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Malai Roper has always loved teaching. She loves helping kids learn. She’s been in education for 14 years and even though she’s not in the school classroom, she’s continuing to help kids and their families through her tutoring business, The Art of Learning.

Tell Us About What You Do

I’m an eduprenuer (as I like to call it) which means educator + entrepreneur. This is my 14th year as an educator, and five years ago, I started tutoring students as a side hustle. Well, in October, I decided to launch full-service online tutoring and test prep company for busy, overwhelmed families.

What Are Your Passions?  What Do You Love Doing?  Business or Personal.

In business, I’m incredibly passionate about education and children. I started The Art of Learning as a way to help children beyond the classroom. My family calls me the “kid whisperer”. I believe there’s a special light in every child.

Personally, I’m an enneagram 7 – The Enthusiast. I love adventure and trying new things. Some of my passions are yoga and meditation, painting (with guidance), and traveling.

What is one wealth building, debt elimination, or personal finance tip that you would share with the community?

Learn from others! No one size fits all, but tuning into the experiences of others is beyond valuable. Also affirm your wealth by saying “I dwell in a sea of abundance.” – Florence Scovel Shinn

What’s Been The Hardest Part of Your Journey?

The hardest part of my journey has been transitioning from the education space to the entrepreneur space. For years, I’ve been immersed in all things teaching, and we have our own teacher language and acronyms. Teaching also has its own set of groups and organizations. The entrepreneur space is somewhat similar – there’s a certain language and groups. I’m navigating between the two right now and learning as I go.

What’s Been The Most Rewarding Part of Your Journey?

The most rewarding part of my journey is meeting so many AMAZING women in business! Columbia has a growing community of women founders and CEOs. I’m inspired and it keeps me motivated.

How Has SOCO Supported You On This Journey?

I’m new to SOCO and it’s been a great space to connect with the entrepreneur community. Working from home had its perks, but walking into SOCO energizes me. Everyone has been extremely supportive and I’m looking forward to the journey ahead!

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