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My Tutor and Me’s Private, In-home Tutoring Service Honored

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Sunday NY Times (CT Edition): Spotlight on My Tutor and Me

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NEW YORK TIMES SPOTLIGHT

Have you heard the news? My Tutor and Me in-home private tutoring service was featured in the Sunday New York Times (1/8/06). The article also spotlights one of our talented tutors, Kathleen Byrnes. Kathleen specializes in elementary education as well as study and organizational skills. All of us at My Tutor and Me are proud to offer the most comprehensive in- home private tutoring services to students across the Fairfield and Westchester county areas. (read article)

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MY TUTOR AND ME HONORED BY BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

Shannon and Fred Converse, My Tutor and Me
left: Shannon Converse and Fred Converse, Co-Directors of My Tutor and Me, are recognized by the Connecticut Better Business Bureau.

Darien, CT, (November 8, 2004) – My Tutor and Me , a leading private, in-home tutoring network, today announced it has been recognized by the Connecticut Better Business Bureau at its 2004 Annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics held on October 21 in Southington, Connecticut. The Better Business Bureau acknowledged My Tutor and Me for their commitment and dedication to high standards of business practice.

“Each year, we heighten public appreciation for the many fine businesses that serve our marketplace,” explained Paulette N. Hotton, President and CEO of the Connecticut Better Business Bureau. “My Tutor and Me clearly demonstrates integrity and an ethical commitment to their customers, employees, vendors, and communities they serve. They illustrate how operating with honesty, respect and integrity leads to success.”

“Tutors are an extension of the classroom experience,” explained Shannon Converse, Co-Director or My Tutor and Me . “We take great steps to always maintain an enduring level of trust for the students we teach, the parents who choose us, and the school administrators who recommend us.”

My Tutor and Me is a leading private, in-home tutoring network serving the Southern Connecticut and Westchester County areas. Located in Darien , Connecticut , they offer the highest quality, one-on-one tutoring to supplement and support classroom learning in all grades and subject matters. Private, one-on-one instruction is tailored to fit each child’s individual needs and learning styles. Their highly trained network of state-certified and professional teachers provide positive learning experiences, while improving the critical skills necessary for academic success. From Pre-K to adult, My Tutor and Me offers remedial instruction, enrichment, special education, test preparation, and computer training. For more information, visit www.mytutorandme.com or call 203-857-0196.

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MY TUTOR AND ME GIVES STUDENTS A 'CAN DO' ATTITUDE

Reproduced from The Darien Times - Darien, Connecticut - Thursday, June 5, 2003

By Susan Chaves

My Tutor and Me, tutoring studentMany children struggle in school, either with a particular subject or with study habits, often resulting in poor grades and a resentment of the classroom.

My Tutor and Me can help. The nearly year-old company offers individual in-home tutoring that both enhances and supports classroom learning.

“The tutors use the school curriculum and their own curriculum and tie the two together to give the student the best possible educational experience,” said Shannon Converse, who co-owns the company with her husband, Fred.

Currently, the couple has hired 35 tutors—the majority of whom are state certified teachers—with backgrounds in elementary and special education, at least two academic subjects, English as a Second Language, business, language and the arts. They also help with studying and organizational skills.

“We’re very selective with our tutors,” said Shannon, adding that ark interview lasts about an hour. “We’ve probably interviewed over 100 tutors and we only have those 35 that we’re absolutely comfortable with.”

My Tutor and Me does more than find tutors. The company also seeks referrals by making contact with child professionals, such as guidance counselors, psychologists and pediatricians and through advertisements, flyers and brochures.

An initial consultation is then conducted with the family to determine the student’s needs and to pair the student up with the most qualified tutor.

There’s a real value in having the tutor and parents go to one place,” Fred said. “The parents get what they want in a tutor and the tutor gets a student they really want to work with.”

Added Shannon, “Another value of our company is that we send the tutors to the client’s house where a program specifically tailored to the student’s needs is set up.”

Sessions, which are decided upon by the client and tutor, start at $75 an hour; however, a discount is given when lessons are purchased in packages. Money apparently is not a concern for the 20 families served by My Tutor and Me despite the slow economy - something Shannon and Fred worried about when they founded the company last August.

“Even if parents are strapped, the one thing they will not sacrifice, especially in this community, is their children’s education,” Shannon said. “Education is a priority for these families and it’s a priority for us. That’s why we wanted to do something to give back to the community and to the kids in the community.”

Shannon gives back every day to the children at the Westchester School for Special Children, where she has taught since graduating from SUNY/Oswego in upstate New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education five years ago. She also earned a master’s degree in special education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City, where she is presently doing postgraduate work.

She is state certified in Connecticut and New York in elementary and special education and is a certified yoga instructor for children with special needs. Next school year, she will teach special education at the new Ridgefield elementary school.

The change will bring Shannon closer to her and Fred’s South Norwalk home, from where the business is run, although it is registered in Darien.

“My kids go to the Darien schools and I’m involved in the community so I thought Darien was a good place to start,” Fred said. “Plus, the bulk of our clients are from Darien and that’s where we’re focusing our efforts.”

Having spent 20 years employed by Viacom in New York City and then working for a now defunct Internet start-up company, Fred also focuses his energy on the daily functions of My Tutor and Me. In between, he spends time with his 9-year-old twin sons - the main reason he decided not to return to a job in the city.

“I had opportunities to go back to New York, but I opted against it for something much more rewarding,” said Fred, who holds a degree in psychology from the former Windham College in Vermont. “It’s been wonderful.” 

And nerve-wracking, especially with the amount of capital, the risk and time involved with establishing a company.

“I knew it would be a lot of work to startup a business, but I’m surprised at how all-consuming the company has become over our lives,” Shannon said.

The Converses even worked with a job coach to help them prioritize with the ultimate-goal being to grow the business.

Presently, My Tutor and Me serves Fairfield County, but Shannon and Fred would like to expand into Westchester County, N.Y., and New York City and include special needs tutoring, yoga and the arts - all while retaining a personalized approach as, the company’s name suggests.

“We went through a lot of things, but we wanted to have a name that gave the feeling that we really want to work with you and develop a relationship on both an academic and personal level,” Fred said.

Many of the tutors do form relationships with their students that remain long after the tutoring has ended.

“That’s rewarding to see,” Fred said. “It’s also nice to have parents come back and say ‘wow’ that really helped.”

Nice because it lets Fred and Shannon know they made the right choice creating My Tutor and Me.

“Right now, I can’t help but think what have we gotten ourselves into,” Shannon said. “But at the same time I can see long term that’s it’s the best decision we ever made.”

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MY TUTOR AND ME: TEACHING PAYS OFF

From the New Canaan News Review, Thursday, September 30, 2004

By John Mordecai

Whenever there's a child struggling in school, My Tutor and Me is there to help. Read more...

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