Education Franchise Helps Texas Students Become the “Best In Class”


From left: Laura, Operation Manager: Ira Giri, Katy franchisee: Priya Venkat, Allen franchisee: Hao Lam, CEO and Chairman.

KATY: Best in Class, a top-of-the-line education enrichment franchise focusing on math and English, has launched not only its students to success, but has proven to be successful for entrepreneurs in Texas as well.

Ira Giri and Priya Venkat, two successful Indian American women, have spearheaded the growth of the education brand in their respective Texas communities after seeing the potential to fill in the gaps in superior educational programs.

In October of 2013, Giri opened up the first Texas Best in Class center in Katy. A computer programmer by trade, Giri realized her true passion was education after volunteering in her son’s kindergarten classroom. Upon receiving her certificate to teach, she sidestepped her career with computers to pursue a life in the classroom.

“We’ve seen great success so far, and I’m thrilled to provide something entirely unique to the area,” Giri said. “Best in Class offers a comprehensive approach to long-term retention, and a strong education is irreplaceable in this global economy.”

Venkat opened her Best in Class in Allen, Texas.  She came to Best in Class with a background in the medical field.  Prior to joining the brand, Venkat utilized her master’s degree in Biochemistry as a fertility researcher at the University of Washington. She began exploring franchise opportunities with the Best in Class system after seeing her own children achieve unprecedented levels of academic success upon enrollment. Venkat made it her mission to bring the brand to the Allen-Plano area after relocating to Texas.

“As one of the original ‘Best in Class moms,’ I have seen firsthand the progress and triumphs achieved in their classrooms. The system emphasizes critical-thinking and cultivates an environment that nurtures student development,” Venkat said.

 Best in Class was founded in Seattle on the principle that providing strong, customizable programs helps children surpass expectations in the classroom. CEO Hao Lam has always been a steadfast believer in inspiring students to succeed and has devoted his personal and professional life to this goal.

“Best in Class is not an educational business to me. It is a lifestyle that I have cultivated and put all my energy into since its inception,” Lam said.

The Best in Class brand has been very popular among Indian Americans and Asian Americans due to its focus on curriculum of the highest degree, a commitment to hiring only the most qualified and college-educated tutors, and ability to adapt to student needs and interests. Many Best in Class tutoring centers offer niche private tutoring subjects and test preparation programs to supplement the English and math instruction available.

 Since the brand’s introduction to Texas, Best in Class has been gathering traction and interest in other areas of the state. Franchising opportunities are currently available in 46 states.

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