Instructor Spotlight: Lipi Singh
Lipi Singh, Instructor of Kumon Math and Reading Center of Coppell – East
Even though Lipi Singh will be celebrating her one-year anniversary as a Kumon Instructor this year, her journey actually began much earlier as a Kumon Student.
In 2001, Lipi’s parents enrolled her in the Kumon Math and Reading Program at their local center in Coppell, Texas. As she quickly flourished in the program, her mom became inspired to open a Kumon Center of her own in the nearby town of Irving. In 2003, Lipi started attending her mother’s center, where she later completed the Kumon Math Program while attending high school.
Lipi then transitioned from a student to an assistant at her mother’s center for the next seven years. It was her time as an assistant that truly inspired her to later become a Kumon Instructor, as well as to fulfill her dream of making an impact on students’ lives.
“Working at a Kumon Center while growing up showed me the direct impact I can have on someone’s life, and I like the tangibility of seeing this impact,” said Lipi. “It is a great feeling when you can see the exact moment that something clicks with a student, especially when it is something they have been struggling with.”
After graduating with a dual bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, Lipi went on to have a successful career as a business analyst and an assistant buyer for JCPenney. While she greatly enjoyed her independence in the corporate world, she knew something was missing. Lipi kept thinking back to her days at Kumon and decided it was time to give back to the community that raised her.
In June 2020, she followed her dreams opened the doors to the Kumon Math and Reading Center of Coppell – East. Lipi continues to find support and motivation from her mother. From Kumon Student, to assistant, and now Instructor, Lipi brings a unique perspective and love of learning to her students.
“I enjoy the independence that long-term Kumon students gain from the program. When I was a Kumon Student, I learned a lot of math and reading. However, I think what helped me the most was not the quick arithmetic and learning to read, but rather the independence that I gained from the Kumon Method,” said Lipi.
“When I did not know how to do something, I looked at clues, patterns, and examples – anything that I could do without having to ask for help. This helped me in high school and college, where the teacher/professor was not around to always give one-on-one help or guidance. It even helps me in life today – when I do not know how to do something, I figure out how to do it on my own.”
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a Kumon Instructor?
The power of individualization and always learning. With Kumon, I am so glad that I am able to observe each student and lesson plan individually based on their skillsets. It is amazing to see how you may have a goal in mind for a certain student based on how other students have completed the level, and then see the student beat that goal. It is important to always be open to learning, and change your plans based on new knowledge.
What achievements are you most proud of?
Mentoring my students to be independent and internally motivated learners.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspirations are my grandmother and mother. I named my business after my grandmother, who used to be a teacher and taught me the fundamentals of math and reading before I joined the Kumon.My mother is my second biggest inspiration, because she is the most hardworking individual I know. With my Kumon Center, I strive to be just as hard working as she is.
What is a fun fact that people may not know about you?
I hold two passports for the U.S. and Canada, and I am also an Overseas Citizen of India.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to bake, read books, and try new restaurants in the Dallas area! Recently, I have been trying to work my way through the New York Times Best Seller Fiction Book Lists.
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