Serve More Students is a think tank for tutoring center owners and directors. We provide resources to help tutors build and grow their tutoring center. We also help tutors scale their tutoring businesses from a one-man (or woman!) show into a successful and profitable tutoring center.
From the time I can remember, I always wanted to be a teacher. I taught “school” every afternoon as a little girl. Whether it was to my stuffed animals, my younger sisters, or my pretend students. I did my real homework on my make-shift overhead projector, which was really just a stack of books that I pretended was projecting onto my bedroom wall. I took attendance, wrote names on the board, and always gave Wanda silent lunch. (Who was Wanda?!?!?)
Fast forward to 2005. I graduated from college with a degree in Elementary Education and landed my first teaching job. Over the next several years, I taught 3rd and 5th grades and served as a math specialist. I also graduated with my master’s degree as a Curriculum Specialist. I loved teaching, but I knew that teaching was only a stepping stone. My goal was to be a superintendent.
I moved into administration and became an assistant principal. I was climbing the ladder. I also started working on my doctorate. After a year in administration (which I loved by the way!), I took a year off to finish my doctorate. Fully expecting to return as a principal, life had other plans.
I tell you all of that to get HERE.
This is where my journey in the tutoring world began.
Once some of my former students’ parents found out that I wasn’t working, they asked me if I would tutor their children. I politely said no. I mean, come on. I was getting a doctorate degree. Why on earth would I want to tutor? (That was seriously my thought process at the time.) Eventually, I did take on ONE student. One student only. It was a special circumstance I told myself. He had experienced a tragedy in his life and it was the least I could do.
Well, that ONE student turned into two and then three and then four. Before I knew it, I was spending every afternoon traveling around to people’s homes or to the library to tutor kids. It was then that I realized that I was on to something. There was obviously a need for a tutoring center in our town. So, I rented a small space and turned my side gig into a legitimate business.
I hired another tutor to work with middle school kids while I worked with the elementary students. In less than six months, we had taken on so many students that I could no longer continue to tutor and run the business. So, I hired additional tutors to work with our students while I focused on the management side of the business.