a Leo 



Susan Lurz

Susan serves as Vice-President of Proudtree Empowered Learning and "Chief Optimism Officer." She shares extensive knowledge of personality indicators which contribute to an understanding of how personality, emotion, thought, and spirituality can blend together for greater health and well-being.

Favorite Words to Live By: Imagine with all your mind. Believe with all your heart. Achieve with all your might.

Most Embraced and Loved Quality: Her optimism 

Behind the Scenes

We love that children learn in many different ways and that they make great strides when challenged. So we've assembled a diverse team of accomplished professionals to lead the way in creating highly engaging learning materials. With expertise from educators, child psychologists, authors, editors, illustrators, designers, musicians, and choreographers, we ensure that each child's style of learning and unique developmental ability is met as well as challenged.

Curious About Our Name?

We are often asked about the significance of the name Proudtree. A tree is a symbol of great and enduring strength with its body rooted in the earth and its branches proudly reaching up to the sky. Proudtree symbolizes this authentic expression of beauty, strength, growth, and resiliency.

Benefits of Our Programs and Materials

Can help children:

The Themes We Teach and Why They Are Important