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Friday, April 23, 2021

Fastest Growing Black-Owned Online School Launched by Two Educators Who Merged Their Academies

By Arthia Nixon

Latishia Jordan and Aquarius Cain, foudners of Achieve Success Tutoring

Nationwide — Meet LaTishia Jordan and Aquarius Cain, the founders of Achieve Success Tutoring, one of the fastest-growing Black-owned online schools for students of all ages. The two of them initially had independently-owned tutoring academies but decided to merge their companies together during the pandemic to better handle the demand of parents seeking more Black-inclusive curriculums for their children.

LaTishia is based in Nashville, Tennessee, and Aquarius is based in Atlanta, Georgia, but both of them are members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and this is part of what helped them to form such a successful and historic partnership.

Both of them are educators, who have served as teachers, adjust professors, and department deans over the past 20 years, and they both agree that in order for children to function, especially with the social component taken away because of the pandemic, they have to be individually assessed.

“The ultimate goal in life is to be truly happy and I’ve reached the ultimate goal as I continue to educate others, and there’s nothing else I can see myself doing,” said Aquarius. “I’m excited about merging because we’re able to grow and expand in ways that I just could not do alone. This collaborative journey of making decisions and sharing responsibilities with someone I trust and respect is amazing. I expect nothing but greatness and excellence as we build this business together.”

LaTishia agreed and noted that many fail to realize that tutoring is not simply homework support.

“Our goal is to figure out the student’s learning gaps, fill those gaps allowing the students to move forward in their academic matriculation,” said LaTishia. “Outside of that, we also have test prep for SAT and ACT.”

LaTishia said she’s received some rave reviews and was touched to know they were able to give many students an opportunity to study with educators who not only took time to understand them but who also looked like them. This was the case when Darrell Holmes’ parents noticed a significant improvement when he joined the Overachievers S.T.E.A.M. Academy Enrichment Program after being in regular school.

“Darrell stated that he felt more comfortable with teachers who looked like him and he did not feel uncomfortable asking questions because the OSA teachers did not make him feel uncomfortable or dumb when asking questions,” said LaTishia. “Darrell was in our middle school program as a 5th grader with all older students (7th and 8th graders) and he asked questions daily and performed so well that his teachers did not realize he was only a fifth-grader. His story is not unique as several kids who have had problems for years said they felt better with teachers who looked like them and felt that they weren’t asking dumb questions.”

Both women are specialists in STEM areas and have developed ways in which they can understand individual learning styles to motivate students.

LaTishia received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Bennett College and a Masters degree in Information Technology from American Intercontinental University and is currently the COO of Achieve Success Tutoring. She is also the author behind the bestselling The Adventures of Bella Noelle series and has 26 years of education experience serving as an adjunct professor, dean of education, and tutor.

Aquarius has been teaching since 2004 and eventually founded Dream In STEAM, which offers camps, workshops, and subscription boxes to inspire a love of science in all youth. She is also an author.

Registration for the camp and school is open at AchieveSuccessTutoring.com

Both of the founders are available for interviews. Please email ArthiaNixonMedia@gmail.com to book at least a day in advance to allow preparation.