About the Instructor
I’m Colleen, the Instructor of the Bedfordview East Centre, based in Dunvegan.
I became an Instructor in 2000, transitioning from a successful career in Public Relations. Kumon Education SA was one of my many clients, when I was first introduced to the opportunity offered to unlock the unlimited potential of young minds, I was so inspired by the transformation that was possible, as I had seen the crippling effects firsthand of the lack of confidence in one’s ability could have, if carried into adulthood.
Both my father and youngest brother are dyslexic, and while my father was only diagnosed later in his life, my brother was diagnosed very early. The impact it had on their self-confidence was profound and it has always had a negative impact on their learning experiences, which was very distressing. In those days, dyslexia was not as well understood, recognised and the interventions were not very practical. Kumon is a programme, which enables the students to go back to close gaps, before moving onto school Grade level work and eventually to work on more advanced work, than their peers experience at school. I loved the fact that confidence development was one of the core principals of the Kumon Programmes, and that students were able to close gaps, before moving on – once the foundation was solid, the students started to believe in their own success!
After hearing the endless testimonials of Kumon students, who said that Kumon had given them the tools to succeed, I felt I had found a way to make a difference. I researched the programme extensively and loved the fact that material is designed to suit each child’s ability. Kumon is for every child - from the weakest to the strongest, and from the youngest to the oldest.
I am not only a Kumon Instructor, but a Kumon parent to my own three children, who participate in both the Maths and English programmes, which gives me daily insight into “being in the trenches”.
Our goal in the centre is to nuture the ability, potential, confidence and independence of every child we work with.