Beginning her career as a Kindergarten teacher 23 years ago, Ms. Bixia Pan has always had a passion for education. During her time as a Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Bixia showed great compassion and commitment to her students. After working as a teacher for two years, Ms. Bixia decided to continue her education and pursued Bachelors’ Degree Electronics Engineering and a Masters’ Degree in International Technology Management. Shortly after earning her degree, Ms. Bixia became a Network Design Engineer. As an Engineer, Ms. Bixia was no longer in the classroom, but her passion for education did not waiver. For 14 years, Ms. Bixia traveled internationally to Italy, France, England, and China to train other Engineers. While Ms. Bixia enjoyed her career as an Engineer, she found that she missed working with children. Six years ago, Ms. Bixia decided to pursue her true passion of educating children by opening Smart Fit Kids.
Remembering the struggles she faced as a working mom trying to find quality after school programs for her children, Ms. Bixia strived to create Smart Fit Kids curriculum to encompass the two things she believes children need the most – exercise and academic support. Ms. Bixia hopes that Smart Fit Kids motivates students to pursue physical fitness and high academic achievement. “Fitness and academics are my two strengths. I feel that if I can bring those values to families through my program, parents can spend more quality time with their children rather than spending evenings helping with homework. I spent the large majority of my childhood on a farm. On the farm I learned the value of hard work, kindness, respectfulness, responsibility, honesty and integrity. Those are the values that influence Smart Fit Kids.”
Today, Ms. Bixia and her husband of 10 years, Mr. Greg, spend their days being very hands-on with Smart Fit Kids. In addition to homework help, Ms. Bixia strives to ensure that her students are exposed to Foreign Language and STEM courses. “I speak two languages fluently, English and Chinese. I was also an Engineer for many years. Because many doors were opened for me, I strongly feel that if I can help children explore a Foreign Language or STEM, then hopefully they will continue to build upon those skills and interests and there will be a lot of doors open to them in one of those fields.”