This is an edited version of the year-end-summary letter that was sent to all my tutoring students’ families. It contains news from 2017 and a look forward to 2018 and beyond.
Happy New Year from all of me at ATX Tutoring! 🙂
A little history….
ATX Tutoring & Academic Services officially was born on June 5, 2017 – and my first tutoring session under this banner took place in July. I am very grateful for all the families I have worked with – especially you early supporters! <3
After 10 years of working as a classroom teacher or assistant, always with the aim of providing “individualized attention” to my students, it feels really good to be able truly to provide this now, without most of the competing interests or distractions that is often inherent in large-group, institutional, or classroom instruction.
A peek into the future….
Most of the work I currently do with students is in the areas of math (through high school Geometry) and writing (all levels). I have a trusted and highly qualified former colleague standing by now to assist with higher-level math (Algebra II thru Calculus and beyond) and the sciences, so I am hoping to see ATX Tutoring slowly and sure-footedly expand into these subject areas in 2018.
I am also working on an SAT preparation course (with multiple track options, depending on the student’s timeframe), to launch this year.
And, I am working on putting together (other) summer courses, as well, to begin this coming June. Details are still being developed, but the plan is to offer “math camp”-style classes, especially for students who are in the process of ‘making the leap’ from elementary to middle school, or from middle school to high school.
I would also like to offer a summer writing course, for middle school and/or high school students. Stay tuned for details on all of these.
Here is another project I intend to begin making progress on in 2018: I would like to explore the idea of establishing a 501(c)(3) sister organization, through which some academic support services could be provided to students and families in low-income communities. Again, stay tuned for news of this as it develops….
A few Thank You’s!
I am forever indebted to the support I have received from everyone at the school where I last taught, AESA Prep Academy – especially founder and Head of School Barbara Garza.
Of course, I am also grateful for all of my clients and students! I literally couldn’t do it without you, and it’s been fun and rewarding to see the progress that’s been made!
Last but not least (and at risk of sounding like an Academy Award acceptance speech) I am grateful for my wife Colette and stepson Noah for supporting me in this new adventure.
Introductory rate expiring soon….
My standard hourly fee for 2017 was set at an introductory rate, and this will be bumped up (to $60) beginning February 1, 2018.
If you yourself are a business owner, you know what it’s like to have to cover taxes, insurance, marketing, website, communications, gasoline and vehicle maintenance (and I depend on my vehicle a lot in my work), office expenses, holidays and cancellations, etc. – on top of supporting oneself and one’s family. I appreciate and hope to receive your understanding and continued support!
A few words about scheduling….
Most of you are locked in to a nice routine schedule of tutoring that works well for both you and me. I expect few changes to my current overall schedule. However, as new prospective clients inquire about availability, and as some students finish their work with me and time slots open up – and as I try to consolidate sessions in one area of town or another on certain days of the week, in order to work more efficiently – I might occasionally ask about your schedule flexibility. It’s great when all the pieces fit together nice-and-tightly!
A final note: At least 24 hours’ notice for cancellations is greatly appreciated, as I often can schedule other work during that time slot, to minimize the impact. I know that this isn’t always possible, but I appreciate your efforts!
Contact me for further information on any of the above (or on anything else)!