Sharmila - joined Kumon July 2014
I trained as a maths teacher and taught maths and physics for several years. I have also worked as a primary school teacher, a vice principal in a private international school and had my own consultancy training students for admissions to UK and US universities.
As a vice principal, I used to do a lot of counselling of parents and students for academic pathways. I think this has helped me a lot with my Centre, which I started in July 2014, as I have been able to understand the psychology of my students and their parents and use this to address their needs. My background has also helped me in my communication with parents, giving them feedback about their children's work and making suggestions about how they can support their children's Kumon study.
In my role as a Kumon franchisee, I am able to work with a team of assistants and help them to become good team members. I show them how to multitask while being calm, composed, and able to give feedback about daily work. My experience as a vice principal has helped me to train my staff to do this.
The most important quality I have gained through my previous experience is the quality of being patient and calm. I feel that this is very important for Kumon franchisees. I am training my staff to be calm and composed even when faced with challenges, because if we are calm, we can find solutions to problems.