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Township business wants to give student the Edge

Kristen Hahn
Kristen Hahn

Whether a student needs just a little bit of mathematics help now and then, extended assistance with all school subjects, or instruction on how to be more organized with schoolwork, Education Edge has opened its doors to help.

Kristen Hahn recently opened Education Edge in the storage and business center on Hwy. 160 West. Hahn, who has taught students in grades one, three and five, works part-time for the Rock Hill School District in the mornings so she can devote afternoons to helping students from kindergarten to eighth grade in all subjects.

Education Edge offers one-on-one tutoring and small group sessions, according to the parents' and students' needs, Hahn said.

"I have always tutored after school and there is a huge need for it, but a lot of parents don't know where to go for tutoring, or they go to the big places where you have to have a contract and sign up for a lot of sessions," Hahn said. "I wanted to do something they could come to one time or more."

In addition to tutoring, Hahn offers organizational help for students. Some students' academic problems stem from a lack of organization, she said, so Hahn offers The Savvy Student, a three-to-five hour organizational session where she works with the student to organize their study space, locker and book bag, and gives them organizational tips that will help them succeed in the classroom.

For parents hoping to get a little extra help for their student without the expense of weekly tutoring sessions, Hahn has the Economical Educator program. The program includes a personalized assessment of the student's needs and a binder full of activities that the parent and student can do at home, on their own schedule.

"There are a lot of things they can do on their own, they just don't know what to do," Hahn said.

This summer, Hahn will continue tutoring and small group programs but adds other enrichment programs to the Education Edge schedule. Book clubs for boys and girls in elementary and middle school are offered, as well as math and science programs.

"Math is Not a Curse," is a mathematics program Hahn developed that uses hands-on problems solving and investigation to teach mathematics skills.

"Smart Science" will focus on hands-on science experiments to develop higher-level thinking skills.

Education Edge operates on Mondays through Thursdays, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., but Friday and Saturday sessions are available as needed. For more information on the programs, visit www.youreducation or call Hahn at 803-416-6133.

"It is so rewarding to go in every day and help a kid with exactly what they need, We work on specifically what that child's needs are at that time, and it's rewarding because parents see success in their kids," Hahn said.