Dear Shanthi, This note needs to be written and sent but I worry time is flying by without my putting pen to paper, Forgive me for taking this approach to writing. I don't want more time to pass without telling you how profoundly moved I was by your new venture the Ifleed Institute. Living in Antigo has some drawbacks. I was unaware of your efforts to bring science and math to the youth in our region until after the ribbon cutting shared on your facebook. I definitely would have been there to celebrate! I say it moved me personally because when my grandchildren were small I was horrified at the lack of science in the schools. We home schooled our oldest grandson for several years and continued to work with him and our granddaughter ourselves. I tried to make inroads with the school district, offered to teach classes after school but with little success. No tutors were available. It was hard for both Don and I to fathom that our school system could have degraded so drastically. Your new venture is amazing and fills a huge need. I could not be more proud of you and your willingness to "just do it" when you saw the need. Your positive energy is contagious and will change attitudes and the lives of youngsters hungry for learning. I just wanted, had to, tell you and encourage you as to what an incredible gift you are to this community. Go forth my dear as you are changing lives for the better. Thank you my amazing friend. Have a super day!
- Marge Gibson, Founder and Executive Director, Raptor Education Group Inc.
I remember sitting in freshman year geometry, feeling overwhelmed as my teacher rattled off theorems and formulas. We all know this feeling, that deep bubbling anxiety that starts in our gut and progresses its way to the back of our throat. For some it was heights. For me, it was math class. Though hesitant at first, I finally agreed to see a tutor. To my pleasant surprise, Shanthi changed my perspective and attitude towards math. She broke down the problems in a way I could understand, and her endless patient and caring attitude allowed me to see things more clearly. Math was not so scary anymore!
Tutor aside, Shanthi proves to be a great and valuable role model to have. Whether you are discussing formulas or any other life frustrations, Shanthi’s level headed and calming nature is infectious. I am thankful to call her not only my past tutor, but also my friend. I highly recommend her to anyone interested in finding math help.
- Mia Davis, former student