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Eileen Huntington – Founder of Huntington Learning Center

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Eileen Huntington has put the educational welfare of children first and created one of the most successful learning centers in the country.

Education had always been an important thing in Huntington’s early life. “When you have an education, it’s something that nobody can ever take away from you. And it opens so many doors for you.” Huntington said. She graduated college in 1967, and immediately started her teaching career.

After a few years in the classroom, she felt something was missing. She saw children struggling in a way that she couldn’t help as a teacher. She realized that there needed to be more learning outside of the classroom to help them in the classroom.

Huntington took a great risk, quitting her tenure teaching position and starting a center to help children. This was the beginning of the Huntington Learning Center, which she opened along with her husband in 1977. The goal of the center was to offer high quality tutoring to students of all ages.

With the success of this center, the pair started opening additional centers in the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. Beginning in 1985, they began offering others the opportunity to join the Huntington System as franchisees. Huntington attributes their success to passion. “You have to be passionate about what you do, if you’re not passionate about what you do, just don’t do it!” She said.

Today, there are nearly 400 centers nationwide, helping thousands of students achieve their educational goals and succeed in school. Huntington still runs the company with her staff, and is very proud of her achievements. “I think that when you’re recognized as an entrepreneur, as a woman entrepreneur, I think that is a real, real achievement.” She said.

Links: http://huntingtonhelps.com/page/history/

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