I started Kids With An Edge to help children become lifelong learners. I wanted to not only help each child build a firm foundation in math and reading, but also to enjoy the journey. Our children deserve that “edge” in life. A strong foundation is a priceless gift that no one can ever take from your child and it is something they will build upon for the rest of their lives.
I believe that each child, at any age, has tremendous potential. Our children spend the majority of each day at school and when they feel successful in that environment, they grow up with confidence. We need to help our children establish a pattern of success by not only providing them with help when it is absolutely required, but by actually anticipating their needs beforehand.
If you are like me, you have invested countless hours researching programs in Seattle to supplement your child’s education, only to discover that there are very few, if any, that actively recognize your child’s individual needs and help maximize their true potential.
At Kids With An Edge, we aim to do just that. We also know that children of all ages are social creatures and need to be able to share their unique observations; not just sit quietly and learn from their seats. We provide a highly interactive and supportive atmosphere where we will guide your child into discovering new concepts as an extension of what they have already learned. They will develop a strong foundation, confidence, and an inquisitive love of learning. And they will feel validated and valued every step of the way!
Preschoolers/Kindergarteners should be nurtured socially and emotionally but at the same time their curiosity and hunger for more can and should be supported. Our uniquely powerful programs are designed in such a way that these youngest of learners never feel pressured, but rather empowered as words come to life and numbers become useful tools to express themselves and what they see in this world. I have personally experienced this and all the leading research supports this. The first five years of a child’s life help shape the rest of their lives – socially, emotionally and intellectually.
We want to help break the stereotypes. Girls can become engineers. Computer programming is not hard. Math is not magic. We will show your child not only “what?” math algorithm to use, but “why?” the algorithm works and “how?” to systematically show their work on paper to avoid errors.
Through Kids With An Edge, it is my goal to provide a service in which you will feel good about investing your valuable time and resources.
Who am I? Once upon a time, my greatest credentials were that I was the University of Washington’s Woman Engineer of the Year and that I served a term as Miss India Washington and as a Seattle Seafair Princess.
But then, God blessed me with children and just like most parents, the entire focus of my life changed. In order to be with my children, I started a preschool program where I developed a highly effective curriculum for early learning. Later, I also founded and operated a tutoring center. Helping children to succeed—my children and those who came to me —became my mission in life. My son and one daughter tested into the Highly Capable Cohort and another daughter bravely navigates the world despite her special needs.
One thing I have come to firmly believe in over the years is that learning can and should be made fun. The more they laugh, the more they love learning! Kids With An Edge is my pledge to do for yours as I did for my own.
Mother, Educator, Engineer, Founder of Kids With An Edge
P.S. Spring 2017 Update: My daughter, a high school senior, has been awarded a National Merit Scholarship and was just Directly Admitted into the University of Washington’s Computer Science and Engineering Program straight out of high school. She will be attending the UW as an Honors student in the Fall and has been accepted to research in the UbiComp Lab at the UW over the summer. She has also been admitted into the exclusive “by invitation only” Google CodeU program and hopes to visit Google headquarters in CA this August! We are so thankful to God for his many blessings and guidance over the past four years.
Spring 2019: Since then, she has gone on to intern at Amazon and Echodyne and will be interning at the Sales Force headquarters in San Francisco this summer. She was just paid by a website to allow them to host some creative stories she has written. My son will be starting high school as an HCC (highly capable cohort) student and will be taking AP Calculus and Honors Chemistry as a ninth grader!
“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand. Step back and I will act.”Old Chinese Proverb