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Ayr schoolteacher embarks on a new career with Kumon

16 January, 2018

“I enjoy being part of something with Kumon, and the franchise model really works for me.”

Linsey Kemp has spent her career teaching maths to students across England and Scotland, but in August last year she made the move from mainstream education to Kumon business owner and hasn’t looked back!

Previously Head of Maths at an independent school in Glasgow and Deputy Head at a prep school in Sussex, Linsey had enjoyed the responsibility of leadership. Following a move back home to Ayr, Scotland, she returned to public sector education, teaching maths in a local secondary school.

Linsey was already familiar with Kumon having previously taught Kumon students in the classroom, whom she noticed really benefited from studying on the maths and English programmes. A trip to Edinburgh brought Linsey in contact with the Kumon Corstorphine Study Centre, and a subsequent conversation with a friend whose child had attended the former Kumon centre in Ayr, got Linsey thinking about re-opening the study centre there.

The additional bureaucracy involved in public sector education was also beginning to affect her dedication to the teaching role, and Linsey was increasingly enthused by the prospect of being her own boss.

Fast-forward five months, and Linsey’s loving her new career path:

“I am very proud of my centre. It was a challenge going straight into a commercial setting with a dedicated venue, but I knew if I was going to do it, I wanted to do it right!

“I enjoy being part of something with Kumon, and the franchise model really works for me. I don’t feel as if I’m alone, rather, thoroughly supported – my dedicated Area Manager and regional team are always available to help and advise me.

“I’m also beginning to establish relationships with my neighbouring Kumon Instructors and building a collaborative comradery with them. Through my continuous training I’ve been meeting Instructors from across the whole of the UK and Ireland; I’m particularly looking forward to catching up with my fellow Instructors who started the franchise process with me.

“I get the perks of running my own business and being my own boss yet with the continued support of everyone who works at Kumon.”

Of course, supporting children to reach their potential is Linsey’s passion and is the pinnacle of her experience thus far:

“I love watching the progress of my students! Within a few classes I can already see increases in students’ concentration and focus – big achievements which will immediately benefit their learning at school and beyond.

“I have three little ones at my centre, who when they enrolled couldn’t read or count past 20; in a few short months all three have built up their word recognition and can identify number sequencing.

“The enthusiasm of the students is really infectious. When they reach benchmarks, receive a certificate or get something they didn’t before, the smiles I see on their faces is so inspiring.

“What’s also been lovely is that I’ve had families who used to attend the original centre before it closed, return to study with Kumon because they appreciated how much it had helped their child.”

Linsey is working hard to raise awareness of the centre in Ayr and the surrounding neighbourhoods so even more children can benefit and thrive with Kumon.

We wish Linsey and her students every success!

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