Mundelein Educators Open Discovery Learning Institute

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Byline: Kim Mikus

Olivia and Rob Maple believe that every child deserves the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.

The couple, with years of background in education, recently started a business in Hawthorn Woods that capitalizes on this philosophy. They launched Discovery Learning Institute, an independently owned business providing tutoring services to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Mundelein residents, raising three children ages 8 to 13, say their ultimate goal is to help students become confident, independent learners.

An open house takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the shop at 103 W. Gilmer Road.

Olivia Maple started her career in education as an elementary school teacher. She later earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and moved into the corporate world as a training designer and developer.

She worked for Arthur Andersen and then served as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies.

Maple left the corporate world to focus on her children and their education at Fremont School District 79 near Mundelein. When the school was forced to cut programs for financial reasons, she served the district in many capacities, including co-facilitator of the Fremont Community Action Team and tutor in the Bridges Reading Program.

"I see that there are a lot of kids falling through the cracks," Maple said. She believes it's essential to build children's self confidence so they can be successful in all aspects of their lives.

Through Discovery Learning Institute, tutors are able to work with students to provide an individualized plan, which uses the child's academic strengths and preferred learning styles to achieve academic success, she said. …