Arathi Kumar- Director/Instructor
My passion to work with children began very early in life. I am the oldest child in the family, taking care of my siblings and cousins helped me develop a great deal of interest in learning about Child development and their understanding.
I grew up in a large family with many family members including aunts, uncles and younger cousins under one roof. I was blessed with opportunities to develop many skills over time. My sister who was born with a brittle bone disease had to be cared for at home by our family members. Caring for her helped me be sensitive to the needs of others.
With my exposure to a unique lifestyle, it was very natural for me to study Child Psychology and Education in college. Upon my migration to the USA in 1987, I worked with emotionally, physically and sexually abused children in California before moving to Austin, Texas. In Texas, I worked for the State department for a few years until I was introduced to Kumon by a new neighbor! Learning about Kumon and its methodology was through my son as a Kumon parent. My deeper understanding of the program led me to become an instructor.
I have over 32 years of teaching experience, and have been an instructor since 1999. I am a big advocate for hard work and discipline. I truly believe that with proper training, guidance and encouragement, all kids can achieve and accomplish more. The discipline and perseverance go a long way in their young lives.
I also believe that the child has to feel the 'need' to succeed, this can be established with periodic meetings and setting reasonable goals that the student can achieve on his or her own. Our center staff and parents work cohesively to help students realize their true potential.