Millennial Spotlight, Jay Veal, M.Ed
What inspires you?
Being motivated by other like-minded entrepreneurs and those willing to step out of their comfort zones. In addition, students ready to learn and be tutored so they can succeed.
Social Media Handles:
Business: @inctutoring Personal: @incceo.theprof
Your favorite song currently and the artist:
Big Sean and Metro Boomin – “Reason”
“Tribe of Mentors” by Timothy Ferriss and “Grit” by Angela Duckworth
Favorite food spot in Dallas:
V-Eats, one of the best African American owned Vegan spots
Sweet Tea or Lemonade (it’s a Southern thing):
Mix them both for that Arnold Palmer!
Describe yourself in one word:
Where did you attend college:
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Favorite place to visit/vacation:
To be a millennial means to be different and challenge the status quo. It means to own your learning, own your place in society, and own your future.
Where are you from?
I was born and partially raised in San Bernardino, CA but I grew up in a military family so grew up in multiple cities and countries.
What do you do? How did this “role” come about? How and why are you best known by others?
I am the Founder and CEO of the #1 African American owned private, prescriptive tutoring company in DFW. We service students nationwide from 5 years old to Doctoral level in all STEM subjects, Test Preps, English, Reading, Writing, and Foreign Languages. We have tutored students in about every major district, charter school org, and magnet school in DFW as well as in other cities like NY, San Francisco, Atlanta, D.C. and more. Our mission is to provide a world-class educational experience that is holistically driven to increase and retain knowledge while utilizing a one-on-one custom tutoring session that is fun, yet effective. As far as how this role came about, DFW was missing the element in private tutoring that minority students could be successful with. INC Tutoring was the solution to this problem for DFW and other cities and now hundreds of minority students are moving from failing to earning As and Bs, building confidence and performing when they believed they couldn’t before.
Did you attend college and/or have formal training in your respective field or industry? If so, please elaborate on the year you graduated and from what institution.
My background is IT and Tech in addition to Education. I attended college and finished my B.S. in Information Systems with a minor in Mathematics(2005) in addition to an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction – Mathematics (2013). I have used both of my degrees in my career.
What factors of your upbringing influenced your career goals?
My biggest influences in my career goals are my parents. My mother and Chief Communication Officer has been there behind me since day one in school and taught me much about perseverance and having no excuses to not get things done and accomplish goals. My dad taught me about finances and business sense. God was the major influence that placed me in Education.
How long have you been in this career? What did you do previously?
I was in IT for more than 9 years working for Fortune 100 companies and I have been in Education for more than 10 years from being an Educator, Campus Instructional Coach, District STEM Coach, Adjunct Professor, and now Edupreneur.
What long-term goals do you have? What steps are you currently taking in this direction?
My long-term goals are to have the #1 Tutoring company in the nation one day with multiple consultants delivering top-notch holistic tutoring that students in underprivileged communities can have access to in addition to delivering academic and career counseling services nationwide with one of our new partners Sade’ Darlington. So far, we have consultants in multiple cities in the U.S. to evangelize the service but are making waves to move our footprint in every major metroplex.
Tell us about your social media presence. Do you use it in your line of work? Why or why not, is it important in your day-to-day responsibilities, platform or career?
I use social media to expand my footprint to the public in order to let them know that they have access to one of the top tutoring brands in the U.S. They do not have to go to center-based solutions when they have a prescriptive and holistic solution in their backyard. I use it to market and let people know a little bit about myself and our INC Tutoring team. Potential clients are looking for results, diversity, and success. That’s what we deliver every week. It is important to us because new clients come largely by social media and word of mouth.
Which public figures, role models and or historical figure shaped your goals as a child and in adulthood? Any that embodies your personal values?
The public figures that shaped my goals as a child would have to be my parents. Second to that would be leaders like General Colin Powell and my cousins who have attended schools like MIT, CalTech and others.
What does it mean to you to be a millennial? How do you share that with others in your life, those you meet and with your peers?
To be a millennial means to be different and challenge the status quo. It means to own your learning, own your place in society, and own your future. These characteristics are in my DNA and I share this frame of mind as a leader daily to colleagues, mentees, and friends.
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