Master of Arts in Education, 2004
Through her eight years as an elementary school teacher, Beatrice Hair learned her own tough lesson on the reality of the education system − some kids just fall through the cracks. The poorly-behaved kids and the top performers got all the attention and the kids in the middle could have had transformations if they had received more one-on-one time, shares Beatrice.
With her demanding class schedule and school duties, there wasn’t anything Beatrice could do for those students as a teacher. So she quit teaching and vowed to make a difference by opening the Salisbury Tutoring Academy, Ltd., (STA) in North Carolina. The academy provides one-on-one instruction for children ages four and up, students with learning disabilities and even some adults. STA students range from low performers to honor roll students and those who want to improve their study skills or prepare for tests such as the SATs.
The personalized attention and support STA provides has proven to make quite an impact on students. After four months of one-on-one tutoring, the average gain in grade level is 10 months in comparison to the four months students gain without intervention, according to Beatrice.
She turned STA into a franchise in 2007 and opened two more locations. Beatrice hopes to have 1,000 franchises across the country so that children everywhere have the opportunity for a transformation through STA.