This article is sponsored by Tutor Doctor Frisco-McKinney-Prosper.
Stacy Parkelj is a career educator and successful entrepreneur. Her background, combined with her experiences as a mom and her knowledge of local curriculum inspired her to help.
In 2012 she combined these passions and, along with her father, Pete Lemery, opened Tutor Doctor Frisco-McKinney-Prosper. Their goal is to take a focused approach to student success.
So how do they do it? By meeting kids where they are and helping them move forward with confidence and solid skills. Pete sums up his focus on helping students succeed, simply,
My wife was a teacher for 20 years. I’ve also mentored children for over 40 years, myself. I’ve always been around education and I’ve always enjoyed watching kids excel.
Equally relevant, Stacy has also been a stay-at-home mom. This is why Tutor Doctor offers the one-to-one, at-home approach. Because they know the lessons, and how to teach them best.
I understand the curriculum, the teacher/student culture and most importantly the expectations of each school district.
This, it turns out, makes all the difference.
You Can’t Learn Investment
Her commitment to students’ success makes perfect sense. While her past has honed her skills, you can’t learn investment. You can hear how much Stacy cares when she talks about her qualifications.
I think it’s both that I taught here and that my children grew up here that make me a better owner. Also, I was a parent of kids who benefitted from tutoring. I know how rigorous and competitive the academics are in our area; I know how the frustration kids feel when they’re not successful impacts the entire family, and I know how important a child’s education is to a parent.
As for being a teacher, there is not enough time in a day to reach absolutely every student where they are. Teachers welcome the extra support. I feel that being conscience that teachers are creative people who love to put their own spin on their teaching methods. Structuring the way we tutor to compliment that makes our company one that both parents and teachers love.
In Support of Teachers
There’s a common misperception that tutors have to step in when a teacher falls short. Stacy is quick to correct that. Since she’s been in the classroom, she understands the math. One teacher plus many students equal limited attention. It’s no different than the vitamins we take–even though we eat healthily.
It’s a priority to support teachers while serving students. Stacy builds that into the Tutor Doctor Frisco and McKinney model. Local districts perform above national averages. So, they customize locally rather than using materials that are used nationally. Surprisingly few chains take that approach. Stacy’s staff keep in touch will local teachers, too.
We needed a service that provided support directly aligned with what was happening in that student’s classroom, so tutors communicating with teachers is essential.
This is also why she has high hiring standards.
What Makes a Good Tutor?
While tutors are held to strict hiring standards, it’s also more than that. It’s about approachability and connecting, too. It’s not enough to know. You also need to know how to teach. The Tutor Doctor site is clear:
…a student needs the right tutor for their specific academic goals and struggles, personality, and learning style. At Tutor Doctor, we make sure to find professional tutors that don’t just have the right qualifications on paper, but have a passion for what they do and possess excellent people skills. We want tutors who can build relationships with students and help them feel comfortable and cared for during sessions.
Stacy’s life seems to have been leading her here for a long time. She takes joy from each student’s success, knowing they and their family are proud. This is the fuel for the franchise’s thriving business.
As for clients, it’s reassuring to know that when the owner looks them in the eye and says she understands, it’s because she actually does.