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Best in Class Pioneer Owner in Texas Launches a Scholarship Program

July 19, 2023

Ira Giri owns two Best in Class centers in Katy, Texas, located just west of Houston. A former computer programmer turned passionate educator, Giri opened her first location in 2013 and celebrated the opening of her second center two years later. She pioneered establishing Best in Class centers in Texas, with her center being the first of eleven to open across the Lone Star State. Presently, Best in Class franchise owners operate centers throughout Houston, Austin, and Dallas.

In 2014, to mark the first anniversary of her center’s opening, Giri organized a community math competition that achieved immediate success. Since then, students and families eagerly anticipate this now annual event, ticking off the days until its arrival.

The Annual Competition Is Made More Memorable with the Announcement of a Special Scholarship

In May of 2023, Giri hosted the 10th year of her academic competition, which has expanded beyond mathematics to include English and public speaking. This year’s event was marked by the launch of a scholarship program in honor of her son, who passed away in 2022—The Kanishk Giri Scholarship Program.

Ira Giri shared a presentation about the scholarship’s namesake and inspiration during the event. Kanishk Giri was a 20-year-old young man who grew up in his family’s Best in Class centers. He shared his mother’s love for education and enjoyed working with children through a robotics program. The annual academic competition provided a way to commemorate his life by passing on the gift of education. 

This year, over 60 students participated in this highly-anticipated competition. The two students who achieved the top scores in English and math were awarded scholarships exceeding their and their families’ expectations. These scholarships granted the winners free tuition for a year in the center’s enrichment program. Additionally, other awards were presented to the highest-performing students in each grade level.

Hao Lam, CEO of Best in Class, lauds Giri as an exceptional and dedicated franchisee, stating, “Ira consistently brings her expertise and commitment to excellence to every facet of her operations. Her remarkable enthusiasm and approachable demeanor make her an invaluable asset to our franchise network. And her unwavering dedication to supporting children is an inspiration to us all.” 

Best in Class Is on a Mission to Empower Students to Change Their World

“Best In Class has proven to be the best for my and my friends’ kids. Their customer service is 100%, and Ms. Ira is always on top of everything,” shared the parent of one of Giri’s students, highlighting the exceptional service provided at Best in Class Education Center. 

What Giri is accomplishing at her Best in Class centers is one of many inspiring stories from our over 48 locations and almost three decades of educating and empowering young minds. Working with preschool through 12th-grade students, each franchisee has tremendous potential to impact learners, backed by a supportive company model.

“Best in Class is like a family that is always there for us,” Giri reflected. 

Achieve Your Entrepreneurial Dreams and Impact Children’s Lives

We’re looking for motivated and passionate individuals like Ira Giri who want to join a team with a track record of success to make a difference in their communities through education. If you’d like to learn more about our exciting franchise opportunity, we invite you to visit our website or contact Best in Class by phone at 1.888.683.8108 or email at info@bestinclassfranchise.com.

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