Kids With An Edge is the embodiment of years of experience and a sincere passion for helping children to succeed. It was founded by Anu Jain, a true Seattle local and a first generation East Indian woman. She is an engineer, an experienced educator and a mother of three.
She is one of four siblings. Incredibly, each of them graduated as Valedictorian from Ingraham High School with a four-year full ride Washington Governor’s Scholarship! All four siblings are engineers, with one going on to become a doctor, another a lawyer and the youngest is a businessman who runs a software startup in Downtown Seattle. They give the credit to their parents’ wise guidance and meticulous attention in making sure each child stood on a strong foundation.
After she had her own children, Anu used the tried and tested principles she grew up with as a springboard to further develop and refine her skills and philosophy as an educator. She is sincerely passionate about investing in children earlier rather than later in order to build a strong foundation and give them that Edge in life!
Academic and Professional Experience
Anu studied electrical engineering and completed all of her pre-med requirements for admission into medical school. She graduated summa cum laude, as The University of Washington’s Woman Engineer of the Year
During college, not only did she excel in her studies, but she also served a term as Miss India Community, Washington and enjoyed a summer as a Seafair Princess.
After college, she went on to work for Boeing where she was the youngest employee ever trained for the position of Designated Engineering Representative; a position that would allow her to certify Boeing documents on behalf of the government.
Anu has taught college students math at the University of Washington’s esteemed Instructional Center. She has run her own tutoring center for elementary and middle school students and has run preschools for accelerated learning. She has taught in Seattle, as well as internationally.
She has volunteered to teach underprivileged children and as a Sunday School teacher. She has served as Room Parent, VP of Communications on the PTSA and as a PTSA grade representative. She has even taught Bollywood dancing to adults and children of all ages.
After her children were born, Anu resigned from Boeing and started her own preschool and tutoring center. This enabled her to concentrate on laying a strong foundation for her children. She continues to support them in their studies and academic planning.
Both her biological children tested into the top 2% of all children in the Seattle school district and are/have attended school with the Highly Capable Cohort (HCC, formerly known as APP) for gifted children.
Her children have succeeded in Seattle as well as during a 4-year term in the local school system in India. As a family, they very much respect and identify with diversity. And her children are confident and compassionate individuals who are not afraid to advocate for themselves and for others.
Her daughter has graduated from high school with 4.00 GPA in all her Honors, AP, IB, and Running Start (college dual enrollment) classes. She was awarded a National Merit scholarship and has been directly admitted straight from high school into the University of Washington’s Computer Science and Engineering Department. She will be attending the UW as an honors student. She is one of the youngest members of the exclusive by invitation only Google Code U and has been chosen to intern at the innovative UW UbiComp Lab. Math is her favorite subject, but she is also an avid reader and is working on 2 different novels.
Anu calls her daughter, “my medieval princess”, because her daughter enjoys fencing, archery, horseback riding, and various forms of martial arts. She is also a “nextgen” girl and served as president of her high school Robotics Team.
Anu’s son is studying 9th grade Algebra as a 6th grader. Math is also his favorite subject. He enjoys soccer, martial arts, playing card games such as Magic and of course, computer gaming. He is also “a little computer Geek” and the credit for setting up this website and the Robert Eaglestaff Middle School PTSA website goes to him (with a little help from his Dad).
Two years after the birth of their first child, Anu and her husband adopted a little 4-year old girl with cerebral palsy and significant developmental delays. They taught her English, Phonics, Reading, Writing and Math to her highest potential and continue to support her in her studies, physical needs and in her life skills.
Anu has extensive experience working with a variety of ability levels and many different learning styles from various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
When asked why she founded Kids With An Edge, she sincerely replied, “ I love to teach – way more than I love engineering – and I believe that the greatest gift we can give our children is a strong foundation. It is invaluable to invest in our child’s education when, and even before they actuallyneed our intervention!”