What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
A lot of teachers forget, you can't just teach the student, you must inspire and motive. For every teacher we have hired here at Education's Finest, to inspire and motivate is in their job description. Education's Finest is not just a company name, it is something we strive everyday to live up to.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
For K-12 students, all of our teachers have the required material to get the student caught up with what is required.
For High school and college students, they are for the most part more homework and test based, so as long as you got your books and notes, we are ready to rock!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The inspiration for starting Education's Finest was never to make money. The inspiration comes right from the students. I remember tutoring at Starbucks as a one man project and thinking "How can I help and inspire students on a much greater scale?"...12 months later Education's Finest was born.
What do you love most about your job?
The list for this could potentially be limitless but...Without a single doubt I would have to say the happiness that comes out of the parents and students after they begin to see improvement. Our goal is to help over 1 million students achieve their academic dreams and after that? 10 million.
The stereotype associated with music lessons is that you have to learn how to play classical music, something not everyone likes. Visalia Music School tries to make its lessons accessible to everyone by pairing students with instructors and other student musicians who like the same genres, whether rock, country, or pop.
Having students play alongside other musicians is the main goal of the music school. Though beginners start off playing by themselves, Visalia Music School's goal is to have everyone play in a band and start performing by the eighth hour of class. There are bands full of young musicians, as well as bands for middle-schoolers and high-schoolers. These bands appear at various community events, including music festivals and June parades celebrating National Accordion Awareness Month.
Like most parents, Cyndi R. doesn't like to take chances with her child's wellbeing. By the time her son was 13 months old, Cyndi had interviewed roughly 20 childcare providers—but she noticed something different when she walked into the local KinderCare. The staff here greeted every child by name and, as she peeked into each of the classrooms, Cyndi noticed engaged instructors leading one-on-one lessons. The center's Assistant Director even took the time to answer all of her questions, both before and after she decided to enroll her son.
The thing is, this isn't a unique experience. KinderCare now has more than 1,700 centers, and parents across the country share similar thoughts on their local educators. To hear them tell it, it's the commitment of those teachers that makes all the difference. Twice a year, KinderCare hosts the largest early childhood teacher-training program in the country, and every center pursues national accreditation. All of this translates into the development of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual skills in infants and children up to 12 years old.
That may seem like a lot of skills to entrust a daycare with, but KinderCare is more than just a daycare—in fact, it's better to think of it as a learning center. During daycare, kindergarten, and before- and after-school programs, KinderCare's educators lead activities that focus on six different areas, including math and science, language and literacy, and the art of opening a tricky juice box.
An authorized Yamaha Music School, Valley Music Center's instructors illuminate students young and old—from beginners to highly advanced players. Drawing upon methods developed in Japan more than 50 years ago, Valley Music Center's teachers employ a curriculum that combines ear training with singing, playing, reading, and creating music. With this multifaceted approach to music, they strive to teach students of all ages not only how to play piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, or French horn but also how to cultivate a genuine love for what they’re playing. In addition to offering private lessons, they helm group lessons where students can learn from their peers. Students then have the opportunity to showcase their newfound skills during friendly recitals or settle disputes using the age-old method of pianos at dawn.
With eclectic backgrounds, the staff of California Arts Academy brings students their own distinctive expertise and worldviews. They strive to help students not only become better performers, but also positive members of the community. Backed by a cadre of instructors, the duo strives to create a space where kids can freely express themselves through gymnastics and musical theater and can elaborate tap-dance routines that summon the ghost of Fred Astaire. California Arts Academy was also named Favorite for Children's Dance Classes, Art Classes, and Live Theater by the readers of Central California Parent magazine from 2012 to 2014. Not content to just offer classes, the Academy holds semiannual auditions for their performances.
Hidden beneath the guise of games and fun activities, hearty doses of musical education lurk within each piano lesson Donna McGlasson teaches. At her studio, Tickle the Ivories, she guides students aged 5 and older through a comprehensive understanding of traditional piano theory, including note reading and proper technique. For adults, she’s also glad to build a course of instruction around learning to play by ear. A carefully selected syllabus of handouts, books, and other learning materials enhances her instruction and help students continue learning on their own after heading home or sneaking on stage at an Elton John concert. In addition to her weekly lessons, McGlasson organizes a recital to showcase the progress of her protégés.