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About theInstructor


Through more than 30 years of experience as a Kumon Instructor in the greater Saint Louis area, I have learned that we tend to greatly underestimate the capabilities and potential of young children. The Kumon Method, currently studied by 4.2 million children in more than 40 countries worldwide, encourages your child to excel in all of his or her academic work. I create an at-home study plan in addition to monitoring classroom assignments. I emphasize the importance of accurately completing each assignment within a designated time frame. This has helped many of my students increase self-confidence, thus becoming more self-reliant.  Like all Kumon Instructors, I have a true passion for education and an earnest desire to help children succeed.

Takayuki Dan Kimura, Ph.D.
Director, Kumon Ladue Center
Kumon Instructor (Head Coach)

Biography and Background

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Dr. Dan Kimura is professor emeritus of computer science at Washington University. He is the founder of two Kumon Centers in the Greater Saint Louis area.  The Ladue Center, founded in 1984, was the first Kumon Center in the Midwest; the Florissant Center has been in operation for more than a decade.  Dr. and Mrs. Kimura introduced the Kumon Method in Saint Louis to assist their two sons, Kaku (6th grade) and Joe (5th grade) at the time, with school math in Meramec Elementary School in Clayton. Dr. Kimura first learned of the Kumon Method in his hometown of Moriguchi, a suburb of Osaka, Japan, where Mr. Toru Kumon pioneered his method in 1955.

Both Mr. Kumon and Dr. Kimura are graduates of Osaka University.  They are pictured together at the 1993 meeting at Osaka Kumon Headquarters; Dr. Kimura shows Mr. Kumon the Post-Dispatch newspaper feature about the first Kumon Center in Saint Louis.
Kaku and Joe, the first Kumon students in St. Louis, are pursuing their careers -

Kaku Kimura serves as a US Diplomat in the State Department after his graduate study at Harvard University (Russian History) and undergraduate study at Cornell University (Russian History).

Joe Kimura serves as the chief medical officer at Atrius Health in the Boston area after his graduate study at Harvard University (Public Health) and Washington University Medical School (Internal Medicine) and undergraduate study at Stanford University (Pre Medicine).