Educator LeAnne Byrd hopes her new venture will give youngsters a hand up in academics.
As the owner of Heart to Home Learning Inc., Byrd will offer tutoring services to homeschooled and public school students. She also plans to help at-risk and troubled youngsters who have been kicked out of school.
Located at Providence Baptist Church on Wrightsboro Road, Heart to Home Learning will hold an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. Guests will get a closer look at the facility and meet the staff and board of directors. They will also be able to register for classes.
“As an educator for many years and now a tutor for a local tutoring company, I began to realize the effectiveness of a more individualized approach to learning,” said Byrd, who estimates there are between 1000 and 1500 homeschool students in Columbia and Richmond counties.
“Homeschooling gives students the opportunity to learn in their own unique way and at their own pace,” Byrd said. “I have also observed first-hand that a lot of homeschoolers are behind academically and hiring a tutor can be very expensive.”
Heart to Home Learning currently employs part-time tutors and volunteers who are specialists in their field. Byrd said not all tutors and volunteers will need to be certified. Many of them will be unemployed or “seasoned” teachers.
“More importantly, I am looking for educators who share the same heart and vision for this ministry,” she said. “We will actively seek volunteers but will hire qualified teachers as needed.”
Noting that not all parents have the knowledge to teach every subject, Bryd said Heart to Home will assist parents with core subjects and tutoring.
“Heart to Home Learning doesn’t require parents to tag-teach or babysit like other co-ops,” she said. “This allows parents who are homeschooling multiple children to focus on their other children’s needs.”
Core subject teaching will be restricted to homeschooled students, while public school students will be offered tutoring services.
Heart to Home will also help troubled students finish their education through the Georgia Cyber Academy online program.
“My concern for these students is that many of them need intervention and many of these students are left home alone without supervision,” said Byrd. “Our program can offer facilitation, individualized mentoring and accountability.”
Heart to Home is still seeking donations. Computers also are needed. For more information, call LeAnne Byrd at (706) 860-3622 or (706) 294-0977.