Back in 2010, Kavi Shah was freshman at Coppell High School. Like his friends, as he approached second year he told his mom Kanan Shah that he wants to join KD-as Karen Dillard prep classes are known as.
Kanan had evaluated different classes like KD. In fact she worked at Kumon for short duration. She did not like any of them. She told Kavi that she rather would hire tutors for her own tutoring company Ottimmo. The rest is history: Kavi Shah scored perfect 2400 on his SAT. He got admission in UC Berkley, Duke and UT Austin-which he chose to attend as it came with full tuition scholarship and admission in prestigious honors program at McCombs School of Business.
Fast forward to 2018: Kavi Shah graduated with 3 majors and 2 degrees. He joined McKinsey, the #1 consulting company in world with global acceptance rate of 1%-lower than admission rate of Harvard!!
But above does not tell the whole story of Ottimmo. Three things set Ottimmo apart: Kanan’s focus on strategies, her zeal as advocate for your child, and customized tutoring.
As we all know today our children are under so much stress to perform. This is especially true for their study. Being immigrant-specially if you are from India, China etc., scoring highest grades in study as well as standardized tests have become laser focused goal of parents-if not student.
Kanan sees this all-she has been there. Kavi did not spend long hours in studies-but he focused more on strategies. Kanan also understands importance of self initiative, down time and developing skills inherently rather than just memorizing. In fact five years ago, she started teaching math using Singapore method which puts emphasis on more graphical and word based teaching.
If your child is student at Ottimmo, you will notice that Kanan’s teaching is not just for your child it is as much as for you as parent! I personally have witnessed Kanan taking parents to task more than child. One example: Father-an IT professional brings child in 3rd grade to Ottimmo. He tells Kanan: I wanted to be doctor but could not, so my son must study, excel and become a doctor. He after coming from school does not spent much time in study and keeps playing. Kanan told him: What is wrong if he wants to play-he is just a 3rd grader! Also let him be what he wants to be-do not impose your dreams on him. She is a passionate advocate of your child.
Another aspect set apart Ottimmo is Kanan’s keen observation of your child. On so many occasions, Kanan has accompanied parents to school to talk to them about child’s needs-it could be special needs or extra care required in certain areas. She does same when tutoring your child-she pays attention to their need and customizes tutoring accordingly. This has worked wonders for so many kids-they have gone from failing students to star students skipping grades and being admitted in gifted and talented programs.
Kanan’s observation of kids brings a sad truth to light. Some parents are not aware of the needs of their child. Some knowingly ignores their child’s needs-due to social stigma, perceptions/culture etc. Some do not know the amazing education system of this country. This is a tragedy of mega proportion. Unfortunately, with life style, food, always connected social media, stress etc. there are more children with special/extra needs than ever before.
Remember, every day Kanan raises your child above any perceived limitations through her tireless tutoring and advocacy of your child.
Even if you do not want your child enrolled at Ottimmo, I strongly suggest to meet Kanan with your child-it will definitely help you-it might change your child’s trajectory for better! It has for my son-Kavi!