That’s right! I’ve achieved my goal of having three Smith’s School of English schools!
If you’ve read any of my former postings here you are already aware that I have been working toward this goal for some time now.
Well, on July 1st, 2007 I officially accepted the challenge at Smith’s School of English Fuse and I couldn’t be happier!
It’s been a very interesting journey towards owning three schools within the Smith’s School of English franchise system and each school I picked up over the past three years has been different yet suitable for my situation at the time.
I opened my first Smith’s School of English in Horie in the summer of 2004.
I chose to operate out of a dual-purpose location in order to minimize expenses. I was able to live and work out of the same place and that environment was ideal while I was learning the ropes.
I still live there today though I no longer teach many of those classes myself.
I have been blessed with trained, professional, and friendly part-time teachers who are doing a tremendous job over there. The students love the part-time teachers.
I sometimes think they like the part-time teachers more than me…
Having said that though, making the transition is challenging and it should be handled with much care in order to maintain continuity and assure the students that they are still highly cared for and appreciated. No sudden changes.
Smith’s School of English in Kamishinjo came along next in April of 2006.
I basically took both school schedules and spread myself out as much as I could while still living and working at Smith’s School of English in Horie. Once I had built the student body to where I could no longer handle teaching all the classes myself, I hired a part-time teacher to begin transitioning in from time to time.
Carefully planned and executed transitions are very important.
Smith’s School of English Kamishinjo is now a very efficiently run profitable school and I am absolutely thrilled with the ROI it’s providing!
Smith’s School of English Fuse joined the fold on July 1st, 2007.
This is by far the biggest challenge I have undertaken so far here at Smith’s School of English but I feel that I have been preparing all along for this challenge over the past three years.
The hours upon hours of personal time which Mark Smith has contributed in providing me guidance along the way have been invaluable, and the secretarial staff’s commitment to our success is unmatched!
Looking back over the past three years, it’s interesting to see how each challenge I undertook was both different and larger than the one before it.
I have always been confident of my abilities yet I have to admit that I probably would not have been up to the challenge of running Smith’s School of English in Fuse, let alone 3 schools, 3 years ago without having worked my way up to this position.
I’m sure there are others out there who would have no problems whatsoever, but I know myself well enough to say this.
I’m sure many new challenges lie ahead but I have always enjoyed learning. I’m also sure I will continue to make some mistakes along the way but that is also how I learn best.
I don’t learn much when things go perfectly.
Managing three schools seems a bit daunting at times but I feel confident because I can always rely on the “TEAM” and trust me, it makes a world of a difference!
Alessandro “Alex” Stanciu
Smith’s School of English Horie/Yotsubashi
月謝制のスミス英会話堀江校 / 四ツ橋校
Smith’s School of English Fuse