Why helping students gives me a sense of fulfillment
Kate Woodrow opened the Kumon Wotton-under-Edge Study Centre in 2007. As an experienced Instructor, and former primary school teacher, Kate wants to make the Kumon Maths and English Programmes available to more families, and has taken the decision to move her centre, to a bigger premises at Yate Leisure Centre.
Kate said: "I love instructing students; the sense of fulfilment I get from 'turning a student around' is priceless.
"I have learnt that what parents value more than anything is the fact that I am prepared to go the extra mile for their child, treating each child individually.
"For example, if I find a student is not doing as I had expected in class or on the previous week's homework, I will take the work back and deliver or post them something else and I will always explain to the parent and student what I am doing and why. To make sure they continue to progress at a pace which is just right for them.
"I decided to open a new centre in Yate because, although running a small centre makes individualisation easier, there are obvious drawbacks. I realise that one of the challenges facing me in the future, as my centre in Yate grows, is to make sure the quality of the service I offer parents remains the same. However, I am determined to work hard to run a centre of which I am as proud as I have been of the Wotton-under-Edge Centre."
Helen Keogh enrolled her daughter on the Kumon Maths Programme when she was seven; now nine, Helen said: "I can honestly say Kumon has given my daughter the confidence and ability in maths I never thought she'd have.
She was really struggling and doubted herself in her ability before she started Kumon; now she enjoys the challenge and is progressing really well at school. Kumon has made all the difference."
Louisa, whose three children also study with Kate, agrees, saying: "Kumon has made a difference to all my children with their differing abilities in maths.
"It's helped plug the gaps and reinforce curriculum learning, as you'd expect, but it's also pushed them on to a new level of understanding, confidence, speed and - dare I say it - occasionally even enjoyment!
"It's a discipline which also helps them in timed tests in other subjects in school, it's a great way to help them understand that the effort they put into something reaps a direct benefit. They know that they 'own' their own progress and when they do get 100% on a sheet or move on a level, it's a personal reward."
Kate added: "When I first opened the study centre, I hoped to make my business a success. It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day, but when you get wonderful feedback like this, it forces you to step back and think wow, I've really made a difference, and that's so rewarding."
We often sing the praises of our students, because they work so hard and have such dedication to the Kumon Maths and English Programmes; but behind every successful student is a dedicated Instructor like Kate, who is willing them along and making sure they have the foundations in place to succeed.
Well done to Kate for all her hard work. We're sure the Kumon Yate Study Centre will bring more success stories, like those above, and we look forward to sharing them in the future.