Through hard work, perseverance and a true dedication to education, Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. has turned what was once a fledgling, 1-person tutoring service into the largest, most comprehensive provider of educational services in Delaware and the surrounding tri-state area. Her successful business model and swift rise has been documented in Entrepreneur magazine, the Philadelphia Business Journal, and in the nationally released how-to book for aspiring entrepreneurs, The Educational Entrepreneur: Making a Difference.
Beverly’s success began with Delaware’s now iconic Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. Today, the company provides over 125 wide-ranging educational and related services including 1-on-1 tutoring in over 60 subjects, translating and interpreting in over 20 languages, speech and occupational therapists, behavior and reading specialists, paraprofessionals, ELL and computer lab teachers, RTI support and homebound services, psycho-educational testing, 1-on-1 test prep for the SAT, PSAT, SAT II, ACT, GRE, PRAXIS, GED, and HSEE, professional development, summer school, original credit and credit recovery.
She expanded her vision of reaching each and every student when she founded Back to Basics K-12 Private School. This is Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved Private School where all subjects are taught 1-on-1. The school provides a much-needed haven for students with learning differences, social or emotional issues, or academic difficulties, as well as international high school students just entering the U.S.
And, Beverly also offers her expertise to budding or seasoned entrepreneurs directly through her educational consulting company. Her 30+ years of business experience are invaluable when guiding others to navigate their path.
Beverly knows that keeping pace with changes in technology, education and the growing globalization of our world are integral to success. Since 1985, her ongoing efforts to stay at the forefront of all three have helped her create the area’s single most complete educational resource available for local families, schools, districts, state agencies and businesses. And, those efforts have been recognized with more 15 state and national awards, from the John Maxwell Transitional Leadership Top 100 Award, to the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Superstars in Business Award, to the Delaware Small Business Administration (SBA) Entrepreneurial Success Award and Small Businessperson of the Year Award, to the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. Beverly has also been inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame of Delaware Women.
Imparting her hard-won knowledge to others has been a hallmark of her career from the very beginning, since she is, after all, still an educator at heart. And, she is a leading industry expert for business, education, and parenting publications, as well as live radio and television and podcasts. Her insights have been featured in such national publications as The New York Times and Consumers Digest. In addition, she is a sought-after public speaker for high-profile local and national events. She is also often asked to speak to the next generation of entrepreneurs and business majors at the University of Delaware and Wilmington University.
Her knowledge, education and experience make her a leader in numerous organizations including:
- The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Superstars in Education Selection Committee
- Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Selection Committee
- Board Member of Success Won’t Wait (Delaware–based literacy non-profit)
- Founding Board Member of Leon N. Weiner Education Foundation
- President Emeritus and a Founding Member of Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation
- Former Advisory Board Member of SBTDC
- Former Board Member of NCCCC (New Castle County Chamber of Commerce)
In addition, she often takes a hands-on approach, focusing efforts primarily on education-related organizations and projects. She has personally tutored children at The Debnam House in Wilmington, serves as a weekly mentor to an elementary child each year, mentors business owners, and has been a volunteer reader for pre-school aged children for Read-Aloud Delaware. These activities allow her to take off her “administrator’s hat” and get personally involved with the children, reinforcing her lifelong dedication to quality education for all.