Instructor Spotlight: Grace Sim
Grace Sim, Instructor of Kumon Math and Reading Center of John’s Creek – North
When Grace and her family settled their roots in the greater Atlanta area over 20 years ago, she was dedicated to raising her children and supporting her husband’s efforts in establishing a church in their new community. As an education major, Grace was passionate about the importance of education in her children’s lives. Through the church’s growth, she leveraged her background in education as the director of the youth ministry.
During the summer months, Grace and her children would spend time visiting family in New York. On one of those trips, Grace was introduced to Kumon. Without hesitation, she decided to enroll her children. During those summer months, the Kumon Method not only made a tremendous impact on her children, but also on Grace as well.
Upon her family’s return to Georgia at the end of that summer, she was surprised to learn that there wasn’t a local Kumon Center in her community. Grace took it upon herself to bring Kumon to her local community.
“This is when my journey as a Kumon Instructor began,” said Grace. “It started with a simple vision – to open a Kumon Center for children and friends – and today, I am so proud to serve my wonderful community, and plan to do so for many years to come!”
What started as a simple vision and dream, has resulted in Grace being instrumental in the growth of young minds in the Johns Creek community.
Next year, Grace Sim, Instructor of Kumon of John’s Creek – North will be celebrating her 20th anniversary as a Kumon Instructor.
“Learning is lifelong, and by working with other Kumon Instructors, we are all able to grow and learn from one another,” said Grace.
What is it about being an Instructor you enjoy the most?
I’m sure many Kumon Instructors can agree that running a center is a big responsibility! It’s a lot of work, but it’s all worth it when I see the impact Kumon has on my students’ lives. Whenever I hear from a parent on how I’ve made a difference in their child’s life, I’m reminded why I opened a center. These are the experiences that keep me motivated and bring me joy in what I do.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a Kumon Instructor?
Through the years, I’ve learned that no matter how much a student falls behind, Kumon can transform his or her life. Through a collaborative effort with parents, we can really inspire children to develop a love for learning. Children’s confidence is such a powerful force in their willingness and motivation to learn.
Can you describe an instruction moment where you made an impact on a student?
I had an assistant that worked for me for about two years. She shared with me her son’s story about how he was diagnosed with Autism. They were told by his school that he would not be advancing to middle school, despite them doing everything they could at home. When I heard this, I knew I had to enroll him in order for her to witness his true potential. Within a year, her son caught up to his grade-level. She was a speaker at our student award event that year and touched so many hearts through her family’s inspiring Kumon story.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’ve really grown to love hiking. I regret not spending a lot of time in nature when I was younger. Recently, I’ve been spending a majority of my spare time outdoors, and especially love it when my grandchildren join me. I try to make every moment I spend with my grandchildren a special one.
What is a fun fact about you that people may not know?
Many people know that I have a passion for horticulture and refer to me as having a “green thumb.” It’s such an excellent activity that allows me to stay connected to my friends and neighbors. I’m really into growing a plant called “crown of thorns,” a succulent shrub with spiny stems. I spend a lot of time with the budding process
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