From daily visits to my middle school library, majoring in English in college, and days I was a high school English teacher, Language Arts has always held special meaning. The pinnacle being the time spent in the classroom where I got to share my love of Language Arts with my students.
I would teach my students, but in the process of the daily lessons, tutoring, and grading I learned so much about them. I learned of their struggles. The desire to balance academics and extra curriculars. The need to miss class due to learning or medical disabilities. The students with family needs, the students unable to connect the value of learning to their future, the students who showed up everyday and gave it their all but still struggled. I loved all of these students in their diversity and their stories. And in my exhaustion of teaching, I still found myself wanting to do more, wishing for more hours in the day to tutor them.
In an attempt to help them, I searched for resources, but couldn’t find a place of consistent quality. There was tutoring, but most students can’t afford the cost of tutoring centers or private tutors. And that was when I realized, there had to be another way. From this idea, Ye Olde Tutor was born.