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Meet Sadie Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sadie Smith.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
As a BYU student studying education, I was frustrated with the disconnect between what I was learning in class with elementary school. If only there was a way for students like myself to apply what we were learning in real time, with real children- thus the founding of Smart Sharks Tutoring. Smart Sharks Tutoring creates opportunities for both elementary education majors to apply what they are learning and for children who need a bit of extra help outside school.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Since starting in February, I didn’t get as many sign-ups as I wanted. It felt like the company was dragging along. It didn’t help that I had to figure everything out by myself. It was a slow process, but I found that my connection with my parents was my most useful tool. I did everything I could to get my name out there and to show what this company had to offer. Luckily, with school ending for the summer, more parents wanted to sign up to prevent the “summer slide” that many children fall victim to over the summer. When children don’t read for the entirety of the summer, they come back to school with a lot of lost knowledge that they had been working on the year prior.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I have not been in the professional industry for very long. However, I consider myself extremely lucky to have the experience that I do within elementary schools. I worked as an aide in a kindergarten classroom for two years. Over that time, I learned how to create connections with students, how to teach young children, how to manage a classroom, and how to connect with other professionals in the education industry. I am most proud of starting the year with 60 new kindergarteners by myself. My mentor teacher had covid during the first week of school in 2021, and the task was given to me to start the school year with these new children. I was very nervous and it was incredibly stressful! However, I was able to use that experience to learn about what it was like to be a kindergarten teacher.

I am one of the few elementary education students to have as much experience in the classroom as I do. Many students don’t set foot into the classroom until their third year in the classroom.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I am very introverted! It takes a lot of energy for me to go out and connect with others. I have had to overcome that fear and resistance in order to create this company, and I feel like I have been all the better for it!

Pricing:

  • $150 a month for 1 hour of tutoring a week
  • $200 a month for 2 30 min sessions of tutoring a week
  • $300 a month for 2 1 hour sessions of tutoring a week

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