Kumon was started more than 55 years ago in Japan by Toru Kumon, a math teacher and parent who wanted to help his son do better in school. The unique instructional method he created was so successful that his son was able to do calculus by the time he was in sixth grade.
Kumon reading and math programs help children master those fundamental skills so important to their overall academic performance.
Our belief that every child possesses untapped abilities and the potential to excel remains central to our philosophy. In short, there's nothing a child can't do.
The Kumon method was developed to unlock the potential in every child. That's our mission, and we're accomplishing it every day at more than 1,500 Kumon Centres in North America alone.
With centres in 49 countries, Kumon has helped more students succeed worldwide than any other after-school program.
Riverbend Kumon has been serving the greater Edmonton area now for more than 20 years. Our goal to provide an excellent program that is relevant to school, and maintain good communication with the family has helped us grow into one of the largest centres in Canada. Call us today for more information, or drop by during office hours and pick up a detailed information package.
My name is Michelle Simoneau, and I have been the Kumon Instructor at the Riverbend centre for over three and a half years. My centre is located in the Riverbend community in Edmonton, and has been in existence since 1992. I volunteered and worked at this centre for about three years before taking it over in March 2010. I work hard to get to know my students and their families and to make their Kumon experience beneficial and enjoyable.
My family and I live in west Edmonton. My husband and I have two children—a son in grade eight, and a daughter in grade four. They both study Kumon math and reading and have achieved much success in their school work, so I have seen the success of the Kumon Method firsthand!
I have an education background, working for a number of years teaching elementary school aged students. I am happy to apply the numerous skills gained in teaching to my role as a Kumon Instructor. Additionally, I have received extensive training in the Kumon curriculum and method, and I welcome the opportunity to help students succeed in school and beyond with the increased confidence, focus, and motivation that Kumon can bring them. Kumon helps students gain self-reliance and a love of learning that serves them well throughout their lives, and I am proud to be a part of that process.
The Kumon Centre of Riverbend has 30-45 assistants working on a part-time basis. A number of these assistants have been with this centre for at least five years, and some for more than 15 years. Most of them are attending university or high school, but we are also lucky enough to have some teachers on our team. There are generally about 10-15 staff available to assist students during any given class.