Hazel shares why she became the Instructor of Kumon Hale Barns Study Centre

6 January, 2015

"Working with children from all backgrounds and abilities is the most fantastic part of being a Kumon Instructor."

“Working with children from all backgrounds and abilities is the most fantastic part of being a Kumon Instructor.”

Hazel Woodward opened the Kumon Hale Barns Study Centre in June 2013. Just a year-and-a-half later and the centre is coming on leaps and bounds. Hazel spoke to us about the process of becoming an Instructor, and how witnessing children overcome their fear of maths is one of her favourite aspects of the job.

Hazel said: “Before I became a Kumon Instructor, I was a full-time science teacher, working at a local secondary school. When deciding to go down the franchise route, I looked at several different business models but found the comprehensive training and support available at Kumon second to none. I also really enjoy being part of a world-class organisation, knowing that children all over the world study Kumon too!

“The empowering ethos of Kumon’s core values initially caught my attention. However, working with children from all backgrounds and abilities is the most fantastic part of being a Kumon Instructor. It is hard to pin down one favourite thing about being an Instructor; there are so many rewarding aspects. From seeing children have the ‘a-ha’ moment to witnessing children overcome their fear of maths.

“Pre-opening training is quite intense, but really enjoyable! Learning about the ‘inner-workings’ of the Kumon programmes through the seminars is a huge eye opener as you can see how and why the students complete the worksheets in the way they do, and what you can do to develop them. My Area Manager and I get on really well, and really understand each other. I know I can call her in any situation and have the wise advice of someone who has many years of experience.

“I envisage my study centre to be in the heart of the community, where parents and children feel safe and secure to try new things. I am working closely with my local schools to offer Kumon to children who may not normally be able to access it and other key partners to promote the benefits of literacy in the local community.”