BEVO MILL – When educator and writer Andrea Scott was growing up in north St. Louis, the school of thought, she said, was that dreamers wouldn’t amount to much.
No one can tell Scott that now.
Scott is starting the New Year by opening a tutoring center in the city. Her center, Dream It, located in the Bevo Mill neighborhood, will be the culmination of all of her teaching experiences, which include professorships at various universities across the country and abroad, three educational books and tutoring in various concentrations, including teacher-certification testing. Certification and bilingual instruction are two of the services Scott will offer at Dream It.
“Certification is so important to teachers,” Scott said. “Sometimes teachers can’t get a higher salary, teach higher grade or have to stop teaching and go back to school.”
Scott said many of her students struggle with the test.
“Passing the test is a challenge,” said 23-year-old Amira Muhammad, who studies Early Childhood Education and works at the William Clay Educational Center at Harris-Stowe University, where she met Scott.
Muhammad uses Scott’s services to better her chances of passing the test.
“I’ve been wanting to become a teacher since I was 6-years-old and I know she will better prepare me for the test,” Muhammad said.
Helping others realize their dreams is Scott mission.
“My goal in life is impacting goals and dreams with positivity,” said Scott, currently a professor at Harris-Stowe University, where she teaches Spanish: Basic Conversation and Topics in Higher Education.
Until recently, Scott tutored on the run.
She met clients at libraries, YMCAs and Starbucks, tutoring them in subjects such as Spanish, Math, Writing and Testing.
“I figured that if I could help a few students and colleagues, why not help as many people as I can,” Scott said.
Michelle Lyle, said her 11-year-old daughter, Darrien, who receives Spanish tutoring from Scott, is excelling.
“She’s really good with my daughter and cares a lot about children,” Lyle said, adding Scott has taken her daughter and others to Hispanic festivals.
While many of her students see her as a source of inspiration, she said, she tells them to go beyond.
“We have to set bigger dreams for our youth, said Scott. “I tell them they do multiple things: you can be doctor, a lawyer and an engineer.”
Scott also has a virtual space where she teaches English online to students in places such as Beijing, Shanghai and Tijuana.
She said her experience working six years at St. Louis’ Spanish Immersion School helps her in her online endeavors, since she taught many non-English-Speaking students.
A soft opening of the Dream It learning center will be held on Jan 26 from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., at 6221 Wanda Ave in the Bevo Mill neighborhood.