Instructor of Kumon Math and Reading Center of San Mateo – Hillsborough
My name is Alex Tang and I am a second-generation Kumon franchise owner. I am the instructor of Kumon Math and Reading Center of San Mateo – Hillsborough and have been making an impact on students since 2017. My father is also a Kumon Instructor and I was also enrolled in the Kumon Program for eight years as a child. Kumon has been a part of my life for quite some time – allowing me to share a wealth of knowledge with my students.
I graduated from the University of California Irvine with a degree in biochemistry in 2008. For seven years, I worked as an environmental scientist analyzing and discovering new and effective ways to treat and purify water.
When I heard of the opportunity to own a Kumon Center in my hometown, I knew it was a great time to make a career change. I was inspired to open my own Kumon Center because I had a strong desire to help the youth of our country. The future depends on the success of our next generation,.
I've always had a strong desire and commitment to give back to my community. I've been able to successfully carry out that passion with Kumon and help shape the minds of young students. I see each child as a learning opportunity for myself, which helps me to continue to grow as an Instructor.
Here are a few questions that have been asked of me:
What is it about being an Instructor you enjoy the most?
Interacting with the students. I enjoy knowing that my brief moments with each student during their class time can make an impactful difference in their world. It’s truly a humbling responsibility.
What achievements are you most proud of?
I’m proud of instructing early learners who come to me that don’t know how to read, and then getting them to that point where they can eventually read on their own. The joy they have in their face when they feel like they have succeeded is heart-warming.
Can you describe an instruction moment where you made an impact on a student who may have been struggling?
A recent moment I had was when an incoming high school freshman came to me and was still counting on her fingers. She had fallen behind and was struggling in her math courses. I started her in Math Level 3A 71, and she put in the hard work to rebuild her mathematical foundation. Now, she’s close to completing Math Level E, and doing all the mental math required to succeed. Since she enrolled, the improvement and progress has been remarkable to see.