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Tahoe Tutors teach your children well

Sara Thompson / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

ROUND HILL ” Not many businesses on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe have the sole mission to raise grade point averages.

Owner Craig Shacklett opened Tahoe Tutors in November, but he started tutoring when he was in high school, and then had a similar business when he was a sophomore at UC Davis.

Finding qualified tutors at the South Shore was relatively easy, Shacklett said. Many students graduate from college, but then decide to take time off to travel and many end up in Tahoe.

“There are a lot of educated people up here, but sometimes they’re only here for a year,” Shacklett said.

Right now Shacklett has five tutors, including himself, and they serve between 12 to 15 students.

Shacklett said he finds the work extremely gratifying, and loves to see students improve. In the office, he even set up a Tahoe Tutors Wall of Fame where he posts pictures of students to recognize their accomplishments.

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Not only does Shacklett want the kids’ grades to improve, but he also wants to build their confidence.

“The better they feel, the better they’ll do,” Shacklett said. “We want to focus on changing attitudes and making them feel confident.”

The office has a drop-in homework club for elementary and middle school students. Shacklett said those who need help in a specific subject, such as calculus, should arrange to have a specific tutor present.

Besides tutoring for classes, Shacklett is offering prep courses for standard tests. The SAT prep course begin in May, and will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks, along with testing on Saturdays.

The course is limited to five students, but Shacklett said he’d add another course if enough students sign up. In the summer, Shacklett wants to run a math acceleration program, which is based on the Japanese style of a drilled mathematics regimen.

The regular office hours are from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. It’s at 100 McFaul Way, Suite 104, next to Forever Dance Lake Tahoe at Round Hill. Call (530) 448-8488, or go to tahoetutors.com.

Rolf and Sharon Bonsack are the new owners of Curves in South Lake Tahoe.

Sharon Bonsack has been a patron of Curves for 21⁄2 years. She said she plans to run the business the same way, and to maintain the sense of community all the customers share.

Curves is at 2482 Lake Tahoe Blvd., on the corner of Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Lodi Avenue. For more information, call (530) 543-3350.

Mike Filce, an English teacher at South Tahoe High School, is offering his expertise for free to help people with resumes. The service is for those who might need help to enter, or re-enter the workforce. To contact Filce, or for more information, e-mail filcewriting@gmail.com.

” Have information on your business you’d like to share? Contact reporter Sara Thompson at (530) 542-8009 or sthompson@tahoedailytribune.com.