The mission of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History is to continue the legacy of Roger Tory Peterson by promoting the teaching and study of nature, and to thereby create knowledge of and appreciation and responsibility for the natural world.
Golf Evolution strives to transform butterfingered putt pendulators into stroke-savvy sultans through a geometry-based teaching technique that has the golfer shift their weight forward to help them push and draw the ball. The skilled instructor bestows zen-like tips upon students, such as approaching the ball from the inside and making sure the club strikes ground in the proper place, preventing unwanted geysers of boiling magma. Games are technologically improved with a high-speed video swing analysis from ultramodern Analyzr software.
Reading Innovations Center's successes in tutoring can be attributed to the selfless dedication of its two tutors. Ann Gavazzi and Sandra Rieger have both earned Master's degrees in education, and they draw on their years of work as educators to create innovative tutoring plans for students of all levels and needs. Throughout all of their programs, they collaborate with students' regular teachers to address areas in need of improvement, and they perform regular testing to ensure progress. Whether it's English as a second language or dyslexia, the teachers have honed a methodology to tackle it. Reading Innovations Center provides all the materials for classes as well, including problem sets.
For almost 40 years, the instructors and staff of Dip 'N Dive have demystified the magic of breathing underwater. They instruct and outfit both scuba divers and snorkelers at their Buffalo location, and the facility's curriculum of PADI and NAUI courses help budding divers stay safe, maintain control of their equipment, and walk like Naomi Campbell while wearing fins. From beginning diving lessons to advanced instructor training, courses include classroom work, pool exercises, and real open-water-diving trips.
Darren Ko took his first crack at the SAT in 7th grade as part of a youth talent search program. He qualified for the program by scoring in the top 30 percent of testers—which included high school seniors. Years later, on the actual SAT, Darren achieved a 1590 before moving on to teach SAT classes in college.
Having mastered the test, Darren opened Infiniva Tutoring in 2001 in order to reach more students. The operation has flourished over the years and has branched out past the SAT to prep students for other major tests including the ACT, GMAT, and MCAT. Darren has recruited an all-star team of tutors, most of who have scored in the top one percent on the SAT. They strive to help bridge the gap between students and their individual goals, whether it be getting into a renowned college or beating a wax statue of Einstein in Scrabble.
The tournament-tested instructors at Modern Vision Mixed Martial Arts impart the fundamentals of self-defense and competitive fighting in supportive group sessions for men, women, and kids aged 3 and older. The adult and children’s schedules divide classes into two distinct types that focus on either technical refinement or overall fitness training. On the technical side of the spectrum, the ground-fighting methods of Brazilian ju-jitsu use position and body control to force opponents into submission with joint locks and holds. When combined with techniques of Thai-style kickboxing, students lay the groundwork for competition in mixed martial arts. For an all-encompassing self-defense program, street ju-jitsu unites moves from Greco-Roman wrestling, boxing, and T-shirt-tearing into one comprehensive system.