ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
How do you build a learning center that engages the whole student? In 2007, MeriEducation founder Joan Nguyen developed a unique learning experience that provides an alternative to cookie-cutter educational programs.
At age 21 and with only $3,000 in personal savings, she created a service founded on quality, innovation, effectiveness, and passion. One center evolved into four, and now, MeriEducation continues to redefine what families think they know about tutoring through our uniquely designed centers, our incredible staff, our techy innovation, and our personal touch.
2007: The Beginning.
Joan starts MeriEducation with her first office in Downtown Riverside—a humble 600 sq. ft. room on Brockton Street.
In 2009, we open our first brick-and-mortar location on Central Ave, followed in 2011 by our second in the Inland Empire—Redlands. In 2013, MeriEducation moves west to the OC as a third center is added to our family.
In 2013, Joan receives the Spirit of the Entrepreneur "Small Enterprise" award and is recognized as part of Empact Showcase's Top 15 Young Entrepreneurs in the Nation. In 2014, Joan is nationally recognized as Empact Showcase's Entrepreneur of the Year and is invited to the U.N. to accept her award.
In 2014, MeriEducation is recognized as the best tutoring center in the Inland Empire by the Pulitzer-winning newspaper, The Press-Enterprise.
2015: Big Changes.
MeriPasadena opens in the buzzing South Lake District and becomes the headquarters for all things MeriEd. Cardology, our mobile app series for our AP + ACT students, launches and becomes one of the most popular AP + ACT flashcard review apps on the iTunes store.
MeriEducation wins the Bronze in the 12th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world's premier business awards.
2016: More Press.
Nguoi Viet, one of the largest and oldest Vietnamese-American newspapers, profiles Joan's awesome entrepreneurial journey. The Inland Empire Magazine taps MeriEducation to provide our top 10 must-dos for high schoolers looking to get into college. Amidst heavy competition, MeriEducation wins the title of Pasadena's Best Tutoring Center in Pasadena Weekly's “Best of Pasadena” Feature.
2016: We did more.
We publish our first textbook on Amazon. We launch our podcast, Road to College. Joan has her first daughter, Reagan Ellery, on November 30, 2016—the UC College Application deadline as fate would have it.
2017: The Dream.
MeriEducation is recognized by INC Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America.
Joan has her son, Elliott An, on April 19, 2018. MeriEducation starts a program for early learners, www.MeriKids.co, largely inspired by Joan’s two young children.