Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Houston.
Lauren, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always been extremely passionate about supporting our youth and giving back to my community. Over the years, I have looked for ways to allow my passion to impact others in a meaningful way. My best friend/business partner, Gabrielle George, and I have always had entrepreneurial mindsets. Over the years, we have discussed ways to step out of our Corporate professions and give something back to the city of Dallas in a meaningful way. There have been multiple ideas over the years, but none of them felt right. With the impact that Covid-19 has had on our day to day lives, our passion finally met our purpose.
This idea for a virtual learning facility was born out of a need and our duty to provide a solution based on our resources. Gabby and I are both extremely close with our families and wanted to find a way to help the children around us dealing with the unknown of the upcoming school year. During a typical Friday night fish fry at my family’s home, we started to discuss the tough decisions a number of families were having to make; Either risk exposure of Covid-19 by sending their Scholars to school or find a way to make home-based learning work while still tending to other household needs. Out of this, L&G was born. There was no road map for us to follow, as this was a novel idea during a time of unprecedented change. We started with a blank piece of paper , our faith in God, a tribe behind us, and the advice of experts of different backgrounds to help guide us.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
L&G has definitely hit a few roadblocks along the way. No one knew when the Pandemic started almost seven months ago, that we would be here now. One of the biggest obstacles we encountered was that we were working backward. We had a need, we had an idea, and we had a school start date to be up and running by to work with. We had to then fill in the many blanks to make sure we were bringing our best selves to the table. From the time of inception until our opening date, we had a little over six weeks to figure it all out.
A parent’s greatest treasure is their child. Getting the word out to the families in need and building the trust that we would keep their children safe was something we had to overcome. This is where our Board of Directors came into play. We assembled a board of medical professionals, educators, and entrepreneurs to help guide us in making the best decisions possible. The health, security, and individualized support that is given to our Scholars has always been our driving force and something we have worked hard to maintain. Luckily, both Gabby’s and my background have been instrumental in our success. Her as a lawyer with the legal aspect, and mine as a medical device sales representative with the promotion and selling aspect.
We’d love to hear more about L&G Virtual Learning Solutions.
L&G, which stands for Lauren and Gabby as well as Learn and Grow, is focused on providing a safe learning space for Kindergarten through 5th-grade Scholars to minimize disruption to the educational development during a time parents have to make a multitude of tough decisions. We are committed to furthering the academic and social developmental needs of our Scholars while providing support and peace of mind to our parents. Our services include afternoon tutoring opportunities that have been provided by retired teachers, as well as the FlUrNing Learning Group.
We have extended hours to provide our Scholars in need of After Learning Care that they would typically receive from the schools they attend. During this time, we provide what we call “Stretch to Grow” activities. This allows our Scholars the opportunity to focus on their continued development in activities outside of their core curriculum. These activities allow local artists, musicians, photographers, doctors, chefs, and other esteemed professionals to introduce their crafts to the youth of our community in a safe and fun way. We believe in the need for maintaining small and socially distanced environments to protect our customers, as well as ourselves.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Passion. Gabby and I chose the community of Cedar Hill for our first location for a very specific reason. We were both born and raised in this community and owe a lot of our own personal successes to it. We wanted to serve the community that has served us. A lot of days have not been easy, but because this is something we are passionate about in a city close to our hearts, it makes the hard days easier and the good days more special. When I speak about L&G to people, my passion for this project is evident. I feel that my confidence in what Gabby and I are doing makes other people believe and trust us as well. My nieces, Elle and Zoe, have been my driving force along the way. I wanted to create an environment that I would consider safe for them, as well as a place that they love. They are my biggest critics and most important supporters, along with my family. I have loved the opportunity to allow their creative juices to flow and come to me with ideas. I can’t fail.
- Regular Learning Hours (7am-4pm) $150 per week
- Extended hours: $50 for Before Learning Care (6:30-7am) and $50 for After Learning Care (4-6pm)
- 25% discount for first 4 weeks of service for Essential Workers and Teachers
- 20% discount for the 2nd Scholar enrolled from the same household
- Website: LGVirtualLearningSolutions.com
- Phone: 972-637-3430
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @LGVirtualLearningSolutions
- Facebook: L&G Virtual Learning Solutions
Alana Marie Woodson