Today we’d like to introduce you to Celeste Ferrson.
Hi Celeste, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’m Celeste, the C.E.O and founder of Moving Mountains Tutoring and Mentoring Services, LLC. I bring people, ideas, and inspiration together via education to make the world a little bit better. I’ve always considered myself to be an innovator of sorts—I couldn’t be the typical school teacher in my neighborhood. In teaching students from the South Bronx to Miami, FL, I found a yearning to create space that affirmed my pupils and prepared them for a world that statistically is not kind to them. I saw many projects, after-school programs, and the occasional promise from various officials to fix the issues my students face. I saw promises but never solutions. Over the years, I’ve learned to take the promises of others and turn them into magic for the students I serve. Through impatiently devouring knowledge while gaining my masters’ degree while also teaching, enabled me to birth my own venture. My belief that there is a better way to integrate learning and empowerment, motivates me to share my philosophy with others through my company.
My passion for equity, diversity, and progress lights a fire beneath me that is seen throughout my work. Parents of my students would always come up to me and ask, “Can you please be my child’s teacher I heard so much about you? or “Do you offer after-school tutoring?” At the time, I did not offer after-school help. Today, and for the past three years, I help a wide community of students cultivate authentic learning experiences that teach as well as affirm self-worth and pride through inclusive teaching strategies as the C.E.O of Moving Mountains Tutoring and Mentoring. I’m also building a vibrant community with a diverse population of millennials who want and deserve to take up space in their respective industries. In the past, I’ve orchestrated several educational programs and events, and earned my Master’s degree in Reading Education K-12 from Florida International University, my bachelors from City University of New York in Childhood Education K-5 degree with a concentration in Psychology and, I recently completed an Applied Behavior Analysis program.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I’m an educator and I will always be but I had to learn how to be a business owner. I had to learn the ins and outs of actually running a business. There were times where the business tasks and responsibilities were extremely overwhelming especially while working full time. I struggled with the demands of promoting on social media, monitoring hours, invoicing and just plain exhaustion. I also had to grow with the ever changing times, I went from using paper-based contracts and accepting cash payments to all electronic contracts and payments. I went from in person sessions to fully virtual sessions once the pandemic hit. Clients also fluctuate based on the season, so I also had to figure out how to reach clients in other ways that will allow the company to have a steady flow of clients. I am still figuring much of this out but I have come a long way from rolling my cart into the library 6 days a week. Another huge challenge was being a one woman show, until I created an internship program to give high school students, young adults and career changers an opportunity to gain real world experience that can be applied to future positions. This program has pushed me to be a better leader and also allows me to extend my mentorship. I’m grateful for growth!
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I included professional background in the first question. I’ve been working in education for 9 years and I currently serve as an educator for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
What matters most to you?
Breaking generational curses is what matters most to me. There is great freedom in pushing yourself to do better than the previous generation. We were placed here on purpose and we should do everything we can to make our time on earth worthwhile. The world is at our fingertips and we will take up space! I want my students to know that their value is unlimited.
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