¡Hola! My name is Katherine Herron, and I am the owner and founder of Hola HP.
During the years of 2006 and 2014, I taught Spanish for Highland Park ISD. In those years, I began tutoring former students. I tutored a lot of kids in and out of my home. One summer when I was just a few months pregnant with my first child, my mom had an idea to try and combine students in my tutoring times in an attempt for me to not work so much with a little baby on the way. It was then I had a realization! I left the district, and I began a small business from my home that next year, which was quite the opposite of trying to have less work on my plate! It was a small group tutoring business that allowed students to commit to a time each week where I would create materials to reinforce what was happening in their Spanish classes. It was a fraction of the price of private tutoring! Affordable, effective, focused, small group tutoring sessions grew to the point where I was teaching over 90 students a week in my small house. It was then I realized. I needed a space and a business name. I recruited an amazing tutor and teacher, Oscar Ruiz, to come alongside me. He now serves as not only a tutor but the Director of Operations. In the Fall of 2015, I took the biggest leap of faith and decided to hire teachers of all subjects, not just Spanish. I reached out to my favorite (and best) teachers I knew and asked them to come alongside me and join my new venture to tutor their own small groups for Hola. Now, on a given week at Hola, we have over 500 students walk through our doors. We offer small groups (what we are known for), pop up/extra sessions before tests and quizzes, and private tutoring as well. We span from Pre-K all the way to ACT/SAT prep and college counseling. We tutor over 120 small groups of all ages and subjects weekly, and 32 tutors teach for Hola HP. To think it all started in a small living room with a wild idea!
¡Hola! My name is Oscar Ruiz and I am the Director of Operations at ¡hola hp!.
I was a Spanish teacher at Highland Park HS from 2013 to 2016. During my second year of teaching, I started private tutoring a lot of students after school. One day, I received an email from Katherine Herron asking if we could meet for coffee. Little did I know that this would be the beginning of an incredible journey with an amazing company. That first meeting was the discussion of our cram session reviews. We started these reviews only offering Spanish, and they were very successful! Katherine then embarked on opening ¡hola hp!. The first year ¡hola hp! opened its doors looked quite different than it does today. Our newly formed company involved a small room above Banditos, where Katherine and I would alternate to teach our own Spanish groups. At the time, we were only offering Spanish tutoring, hence the company's name. I was still working at Highland Park HS the first year that ¡hola hp! opened, and at the end of that first year Katherine received a lot of requests to offer tutoring in other subjects. Katherine then asked me to come onboard with her full-time teaching my own Spanish groups and to be her Director of Operations. I made the decision to leave Highland Park HS to help her run the company. I am so grateful to be a part of something so special, and that we are able to serve so many families in our tight-knit community.