Sarah Sturino

Owner & Director Scholars Oakville West

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Who is Sarah Sturino, could you please introduce yourself?

Woman, mother, daughter, friend, partner, teacher, advocate, mindfulness facilitator – these are some of the hats I wear! I became an Ontario Certified Teacher in 1998 and spent over 2 decades working in the Dufferin Peel School Board in various capacities (elementary, secondary, special education, guidance, alternative education and more). Always one to dabble in entrepreneurship (various network marketing companies, Pilates instructor, women’s retreat coordinator), I finally gave in to the full time entrepreneurial call in spring of 2021. 

What is your business and when did you start?

My passion to help children & youth with their educational journeys led me to open a private educational centre – Scholars Oakville West in July 2021. From Pre-Kindergarten through to secondary school, we can meet your needs for multi-faceted, exceptional learning programs. Quality curriculum and programming, coupled with caring & qualified tutors, leads to success both inside and outside the classroom. The world is evolving more quickly than ever before. From technological advances to innovations in every industry, students need more than a few “kill and drill” worksheets and someone knowledgeable in a subject in order to succeed in today’s fast-paced world. It takes thoughtful, attentive tutors who are able to deliver stimulating lessons through comprehensive, well-designed curriculum that bolsters your child’s weaknesses while maximizing their strengths. Programs may offer additional support or enrichment. We are also open to working with a variety of special needs populations. 

What inspired you to start your business?

Working in the public education system as a teacher, and navigating it as a parent, became increasingly frustrating to me.  As I explored opportunities to help children & youth in different ways, the opportunity to buy a Scholars franchise presented itself and seemed a great fit!   I am excited to bring a great passion for student success, and for developing a community of students and families who feel empowered to learn, to the Oakville community.

What were the challenges in the initial stages of your business and how did you overcome them?

As I am still in the initial phases of my business I am facing many challenges such as creating an effective team, finding work/life balance and marketing to the right clientele.

What motivates you about your business?

Smiling children, grateful parents, relieved teenagers – these are the things that motivate me!

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?

My advice is to start your day with affirmations,  make To-Do lists and schedule in Me Time.

Interesting fact most of the people do not know about you?

I am a certified Pilates Instructor and always thought that if I left the school board, it would be to open a Pilates Studio or other fitness/wellness business.

The best business advice I ever received was…

Surround yourself with people who make you better.

My definition of success is…

to be able to live a life reflective of my core values of integrity, freedom and growth. 

If I could go back in time when I started my business, I would tell myself to…

CALM DOWN & take it one day at a time – Rome was not built in a day.

Three books I recommend for entrepreneurs are…

The Answer by John Assaraf & Murray Smith

The Universe Has Your Back & Super Attractor by Gabrielle Bernstein

 My personal tagline is…

The Maya Angelou quote: “People will forget what you said, and forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

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