We had the good fortune of connecting with Roman Slavinsky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roman, how do you think about risk?
I have taken risks in my life and career which have cumulatively led me to the path that I am on today. I firmly believe that you should always be comfortable with being uncomfortable. The first notable risk in my career was leaving a position working with LAUSD, teaching science at Walter Reed Middle School. I saw the value of one-on-one instruction, which was unrealistic in the public-school setting. As such, I resigned from the district and turned my part-time tutoring hustle into a full-fledged business. A+ Tutoring offers tutoring services, test preparation and college counseling. However, with the widespread effect that COVID-19 had on our “in-home” teaching model, we have adapted and repositioned ourselves to meet the needs of our clients and community. To help our students grow and develop a broad range of competencies and skills, A+ Tutoring was forced to pivot online and create in-person “learning pods”. This risky change in the structure of my business occurred while I was taking care of two young children and emotionally supporting my wife, who works as a registered nurse. With the help of our dedicated instructors and staff, we were able to effectively shift our previous model, helping students and parents alike ensure that homework is done, concepts are mastered, and provide enrichment activities to stimulate learning and the retention of knowledge. With the use of technology and bolstered by the closures of traditional educational environments, learning has changed.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets A+ Tutoring apart from others, first and foremost, is that we are educators and caring professionals that have dedicated our lives to helping children. We have a C.A.R.E. (Caring, Accountable, Resourceful, Educators) model that reflects our goals in helping students achieve their academic ambitions. We thrive on helping students who are struggling with understanding material, allowing bright young minds to conquer any challenge and overcome underperformance. We set ourselves apart from other tutoring and test preparation services with individualized student plans and pair each student with an educator to satisfy those needs. We provide a personal experience that allows our students to thrive, immersing ourselves into their curriculum and deficiencies. Although implementation of this model has been difficult, the progression and journey have been rewarding. This is the focus of my brand and story… I want the world to know that you have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My answer to this question would undeniably be different in a pre-coronavirus world, but unfortunately this is the world we live in today. Although I love touring Los Angeles’s world-class museums, sitting down at some of our country’s finest restaurants, or going to concerts and fabulous events, much of these once taken-for-granted luxuries have been put on hold. However, there are still great options while staying safe. For instance, although the museum itself may be closed, LACMA’s outdoor plaza is still open to the public. My favorite attraction here is the longstanding Urban Light installation, which is made of more than 200 cast-iron antique street lamps. Another fun option is Los Angeles’s reinvigoration for the drive-in movie theater experience. With long-standing locations and newly erected pop-up venues, this is the safest and only option to get that movie-goer experience. Currently there are holiday screenings at Street Food Cinema in Arcadia and Electric Dusk Drive-In in Glendale. Finally, I would take my guest to see the city from an amazing vantage point as the smog-less views of Los Angeles are fairly spectacular. The Mount Wilson Observatory with an elevation of 5,700 feet is an amazing spot, as is Runyon Canyon which features miles of hiking trails that allow you to see Los Angeles’s sprawling skyline from atop Hollywood Hills. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would first love to provide praise and gratitude to Donna Venezio – Director of Community Resource services at Child and Family Guidance Center. With Donna’s help, we have been able to positively impact the lives of many students, providing educational resources and assistance to underserved populations and those who are under privileged. With the help of Child and Family Guidance Center’s insight on current issues, trends and areas for improvement based on internal and external sources of information, Donna has helped A+ Tutoring provide for our communities and its children. https://www.childguidance.org/ I am additionally grateful to the Entrepreneurs Organization Accelerator (EOA) program. My best friend William Fikhman brought me in and it has been a game changer as an entrepreneur. I am surrounded by other business owners who share valuable insights and experience shares. This group has helped me make breakthroughs and redefine the goals in my life and business, ultimately allowing the continued growth and success of A+ Tutoring. The shift in business performance and personal transformation that this organization has instilled in me is invaluable in my continued success and adaptation to the world as it is today. https://www.eonetwork.org/
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