Missouri City educator wants parents and students to build a future of learning
By Donna Hill
For The Star
When Cynthia Poore retired from her career in education, she still had a need to teach. After 30 years of working with students, she wanted to continue a firm foundation of learning for students – and start a small business as well. Noticing gaps in learning for some students, especially when a student would become further and further behind, convinced Poore there was a place for her to continue teaching, even after retirement. Her company ‘A Solid Foundation’ is a Fort Bend based business that strives to not only teach students, but also on how to achieve successfully learning strategies for students, parents and teachers. Her goal was to motivate classroom management and integrate instructions, include the parent, student and teacher all on the same educational team, plus making parents more aware of unique teaching situations when working together with the teacher.
The company – and the location – is new. There are boxes and files inside the office, desks with papers, education materials. But Poore’s desire to bridge the gap for students, teachers, and parents alike is anything but new. “Having my own business working with children has been a lifetime dream. I always wanted to service the students, parents and teachers. I have worked with both primary and intermediate students, and have seen where connections (for learning) are missed and made.
Our goal is to help your child discover that learning is painless and joyful. We can partner with you and your child to build “A Solid Foundation”. According to Poore, the unique tutorial program gives students the opportunity to develop into not only great students, but more importantly, confident critical thinkers and problem solvers. The certified instructors meet with students and guide them to where they need to be in the classroom. Not only by using incentives, practices and technology, but also hands-on instruction.
A Solid Foundation’s business model is simple. Their teachers find students where they are in the learning process and provide the best teaching practices and motivation to guide them where they need to be. Their tutoring work with elementary student is in reading, writing and math. There is a computerized program where teachers are able to monitor student growth to decide where further intervention is needed. An individualized learning program is set up which empowers students through interactive activities in the center and unlimited practice at home.
An incentives program is also a part of A Solid Foundation. After a completing 8 sessions, $5 gift certificates are awarded to a student when a targeted goal is met in either math, writing or reading.
Poore, who received her undergraduate degree fro Texas Southern University, is also a graduate of the University of Houston’s Masters’s Program in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. She retired from Codwell Elementary and Houston area elementary schools.
Not only does her company work to help students achieve, but A Firm Foundation also provides Tutorial Services and Consulting for both parents and teachers. The program ‘Kitchen Connections’ shows parents how to teach a fraction lesson or literacy lesson in a fun and engaging way. For Pre-school teachers and parents – and also home school parents – they cover topics such as ‘Classroom Management’, and ‘Making Books Come Alive’, along with developmentally appropriate practices, and integrating instruction.
Free Tutoring Time sessions are one hour and fifteen minutes, instead of the usual one hour session held at many tutorial centers. The fifteen minutes are free of charge, using the time to clear up any confusions on topics previously covered or provide stimulating challenges in a particular learning area. They also provide tutoring for students who want accelerated instruction.
“I know the strategies and best teaching practices that will afford every child the opportunity to be successful. We shy away from things we can’t do well. But if someone pulls us aside and helps us fill in the blanks – we become empowered. I love empowering children.” With A Solid Foundation goal in mind, Poore states that “every child wants and needs to feel successful. And when parents and teachers get on the same team as the child, everyone wins.”
An open house with free popcorn and pizza will be held at their location at the Wells Fargo Building in Missouri City on Feb 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th from 10am – 2pm, covering tutorials for reading, writing and math. Call for a free assessment. There will be free assessments, and one free week session we be awarded by enrolling on or before February 29th.
Their motto is “ Prepare 2Day Plan 2Morrow & Excel 4Ever”
‘A Solid Foundation’ is located at 2440 Texas Parkway, Suite 118, inside the Wells Fargo building. Their phone number is 281-886-7575. The website is: www.asolidfoundation4u.com and www.asolidteacher4u.com