We had the good fortune of connecting with Donovan & Elesha Grace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Donovan & Elesha, how does your business help the community?
Our tutoring company helps our community and the world around us because we can offer parents a different approach to education. Schools, especially post COVID, have left a lot of our students behind and uncertain about many concepts and ideas around the core subjects. And while it is not their fault, this will affect a child’s academic journey if left untreated. Parents are even more aware now than before and are looking for someone to help partner with their child’s education. Through tutoring, we can be a part of their “village.”
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Growing With Grace Tutoring was founded in December 2019. When we started tutoring, we were honestly just looking for a side hustle. As a teacher, my income wasn’t great, and we knew that we wanted to do something that would produce more money while making a difference in our community. While the vision was not always to be where we are today, we are so thankful that we were able to start when we did. Being that COVID happened three months after we formed our business, we were able to provide a service that helped a major pain point for many parents. Parents had to shift to being teachers quickly and needed additional support with virtual learning. That is truly where our business took off! From there we were able to pivot and grow through virtual tutoring. A year later, we began offering Saturday in-person sessions to our parents who preferred that to virtual tutoring. We began to gain more clients and saw ourselves growing astronomically. That is when we decided to move into our own building. To date that is our biggest accomplishment in our business. Now with the help of our tutoring staff, we are able to reach children not only in our community but in various other states through virtual tutoring. Our journey wasn’t easy, but I think it was in the uncertain moments that we grew and learned to pivot. Had it not been for us being open to tutoring virtually, we never would have got gained the exposure we needed to reach students locally.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We are a pretty chill couple! While we like a good time, we also like to keep things fun and lowkey. We would probably hit up a restaurant in The Battery Atlanta. We love Yard House so that would probably be a go-to option for good food and drinks. Depending on the weather we may trade the Battery for the Avalon in Alpharetta. That has been one of our favorites as of late and the scenery is beautiful. From there we would do something fun like bowling at Bowlero Marietta or catch a movie. The next day we would have to start the day with brunch. We both love brunch so that is a no-brainer. Afterward, we may people watch (while also grabbing a few things) at Perimeter Mall in Sandy Springs. Then finish the night with ice cream at Cold Stones Creamery.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We dedicate this piece to all the children that are trying their best in school. We see you, we hear you, and we support you. And shout out to all the parents that are working extra hard to make their child’s academic journey a little bit easier.
Michole Kemp of ShotbyMK