FAIRFIELD — Deanna Hurn would look at her father’s shelves full of books as a child and would imagine herself as a professional of some kind.
A couple of decades later, she is running Miracle Math Coaching & Study Skills Learning Center in Fairfield, which she calls an accelerated brain-based learning center. Running a business and a family at 30 is exactly where she wants to be.
“I was born to do this,” Hurn said. “When you know what you want, you’re more efficient.”
Hurn now has 50 students who range from youngsters hoping to learn basics to adults looking for some assistance to get certified or help for a degree. She has run the Texas Street business since 2008 and uses a scientific approach to studying the brain, trying to figure out how to best suit lessons to students.
Using neuroscience as a base, Hurn constantly learns more about how the brain behaves. She said there are certain triggers that can help engage, empower and enlighten those receiving help at her center.
“We always access students. Who are they outside of school? I just want to learn about the student,” the mother of three said. “We bring learning into their world.”
Hurn prefers the term coach. Don’t call her a tutor.
“We don’t tutor, we are coaching,” she said. “It’s so one-dimensional when you say it.”
Her love for math started in middle school when her brother took algebra. Hurn took a look at his work and something struck her.
“I said, ‘What is that you’re learning?’ ” she said. “He started showing me stuff and I caught on. I ended up taking calculus in high school.”
She was distracted for a time by a stint in acting classes, but eventually figured out math was her strong point.
“I said, ‘This is too much. My heart isn’t in this,’ ” she said. “I want to pursue math.”
Like other areas of science and math, that industry was dominated by males. Hurn said she enjoys seeing women get involved in those areas. That eventually led her to a career as an actuary for an insurance agency.
“Women are a minority. Males tend to test better,” she said. “When girls do see me, it builds confidence.”
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