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Kumon Learning Center helps kids with math and reading

Christina Kim opened a Kumon Learning Center at 15071 Crestone Ave. in December. The center helps kids with reading and math skills.

Christina Kim loves math. She also loves teaching. The Lakeville resident has combined her loves for many years by working as a high school math teacher and math tutor.

This past year, though, Kim was looking for a new opportunity. The mom of two wanted to continue helping kids learn, but she wanted a change. That's when she stumbled upon Kumon Learning Centers.

Kumon's mission is "By discovering the potential of each individual and developing his or her ability to the maximum we aim to foster sound, capable people and thus contribute to the global community."

Kim felt a connection to that mission and decided to open a Kumon Learning Center. A resident in Independent School District 196, Kim researched cities in the district to see where there was a need. That's how she found Rosemount.

"I have children in this district. It's a wonderful district," Kim said.

In December, Kim opened at 15071 Crestone Ave. Kumon serves students from pre-kindergarten to seniors in high school. The company offers individualized instruction in math and reading. The program allows students to advance at their own pace.

Kumon is the world's largest after-school math and reading enrichment program. According to the company's website Toru Kumon, a Japanese teacher and devoted parent, developed this unique instructional routine to help his son do better in school. His program was so successful his young son was able to perform calculus by the time he was in sixth grade.

"It's a really good program," said Kim.

So far, Kim has 35 students. Kim said she tries to make learning fun and to instill a positive attitude. However she also wants students to excel.

"I want students to want to come here," said Kim.

Kim is an avid student herself. She has always loved learning and applies herself when it comes to school. She scored 100 percent on the Kumon test when she had to take it last year.

"They couldn't believe I could score 100 percent but I knew I could do it," said Kim.

Originally from South Korea, Kim moved to the United States in 1997. She's married and has two children, who are students in District 196 schools.

Kim has taught high school math and worked as a math tutor. In addition to Kim, the Rosemount location has four assistants that work hands on with students. While things are just getting started, Kim said she's looking forward to the future.

"I love working with children and teaching. And I am really enjoying this," said Kim.

For more information about Kumon visit or call 651-200-2507.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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