Candace Learning Center

candace-article-pictureThroughout her career as an educator, Candace Bui-Walston of Minooka, has always had a passion for teaching. Her resume includes instruction in subjects such as Math, Chinese and Adult English as a Second Language.

Candace has also served as an Assistant Principal for Instruction & Assessment at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy High School. She was actively involved at the school to launch the Common Core State Standard while also developing the Common Core math curriculum.

Even though she enjoyed teaching and helping others, Candace wanted have more flexibility in her schedule to spend time with family. In October 2014, she decided to open Candace Learning Center. Her business provides educational tutoring in the areas of Math, Chinese, Mandarin, Catonese, and English as a Second Language (ESL). With an extensive mathematics background, she is able to assist students in all skill levels. 

Candace explains, “My goal as a tutor and teacher is to not only help my students learn the content of their classes, but also gain the confidence and abilities they need to be successful in those classes.” 

She even works with students outside of their regular tutoring sessions if needed. Rather than have her students struggle with a math problem, she encourages them to take a picture of the problem and text it to her so she can provide assistance. Virtual tutoring is also nothing new to Candace. She currently instructs international students from Germany, Brazil and Vietnam via Skype to teach them English as a Second Language. 

In addition, Candace offers her very own Chinese Culture and Language Summer Camp for children ages 4 to 12. The summer camp is designed to teach children through a variety of fun activities such as games, arts, crafts and lessons. 

Candace is working with Joliet Junior College’s Personal Enrichment Coordinator, Brenda Large, to offer Chinese (Mandarin) lifelong learning classes for adults and children during the Spring 2016 semester. She is also partnering with Brenda to bring her 2nd Chinese Culture and Language Summer Camp to JJC in Summer 2016, as part of Kids College.

She also provides instruction to parents who are planning to adopt Chinese children so they can learn the language and culture. She hopes to one day expand her tutoring sessions to include science and reading. 

Candace has a Master of Arts in General Administration, with a Type 75 Certification, from Chicago State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education in Mathematics from Northeastern University. Even though she has a wealth of expertise in the educational arena, she reached out to the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Joliet Junior College when she was planning to open a business.

She consulted with Michael McClinton, SBDC business advisor, for assistance with developing a business plan. Michael provided feedback and guidance with her vision and planning phases of the company’s website. He also recommended a variety of resources available as well as a variety of networking events in the community. Candace explained, “I really think the resources at the SBDC are awesome for someone wanting to start a business and doesn’t know what to do.” 

Michael said, “It was a pleasure working with Candace exploring various business strategies to help her continue her interest in teaching. Her strong desire to start a business was evident through the research and planning phase as she always came to the meetings prepared and ready for the next challenge. Her passion to share knowledge and help others will go a long way in making her business a success.”

Candace Learning Center offers rates for individual tutoring sessions, both in-person and online as well as group rates for multiple students in the same subject. For more information, contact Candace at (815) 325-0279 or visit

The Illinois SBDC at JJC offers consultations, resources and seminars to assist entrepreneurs with the start-up or expansion of their business. To learn more about the Illinois SBDC at JJC call (815) 280-1400 or email

The Illinois SBDC at JJC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, and Joliet Junior College.


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