|4/24/2019 12:05:00 AM|
Tori Frappier: From Engineering To Education
Molding young minds with local Tutor Doctor franchise
Local businesswoman Tori Frappier is
joined here by husband Ed. A veteran of
the U.S. Air Force, Duke Energy, Verizon
Wireless and more, she now has a Gaston
County-based tutoring agency, part of
the nationwide Tutor Doctor company.
(Photos Courtesy Tori Frappier)
(Top Left) Frappier holds her daughter,
Mckenzie, who will turn 10 this autumn.
(Right) Her children, Gavin and Mckenzie,
are the joys of Frappier’s life.
(Bottom) Frappier is seen with members
of her family: brother Sean Michael
Thomas, father Michael Thomas,
cousin Bradley and brother Carlos Thomas.
For Tori Thomas Frappier, nothing is more important than education.
The young and dynamic Frappier is among the local professionals under 40 who are helping to shape the future of our region. Frappier, 37, has worn a lot of professional hats, including four years in the United States Air Force; working as an engineer; and doing a brief stint with Duke Energy.
And today, she is the owner and operator of a Gaston County-based franchise of Tutor Doctor, a nationally known tutoring company that helps students in the first through 12th grades to sharpen their skills and improve their abilities in difficult subject areas, from reading to mathematics.
Frappier recently told The Herald more about herself.
Born and raised in Greenville, S.C., she is the daughter of Michael and Gwen Thomas. She and husband Ed Frappier, who has his own software company, EV Robotics, have two children: a daughter, Mckenzie, 9, and a son, Gavin, 6.
Mrs. Frappier attended Greenville Technical College from 2000 to 2002. She earned an associate’s degree in electrical engineering. She then went on to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for a year and then into the Air Force from 2004 to 2008. Following her military service, Frappier pursued a master’s degree in information systems and data management through Strayer University, from which she was graduated in 2011.
“I started my career with Verizon Wireless in 2008,” she recalled. “I started in the call center as a technical support rep. Then in 2009, I got my first engineering role at Verizon, where I spent the next 10 years of my life. Then after a lay-off, I started a very brief stint at Duke Energy. I was there from April to October of 2018.”
So what led Frappier to pursue educating others, as she does today?
“What inspired me to want to get the Tutor Doctor franchise was my love for children and wanting to see them succeed,” she said. “See, when I started college, I knew that I wanted to be an engineer. But I also knew that I wasn’t great at math. So when I started Greenville Tech, I started over in the lowest math possible, and my teacher, Mrs. (Carolyn) Peden, made sure that I understood every concept. Boy, was she hard on me!”
As Frappier explained, such experiences helped instill in her a love of learning and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young learners. As an educational consultant, she is fulfilling her dream.
“What I like the most about consulting is the face-to-face interaction I get with the parents and the child and learning the goals of that child,” she said. “It’s really rewarding to get to help the family turn things around. We all know that it hurts us as parents to feel as if our children are failing at something we have the power to help them with.”
The Frappiers attend Elevation Church.
“I really enjoy the teaching of Pastor Steven Furtick,” Mrs. Frappier remarked.
When she’s not busy running her Tutor Doctor franchise, supervising four tutors, Frappier relishes her down time.
“I enjoy spending time with my family,” she said, “going to the movies and relaxing by myself.”
Frappier also had some words of wisdom to share.
“They come from my father, Michael Thomas,” she said. “He always says, ‘It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to get it, just as long as you do.’ I chose those words, because they apply to so many things in life: achieving your dreams, finishing school and starting that business.”
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