Kumon Math-Reading under new ownership after 15 years

Charlie Pugh has been an instructor with Kumon Math and Reading Center, 727 N. Campbell Station Road, for about 15 years.

So when its original owner, Kumiko Franklin, recently decided to retire, Pugh saw an opportunity.

Pugh, who was 15 when she started volunteering in the center, said it started in Alcoa.

“I came to her a year after she opened. I needed volunteer hours” for the National Beta Club Society at William Blount High School, Pugh recalled.

The work clicked for Pugh, who was soon offered a permanent position. Then in February 2018, Kumon Math and Reading Center moved to its Farragut location, and Pugh came with it.

A year later, Franklin decided to retire and asked Pugh if she would be interested in taking over.

“I have always loved Kumon,” Pugh said. “I think that it is a great program. It has had so much great success in helping students with math and reading — for enrichment and for review, when students are struggling.”

The center teaches math and reading skills to students starting at age 3. 

“All of us are life-long learners, so we’ll teach any age,” she said.

However, she added the center’s focus is on elementary to high school students.

With the number of learning centers opening their doors, Pugh said, “I think people are just wanting to see their students have more and more success.

“And one great thing I learned about Farragut is education is a priority with most of the parents I have come in contact with,” she added.

For more information, call 865-984-3131 or e-mail charliepugh@ikumon.com.

Class hours are from 3 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, and from 2 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Pugh does placement tests by appointment.