Tutoring Franchise Launched in Tampa by Former Educator and her Husband Along with Founders of College HUNKS Hauling Junk
Husband-Wife Duo Relocate from Washington D.C. to Partner with Childhood Friends, Launching New Business in the Tampa Metro to Meet Demand During Critical School Year
October 07, 2020 // Franchising.com // TAMPA - Tutor Doctor, the leading in-home and online private tutoring company, recently opened a new location in the state of Florida. Tutor Doctor - South Tampa, provides a variety of tutoring methods and subjects spanning 14 zip codes and three territories in the Tampa metro. The opening comes at a critical time, as COVID-19 has severely impacted the education industry, and more parents are looking for a helping hand as they navigate remote or hybrid learning environments.
Tutor Doctor - South Tampa is owned by Ralph and Jamie Lee; the husband-and-wife-duo moved to Tampa from Washington D.C. in 2020 to follow the path of entrepreneurship. During their time in Washington D.C. Ralph spent several years as a successful high-end restaurant owner, while Jamie was an early childhood education teacher and administrator. The two made the move to Florida after discussing the Tutor Doctor franchise opportunity with childhood friends, Nick Freidman and Omar Soliman, founders of the nationally recognized College HUNKS Hauling Junk franchise brand, which is also headquartered in Tampa FL.
“My wife, Jamie, has worn many hats over the years in the education space, with time spent as an early childhood education teacher to working in admissions assistant for a private school, and now as a parent and an education consultant,” said Ralph Lee, co-owner of Tutor Doctor - South Tampa. “The draw of owning a Tutor Doctor franchise is that we are business owners, but Jamie is also a consultant and point person for the families we work with. She has the ability to make a difference for so many children and families by simply doing what she loves - leading and mentoring her staff to provide a much-needed tutoring solution to the community.”
The Lee’s were introduced to Tutor Doctor through Soliman, who sat on a board with Tutor Doctor President, Frank Milner. Knowing that the brand was hoping to expand its presence in Florida, Soliman and Freidman reached out to Ralph and proposed the investment. The location opened in Q3 of 2020, and cracked the top 100 for franchisee sales after just a week in business.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Ralph and Jamie Lee to the Tutor Doctor family,” said Frank Milner, the President of Tutor Doctor. “They have natural networking skills and a keen ability to form relationships with community members, which make them the perfect addition to our growing number of tutors throughout the state. They are aligned with our core values, understand the importance of creating a customized tutoring plan for every child, and are determined to help students of all ages make the most out of this unpredictable school year.”
The brand has increased its online efforts amid the pandemic, seeing a 120 percent increase in demand as shelter-in-place began to take effect in March. Even in the online space, a tutor must know how to connect with their student more than ever before, tailoring their program while continuously providing guidance and valuable learning skills.
Most recently, Tutor Doctor has launched its pod-tutoring program, which provides a safe and structured learning environment, either online or in-person, to a group of two to six students. The goal of the program is to oversight and support through the role of an educator while helping fill learning gaps due to virtual learning or reduced in-class instruction time.
The brand continues to seek qualified, active and engaged individuals who are involved in their community, have a passion for education, and are looking to join a sustainable and scalable business. Today, serving more than 600 territories in 15 countries and working with over 17,000 tutors, Tutor Doctor continues to seek new partners to join the global franchise community.
About Tutor Doctor
With more than 600 territories in 15 countries, Tutor Doctor was named the No. 1 In-Home Tutoring Franchise by Entrepreneur in 2016. Founded as an alternative to the “one-to-many” teaching model most extra-curricular learning centers offer, Tutor Doctor provides a personalized one-to-one, in-home and online tutoring service to students of all ages. Now with offices internationally, the Tutor Doctor vision is becoming a reality, positively impacting students and their families worldwide. With the belief that all students can achieve academic success through two components - academic foundation building and academic discipline - Tutor Doctor will continue to lead the private tutoring industry. For more information on Tutor Doctor, please visit their website.
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