Mon09222014

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Longtime downtown learning center under new ownership


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Carol Taylor recently sold Pacific Learning Center after running the tutoring business for 32 years.

A longtime downtown Los Altos business dedicated to tutoring the city’s youth has changed hands.

Pacific Learning Center owner and founder Carol Taylor recently sold her 32-year-old tutoring business at 365 First St. to Ali and Adam Meyers, owners of Cupertino-based Meyers Learning Center. The business officially changed ownership Friday.

Taylor said she decided to sell her business to concentrate on a true passion she calls “beyond rewarding” – teaching. The center, which focuses on providing one-on-one and small-group tutoring services, currently serves approximately 85 students per month.

“I love the teaching – I can’t say that enough,” said Taylor, who started her downtown tutoring center in 1982. “But the administrative side of it was taking a toll.”

Taylor, who has taught part-time at San Jose State University since 1980, said she eventually found a willing buyer with a similar “child-centered” approach to tutoring in the Meyerses. The couple founded Meyers Learning Center 10 years ago and currently serve approximately 160 families with in-home tutoring – including several in Los Altos.

“I knew it would be a good fit, that it would be a smooth transition,” said Taylor, who added that she wasn’t interested in selling her business to a franchise. “I didn’t want to just close the doors.”

As part of her agreement to sell the business, Taylor will remain with Meyers Learning Center as a tutor for at least a year while simultaneously continuing her part-time work at San Jose State.

“I just want to see how it goes,” said Taylor of her decision to remain with the company after the sale.

Adam Meyers, meanwhile, told the Town Crier that the opportunity to purchase the learning center was too great to pass up, noting that the two businesses are “well aligned” in terms of tutoring philosophy, among other factors. He added that purchasing the center will allow him to expand his company’s offerings beyond home-to-home tutoring services.

“It’ll be a different way of delivering services. … Instead of going to homes, we’ll also have a physical center for students to go to,” said Meyers, who said the bulk of Taylor’s 11 staff members will remain with Meyers Learning Center. “This is just a very nice fit.”

Meyers added that he planned to move his operations to First Street “immediately” after the ownership switch.

“We’re very excited about the move,” he said, “and we’re super-excited about the location and the people we’ll be working with, too.”

As for Taylor, she expressed excitement to see what the future holds for a place that she’s called a second home for more than three decades. She said that while the tutoring landscape in the area has become increasingly competitive over the years, one thing hasn’t changed – her desire to help children enjoy a richer education.

“I can really live with this decision – I love this decision,” she said. “I’m really optimistic that the center will thrive.”

For more information, visit meyerslearning.com or pacificlearning.org.

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