With Kumon I'm really enjoying running my own business
Judy Cohen took over the Kumon Hemel Hempstead Study Centre in March 2016 after a 20-year career as a primary school teacher.
We spoke with Judy to learn what most appealed to her about the Kumon Method of Learning and how she came to join Kumon as a franchisee.
On her decision to become a Kumon Instructor, Judy said: "I felt the time was right for me to leave primary teaching behind, so I began to look for alternatives. I came across an advertisement for Kumon franchise opportunities, and upon further investigation, I decided to attend a local information session.
"One of the reasons I wanted to move away from the regular primary school classroom was I found it very frustrating that however hard I tried, I was not able to deliver an effective, individualised learning programme for every child. At my Kumon centre, I have been able to achieve this through the very carefully and expertly designed worksheets which is not only very rewarding for me, but also for all my students.
"When I was teaching I also encountered so many children entering into Year 5 who still not did know their times tables. This makes it incredibly difficult for them to grasp the more challenging topics of fractions and algebra. At Kumon, students are able to learn their times tables to such a degree of proficiency that when they come to more advanced study they can progress with ease.
"With 20 years' experience as a primary school teacher, I can incorporate everything I have learnt thus far into my Kumon Instruction and help my students make the best progress possible."Judy Cohen, Kumon Hemel Hempstead Study Centre, Kumon Instructor
"I have three grown-up children who all studied with Kumon when they were younger so I was already familiar with the method. They all made amazing progress and I felt Kumon equipped them with the necessary skills to go on and pursue their desired line of study; my eldest son went on to study maths and computer science, my daughter recently qualified as a doctor, and my youngest is currently studying neuroscience.
"I am loving my role so far and really enjoying running my own business. It is great to be able to work with students of all ages, and most importantly to be able to set work which is exactly right for them, regardless of their age.
"With 20 years' experience as a primary school teacher, I can incorporate everything I have learnt thus far into my Kumon instruction and help my students make the best progress possible."