Instructor Spotlight: Laura Bubbico
Laura Bubbico, Instructor of Kumon Math and Reading Center of Fairfield
For much of her career, Laura Bubbico shared her love of learning as a Connecticut State Certified Teacher. Laura taught in the public school system for over 12 years, impacting a wide range of students from 5th graders to high school students.
When Laura retired from teaching, she wasn’t quite ready to close the door on education. At the time, her daughter Liz was working as a chief assistant at a local Kumon Center. Laura recalls Liz being impressed by the impact the Kumon Method made on students at the center. Liz said to her, “You won’t believe how well this works!”
Laura wanted to learn first-hand about the Kumon Method. She began her Kumon journey by becoming an assistant for early learners.
Impressed by what she saw during those two years, Laura decided to open her very own Kumon Center, Kumon Math and Reading Center of Fairfield, in June 2007. Over 12 years later, she continues to experience great joy in working with her students—including her own daughter—and helping them gain confidence in their ability.
Laura’s daughter Liz enrolled at her center as an adult and challenged herself to complete the Kumon Reading Program before starting medical school.
From guiding her own daughter through completing the Kumon Reading Program, to transforming a student that at first was struggling with math, Laura has learned lessons from each of her students.
“The most valuable lesson I’ve learned as an Instructor is to not react, but rather respond,” said Laura. “Listen and observe first, and then offer some instruction when necessary.”
By applying this mentality through her instruction, she has made a huge impact on both current and former Kumon Students at her center.
What is it about being an Instructor you enjoy the most?
I love all of it! I especially enjoy the moments of transformation when a student starts to believe in their own ability. One Saturday morning, I had a young student enthusiastically say, “I can’t wait to tell daddy I’m on the plus sixes, and I can do them all by myself!” It’s moments like that I truly enjoy.
Can you describe an instruction moment where you made an impact on a student?
I can remember many moments, but one student in particular comes to mind—Jose. He came to my center and was truly struggling with math. I started him off on a lower level, and over the next two years with encouragement from myself and my staff, Jose began to trust us. When that trust was built, he would come in for class and greeted everyone with a smile. Jose persevered and remained motivated to work towards mastering algebra concepts before entering high school.
After guiding him and providing him with study tips, he was studying above grade level. Later, he tested into a high school preparatory and received a four-year scholarship upon admission. Last summer, Jose stopped by the center to let me know he was accepted into Bowdoin College.
What achievements are you most proud of?
I am proud of how many students I’ve been able to help through Kumon over the years! I am most proud of Joseph, an autistic child who at the time was unable to write and relied on his iPad in school. He enrolled in Kumon when he was in the 4th grade and made remarkable strides academically. Joseph later went on to graduate high school—an accomplishment his parents didn’t think was possible.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy reading mysteries and gardening. I also love being with my five grandchildren.
What is a fun fact about you that people may not know?
From 1996-2004, I owned and operated a bridal shop, and even did some impromptu design work. I can dye a mean pair of bridal shoes on the fly!
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