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Tutoring service moves into new site

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Marcus Ford, left, gets help from Brandon Hinton and Tia Lucas Tuesday at Dynamik Learning.

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BY WILLIAM F. WEST
Staff Writer

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A tutoring service has relocated from the Douglas Block to the Station Square business and professional complex.

Tia Lucas, 36, who is the founder of Dynamik Learning, said she and her team needed more space.

Lucas said the tenants at Station Square were warm and welcoming and said the leaders of Station Square helped make the transition an easy one.

“I love it,” Lucas said of Dynamik Learning’s new location, which is adjacent to Station Square’s courtyard just off Nash Street. “It’s where kids can learn and have fun.”

Lucas said Dynamik Learning has approximately anywhere from 25-30 clients, mostly schoolchildren, but also some adults. Lucas also said Dynamik Learning works with children with special needs and with children who come from troubled homes.

Lucas said she has anywhere from three to four staffers.

Dynamik Learning appears to have grown from quite modest beginnings since being established in 2014.

Lucas began the tutoring service on the second floor of the Self-Help Credit Union building at the corner of S.E. Main and Tarboro streets.

“The space was really small, but it was where I need to start it off, start my business off,” she said.

She shifted to space at 116 N.W. Main before shifting again to space at 209 N.E. Main in the Douglas Block in the former location of the Cool Geeks computer repair service.

In the middle of May, she made the shift to Station Square into what had been the location of the Muttley Crew specialty store for dogs.

As for why she has been so successful in leading Dynamik Learning, Lucas said, “It has definitely been God, word of mouth, social media, networking, being a friendly face in the community — and just being a welcoming face to parents.”

Lucas, a former educator in the Edgecombe County and Nash-Rocky Mount public schools systems, said she believes Dynamik Learning has grown because parents and the community saw a need and she wanted to fulfill it.

She also said the tutoring service has a friendly staff.

“And we just love what we do,” she said. “So we’re very passionate about it. So when parents come, they feel the passion and drive that we have. And we help them get through some of the rigmarole of learning and help their kids get through the whole education piece.”

Lucas did not start out with the intention of becoming an educator.

Lucas, who is an alumna of N.C. A&T State University, said when she was a student she kind of liked both the creative side and computers.

Lucas earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and earned a master’s degree in industrial technology from N.C. A&T.

She said she worked in advertising and marketing for the United Way Tar River Region before being laid off.

Quickly seeking to secure another job, she decided to become a teacher, citing incentives from the state as the reason.

She said after she saw the literacy rates for the public schools in Edgecombe and Nash counties were not where she believed they needed to be, she decided to open the tutoring business.

“And people just jumped on board,” she said.

Her and her team’s efforts also paid off because Dynamik Learning late last month was named Downtown Small Business of the Year by the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce.

And she made clear she is committed to the central business district.

“I started downtown,” she said. “I just love the feel of downtown. Downtown is definitely growing. And it’s going to take some time, but I’m here for the challenge. And I’m here to help it grow.”

Dynamik Learning is open from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and can be reached by phone at 252-442-0466. The tutoring service has a Facebook page with nearly 470 followers.