CO-OWNER & CENTER DIRECTOR GRADE POWER LEARNING LARGO
Jan has a masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Florida. She has 25 years of experience in her field, including severe speech and language classroom teacher with Polk County public schools, clinician with Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, and speech-language pathologist with Baycare Homecare. She and her husband, Randy, have raised three children and all graduated from The University of Florida. Jan's areas of concentration are reading and language development in preschool and school-aged children. She has extensive experience with articulation/phonological speech disorders, fluency disorders (stuttering), and dysphagia (swallowing disorders). Her interests include cooking, music, and spending time at the beach with family and friends.
“The great thing about GradePower Learning is that we change the way students think about learning. GradePower Learning is the only learning center that assesses both learning and academics skills. We teach kids to “Learn how the Learn”. I love GradePower Learning’s curriculum and methodology, because it corrects the root cause of the student’s struggles, which builds a strong foundation for them to learn and be successful for the rest of their lives.” Randy spent the first 26 years of his professional life in the business world. He worked for three years in banking, as a commercial loan officer, and 23 years working for the leading golf and ornamental nursery supply company in the eastern United States. He left to follow his passion: Helping kids! Randy has always loved mentoring and coaching kids. “Coach Randy” has coached baseball, soccer, basketball and flag football, in addition to running a three sport youth league at his church in Lakeland, Florida. Randy is a graduate of the University of Florida, and remains an avid Gator fan. He has been married to Jan for over 26 years, and they have three adult children.
Sarah is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in History. In college, Sarah was the Missions Intern at the Gator Wesley Foundation for two years. During that time she discovered her passion for helping others and made lifelong friends. Right out of school, Sarah worked as a Behavior Assistant for a young adult with autism. Working with Earl was one of the best experiences of her life and taught her patience and respect for all people in all situations. When her parents, Randy and Jan, decided to open a GradePower Learning she knew she had to be a part of this exciting opportunity! Sarah has loved learning from an early age and graduated from an International Baccalaureate High School. She looks forward to helping students find their own love of learning and reach their highest potential. Sarah has recently moved to Palm Harbor and has very much enjoyed living so close to the beach. She enjoys cooking, watching movies, playing golf, and cheering on the Gators!
Kelly graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Family, Youth & Community Sciences and a minor in Communication Disorders. Kelly worked as a resident intern at the Gator Wesley Foundation during her time at UF. Through her work at the student ministry and her studies, Kelly knew her passion was to help. She held an internship with the Urban Mission Training Center, which provided tutoring and mentorship to low-income elementary and middle school children in Ocala, FL. After this internship, Kelly joined the administrative team at Interfaith Emergency Services, a food pantry, homeless shelter, and school-backpack feeding program also located in Ocala. She initially provided administrative support to the family shelter, and later served as the volunteer coordinator. Her favorite part of working at Interfaith was sharing with kids, both in the classroom setting and volunteer groups, about the importance of giving back to the community and serving those less fortunate than themselves. When the opportunity to work with kids full-time presented itself through GradePower Learning, she was beyond excited! Kelly most enjoys helping students increase their confidence and sense of pride in their academic achievement. Kelly enjoys theatre, music, and cheering on the Gators with her husband Jorge.
Lauren is a graduate of The University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities. After graduating, she obtained her CELTA certificate through Cambridge University, and spent the next four years teaching English as a second language in both Vietnam and Peru. There, she discovered her true calling as an educator. After moving back to The United States, Lauren spent two summers teaching intensive reading courses for The Institute of Reading Development. She then worked as a classroom educator, teaching Language Arts to grades K-5. Before becoming the Education Coordinator at GradePower Learning in Largo, Lauren worked as the Little Readers teacher at the Brandon, FL location. In her free time, Lauren likes to cook, travel, Swing Dance, hang out at the beach and cuddle on the sofa with her cat, Tamarind.