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About Us

Our Values

Scottsdale Education Center Top Tutor Award

Our Philosophy

SEC’s goal is to have every student become the best that they can be academically... whether that means graduation from high school…attending ASU, NAU or U of A… attending an out of state university….or acceptance to an Ivy League school. The primary goal of SEC is to provide structured programs to help bridge students to successful learning results through flexible individualized tutoring programs. We provide a cadre of services to help our students reach their goals and highest potential. We encourage students to reach their full academic potential through preparation, confidence, and independence. We believe in providing skills that can be applied to many different academic areas, giving them true learning skills. Our programs focus on the specific needs of each student.

Our History

Scottsdale Education Center has been providing high quality tutorial services to high school, middle school and elementary school families since 1999. It was founded by two Arizona Certified teachers. In 2007, David and Kim Duckworth, both Stanford University graduates, purchased SEC, and have seen the business grow to servicing over 1,300 students annually. We strive to guide students to attain academic success through a variety of tutorial services and classes. SEC’s secret to success has been hiring top practicing Arizona Certified Teachers who are experts in their fields. Collectively our tutors have over 200 years of teaching experience. This allows us to truly be a valuable resource to Arizona families.

Our Educators

Imagine a facility where many of the best teachers in the area are available to help your student, and those teachers are well versed in your student's current curriculum.  SEC is that facility.  We employ many of the best, award winning teachers in the area, all of whom are either current or retired AZ certified teachers, private high school instructors, or experts in their respective fields.  Key awards include multiple Teacher of the Year recipients and Masters in Educational Leadership.  Some of the special skills of our tutors include ESL endorsements, Pre IB/IB curriculum certifications, AP trained certifications, AZ certified AIMS class teachers, and a high school college and career planning specialist.

Certifications

SEC is a certified proctoring location for over 190 high school correspondence courses that are accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS) and Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and over 50 high school correspondence courses accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement as well as the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation. Our outstanding staff resource includes Arizona Certified teachers (fingerprint clearance approved), certified diagnostic testing specialists with Let’s Go Learn and Summit Educational Group, and a high school career and college planning specialist. Our tutors collectively represent over 200 years of teaching experience and boast over 16 Masters’ degrees in areas such as Educational Leadership, Special Education, Educational Counseling, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Material Science, Electrical Engineering, School Psychology, and Educationally Technology.  We are also members of Phi Delta Kappa International, the professional association in education.

Our Facility

Scottsdale Education Center

SEC’s headquarters is located in a 3600 square foot facility at 9151 E. Bell Rd., Suite 102, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. It hosts a Math/Science wing, an English/Writing wing, a classroom where SAT/ACT/PSAT and various summer classes are held, a foreign language room where we tutor Spanish, French, Latin and German, a conference room for confidential consultations and evaluations, an assessment and evaluation area and an elementary classroom.
We have a private room for students who may have special learning needs. We have a library that includes over 750 books including over 100 current SUSD math, science, foreign language, and English text books, numerous reference books and tapes.  We have a rich supply of support materials for tutors that are aligned with AZ state and National standards (e.g. the Arizona AIMS Buckle Down Series, Saxon Math, McDougal Littell Math Series, Larson Hostetler Edwards Series, etc.)

Quality Control

SEC maintains rigorous quality control measures that include regular monitoring of the success of our programs and tutors. A few of the methods that we employ, with parent permission, are monitoring grades for students, regular interfacing with teachers and counselors, semi-annual customer surveys, a website form for family comments, and we regularly check the web for local blog and customer satisfaction sites for ratings and concerns. We also check multiple sources before we hire tutors or administrative staff. We have regular contact with parents and often do assessment tests and individual consults prior to assigning a student to a tutor. When a student starts with the Center, part of our administrative contract includes a goals sheet that helps confirm that the family’s objectives are understood and supported. At the beginning of each of our courses we will confirm the students expectations and make certain that we address their concerns during the class. And we take great pride in our SEC Success Board in our Lobby that is regularly updated and chronicles the successes of our students and tutors. We also have a monthly Newsletter that provides ongoing communication with our families and tutors.


Meet the team

Kim Duckworth
Co-Owner and CEO
David Duckworth
Co-Owner and President
Allison
Director of English Curriculum
Mike
Director of Math Curriculum