Guiding Hands School
Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
After several years in education, Guiding Hands School was founded in May 1993 to serve students (preschool-grade 12) who need a specific learning structure to be successful while educating the whole child. In addition to credentialed teachers, we provide a low staff-to-student ratio, speech and language, OT, BCBA services, standard-based and ILS curriculum, art and physical education.
What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience?
My first job was providing respite care in the home of families who have a child with disabilities, so the parents could complete errands or have alone time. No doubt, what I learned is that children are children regardless of capacity, and 24/7 is a whole other playing field.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
We are actively involved with our students every day, and I love it! Our students who participate in community-based instruction are regularly accessing other businesses in El Dorado Hills to promote their education.
Why is your staff the best in the business?
Our staff puts their education and their heart and soul into our students to become the best they can be. I often say, “many are called, but few are chosen” to serve our specialized population.
Where do you go when the going gets tough?
To my home gym or to the beach.
What’s your favorite local business other than your own?
Anderson’s Dry Cleaning – they pick up and drop off my dry cleaning at my business.
And finally, customer service is…?
Listening to the need and thoroughly providing with a happy heart!
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