Sept. 26, 2018 By Tara Law
A new Kumon Math & Reading Center opened in Flushing Friday.
The center, which offers math and reading instruction for preschool to high school-aged children, is located at 149-36 Northern Blvd. Councilmember Peter Koo, members of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and local business leaders welcomed the center in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday.
Kumon, which was founded in Japan in 1958 and operates about 26,000 centers worldwide, offers a special method of teaching which focuses on reading and mathematics.
The Flushing Kumon will be run by Dr. Shalini Outram, who holds a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Outram said that she decided to become a Kumon instructor after her own daughter studied math and reading at another Kumon center.
She said that she was impressed that her daughter was eventually able to read two years above her grade level.
“With unwavering commitment, I chose to follow my heart to nurture and develop future brilliant minds as a Kumon instructor,” Outram said. “I am dedicated to fostering the potential of all of my students in their pursuit of academic success.”
John Choe, executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, said that the center is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
“We need all the help we can get to expand economic opportunities for all those who live and work in our community. Kumon’s educational resources will provide a big boost for local parents and students,” Choe said.