21-Year-Old Kegan Martindale-Hernandez Taking the Skies by Storm Bagged a Graduate Degree in Space Operation

Jun 18, 2024 4:26:46 PM

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21-Year-Old Kegan Martindale-Hernandez Taking the Skies by Storm Bagged a Graduate Degree in Space Operation
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At just 21 years old, Kegan Martindale-Hernandez is making history and breaking barriers as an African American pilot. His journey from a young aviation enthusiast to a licensed pilot is a story of determination, passion, and trailblazing success.

A Childhood Dream Takes Flight

From a young age, Kegan was fascinated by airplanes. His dream of becoming a pilot took root during childhood, fueled by countless hours spent at airports and aviation museums. Kegan’s passion for flying set him on a path to achieve what many only dream of.

Overcoming Obstacles

Kegan faced numerous challenges on his journey to the cockpit. As an African American in a field where representation is still limited, he often found himself among the few people of color in his aviation classes and training programs. However, Kegan’s determination and resilience propelled him forward. He immersed himself in his studies, excelled in his training, and earned the respect of his peers and mentors.

After years of rigorous training and dedication, Kegan achieved his goal of becoming a licensed pilot. His accomplishment is not just a personal victory but a significant milestone for representation in aviation. Kegan’s success serves as an inspiration to young aspiring pilots, particularly those from underrepresented communities.

Inspiring the Next Generation

Kegan is committed to giving back and inspiring the next generation of pilots. He actively participates in community outreach programs, visits schools and youth organizations to share his story, and encourages young people to pursue careers in aviation. Kegan’s message is clear: with passion, hard work, and determination, the sky is not the limit—it’s just the beginning.

Kegan’s story is a shining example of what can be achieved when one dares to dream and works relentlessly to turn those dreams into reality.

Keep an eye on the skies—Kegan Martindale-Hernandez is just getting started.

Learn more about Kegan and his journey here

Lisa Hollenbach

Lisa Hollenbach is Senior Digital Manager for Education Post. Prior to joining Education Post, Lisa developed digital and content strategy for Teaching Channel. She served on the Bill and Melinda Gates Teacher Advisory Council from 2014-2017 and was active in the planning and execution of several Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching (ECET2) convenings at both the regional and national level. Lisa attended both private and public schools in Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and holds a bachelor’s in secondary education social studies, a bachelor’s in public policy, a minor in women's studies and a master’s in community psychology and social change. A former educator, Lisa taught for more than 15 years in both traditional public school and public charter school settings. She also served as a leader of her local and regional teachers association from 2001-2016. Lisa has worked with several universities throughout her career and is currently an adjunct professor at the Pennsylvania State University, teaching courses in sociology, psychology, education and their intersections. She is passionate about helping education advocates share their stories and creating an equitable education system that serves all students.

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