The most rewarding thing about being a Kumon Instructor is seeing the students develop and grow in confidence
Helen Goodbody has been an Instructor at the Kumon Bebington Study Centre, Merseyside, for over ten years, and although her career did not start in education, she loves her role as a Kumon Instructor, working with children in her local community.
She says; “Kumon is the best out-of-school programme for maths and English that I have ever seen. It is for all ages and abilities; for children who are struggling at school and also for those who take a lot of pleasure in advancing and working ahead of their school level. For me, as a Kumon franchisee, it’s great to be able to inspire local children to enjoy studying and to succeed.”
Helen first became a Kumon Instructor after experiencing the study programmes as the parent of primary school-aged twins.
“They were the youngest in their year at school and needed a bit of a nudge to give them increased confidence in both maths and English. I was so impressed with the Kumon programmes and knew other families were also in need of this type of educational support, so I decided to train to become a Kumon Instructor myself!
Kumon has had an enormously beneficial impact on my family, and I am always looking to share the same success with other children. “I’m very proud of what I do, and it means an awful lot to me. As a franchisee I spend a lot of time discussing Kumon and children’s needs with parents. It is important for me to be able to speak with heart and with true belief in what I do.
From a business perspective, I looked at the opportunity and was reassured that Kumon was a trusted, effective learning method established globally with more than 60 years’ experience. This was of course much more than I had to bring to a new business myself, and I knew I could rely on that brand awareness and credibility to support me in my early days of starting up.
The support from the organisation has been outstanding. From the very first moment I went for an interview I saw the excitement and quality of the Kumon team; they are inspirational people and meeting them made me want to be part of the team. During my training, I wanted to join in because I knew they were doing a good job, which inspired me to do the same.
The most rewarding thing about being a Kumon Instructor is seeing the students develop and grow in confidence. When you get to class and a student is buzzing because they have mastered something, they previously found challenging, it makes all the hard work worthwhile.”