Setting goals like a champion: Sport yields valuable lessons

Kumon franchisee builds successful business from curling, teaching career

As a Canadian champion curler, Renée Sonnenberg understands what it takes to be a champion. There’s talent, certainly, but perhaps even more important is hard work and dedication, supported by the right kind of instruction.

Today she has committed those same principles to a new career: guiding her students as a franchisee at one of the fastest-growing Kumon Math and Reading Centres in Western Canada.

The road to Kumon

Renée’s dream of teaching started at just five-years-old, a dream she first fulfilled through coaching, and by working as a school teacher and private tutor.

Then she discovered Kumon, where instructors do more than help with math and reading – they help children find success. “I say to parents, it’s a partnership. It saves busy families a ton of time because together, we can create self-reliant kids that trust in themselves.”

Since its founding in the 1950s, goal setting has been a part of the Kumon philosophy.

“Obviously, sport teaches you that you need to learn from your mistakes and decide what you want to achieve. Based on that, at Kumon we get to set goals and celebrate success just like in sport.”

The curling connection

Guiding children in the classroom is a lot like guiding stones down the ice, Renee suggests.

“The curler sets the stone in motion much like an instructor starts a student on the right track. If the athlete tries too hard or refuses to learn from their mistakes, the victories are more difficult to come by. This is where the coach plays an important role. It’s the same with our kids in the centre. As an instructor we need to keep students at their just-right level and guide them to self-reliance and to learn from their mistakes.”

“Sometimes there’s a small moment when I think I’ll have to jump in and help a student directly, but then I’m surprised when they find the answer without my help. I love those moments!”

As a Kumon franchisee, Renée can call upon the ongoing franchisor support she needs to build a thriving business. In the same way, she builds that support into her teacher and student relationships.

“I focus a lot on what the students are telling me. In turn, I try to show my gratitude and communicate as much as possible.”

Building a thriving business

Transforming her skills from sport and love of teaching into a lucrative and rewarding enterprise has been an amazing journey – one Renée shares with 345 Canadian Kumon franchisees, including two in Greater Victoria, that have joined 24,338 worldwide.

In fact, with 16 consecutive years on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, the education pioneer is the world’s fourth largest franchise and the No. 1 tutoring franchise.

Learn more. With low start-up and franchise fees, ongoing support and access to resources, immediate Kumon franchise opportunities are available in Victoria. For more information, call 604-454-1001 or visit kumonfranchise.ca for more details.

 

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Oak Bay one step closer to deer immunocontraceptive test

Up to 80 deer could be given ‘birth control’ vaccine in the fall

Parents still seek clarity for future of Victor School

Motion avoided to remove special needs Victor School from boundary review proposal

Head of Victoria homebuilders says provincial budget won’t solve housing crisis

Casey Edge of Victoria Residential Builders Association dismisses more modular housing as a band-aid

Two missing Victoria children found safe

VicPD responded to two separate missing children calls Tuesday

Study moves Oak Bay closer to contraceptive control for problem deer

The report says between 78 and 128 black tail deer live in the affluent beach-side community

VIDEO: Massive elk herd runs across Washington State highway

Elk have been making an appearance in the Pacific Northwest

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

Winter storm freezes U.S., halts air travel

Storm dumps snow or heavy rain, snarls travel in much of U.S.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Skier sued me to exploit my fame, wealth

The incident happened in Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died: B.C. police watchdog

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Experts urge caution after 10 human-triggered avalanches across B.C.

One man is still stuck after avalanche on south coast

Most Read