Article By: Elayseah Woodard-Hinton
Photos Provided By: Claudia Walker
There is an ironic twist found in the logo that represents U.S. Air Force Veteran Claudia Walker’s tutoring business.
The dollar sign that is strategically placed in the company’s name, Tutor 4 $uccess, is used as a paradox of the symbol that society holds to be true; and what she feels to be the true foundation of success – education.
A strategy that Walker uses to help her students achieve success involves steering them away from the practice of memorizing a subject to instead focus on mastering it.
Walker is able to shift her students away from old habits by helping them first identify their weaknesses when it comes to studying and then helping them find the learning style that suits them best.
The Columbus, OH native not only teaches these theories, but is living proof of how mastering information can get you far in your career.
Upon entering the Air Force in 1982, Walker was recruited to train as a Czechoslovak linguist due to her achieving a high score on her Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).
Following a successful stint as a linguist, she explored other challenging fields within the Air Force to include Crypto-logic Linguist Specialist, Advanced Crypto-Logic Linguist Specialist, Intelligence Analyst, and concluded her final years in the Air Force as a recruiter.
After serving 20 years and 29 days, Walker left the military with quite a few skills and a number of injuries that now categorize her as a Service-Disabled Veteran.
“I have a titanium plate and four screws in my neck; my ring finger and pinky are numb on both hands, and my feet are numb; so I walk very funny, I have a horrible gait,” said Walker.
Even with these physical impairments, Walker did not let her injuries stop her from doing what she wanted to do in her post-military years. After closing the chapter on her Air Force career, Walker began to unlock new avenues into her future; starting with going back to school to obtain the degrees and certifications she needed to become a teacher.
She’s used her accreditation to teach and tutor in various school systems where she’s had the opportunity to shape the minds of learners who fall in a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and learning abilities.
The retired Veteran attributes proper planning to being one of the main things that helped bridge the gap between her military and civilian life. She did not want to be one of the few unfortunate retirees who leave the service followed by a dark cloud, because the military is all they’ve known.
“I know people who have committed suicide, who had great careers, and all they did was retire,” said Walker. “They didn’t have any other plan and they were done. And I know that sounds very harsh, but it’s very real; especially if you don’t feel like you have anything else.”
Walker believes there are endless opportunities waiting for servicemembers after the military and Veterans shouldn’t give up hope.
She attributes her success to God first, while creating a plan and trusting her skills were additional factors to her excelling as an educator and starting her own business.
“I am a living example of how successful you can be if you trust what you have and use it to the best of your ability,” said Walker. “I am a living breathing example of that.”
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