Instructor Spotlight: Alex Tang
Alex Tang, Instructor of Kumon Math and Reading Center of San Mateo – Hillsborough
As a second-generation Kumon franchise owner, Alex Tang, Instructor of Kumon Math and Reading Center of San Mateo – Hillsborough, has been making an impact on students for almost two years. Not only is Alex’s father a Kumon Instructor, Alex, himself, was also enrolled in the Kumon Program for eight years as a child. Kumon has been a part of his life for quite some time – allowing him to share a wealth of knowledge with his students.
Alex graduated from the University of California Irvine with a degree in biochemistry in 2008. For seven years, he worked as an environmental scientist analyzing and discovering new and effective ways to treat and purify water.
When he heard of the opportunity to own his own Kumon Center in his hometown, he 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,” said Alex.
Alex always had a strong desire and commitment to give back to his community. He has been able to successfully carry out that passion in his center and shape the minds of young students. He sees each child as a learning opportunity for himself, which helps him to continue to grow as an Instructor. We had the opportunity to speak with Alex, as he looks back at his Kumon journey thus far.
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.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I really love boba (Taiwanese tea-based drink) and trying new food. I like to explore and discover local eateries and boba shops.
What is a fun fact about you that people may not know?
I recently picked up line dancing at my local country bar. Now, I am helping as a line dance instructor.
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