Club Z! brings tutoring home to Long Beach area students
2010-04-07 · By Editor
EverythingLongBeach recently spoke with Amy Becker, Area Director of Club Z! In-Home Tutoring, via email. They talked about inspirations, challenges and what’s it’s like having a business in Mobile.
How long have you been in business? 7 years.
Describe Club Z!:
We offer, quality, one-on-one, in-home tutoring for students of all ages and in all subjects, in the comfort and safety of their home. Our tutors are either credentialed teachers, or they have degrees in the subjects that they teach.
We work with the schools to help students to do better in their own classes and to gain confidence through the school’s curriculum.
Why did you start Club Z! In-Home Tutoring?
Both Area Directors, Amy and Shelly are credentialed teachers. When they had their children, it was a no-brainer to start tutoring. The business grew to include around 30 area teachers as a part of their Club Z! Team.
It was a way for them to still help students, be involved in education and to be able to work from home.
What makes Club Z! In-Home Tutoring stand out?
Our ability to match our students to the tutor is the main reason we stand out. We spend much of our time finding that perfect tutor with the perfect experience or personality to fit with a student. If we don’t get it right the first time, we have no problem trying again to make that perfect match.
Another Stand Out service that we provide is working closely with schools and teachers. This helps our tutors to find out exactly what we can do to help the student to improve in class as well as to provide them with some basic concepts that they may have missed in the past.
What is the biggest success Club Z! In-Home Tutoring has had?
Our successes come back to us every week, one student at a time. Whenever a tutor or a student reports that they improved on their score. When parents tell us it is easier for their child to get through homework and they note their increased confidence in daily tasks. Those are our biggest successes.
What is your favorite part of running a tutoring business?
My favorite part of running the business is the ability for us to stay in touch with what is going on in the district, schools and with students. Having our own children in the schools, it helps us to have perspective as to how we can really help schools, especially in times of budget cuts, etc. as is happening now.
What are the biggest challenges you face?
Our biggest challenge was transitioning from a teacher mentality to a business-owner mentality. Learning the intricacies of what makes a successful business. We have had to learn some things the hard way, but it has made us more successful in the long run. We are still learning every day!
What unique talents do you bring to Club Z! In-Home Tutoring?
- California Clear Credential – Multiple Subjects.
- Masters Degree in Teaching Reading
- Experience as a 5th grade Literacy teacher in Long Beach USD where she worked with students with special needs, and/or students who struggled through reading and math, learning ways to make it fun for them.
- California Clear Credential – Multiple Subjects
- Experience as a Kinder teacher in LAUSD, working with students and families to give their kids the best head start into education as possible.
How is Club Z! In-Home Tutoring involved with the community?
Amy has served on the Board of many education-based non profits in Long Beach such as the Junior League of Long Beach, Long Beach Women’s Soccer League and was a Founding Director of Cubberley School Foundation, and is a coach for Long Beach Youth Soccer League.
Shelly has served on Newcomb Academy’s PTA as well as volunteering her time with Boy Scouts, and Youth Sports.
Do you have any future plans for Club Z! In-Home Tutoring?
Our future plans are to help improve as many educational experiences as possible. We’d love to extend our services to more at-risk youth through the NCLB Act and through grants for tutoring Foster Care Youth.
What is the best advice that you received and who did it come from?
Best advice I have received is – Prioritize….Family First, Then Career.
Second Best Advice – Lou Holtz – “To get it, you’ve got to go for it.”
Contact Club Z! In-Home Tutoring:
- 3240 Karen Avenue