LIVINGSTON, NJ - This week, TAPinto Livingston sat down with Laura Lee, who owns Eye level Livingston, with Julie Chen, to learn more about her and her business as part of a new member benefit being provided by The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with TAPinto Livingston.
Q. Where is Eye level located?
We also have a South Orange location at: 15 Village Plaza, Suite 2A,South Orange, NJ 07079, (973)762-8880, http://www.EyeLevelSouthOrange.com, Email: SouthOrange@MyEyeLevel.com
Q. What are your Livingston business hours?
A. Mon: 3:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m.; Tue: 3:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m; Wed: 3:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m; Thu: 3:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m; Fri: 3:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m; and Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Q. How long has Eye level been located in Livingston?
A. We opened in July 2012, so about two years now.
Q. Why did you pick Livingston and/or what do you like about having your business located in Livingston?
A. As a parent myself, I moved to Livingston to take advantage of the renowned school system. I believe that a solid education is a springboard into a future of countless possibilities.
Q. What do you offer at Eye level?
A. Eye Level is a year-round learning center for Math and English. Students attend weekly, and we design an individualized curriculum for each child so they can progress at their own pace.
Q. What makes Eye level different than others in your field?
A. Our philosophy sets us apart. We strive to bring all the material down to a student's eye level. This includes using colorful and engaging workbooks, and having certified teachers to coach the students. We also utilize a wide array of teaching tools such as flashcards, audio cds and games to reinforce the material and to make learning fun!
Q. Do you offer different programs in the summer than you do during the school year?
A. Our core focus remains Math and English enrichment. During the summer months, we offer different class schedules as well as other engaging activities, such as book clubs and Sudoku math clubs.
Q. What tests do you help children prepare for and how do you help them?
A. Our curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in the areas of Math and English. The booklets we use incorporate question formats and concepts found on standardized tests. Going through the program will help create good study habits and naturally provide the preparation needed for state tests.
Q. What ages are the children in your programs?
A. The students range in ages from age 3 to 14 (preK – 8th grade)
Q. What is the ratio of students to instructors at Eye level?
A. We have a 4:1 ratio.
Q. What can you tell me about your Eye level instructors?
A. Our instructors are passionate about teaching, and are great at developing a friendly rapport with the students. We strive to make learning fun so they can become lifelong learners.
Q. Do you have any advice for parents about PARCC or other tests?
A. We believe that standardized tests should measure the concepts that students have mastered, rather than how well they have crammed in the weeks and months before. Good study habits and lifelong learning should be incorporated into a lifestyle year round. Similar to taking vitamins for the body, exercising the brain on a consistent basis can help students retain and build their knowledge base with ease.
Q. When should a child come to you for help and why?
A. Good habits that form early are stronger and resistant to change in the future. We enroll students as young as three and start with alphabet/letter recognition and further develop fine motor skills and general topics such as shapes and colors.
Q. Is Eye level for all children or for children who need help?
A. Because we design an individualized curriculum for all students, we welcome children that are in need of remediation as well as those that are seeking a challenge.
Q. What can you tell me that you would want to make sure the community knows about Eye level that we haven’t mentioned above?
A. Our passion is to help children reach their academic goals. We strive to understand each child’s different learning style and needs and then adapt our program to them, instead of fitting them into a corporate model.
Q. What is your favorite TV show?
A. I am a big fan of “The Amazing Race.” It depicts individuals racing all over the world and shows the culture and traditions of those places. I’m a very active person and dream of one day competing. Until then, I love learning about all the different cultures and the beautiful places all over the world.
Q. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
A. The one superpower I would love to have is a photographic memory. Information and knowledge can unlock so many doors and opportunities.