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Working in Clark County: Melissa Fox, Gold Star Tutoring

By , Columbian news assistant
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Melissa Fox is the owner and head tutor of Gold Star Tutoring. The business provides one-on-one support to students on a variety of topics.
Melissa Fox is the owner and head tutor of Gold Star Tutoring. The business provides one-on-one support to students on a variety of topics. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

While kids enjoy their summer vacations free of homework and pop quizzes, parents can feel the creeping presence of back-to-school season.

There are a lot of reasons their students may need additional academic support, whether it’s struggles in specific subject matters, difficulty in keeping up with assignments, or just needing a helping hand when studying for the next big test.

Tutors such as Melissa Fox and her team at Gold Star Tutoring are ready to help parents keep their children on track with their schoolwork and still have time for fun and relaxation as a family.

“We want families to focus on family time in the evenings and let our Gold Star tutors take over the homework stress,” said Fox, the owner of the business and its head tutor.

Each student is assigned a private tutor. They meet twice a week to provide academic support ranging from college admissions test preparation to homework support, to building math and language skills.


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“We all want the best for our students when it comes to their math and language foundations,” Fox said. “These foundations result in more confidence in how they show up to school. Students who are confident in the classroom can truly follow their own passions later in life.”

Fox’s passion for tutoring started when she was still a student. She took on teacher’s assistant and tutoring opportunities for lower-level math classes as a high school senior, then attended Washington State University Vancouver. After graduation, Fox founded Gold Star Tutoring in 2009.

What started as a solo operation has since grown to a team of multiple teachers and locations in La Center, Battle Ground, Ridgefield and Salmon Creek. Fox hopes to open a new Woodland location by 2023.

In the future she is considering taking Gold Star nationwide by creating online video lessons.

“My favorite part of my job is seeing the massive growth in confidence our students achieve over time,” Fox said. “I have tutored many students, from elementary through their senior year. Watching them walk across the stage at graduation makes my heart beam.”

Gold Star Tutoring will begin signing clients for the fall on Monday. Fall tutoring will begin Tuesday, Sept. 6. Visit Gold Star’s website at www.goldstartutoring.net.