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Meet Isaac Reyes Gomez of Think! Before You Solve in Santa Ana

Today we’d like to introduce you to Isaac Reyes Gomez.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Isaac. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In the summer of 2004, my father began tutoring math to kids of friends and family for free. Both my sister and I volunteered and by 2005 we were helping around 50 students. All this was done from my parent’s garage which was modified into a classroom with white boards and desks for the students. At the time, I was a senior in his. taking pre-calculus so I was destined to teach kids that were in elementary school. This group is what made me realize that the tutoring programs curriculum that we taught was showing very promising results.

Within one year, all students in my group were getting no less than a B in their class and some of them became the top student in math. Math was not so difficult or terrifying anymore for them, on the contrary it became one of their favorite subjects. I taught this group for 3 years starting from adding and subtracting and ending with trigonometry! A few of the students that were in that group have now graduated from a University in the field of STEM (Science Technology Math Engineering)!

While in college, I had the opportunity to work for a private tutoring company, for Boys & Girls club as the STEM coordinator and instructor, and volunteered around the community. I noticed that all the after-school programs that are meant to help the students in the studies plus the curriculum at schools (common core) were not making much of a difference. Students were still struggling to understand math and it was still one of their worst and scariest subjects. I came to realize that the current math curriculum and system to educate the young in mathematics is benefiting most of the students. Less than 30% of students are efficient in mathematics. I decided to do something about it, so I created a curriculum and program to address this problem. the results have been promising that parents began to recommend me and telling me that their child understood math for the very first time! it is a great and fulfilling feeling I get when a student no longer struggles with math, it’s the reason I teach.

As of today, I will be collaborating with school district and the City of Santa Ana to teach my program. I will conduct an assessment test to see the results of the program so that I can present it in front of the superintendents or the board in the future for a chance to get a contract with my business. My business is currently a sole proprietor but currently working to change it to a Non-Profit organization. The end goal is to offer an after-school program where students will increase their understanding of math enough so that they won’t ever need a tutor. Over time, I envision my curriculum & after school program be implemented in many cities to help as many kids as possible.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The only struggle has been not having enough time. This project I am currently on is something I am very passionate about and there is never a dull moment. I have been fortunate to have a great support from the parents and the local government for giving me the opportunity to spread my vision.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Think! Before You Solve story. Tell us more about the business.
My focus are students in 4th to 8th grade. My curriculum begins with elementary math and ends with trigonometry, it’s a three-year commitment. Math is taught as a language and the topics are discussed with the participation of all the students. I focus more on the Why is something done rather than the How. Reason for this is because the how are just steps that can be memorized, little or no critical thinking is used. Teaching the Why forces students to use their critical thinking skills to make sense of what is been taught or presented in front of them. Why do we do this? Why does this go here? Why …. To fully understand the Why, the students must develop or come up with an answer utilizing what information they currently know. that is what critical thinking is, information is first analyzed before coming up with a solution. That is my entire program, I teach students how to Think! on their own. Which is where I got the idea for the name “Think! Before You Solve” putting an emphasis on the word Think.

What sets me apart from all the other Math tutoring program is that I developed my own curriculum and teach math as a language. Symbols are first defined and understood so that the students can read and understand what a math problem is saying and asking for.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I am not a believer of luck, it’s either meant to be or it’s not. Persistence, discipline, and the love I have towards my business has allowed me to get this far.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 14651 Harper St. Midway City CA. 92655
  • Website: ThinkBeforeYouSolve.com
  • Phone: 714-696-4680
  • Email: thinkbeforeyousolve@gmail.com

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1 Comment

  1. Isaac Reyes Gomez

    December 12, 2017 at 00:30

    Thank you Voyage LA for sharing a little piece of my world with those that read this magazine. Gracias 🙂

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