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Origins - Humble Beginnings

September 14, 20233 min read

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Star Students was born out of a desire to help others. Parents, with managing their children’s school workload. Teachers, with sustaining a classroom that promotes quality education and collaboration. Alternative educators, looking for more than a cookie-cutter teaching experience.

While these groups of individuals are important, the ones who were top of mind with the creation of Star Students are the children, the students. They were the reason, they are always the primary concern, and they will continue to be the inspiration for why Star Students operates.

Humble beginnings of homeschooling

Star Students is a close-knit and privately owned tutoring business that marries a love for teaching with a passion for people and personal growth. While all people are our business, students are our focus. As adults, it is obvious that we are all unique. Why are children any different? Each child learns in their own way, in their own time, and with a specific set of skills. Star Students' primary goal, along with academic achievement, is to build this set of skills. There is an old saying that is one of my personal favourites:

"Give a man a fish, and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you will feed him for a lifetime."

By building a skill set for a child, you not only are fostering their growth academically, but emotionally and socially as well. The importance of this, of nurturing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, is shown in the difference between children who are confident, creative, and comfortable being uncomfortable, and children who are not. While each child travels a different journey, the end result is the same – an individual who is a passionate, diligent, risk-taker that takes life by the horns and conquers it.

Note that this idea of "taking life by the horns" is one that holds various meanings for different people, and rightly so. In general, the concept is given to mean an individual achieving success despite, or perhaps because of, the cards that life has dealt to them.

Everyone's vision of success differs from that of their neighbour, and that does not make any ideas less valid or less admirable. It makes our world the beautiful mesh of knowledge and creativity that it is today. Put simply, this is exactly Star Students' mission: to uphold values and principles of integrity, respect, knowledge, creativity, communication, and thought. Not only in the classroom, but in life – while everyone has potential, not all are given the opportunity to achieve it. This is precisely what drives Star Students – a desire to see every student we work with receive more than just academic support. There are no age limits on learning, and whatever path a child chooses to take, they should have the necessary life skills to support themselves.

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Kimberly Gawne

Founder, Teacher, & Instructional Specialist Specializations: IB Curriculum (Arts & Language), High School Arts & Language, Elementary (K - 8) Kimberly is the proud owner of Star Students and has always been driven by her passion for people and learning. From her younger days of exploring and discovering new ways to do things, her love for learning and connecting with people evolved into a desire to share her enthusiasm, skills, and knowledge. Teaching, for Kimberly, is a harmonious blend of these worlds, offering a platform where both student and teacher can embark on a transformative learning journey together. Drawing inspiration from her own educational experiences, particularly the challenges she faced in math and the unwavering support from her father, Kimberly founded Star Students. Her father's adaptability to her unique learning style and his relentless efforts to ensure her understanding have been pivotal in shaping her vision for Star Students.

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Star Students is a family-focused educational company dedicated to providing exceptional learning experiences for students in grades K-12. Our team of certified and experienced educators, all holding a minimum of a B.A., crafts individualized programs to help every child and parent reach their full potential. We understand the unique needs of each learner, ensuring a perfect match with a teacher who resonates with their learning style. Beyond academics, our commitment lies in instilling genuine values without indoctrination. As a virtual, country-wide entity, we offer homeschooling, tutoring, and teaching packages, all while fostering close-knit relationships with our families. Choose Star Students for an inquiry-driven, student-led educational journey.

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At Star Students, our tutoring is tailored, focusing on individual growth. Our students, diverse and driven, are at the heart of our mission. Together, we're building a community of confident, thriving learners.


Individual & Group Tutoring

Star Students offers tailored individual tutoring to cater to unique learning needs, ensuring personalized attention. For those looking for collaborative learning, their group tutoring sessions provide an interactive environment with peers, fostering teamwork and shared knowledge.

Homeschooling Programs

At Star Students, our bespoke homeschooling programs cater to each child's unique learning style and pace. With a focus on holistic development, we ensure every student meets academic milestones while growing with confidence and curiosity. Dive into a world where education is tailored and transformative.

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What is the mission and vision of Star Students?

Star Students is dedicated to providing stellar educational services tailored to each individual's unique learning needs. Our mission is to empower students to reach their full potential through personalized instruction. We pride ourselves on our hands-on approach, emphasizing inquiry-driven, student-led learning, and fostering close relationships with both parents and students.

How does Star Students differentiate from other online tutoring platforms?

Star Students stands out with its commitment to a personalized learning approach. Unlike many platforms, we operate on a first-name basis, emphasizing open communication and a personal touch for every session. Our team consists of certified and experienced teachers, ensuring that each student is matched with an educator best suited to their specific needs and learning style.

What subjects and grade levels does Star Students cater to?

We serve students in grades K-12, offering homeschooling, tutoring, and teaching across various subjects, tailored to each student's grade level.

What Our Families are Saying

Star Students worked with our son for approximately 8 months. The intention was to help him get through the last few months of school and the summer, bring him up to grade level with his reading and math skills, and improve his work habits. Our son was showing a lack of enthusiasm for school, making it difficult for him to focus, and his frustration was evident when he needed to stretch himself to learn new things. It was also very important to us that he develop confidence in himself and his abilities, and this is where Star Students came in.

Star Students was able to assess our son’s needs and got him moving in the right direction almost immediately. Working with Star Students gave our son the support he needed to finish out the school year and start the fourth grade ready to learn. Instead of just teaching him, Star Students learned with our son in a way that focused on his strengths and interests. This made him far more open to learning, and this, for our son, was so essential to his ongoing success in the classroom.

Our son is doing fantastic at school now. He feels far more comfortable taking risks with his learning, and has taken huge strides towards his independent work habits and his motivation to learn.


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