LIVINGSTON, NJ – Livingston officials recently joined members of the staff of Teacher Tutors and Brainiax to celebrate the grand opening of the two education centers with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 160 S Livingston Avenue, Suite 112 in Livingston.
Both companies are owned by Debbie Kirchen, an educator who taught in the public school system for 15 years. As an eight-year Livingston resident, Kirchen chose to open her businesses in her hometown because “noticed a community need for a hands-on engineering education for my own children.”
“I taught in some school systems with very low budgets and had to implement my own enrichment programs for students,” said Kirchen.
Devising ways to help children in her classes to learn more led to the founding of Teacher Tutors tutoring center in 2010, she explained.
About Teacher Tutors:
Teacher Tutors sends licensed teachers to students’ homes to help them boost their academic performance, improve their communication skills, develop problem-solving skills,and more.
The center works with students from kindergarten through college and offers online tutoring as well as in-home lessons. Teacher Tutors also has an after-school program at its Livingston location.
Some of the services offered at Teacher Tutors includes PSAT, SAT, ACT, PARCC and GED standardized test preparation as well as PSAT, SAT and ACT boot camp and private academic tutoring. A test-prep writing crash course is also available.
Tutors help students set and achieve goals, increase their test scores, decrease test anxiety, raise their self-confidence and boost their motivation.
Teacher Tutors also has instructors who are experienced in teaching students with learning disabilities and offers the counseling services of a licensed psychotherapist.
Brainiax provides technology and interactive engineering programs to make STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fun so children can begin learning the disciplines at a young age. Kirchen noted that a foundation of “higher academics at a lower level” gives students an advantage in elementary school and beyond.
Kirchen noted that the existing Mommy and Me classes she had attended with her own kids were not as interesting as she had hoped, and so she designed Braniax to be appealing for parents and engaging for kids, she explained.
According to the owner, one of Brainiax’s enjoyable and unique activities is building with recycled materials with an Art Engineer. Kirchen is also planning to start an entrepreneur program for children.
“[Brainiax’s] STEM/Makerspace enrichment center provides hands-on interactive engineering and technology programs,” she said. “STEM makes children into creators, thinkers, problem-solvers, doers, innovators, and inventors. Makerspace provides hands-on creative ways for students to design, experiment and invent as they engage in science, engineering and tinkering.”
During the school year, the Brainiax team visited Collins, Riker Hill and Mount Pleasant elementary schools to share some of their STEM activities.
Kirchen offered an example of Brainiax using LEGO building pieces to teach concepts such as projection in a fun way. She also said Brainiax makes coding interesting and interactive for preschoolers with a program that begins at age 2 and continues through fifth grade.
For more information about The Teacher Tutors, click here or call 973-317-8893.
For more information about Brainiax, click here or call (973) 577-7055