We've been creating character education programs since 2004.



Our History

The Brilliant, Educated and Empowered (B.E.E.) Academy was started in 2004 to develop character education solutions that empower students with tools for lifelong success, including confidence and a fascination for learning.


Initially, The B.E.E. Academy offered tutoring, after-school programs, classes, camps and other innovative resources to schools, community organizations and families in the Washington, D.C. area. Today, in addition to these unique programs, The B.E.E. Academy has developed a complete range of innovative character education solutions that are being adopted by schools all across the country.

Our Mission: Character Education

Our mission is to develop solutions that teach the "hard-hitting soft skills" that young learners need for life-long success. We want to give educators an easy way to incorporate character education into existing curriculum, and help them improve their school’s learning environment and create a desire for learning.

Our Vision: Life-long Success

We enveision a learning environment where positive behaviors such as cooperation, caring and compassion replace apathy, disrespect and under-achievement, and positive attitudes pave the way for perseverance, responsibility, diligence and life-long success.

Our Model: A Proven Approach

We have developed a proven approach that makes it easy to integrate character education into your exising curriculum. The goal is to shift classroom and school focus away from managing behavior, towards strengthening and building character in a way that increases academic achievement. Learn more.

Our Founder: Shakir McDonald

Shakir McDonald, also known as The Queen B.E.E., is a dedicated wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, mentor, youth advocate, motivational speaker and radio host.


A bright student who struggled to discover her own smarts, Shakir became a teacher to find innovative ways to help students build confidence and academic competency. Her mission to reveal the brilliance in children through education and empower students with lifelong tools for success led to the creation of The B.E.E. Academy.


Shakir is the author of a new “The B.E.E. Kids” book series, which is the key element of the new character education targeted solutions offered by The B.E.E. Academy. The B.E.E. Kids books feature exciting characters, engaging story lines and  challenging themes that whisk kids away on adventures in fun and fundamentals.

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