Sage Tutoring opens Farmer’s Korner location
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Who: Sage Tutoring
What: Grand opening of new location
When: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22
Where: 10 Farmers Lane, unit 5, in Farmer’s Korner near Summit High School
— Grand opening will feature an opportunity to meet Sage Tutoring staff members, experience demonstrations of services provided and opportunities to win prizes including, free tutoring sessions and open source science micro controllers.
When Baltimore native Carla Cammarata, 31, moved in 2008 to Summit County, she arrived with a goal of starting her own tutoring business.
But her vision was to provide a service that would transcend the traditional practice of relying solely on textbooks to promote the value of life-long learning in her potential students.
A year later Cammarata launched Sage Tutoring, which focused on in-home academic assistance for students in Summit and Eagle counties, and provided services ranging from ACT and SAT preparation courses to tutoring in nearly every academic subject except German.
Building off of the success of her bread and butter ACT prep courses, where students improve by an average of four points, Cammarata and her team of five tutors have doubled their clientele each year since 2009 and expanded their services to include customized academic programs geared to home-schooled students and athletes. Today, Sage Tutoring serves about 30 students each semester.
Last week Sage Tutoring embarked on the next step in achieving Cammarata’s original vision when it moved into its new location at 10 Farmers Lane, unit 5, in Farmer’s Korner near Summit High School.
“We opened the location to broaden our reach to students and to build off our goal of exploring subject matter in much more depth than is typically possible in an in-home setting,” Cammarata said. “We want the space to not only be a place where students can work and get help with their homework, but also to explore things they didn’t know were accessible to them before.”
A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a double major in chemistry and sociology and a minor in Spanish, Cammarata recently began adding technology to her tutoring lessons.
For example, Cammarata began using Arduino micro controllers and applications to foster an interest in the sciences for her students. Arduino micro controllers are user friendly and customizable open source electronic boards that can be used to build a variety of products including robots, hot tub monitors, and soil sensors, without requiring a user to be well versed in complicated computer code.
“I had a fifth grade student who was interested in video games and we hit the jackpot when he began exploring how to use an open source micro controller,” Cammarata said.
Since introducing the technology to that student, he has gone on to create an LED light show timed to music, an automatic silly string shooter and a weather monitoring system he created through online research.
“His mother emailed me and asked what I had done to her son,” Cammarata said. “It’s amazing what can be accomplished (with technology), especially when you consider he was just a fifth grader.”
Parents and potential students will soon get two opportunities to learn about the services Sage Tutoring provides. On Saturday Cammarata will feature a science of soda booth at the Frisco Free Family Fun Fest at the Frisco Day Lodge where children will get the opportunity experiment with essential oils to produce new soda flavors.
Then, a grand opening of the new location is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 where parents and children can meet the Sage Tutoring staff, view demonstrations and win prizes, including free tutoring sessions and a micro controller.
Cammarata also plans to offer before and after-school programs for local students out of the new location, as well as a free tutoring day tentatively scheduled to begin in September.
“We’ve always been active in the community, so we know tutoring can be cost-prohibitive,” Cammarata said. “We plan to offer a free tutoring day, likely on Fridays, to promote enriching educational activities to as many students as possible.”
For more information about the services provided by Sage Tutoring and their costs, visit http://www.sagetutoring.com or call 368-3135.
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