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Roots of learning in Lake in the Hills

Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, March 30, 2013 2:49 p.m. CDT
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Jas Kahlon recently opened Roots Education Center at 9 Crystal Lake Road in Lake in the Hills.
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Student Mariah Belin of Lake in the Hills works on math at the Roots Education Center.
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Mariah Belin of Lake in the Hills works on multiplication with a tutor at the Roots Education Center in Lake in the Hills.
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Roots Education Center math workbooks.

LAKE IN THE HILLS – All the worries kids have affect their learning.

Jas Kahlon hopes to take away some of those worries through her new tutoring business, Roots Education Center in Lake in the Hills, which offers after-school, one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing, math, foreign languages and test preparation.

Besides tutoring aimed at kids, the center plans to offer business workshops for teenagers and adults on creating a résumé, interview skills, public speaking and how to get a résumé out there.

Kahlon used to run a Learning Center franchise, but she said she felt very limited on what kind of tutoring she could provide. She wants to address the “whole picture,” not just what is next on the syllabus, she said.

“I’m talking to the students,” Kahlon said. “I’m asking them, ‘Where do you see yourself? What school do yourself going to? What do you see yourself doing?’

“I think I’m the person outside of school, outside of parents, and they can talk to me or talk to the tutors about other worries that they have. We just kind of push them in the right direction.”

Originally from Hounslow, England – a suburb located near London Heathrow Airport – Kahlon’s family moved to the area after high school.

Dropped into a completely different education system, Kahlon wished she had had a mentor to guide her.

Kahlon attended Harper Community College before graduating from the Illinois Institute of Art with a degree in graphic design and visual communication.

“I was so confused about how everything is here,” she said. “What do you do? There was no one to tell me you’re supposed into enroll in a university. ... Because in England, you go to a two-year college and then you go to university, so I figured that’s the way it is here.”

The Roots Education Center is located in a two-story brick building with an art gallery in the foyer at the corner of Crystal Lake and Algonquin roads. It employs seven tutors, not including Kahlon who as center director handles administration business.

Despite three students being in the midst of one-on-one tutoring sessions, one of the two tutoring rooms –which is filled with natural light and brightly colored trim – is quiet.

The students work towards earning dollars so they can purchase toys off a crowded bookcase in the center’s front desk area.

Kahlon started her first tutoring business with Learning Center after searching for a tutor for her youngest. {She has two sons, a sixth-grader and a fourth-grader.)

“He’s always had a hard time concentrating on school work, so I tried different programs,” she said. “I paid for tutoring, and it would just be tears all the time. Luckily for me, I could be a stay-at-home mom, and I did it myself.”

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