Between their June 1 opening and their ceremonial opening on Saturday, Sylvan Learning Prince Albert had already clinched an award.
© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Youngster James Carrier looks into the mirror to check out the face-painting job done at Sylvan Learning Prince Albert’s new location, at 365 Marquis Road West, during its grand opening celebration.
On Aug. 28, staff picked up a New Franchisee of the Year award at Sylvan’s annual conference in Phoenix, Az.
“We are quite honestly one of the smallest territories in the Sylvan Network,” centre director David Fannon said. “There are over 700 Sylvans, so for us to win an award is quite exciting for us.
“We had no clue that we were the 2013 New Franchisee of the Year.”
Sylvan Learning has been in Prince Albert since 1999. Initially located on Marquis Road West, new ownership brought it to 365 Marquis Road West in June. A ceremonial opening was delayed until Saturday in order to coincide with the opening with the new school year.
Along with a new centre, they’ve completely revamped their programming to keep up to pace with technology.
“In the old days, this centre would have been lined with books and everything would be done with pen and paper,” Fannon said on Saturday, his hand motioning to a room bustling with family-friendly grand-opening activities.
Now, he explained, it’s all on an iPad -- a handheld tablet computer, on which students can read, answer questions and even write in various colours, electronically.
There are over 700 Sylvans, so for us to win an award is quite exciting for us. Sylvan Learning Prince Albert director David Fannon
“It’s more engaging for the student, keeps their interest longer, and it’s what they’re already doing,” Fannon said. “They’re using iPad for all their other activities, so we might as we use it for this.”
Sylvan Learning is an after-school education centre, which runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and for four hours on Saturday.
Staffed by certified teachers, Fannon explains that Sylvan is like a tutorship organization and more.
“A tutor helps you with your homework -- you bring them your material, they help you where you’re struggling,” he explained.
“What Sylvan is, is we start with an assessment, we go back and find out why you’re struggling, and then we’re able with our programming to go and map up a strategy to put you back on target.”
Sylvan Learning Prince Albert typically helps between 50 and 80 students at any given time – a number that fluctuates around report card season.