Former Kumon Student Becomes Local Education Entrepreneur

Kumon of Waimea is Now Accepting New Enrollments

La’akea Bertelmann

– When La’akea Bertelmann had to abruptly switch schools as a child, she was left to fill a large language gap in a short amount of time. Her parents enrolled her in the Kumon Math and Reading Program to help, which not only brought her up to speed, but also allowed her to advance beyond all expectations.

Now an adult, Bertelmann never forgot the experience. As a mom to a young son, her goal was to introduce him to the program as early as possible to allow him to reach his full potential. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a Kumon Center within an hour of her small community. Bertelmann decided to change that, and as the new owner and Instructor of Kumon of Waimea, she hopes to have the same impact on her future students that her former Instructor had on her.

“I’m a believer in the Kumon Method because of the major impact it had on my education during the four years I was enrolled,” said La’akea Bertelmann, owner and Instructor of Kumon of Waimea. “Not all children learn the same, which is the main reason why this program can be used to benefit countless students in many ways.”

Bertelmann’s four years attending Kumon not only gave her the advantage of a deeper understanding of the program, but also inspired her to bring it to her community. Becoming a Kumon Franchisee is an attractive business opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs with a passion for education like Bertelmann, as up to $36,000 in startup cost assistance is available, along with an extensive network of support.

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 enrolled in Kumon often end up mastering material far beyond grade level. Learn more about the Kumon Method today.

“I’m looking forward to offering the same caliber of service that I experienced at Kumon at an early age,” said Bertelmann. “I feel fortunate to be able to provide this opportunity to my son along with other children in our community.”

About Kumon Math & Reading Centers:

Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children, so they canachieve more on their own. As a comprehensive program, Kumon serves children in preschool through high school. The learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration, and develop better study skills.

About the Kumon Franchise Business

Kumon is an ideal small business for professionals. Kumon Franchisees must have a four-year college degree, be proficient in math and reading, have investment capital of $70,000 and a net worth of at least $150,000. Founded in 1958, Kumon has over four million students enrolled at nearly 25,000 learning centers in 55 countries and regions.