Kumon Math & Reading of Boulder…Investing in the Future, One Kid at a Time


For longtime local John Redding, head instructor of Kumon at the Village, a passion for learning is an understatement. With degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, and Civil Engineering, John has worked as an engineer, an actuary and has taught mathematics, physics, English and several other subjects at private schools.

When he and his wife – an environmental scientist – were ready to start a family, John switched gears and stayed home with their two children, Ben and Ellie. As the kids grew, so did John’s desire to open a meaningful small business. He spent countless hours researching opportunities that connected with him, and Kumon kept coming up. “For this next life chapter, I wanted to be part of something bigger that would help make our community and the world a better place – and what better way to do that than to invest in the futures of our children,” says John. With a love for working with kids and a passion for math, Kumon seemed to fit the bill.

And so, in 2013 John Redding opened his business in the Village.

The largest and most respected educational center in the world, Kumon strives to help kids grow academically, while instilling valuable study habits. The program encourages independent learning, and by doing so, students become more confident in their ability. “Because of difficult and challenging learning experiences, kids will come in with drooping shoulders and feeling discouraged,” notes John. “But, after only a short time, there’s an increased level of confidence in nearly every child. Seeing that positive change is rewarding beyond words.”

When searching for a location to open his business, John looked at several spaces throughout Boulder. Says John, “Everything about the Village resonated with me. I wanted to be in a location that reflected the quality of my business. More importantly, I got the feeling that I wouldn’t be part of a mall per se, but part of a tight-knit community. Because of this ‘feeling’ I knew the Village was the perfect spot for my business.”

And, while the kids are learning, parents can shop the other Village stores or enjoy a little downtime sipping delicious coffee and snacking on biscotti in ultra-comfortable chairs. An added bonus is that Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe is located right next door.

Since opening, enrollment has steadily grown each year. Currently, John and his team of 15 instructors are helping close to 100 students. Since 2013, they’ve had more than 1,000 kids successfully go through the program. “We love our business and how it helps our community’s kids. We’re really starting to grow our reputation with the school district, and we consistently get referrals from area schools, teachers and parents.”

In addition to Kumon, John is actively involved with Boulder County schools and PTAs, from volunteering time to donating tuition costs to students in need. Outside of enjoying all that Boulder County has to offer, the Redding family loves to play tennis (John and his wife met on the Centennial Middle School tennis court), go cycling and hiking, and play music. John has also coached Little League and volunteers with Ben’s boy scout troop, and his wife, Brooke, is a leader with Ellie’s girl scout troop.

Stop in to say hi, learn more about their programs and cool off with a slushie (or warm up with a hot chocolate if you visit during the winter!).