Our Story

In 2009, I was an educator and parent frustrated by two things:

 

First, I wished my son was learning skills that I knew from my years as a teacher were difficult to fit into the school day. There were other interesting enrichment classes after school, but none that taught the skills that I felt to be most important to lead happy and successful lives. These abilities were ~

  • Executive functioning skills ~ organization, how to best study for tests, stress management.
  • Innovation skills ~ the ability to create, persevere, and communicate successfully.

Secondly, I found the jigsaw puzzle of coordinating enrichment classes and sports to be challenging, and sometimes I couldn't get the pieces to fit. Every eight to ten weeks was a new round of scanning and sign ups. I would get everything set up. Then the soccer practice day would change, and I would lose my money on the enrichment class. Or we would both think my son would like a class, and then sometimes he would not. A weekly struggle or wasted money - neither were appealing.

 

I thought . . .

  • Why were enrichment classes organized to be one set hour one day a week?
  • Why couldn't there be a full menu of classes on campus that you could choose from as it fit your schedule?
  • Why couldn't you just pay for the actual enrichment classes that your child ended up attending?

So I set out to create it. Starting at my son's school with two students (one of them my son!), we designed the first Workshop enrichment classes to complement the school day. The picture above is me teaching of the first innovation enrichment classes focusing on writing. Children were accessing high quality enrichment classes, but with their friends from school, with no extra driving, and with easy coordination with sports, plays, day care, or other activities and classes on campus. 

 

Word spread, other schools requested the program, and our talented team of educators grew. Through the years, we have stayed laser focused on our initial goal - providing a menu of enrichment classes offering thoughtful curriculum with flexible scheduling. 

 

We have enjoyed the partnership with parents who care deeply about their children's learning and with the children who continue to amaze us with their creativity and problem solving.