Kevin Celisca is a first-generation Haitian American, who was the first person in his family to go and graduate from college. Growing up Kevin struggled in education because he grew up in an underprivileged community that provided little help to students falling behind; and like many first generation Americans, he had little help from his parents with school work. Eventually Kevin’s parents and principal decided he should be held back. If it was not for his fourth grade teacher who saw something special in him, Kevin would not be where he is today. Kevin’s fourth grade teacher told Kevin’s parents that all he needed was a little extra attention after school to get him on track. Kevin’s parents said they did not have the finances to pay for a tutor, but his fourth grade teacher insisted on helping for free. She taught Kevin his learning style, time management, and organization. It was because of that fourth teacher that Kevin went to a Fairleigh Dickinson University almost entirely for free, studied abroad three times all expenses paid to London, Italy, and China, and went on to work at one of the big four accounting firms, EY.
Not quite feeling satisfied with his work as an auditor, Kevin decided that he wanted to give back to his community so he got involved with a non-profit called CollegeLingual that was focused on helping first generation Americans go to and graduate from college. Eventually, Kevin was pitched the idea for Integrate, which immediately resonated with him because Integrate provided an opportunity for all kids to have that same help that Kevin had from his teacher, through a software.
In January of 2016 Kevin went full time on Integrate with the dream of transforming the education system, by helping students become the best versions of themselves through cutting edge technology.