BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As so many Western New York students are following hybrid or fully-virtual schedules, many of them are finding they need a little extra support. The increased need led one substitute teacher to began a new business during the pandemic designed to help students succeed.
Chris Serra started WNY Online Tutor Services. He'd been tutoring in-person in the spring - but stopped when schools went virtual. When school started again in the fall, he noticed there were even more students who might benefit from tutoring.
Serra's business is completely virtual. He's taken on a number of new students, and says many of them - especially those with individualized education programs (IEPs) - need a little extra help since their schedules have changed so much.
"They definitely thrive off of having that structure. When they're going to school every day, they have the same schedule, it makes it easy for kids to get into the motion of things and learn when they're supposed to be learning. So when they have this new schedule - it doesn't make it very easy for these students to stay on track," explained Serra.
Serra works with a number of tutors, and tries to connect each student with teacher that would be best. You can contact him at WNY Online Tutor Services on his Facebook page, which also contains his contact information.