GradePowerBy Sandy Meyer

GradePower Learning Owner and Valrico native Andrew Learned is no stranger to service. The respected business owner has served as a Navy Sea Cadet, Boy Scout and Navy Lieutenant before opening the doors to GradePower Learning and serving the community. Learned is now being called to serve again as a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves and will be deploying overseas in early February for up to one year.

The veteran, who has deployed two and one-half times from 2009 to 2013 while serving Active Duty in the Navy, brought GradePower Learning to the South Brandon area in August 2013. The Valrico location gives families in the Brandon, Valrico and FishHawk communities access to the benefits of the unique approach to cognitive learning that GradePower offers.

Learned purchased the franchise after his Active Duty service ended in 2013. He said he didn’t want to go back to working for someone else and decided his best avenue would be to open his own business.

“I realized I’m good in a leadership position. I was president of the Student Body and Division Officer in the Navy,” he said.

After attending a franchise expo and working with a franchise coach, he found GradePower Learning to be a good fit.

His Education Director Heather Barrow, who has been with GradePower since its inception, will be stepping up to take over Learned’s responsibilities while he is overseas. Students and parents should not be affected by the temporary change in command.

Since 1984, GradePower Learning has been using cognitive learning techniques to help children develop more effective ways of thinking, concentrating, listening and remembering. GradePower Learning goes beyond tutoring, to help ignite a child’s interest in learning, not just for one school year, but for a lifetime.

For more information on GradePower Learning and its services, visit or call 689-6527. GradePower is located at 3212 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Ste.102 in Valrico.

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