Tanya Gorguraki and Chris Chung bring more than four decades of combined diving experience to the classes at Dive Zone Scuba, a wealth of expertise that help the facility earned a five-star rating from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). The diving duo conducts confined water pool sessions in a heated Olympic-sized indoor pool, allowing students to focus on learning proper dive techniques in a controlled environment away from the ocean’s inconstant currents and heckling fish. Each of their courses equips students with certification in a particular area of diving proficiency, unlocking underwater avenues related to open water diving, rescue, or specialty skills.
A nationally renowned tutoring program, Sylvan Learning utilizes a personalized tutoring approach to develop students of all ages and abilities into perceptive pupils. During the initial visit, children will partake in a Sylvan Skills Assessment that reveals areas a child may need help in and serves as a base line for future progress. An erudite educator then leads four one-hour tutoring sessions tailored to young minds' particular needs, covering subjects that include math, reading, writing, and the ethics of alligator wrestling. Polymaths looking to increase their potential can use their customized tutoring sessions to prepare for future algebra tests or fine-tune study skills to get a head start on memorizing next year’s phone book. Sylvan Learning gifts proud progenitors with regular progress reports granting comprehensive summaries of their offspring's progress. All six Sylvan Learning Centers are open Monday–Saturday, with hours in the morning and afternoon to accommodate busy estival schedules.
Houston Flight Training’s fleet of nine aircraft includes Cessna propeller planes and Piper small aircraft, but the most impressive part of their lineup remains their six instructors. As individuals, they boast thousands of hours of flight instruction, with even more spent in their own training with and enjoyment of airplanes. They open the sky to new students, taking their charges on Discovery Flights and giving each passenger a turn at the controls. Their thrilling sample only begins the training, as they conduct full classroom and flight certification courses for private pilots.
A certified middle-school, high-school, and college math teacher of more than 15 years, Olga has sent more than 1,000 math-savvy students off into the world. At Say Yes To Success In Math, she's on track to help her next thousand, but this time via private math tutoring. Whether the focus is on pre-algebra, geometry, college-level algebra, or SAT or ACT prep, Olga emphasizes the importance of critical thinking—a skill that her students can take with them to class or to their weekend job as actuary for their friend's startup.
Alfonso Ayala, who's been snapping photos for more than a decade and has professional graphic-design experience, loves to capture life's happiest moments, which is why he specializes in wedding and family photography. He also loves the technical aspect of photography and spends his free time experimenting with lights, equipment, and accessories, such as lens toupees, to figure out what steps he needs to take to capture the best image. Artful close-ups, classic portraits, and candid kisses pepper his portfolio, which represents a range of wedding vignettes.
The Language Factory's interactive classes and engaging curricula spur the development of language centers in growing minds, giving kids a head start in future communications with continental chums. Language-sponges aged 4–13 can enroll in group classes that quickly immerse them in a thick bouillabaisse of soupy foreign words and culture. Sage teachers well versed in lingual niceties and child-herding keep classes engaged through song, leading students in stirring renditions of the handful of French songs not about pizza pies. Through language games, tongues will learn the fricatives that they'll need to argue with Parisian cab drivers or Spanish conquistadors.