After-School Enrichment Business: Make a Living Working With Children

Michael Lee

Michael Lee first realized his affinity for working with children when he began volunteering at his son’s elementary school. Although his 15-year career in product management was fulfilling, Michael found himself increasingly inspired by working with students one-on-one in math and English classes. Now he has opened an after-school enrichment business and makes a living working with children.


During his five years volunteering at the school, Michael was introduced to Kumon by parents of his son’s classmates. However, it ultimately was his father who convinced him to explore the path to becoming a Kumon Instructor, after witnessing the impact a college friend made as a decades-long Kumon Instructor in New York. Michael is excited to work with local students at Kumon Math and Reading Center of Tustin – South, and have that very same impact on his own community.


“I have witnessed first-hand how easily many kids can fall behind in class, while at the same time, advanced students would feel unchallenged with the general curriculum,” said Michael Lee, owner and Instructor of Kumon of Tustin - South. “Because of this, I have come to realize the importance of Kumon’s method of individualized study to enable all types of students to reach their full potential.”


Michael knew he loved working with children, which led him to start his Kumon journey. It’s an attractive business opportunity for many aspiring entrepreneurs, as up to $36,000 in cost assistance is available to help you get started. Many Kumon Instructors are first-time entrepreneurs, as we offer an extensive network of support along the way to opening a Kumon Center. Kumon is a supplemental education program that aims to unlock students’ full potential by increasing academic independence, confidence, and study skills. Through daily worksheet study, students that are enrolled in Kumon often end up mastering material far beyond grade level.


“The City of Tustin is increasing in academic competitiveness each year, and I hope my Center will become a part of that,” said Lee. “I’m looking forward to becoming an asset to the community and to working with schools to help all of our students be the best they can be.”