From the Four Points News:
Steiner Ranch entrepreneur Iris Wong is opening the IQuest Global Enrichment Center at Quinlan Crossing to help better prepared young people for the future. “Many parents realize that in order to succeed …in today’s knowledge-based global economy, our children need to develop critical skill sets that will prepare them for their future,” Wong said.Originally from New York City, Wong has a degree in Business Management. Her husband, Gerold Chan, is her financial advisor. They have two children attending Laura Welch Bush Elementary and Canyon Ridge Middle School.Over the years, Wong has held a multitude of management positions for major corporations such as Radisson, Revlon Inc., and Merrill Lynch – all headquartered in New York City. Wong’s latest venture is IQuest, and classes start Jan. 28. The educational resource center is focusing on creative problem solving and collaborative learning. It is offering a wide variety of fun, hands-on, interactive classes to students from preschool through high school to develop critical thinking skills and fill in any learning gaps.IQuest classes include subjects such as: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Singapore Math, Leadership Lab, Achievement Writing, Paper/Textile Arts, Online TV Production, and more.The Quinlan Crossing location at 5145 RR 620 N was selected due to its proximity to six area schools which will indirectly help alleviate some of the traffic congestion in the area along RM 620.Director, Tracey Vickery, has extensive experience with curriculum development. She co-founded the highly acclaimed Summer Wonders program and was instrumental in the Girls School of Austin. She has two children both of whom are studying abroad internationally in Europe. “We must re-imagine the role learning plays in our communities and change our priorities to reflect a new value system; intelligence and brainpower are the new market hot commodities. Students cannot afford to have academic gaps, and they must acquire skills needed for transitions–school to school and job to job,” Vickery said. “We are very grateful to our community for believing in our vision and supporting us in our efforts,” Wong said.