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History

Heart Math Tutoring became an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit in July 2014 following several years of successful piloting, built from a partnership between Social Venture Partners Charlotte (SVP)Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)Communities In Schools (CIS). The effort resulted from a focus group led by SVP that identified the need for an avenue for willing community members to effectively help struggling students. The original name “HEART” was an acronym for “Helping Ensure Academic Results through Tutoring.”

Heart’s founding Executive Director joined in July 2013 to recruit Heart’s first Board of Directors and implement a new prototype characterized by a deeper presence in partner schools and dedicated, on-site support. The program expanded from serving 20 second grade students per school to over 50 students in grades 1 – 5 per school.

In the past five school years, the organization has grown to serve 900+ students across 17 schools, thanks to over 980 weekly volunteer tutors and over $840K in support from the philanthropic community.

98% of more than 1,500 students tutored to date have met program growth targets in math, and 89% of teachers report that students are more confident and enthusiastic towards math as a result of the program.

Heart’s Mission

To ensure that all elementary students develop the strong foundation in math and enthusiasm for academics needed for long-term success, by helping schools use volunteers as tutors. Community members commit one hour per week to deliver an effective, hands-on curriculum through one-on-one tutoring sessions during the school day in high-poverty elementary schools.

 

Founding Board of Directors

Steve Beam – Merrill Lynch (retired)

Barbara Bissell – NC Department of Public Instruction (retired)

Sam Bowles – Threadridge Investment Partners

Carla Hermida Clements – Community Volunteer

Michael Clifton – The Carlyle Group

Anne Leggett – Community Volunteer

Founding Operations Committee (SVP)

Andy Cooney

Nancy Covington

Susan Daniel

Minna Elliott

Martha Eubank

Catherine Fischer

Debbie Kemmy

Reid Leggett

Daniel Tanaka

"Heart tutors are committed to providing quality math lesson and activities. They hold high expectations for all students and work diligently to help every student be successful." - Ms. Bradshaw, 3rd grade teacher at Greenway Park Elementary