Ashley, 16 Years Old; Instructor, Queenie Louie - Kumon

Ashley, 16 Years Old; Instructor, Queenie Louie

Ashley, 16, of Mercer Island, Washington, comes from a family of Kumon Math Program completers. Her older brother Jake, 21, finished the program in nine years and her sister Alyssa, 19, completed in 11 years. In addition to Kumon, Ashley is an honors student with a 4.0 GPA, plays the clarinet and saxophone in her school band, sings in her school choir and volunteers with numerous organizations including with Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere (VOICE).

Ashley began Kumon 10 years ago, and believes the program helped her build confidence and achieve her goals. “When you’re excelling in school, you feel more confident in other areas of your life,” said Ashley.

“Ashley, Alyssa and Jake have grown up with Kumon, and it’s been a joy to watch them develop strong academic and life skills,” Ashley’s Kumon Instructor, Queenie Louie said of the siblings. “Their parents are extremely supportive. They continually praise and encourage their children and always made academics a priority.”

Ashley’s father, Bruce, believes Kumon is central to his children’s success. “Positive feedback and support helps develop a child’s confidence and independence. My children gained perseverance and self-reliance through Kumon,” said Bruce.

Ashley hopes to attend either the University of Southern California or University of Washington; the schools of her older siblings. Ashley’s older brother Jake is a National Merit Scholar and Washington State Scholar. He earned a full scholarship to the University of Washington’s honors program, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is pursuing two bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and biochemistry.  Ashley’s older sister Alyssa is a sophomore at the University of Southern California pursuing a major in gerontology. She received a USC Director’s Scholarship and volunteers with the elderly in her Los Angeles community.