In the last 40 years, Smile America Portraits' photographers have helped to memorialize special moments in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults across the country. By constantly working with families, they have mastered the art of calming toddlers and keeping parents still enough to say or even pasteurize cheese. Outdoor shoots make use of natural tones, such as those of crystal-blue lake waters and green, leafy trees. In the spring months, photos brim with the pastel buds of tulips and the shine of bluebirds applying makeup for the first time all year.
PREPWORKS sees education like GPS. Each student is at a different, highly specific location along the path to knowledge. Rather than applying a blanket lesson plan to all students, PREPWORKS —the 2013 Best Educational Software Award winner for "best adaptive test preparation website
worldwide" —gives unique directions to each individual that will guide them from their current location to their destination. This is accomplished using hundreds of data points culled from students' responses on quizzes. The software evaluates where an individual's strengths and weaknesses lie, then tailors lessons to the relevant information that will help the student reach the next level.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Education is a highly personalized experience, with children learning at different speeds as they grow. Sometimes, a child needs a little extra attention or help to master a concept, or simply to be successful at completing their homework. Sylvan Learning Center is a personalized tutoring center that creates customized learning programs to help students reach their fullest educational potential, offering settings conducive to one-on-one teaching. Each student is evaluated on their academic abilities, then set on a specialized tutoring program that strives to improve their performance. In addition to assisting school-aged children with building a strong academic foundation, the Center offers a variety of college prep classes and programs.
Within the stone walls of Rock Creek Spine and Rehabilitation Center, Doctors of Chiropractic Ryan and Melissa Groelz work to root out the fundamental causes of back pain, headaches, and other ailments. The chiropractic duo uses advanced computer systems to analyze each patient's nervous system and posture, then uses those findings to guide spinal adjustments, soft-tissue manipulation, and other treatments.