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Teachers start tutoring service to help parents when NTI returns in fall

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 09:09:19-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Dr. Whitney Lawrence and Kaylae Price founded the Virtual Teaching Institute this summer to help families who anticipate needing help when NTI returns this fall in school districts across the Commonwealth.

The two are sisters-in-law and the have a combined 12 years of teaching experience.

VTI is based out of Louisville and offers tutoring services statewide. However, they are open to offering their services to other students outside the Commonwealth.

They said that their goal for VTI is to help parents who feel overwhelmed at the idea of taking on teaching duties when their kids start learning from home again.

"The new schooling is totally different from when they went to school, so I have parents be very worried that, 'I don't even know if I'm teaching them right. That's not how I learned to do division. That's not how I learned how to do multiplication'," Price said.

Price and Lawrence said, however, that VTI is not meant to replace the school system in any way.

"We know the school system is doing a really good job," Lawrence said. "We just want to be an asset to families to keep students connected and to keep parents informed about what is going on with their students individually."

VTI has a wide range of services that can be customized including one on one tutoring and group sessions:

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They said they added the group sessions to encourage social interaction, something that has not been part of the equation during the pandemic.

"We just feel like that's a really important aspect of school that students are missing," Lawrence said. "Just being able to be around other students and being able to engage in academic as well as entertainment conversation."