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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 4:30 am

Two longtime teachers have gathered their many years of experience in the classroom to find more ways to help students excel in learning.

Sibyl Sheppard and Tina Capito, directors of My Tutor and More, opened their business about 18 months ago along West Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen. The education duo have more than 30 years of combined teaching experience, and started the tutoring and speech services for kids who needed the extra help.

“We saw the need for tutoring in the area,” Sheppard said. “We decided that we’d try it out and see what happens.”

My Tutor and More promotes reasonably priced learning that fits the needs of each student. About 45 kids participated in the services during the summer camp sessions.

“I feel just the nurturing we give and meeting the kids at their own level,” she said. “Working them forward showing success and that they can has been very beneficial.”

Sheppard still spends her days teaching in the classroom, and is still a teacher at Meadows Elementary School.

Building self-confidence is a key focus that the tutoring agency lives by, said Capito, who is a teacher at Cedar Valley Elementary School.

“It’s exciting to have a kid come in at progress report time and bring you their grades and see that they are passing,” she said. “We’ve had most of our children make significant progress because we are very big about teaming up with the teacher to find out what the child needs to progress.”

But providing the important lessons such as math, reading, writing and science is only half the battle for the company.

My Tutor and More is working with the Killeen Independent School to help collect school supplies for students who are less fortunate.

“We are collecting school supplies for the Homeless Awareness Response Program through KISD,” said Sheppard. “We saw the need to collect more backpacks and school supplies for the students.”

About 1,200 KISD students are homeless.

“As a teacher when kids come in to school they want to have the best and new supplies that are their own stuff,” she said. “Often these homeless students not only have their own stuff but they don’t even have their own home. So to not even have something at school that’s their own is sometimes very traumatizing for them.”

With the growing school lists for students, the business is hosting a Back to School Bash to donate brand new backpacks and supplies to the students that need it the most.

“If we can take the burden of school supplies off their budget then they are able to buy more school clothes and other things they need,” Capito said. “We have a philosophy that you have to teach the whole child not just reading and math but the emotional well-being, confidence and everything so they can start their first day with everybody else feeling the same.”

The Back to School Bash will be from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Carl Levin Park. Participants can expect a fun-filled evening full of food and entertainment. School supplies and backpack donations will also be accepted at the park pavilion.

For more information on how to assist the organization, call (254) 338-9963 or email mytutorandmore@gmail.com.

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