Sunday Feb 27, 2022
A Brighter Day in the Neighborhood with Angela Jones - Episode 44 Lenie de Castro
Originally Aired: February 27, 2022
Guest: Lenie de Castro
Huntington Learning Center Colorado Springs
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Lenie was born and raised in the Philippines. She got her degree in Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from The National Teacher’s College, Manila Philippines. She taught elementary students from Kindergarten to 6th Grade for 12 years until she immigrated to USA sponsored by her husband “Florian De Castro”. Florian and Lenie knew each other since childhood. When Florian immigrated at the age of 10 years old, they became penpals and on the year of 2000 they got married. She supported her husband while doing his military career until he retired. When Florian and Lenie decided to retire here in Colorado Springs, she and her husband started a tutoring center franchise (Huntington Learning Center) in February 17, 2017. Lenie is the main person who makes sure to find a good location for the center. Florian helped in planning and strategizing the market in the area. The center opened in December of 2018 and as of today, this year is the 5th year of Huntington. They have helped a lot of students and their families from K-12 in building academic skills, subject tutoring and exam prep.
Lenie is the CEO and the Center Director of Huntington Learning Center here in Colorado Springs. She manage the day to day operation of the center, marketing, networking and everything about the business. She just recently hired a managing director who can help her with day to day activities. She wants to focus her time to bringing more business in and mentoring students which is very dear to her heart.
Since Lenie works with families and students. She make sure that the students are caught up especially this time where COVID made a tremendous loss on children’s education. She also mentor students that they are capable of doing more and become successful in life. She mentored high school students who are enrolled in the Exam Prep program. She instill with them, that what they are learning at the center is not only for taking exam but a skill that they can use in life to become successful. Lenie and her team of teachers help the students to accomplish the goal and made sure that they can reach their potentials that they thought they are not capable of. Lenie’s treasures are the student’s accomplishments. Her center were able to help students gain up to +2 Grade levels while doing the academic skills program, up to +229 points for SAT and 5.4+ for ACT.
Lastly, Lenie wants other women, housewife, immigrant learned from her experience on how she started her business even though she doesn’t have a degree on that realm, that everything is possible if you put your hearts and efforts to what you love.
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