Meet Mykiah Septmatthews, lead infant room teacher at B & K’s ExSeptional Ones Academy.
Tell us a little about your business. – As a teaching academy, we are the foundation of learning. We have the privilege to teach kids from 6 weeks to 13 years old. This job is not just about watching kids all day, we are teaching a dual curriculum. We follow Montessori practical application and traditional early childhood learning through play. B & K’s ExSeptional Ones was built on the desire to make a difference in the lives of children in lower social economic statuses and make long-term impact in the lives of children.
How did you get started in the business? – My mother Keana Septmatthews, the founder and CEO, has been in the business for as long as I can remember. I always loved going to work with her.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – My most important achievement has been being one of the youngest but most qualified in the room. Age doesn’t determine passion and aptitude—they come from within.
Tell us a little about your family. – Keana and Brian Septmatthews are my wonderful parents, and I am so grateful to have them in my life as well as my daughter’s life. My daughter Naomi is 1 year old and she is just a bundle of joy.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Having Naomi was the biggest turning point in my life. She has made everything better. My ambition and determination to make life great for her is what pushes me.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Hanging out with my family and watching movies.
Who inspires you? – Almost everyone I have in my life which isn’t many people, but mainly my parents and my daughter. It’s about quality over quantity when it comes to role models and a good support system.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – The best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten was don’t focus on the things other people have—your time will come. Be patient and move at your own pace.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Loyal.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – “Good as Hell” by Lizzo.
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – Telekinesis.
What talent would you most like to have? – I wish I could do hair.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – A veterinarian.
What is your favorite movie? – The Princess and the Frog.
What is your favorite TV show? – Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – Texas Roadhouse.