Cheery Kids was founded in 2007 by Cybele Wan, an educator from Hong Kong with over 30 years of experience. Recognizing the many difficulties facing today’s students, Director Wan started a tutoring center to help students find and achieve academic success.
But Director Wan wasn’t satisfied with simply helping students make the grade. She believed that education should be more than homework tutoring and test preparations. She believed that education was holistic and enrichment programs should be more than review of math, language, and science. She wanted to build an enrichment program that would prepare students for both the classroom and the world beyond it.
It was this vision that helped shape Cheery Kids’ curriculum. In addition to homework tutoring and test preparations, Cheery Kids introduced classes and workshops that gave our students opportunities to explore and to discover, to learn right from wrong, to decide the kind of person they wanted to become.
And, today, Cheery Kids continues to help students realize and reach their full potential—both inside and outside the classroom.
Children are individuals.
Every child has thoughts and opinions and we respect those thoughts and opinions. We teach our staff to listen to our students and to try to understand their point of view because we know that respect is a two-way road. We take this same approach to learning: every child can learn if the teacher is patient and respectful. When our students have questions, our teachers don’t speak over them with “obvious” explanations. Instead, they work together with our students to find a method that will allow our students to first learn and then master the challenges.
Mistakes are the first steps of learning.
The process of learning is like riding a bike: there are many failed attempts before success. We believe that mistakes are opportunities for growth—for learning. We teach our students to examine their failures and to learn from them: why they happened, how to avoid them. We never shame or embarrass students for their mistakes because we want to encourage students to continually seek out new and better challenges. Mistakes are a natural part of improvement—everyone makes mistakes when trying new things—so we remind our students it is okay to make mistakes when improving.