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Brookfield Danbury resident takes over Sylvan Learning

August 6, 2018

Arlene Garcia likes that tutoring can help raise grades and test scores, but what she really loves about it is not necessarily reflected on a report card.

“It helps children and parents build confidence,” the Danbury resident said. “If you can build your confidence you can do anything. I like that Sylvan Learning builds confidence.”

Garcia, a 1997 graduate of Danbury High School, this summer took over the Sylvan Learning on Federal Road in Brookfield. The business, she said, combines her love of education, entrepreneurship and helping others in the community. She is also a history teacher at White Plains High School.

“I enjoy working with young people, but I want to be able to help them in other ways, too,” she said.

Georgia Chasen, Sylvan Learning’s vice president of franchise development, said Garcia’s passion for education, leadership skills and connections in the community will help make her a successful franchise owner. Chasen met Garcia at Sylvan Learning’s corporate office earlier this year.

“It was a pleasure to meet Arlene. She is someone who has been so passionate about youth empowerment all these years,” Chasen said. “She’s a good fit for Sylvan.”

Garcia employs two full-time workers and has a staff of five or six tutors, offering help in math, English, writing, homework support and college test preparation. As the franchisee, Garcia will have mostly an administrative role with the business, but she will step in to tutor when needed.

“One of the main goals is to grow our SAT prep program.” She said. “I’d like us to be the hub of test prep in the area.”

Garcia is not a stranger to the tutoring industry. Shortly after graduating from college, she had a small tutoring business in Danbury.

“When that ended, the desire to own my own business never left,” she said. “Last year, I started looking at different opportunities and this was perfect — and it’s in education.”

Garcia is also the owner of BitterSweet Coaching, which seeks to raise awareness and funds for chronic illnesses, autoimmune diseases and other “invisible sicknesses.” She herself suffered with a thyroid condition that took years to diagnose.

To reach Sylvan Learning in Brookfield, call 203-775-9611.

The writer may be reached at cbosak@hearstmediact.com; 203-731-3338

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