From Customer to Owner: Local Entrepreneur Leaves Corporate World to Join World's Largest Education Franchise

Kumon Franchisee Opens New Center in Greater Tampa After Seeing Her Children Experience Success in the Program

TEANECK, N.J. - Jan. 10, 2018 // PRNewswire // - After seeing the success her own children had in the Kumon Math and Reading Program, Roopa Palakkat decided to walk away from a 15 year-long career in the corporate finance industry and join the world's largest after-school education franchise with the opening of her own Kumon Center in New Port Richey-Trinity, Florida.

Thousands of additional parents in Greater Tampa will now have access to an individualized learning program for their preschool to high school aged children. Kumon goes beyond traditional tutoring by actively developing critical thinking skills as children progress independently through a carefully crafted math and reading curriculum.

"I've been a Kumon Parent for the past four years and have seen first-hand the advantage that it has given my children, not just in the classroom, but also in life," said Palakkat, owner and Instructor of Kumon Math and Reading Center of New Port Richey-Trinity. "I'm very passionate about the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children in the community by helping them to improve their study habits, gain discipline and build confidence. My goal is for them to develop life skills that will give them an academic advantage that they can take with them beyond school."

There are 87 Kumon Math and Reading Centers in the state of Florida, including 19 in Greater Tampa. This will be the first center to open in New Port Richey and is part of Kumon's 2018 expansion plan of welcoming 100 new franchisees nationwide.

"We are fortunate for the opportunity to expand in Greater Tampa with the addition of the new Kumon Center in New Port Richey-Trinity," said Larry Lambert, vice president of franchise recruitment at Kumon North America. "It's an honor to provide even more students in the area with an opportunity to receive an academic advantage while developing a love for learning."

The Kumon Method empowers children to become self-learners and is designed to advance math and reading skills while fostering a love for learning. Kumon sparks critical thinking, establishes a pattern of success and builds confidence that can lead to accelerated learning throughout life.

To learn more about the Kumon franchise opportunity, visit kumonfranchise.com.

About the Kumon Franchise Business

Kumon is an ideal small business for professionals. Kumon Franchisees must have a four-year college degree, be proficient in math and reading and have investment capital of $70,000 and a net worth of at least $150,000. Founded in 1958, Kumon has over four million students enrolled in nearly 25,000 learning centers in 50 countries and regions. Kumon North America is headquartered in Teaneck, NJ.

SOURCE Kumon North America

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