The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 26, 2011

Understanding more than the subject matter

Enid Learning Academy knows its pupils’ needs

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID — In 2004, Kevin Klamm saw a need in the Enid area that wasn’t being met, so he opened Enid Learning Academy.

“There wasn’t anything like this in the community,” he said.

As owner and director of Enid Learning Academy, Klamm said he specialized in reading and math. He also offers ACT preparation.

“There’s a lot of emphasis on reading and math in education,” he said. Reading and math, those are the areas where the need is the greatest.”

The academy offers tutoring for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and specializes sessions for each student.

“Everything is customized here,” Klamm said. “We assess the students before we work with them, and we customize a plan to work with them. Everything is individualized.”

Klamm said there are three primary tutors at the academy, but an additional two are used when there are more students. He said the number of students at the academy can range from about 40 to 60 or even to 70 during busier times.

With a degree in elementary education and a master’s in education, Klamm said he understands students can struggle with a concept or idea.

“I don’t really look at it as the kid’s fault for struggling,” he said. “I don’t get frustrated with the student. Sometimes the kids need a smaller environment, too.”

Klamm said students typically undergo about 40 sessions, each an hour long. Students typically take two sessions a week.

It’s not just Enid students who benefit from the academy’s tutoring. Klamm said he gets students from all over the area.

“I’ve got students from Pond Creek, Burlington, Seiling, Okeene and Ringwood,” he said.

Klamm said he tests students before and after their sessions, and he said he knows the process works.

 “My goal is to help the family and the school and everyone,” he said. “To get those pieces to work together and make a better student.”

With the academy approaching the milestone of its 500th student, Klamm said the reward comes when a child he sees struggle with a concept understands it.

“It’s something every teacher says,” he said, “but when you work with a student and see them make improvement and see them having success that’s what drives the teacher.”