Starting this business at an early age was just one of the challenges I had to face. Overcoming them is truly worth it as seeing my students’ achievements and how the parents appreciate our work. The feeling of having contributed to the well-being of other people is priceless. Far more than the financial gains, putting up a Kumon Center also meant she could contribute to her community by developing the youth of her hometown.
I am especially grateful to Kumon for the opportunity to help not just my children but the many children in my community. It’s truly the most inspiring thing in the world — to be a part of a life-changing moment in a child’s life, to make a difference in his life. Nothing comes close to it.
Banking on my stint in working in a broadcasting network right after college, I was overwhelmed on how I could manage the Center both as an Instructor and as a business person. Throughout these early struggles, I let the learner in me shine: I asked help from more senior Instructors. This attitude of ‘keep learning’ helps in making me feel (and perhaps look) young. I am just so blessed to be stressed.
After seeing the effects of Kumon on my daughter, I decided to put up my own Kumon Center in Tuguegarao. Inspired by internationally recognized co-Instructors to whom I draw learning and strength, it made me ponder on what I want to do. Yes, I want to grow old in Kumon. I will be in Kumon for as long as I can.
After living abroad for ten years as a global accounts administrator for mutual funds and handling portfolio accounts in California, U.S.A., my husband and I decided to come back and live in the Philippines. Comparing the situation here and in the US, there’s something missing here and it’s a waste to see intelligent people not being given the proper opportunity to learn and train. With my desire to put up a business that serves a higher purpose and contributes to the community, being a Kumon Instructor was and continues to be a perfect fit.
The respect that I get as a Kumon Instructor follows me even in the supermarket, social media, etc. I know that, somehow, I am a part of whatever success they have and will achieve. More than teaching Math and Reading, I want to be remembered as a Kumon Instructor who taught children how to live.