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Suffolk gets Sylvan Learning Center

A Sylvan Learning Center is coming to Suffolk this month.

The new location at 3575 Bridge Road, Suite 13, is owned by Kim Teixeira, who has owned a Chesapeake location in the Battlefield area for the last few years.

“We’re getting a lot of phone calls from the Suffolk area, and so we decided to expand,” Teixeira said.

Teixeira worked for Sylvan Learning Centers in the early 1990s, right after she graduated from college. She took a few years off to have a family and then got back into the workforce in 2011 at the Chesapeake location, when it was owned by another couple.

They decided they wanted to retire. “They asked if I wanted to purchase,” Teixeira said. “I took the jump and bought the franchise in 2013.”

The location has been growing ever since, and Teixeira knew pretty soon that she would need to expand to the Suffolk area. She partnered with the Taylor Bend YMCA to have a program there but has outgrown that, too.

“It’s grown so much that we need to have our own space,” she said. She specifically looked for a location in Suffolk so she could serve the growing community.

The location will have two full-time employees and is able to help any student, Teixeira said.

The core business is remediation in reading, writing, math and study skills, but the business also does SAT prep, enrichment in science, technology, engineering and math, and even preparation for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery exam for adults entering the military.

The business also works with six private schools in Suffolk, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach on various enrichment programs.

“I put a lot of energy into my STEM products,” Teixeira said.

Teixeira said teachers at Sylvan work closely with classroom teachers.

“We work really closely with the school, so we can multiply our efforts,” she said. “If we all work together, we’re going to be able to help the student be successful.”

The Sylvan teachers are certified and have special education degrees, Teixeira said. It’s what parents want.

“They want who’s working with their child to be knowledgeable about what the expectations are in the classroom,” she said. “You go to a pediatrician because you know they have a cold, but you don’t quite know how to fix it. It’s the same with Sylvan teachers.”

Teixeira said she’s looking forward to a grand opening on Oct. 28.

“I really am excited to be in Suffolk,” she said. “I’m excited to be here and be known in the community and make a difference.”