I work with an array of private and organizational clients globally. Here’s what a few of them have to say about my work…
“Riche and IST have really been a saving grace for our sanity. With our first child preparing for college we didnâ€™t want to make any mistakes with the arduous college process. We took our first son to Riche through a recommendation, but didnâ€™t know what to expect. We knew we were at the right place when she told our son he was responsible for himself and we were just passengers. Once our son was in Richeâ€™s capable hands, we were able to relax and not worry. Through her work with him on his SAT, essays, and his academics he had several colleges to choose from including, Boston College, University of Maryland, and Villanova. She knew what college and universities would be a good fit for him and had the things that were important to him. He ultimately chose University of Richmond, which was the school he didnâ€™t want to apply to, but Riche strongly suggested he apply. As it turned out it was our favorite school hands down and a perfect fit for our son. Richeâ€™s persistence with our son doing what was expected of him was incredible to see. We felt from the very beginning that she cared and she didnâ€™t prove us wrong. You would have thought our son was her child.
IST is now working with our second son on his SAT and college prep and we know we will have great results. We highly recommend IST to handle this very important process of getting your child in the school of their choice.”
-Russ and Darnell Parr
College Admission Clients
“I met Riche in 2005 when she and her team gave an SAT workshop for a group of over 100 high school football players at my annual Sky Walker Football camp. I was impressed immediately with Riche’s leadership, professionalism and command of the audience. The next year, I asked her to join the Board of Directors as the Academic Director. In this capacity, she developed a more comprehensive two-day SAT workshop, including an essay contest in partnership with Southwest Airlines. Each year, we continued received rave reviews of Riche’s work and the success of the SAT workshop.
It made perfect sense after my election to the Maryland General Assembly in 2006, to ask Riche to join my team as my Education Policy Advisor. With her backgrounds in law and policy and firsthand knowledge of educational issues in Maryland, I knew Riche was the right person for the job. Together, we performed extensive research, crafted compelling arguments and presented proposed courses of action with respect to key education issues in the State of Maryland. I am grateful to Riche for her all work and dedication to bettering the educational lives of students in the state of Maryland and beyond.”
-Delegate Jay Walker, 26th Legislative District of Maryland
Education Policy Client
“Joeâ€™s Movement Emporium chose IST because our project manager, Riche Holmes Grant, displayed thorough knowledge of the academic requirements and challenges for high school students; a high level of experience in applied teaching methods, learning styles, and subjects matter.Â In addition, IST very quickly presented a complete proposal, with a schedule, tailored to fit our program.
ISTâ€™s teaching methods are active and engaging, utilizing a creative program design and tailoring the curriculum to fit the studentâ€™s needs as identified by the assessments.Â Their administration is responsive and flexible, taking great care to provide their best product. I would highly recommend contracting IST.”
-Joe’s Movement Emporium
Custom Academic Program Client
“Thank you so much for taking time out of your schedule to be our Third Commencement Ceremony speaker.Â You did a phenomenal job!Â All who heard ‘Getting Your Shine On’ were inspired by your words.Â We greatly appreciate how you captivated the hearts of our students and their guests.Â In fact, you were so encouraging that many parents in attendance have expressed a desire to secure your services for their children.Â How grateful we are are that you heeded your grandfather’s counsel regarding your future pursuits.Â You are indeed a role model for many.Â Your commitment to education and your commitment to excellence have been a blessing to all who have benefited from your services.”
Woodstream Christian Academy, College Planning Advisor & Teacher Development Coordinator
“As a workshop presenter, Riche sets clear expectations up front so that participants are prepared for what’s coming; this way, they can own their experience in the presentation. In her delivery, she has a strong command of the subject and students are enthusiastically engaged in her presentation of the material. We ask Innovative Study Techniques back every year because of their unique and specific skill-set, and how they convey this critically important information to students, who at times really don’t want to embrace it. Riche and her team are like pseudo-academic doctors, administering tough medicine – test preparation- so that the students can be better in the short and long run. We really appreciate this special gift.”
-Torry A. Johnson
First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Education Ministry President
“Thank you so very much for agreeing to deliver the keynote address at our 20th annual METCO Directors’ Association Conference.Â Despite the circumstances and the short notice, you did an admirable job of presenting a powerful and heartfelt message to our attendees.Â Your moving poem wasÂ greatly received and has been highly sought after.Â Thank you for allowing us to share it!Â I wish you great success with Innovative Study Techniques and hope to hear of its expansion to our area in the near future.Â We have many students who could benefit from its services.”
METCO Directors’ Association Conference Tri-Chair
“Thank you so much for your participation in BIZ 2008:Â A Summit and Showcase for Young Entrepreneurs. It was a wonderful success!Â Please be assured that your speech made a direct impact on all who participated, especially the students.Â I truly appreciate your help in sharing your personal wisdom that I hope will further enable the young men and women to continue their personal goal of business ownership.”
-Ingrid M. Turner
Prince George’s County Council District 4 Member
“We would like to thank you for the time you donated to Benjamin Banneker High School and for the thoughtful speech you gave. Our students found your remarks interesting and appreciated your sharing your thoughts with them.”"
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Acting Principal
“Thank you so very much for coming out to speak with the Parent Liaisons of Prince George’s County Public Schools. You were indeed an example of a shining star. As usual your comments were appropriate and timely. Thanks for all that you do.”
Central High School, Parent Liaison & Prince George’s County Council, Former Chair
“We commend you for sharing your time and talent to enhance the educational experience of children of our County.Â Thank you for shedding light on the issues with our class, and encouraging us to follow your example.”
-Leadership Prince George’s County
Alpha One Group, Class of 2005