GradeHelpers was founded in 2004 and was created from a tutoring and enrichment program in Central America called Living English. Carolyn Flores, an Ontario certified TESL instructor and CASA Montessori teacher, has been a private tutor for the past 20 years. She had always had a love and passion for teaching students while also learning from them. After graduating from university as an Urban Planner, she taught English in Central America before entering the professional world. She continued in this field, teaching English to children and adults for the past nine years in Honduras. She successfully created Living English in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, a tutoring program for children in bilingual schools and it is still operating as an important supplemental program.

After returning to the Oakville, Ontario area, she found a need for a similar tutoring and coaching program that would focus on students in the elementary grades and in ESL programs by providing the necessary tools and important skills for the years ahead.