About Us

Philosophy of teaching

RISE aims to provide a rigorous and relevant learning experience for all students enrolled in our programs. We believe that all students can reach their potential if they are provided with the right type and level of challenges.

While preparing for any test (STAAR, SAT, etc) is a good goal and provides a target, RISE aims to make students enjoy reading and math life-long. This is done through discussions, bringing in applications of the concepts outside the classroom, and creating a learning community where everyone enjoys math and reading for its own sake.

If you want a learning center where your child is in the hands of an experienced teacher who knows how to evaluate their math and reading skills and who knows that discussions and analysis, NOT worksheets, are what makes a child's learning grow, you are in the right place!! I LOVE teaching!!

Revathi Balakrishnan is a Texas Teacher of the Year and the recipient of numerous teaching awards such as the Horace Mann Teaching Excellence Award and the Texas A & M Excellence in Teaching Award. She believes that every child should have access to a rigorous and relevant education.

She has taught for 14 years as a Talented and Gifted Specialist and as a fifth grade teacher. She currently teaches in a local Round Rock ISD school. She holds teaching certifications in K-8 all subjects, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented, and Special Education.

Aside from teaching students, Revathi has also worked with teachers in Texas, Philippines, and India on improving the art of teaching.

Revathi Balakrishnan named 2016 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year

Revathi Balakrishnan, 2018 Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence Recipient