who are we?

 

The Knowledge Exchange is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in Fredericksburg, Virginia on April 30th, 2020. We are a diverse team of concerned professionals who realize that quality tutoring is oftentimes unattainable for the majority of Americans. Our mission is to promote education equality by providing affordable, high-quality tutoring to our community. 

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Our Board

 

Dr. marGot krauss

MD, MPH, ACPM

Board member

“From my earliest memories, the importance of getting a good education was a constant theme in my family. After getting my medical degree, teaching other physicians for over ten years, and working in public health for over 30 years, the true primacy of education is even more critical in my mind. I know many children struggle to learn from my various experiences; tutoring in Headstart while I was in college, trying to help my own children with their homework, and the ultimate frustration…trying to help my grandson learn via zoom. Over the past 5-10 years, it has been painfully clear that minorities and children from low income families have an even greater challenge in getting the education they need to reach their full potential. Now COVID has made this learning gap even more evident, leaving even more children in need of help.  TKE is dedicated to tutoring children at greatest risk of not getting a good education. Even after the pandemic has been controlled enough for children to return to school, TKE will be providing this critical service to children who need additional help. I am excited about joining the board so that more children can be assisted by the wonderful group of tutors on the TKE team.”

ERIN BLAKLEY

Board member

I stand behind TKE’s mission of providing equitable educational opportunities for all. Communities succeed when organizations like TKE seek to intimately understand and provide necessary resources that cannot be fulfilled by larger institutions. As a federal consultant, I have learned that powerful cultural change comes from the bottom up, and I am honored to provide guidance and leadership to this passionate group of change agents.”

Joye Thomas

Board member

“I’m thrilled to become a board member for The Knowledge Exchange. I’ve wanted to join TKE to advocate for education equality.  I realized the contributor to the Disinformation Age is the lack of quality education, so I wanted to contribute my expertise to help eliminate the inequalities in socio-economic classes. My hope is to help TKE with making a difference in the Fredericksburg community!”

 

Our Officers

jimmy SHING

FOUNDER & CEO

“After privately teaching for 8 years, I often see that those that need help the most are those that can rarely afford the help they need. Quality education should not be limited to those that can afford it, but in today’s environment, that is quickly becoming the new reality. Therefore, I am fortunate enough to found TKE with like-minded colleagues that are ever willing and able to make a difference: to uplift our community and to help everyone, regardless of one’s background. Through TKE, we will create a better community for all.”

ANGIE PENN

CO-FOUNDER & CMO

“I want to reinvent education for our community! I worked in the public school system and behavior therapy services for 4 years with children with disabilities. I loved helping the families improve their home situation and watch the children’s improvements. However, our current education system is flawed due to teachers required to teach to a test which leads to parents forced to seek tutoring for their child they cannot afford. So I was excited to be asked by Jim (founder of TKE) to help build up his vision for affordable educational services, so anyone can have access to quality education in their community!”

KELLEY HYNES

COO & INSTRUCTOR

“I believe that education and educators are the foundation of our future. Unfortunately, I see the importance of education sometimes fall between the cracks. Being a teacher in a low-economic area, I see families having to put other essential needs before education. I am very involved with our school system and our community, finding ways to provide the needs to all of our children and specifically for families that may need someone to advocate for them. TKE represents a lot of what I believe in and a lot of the reasons why I volunteer my time towards better education for all. I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to work for this non-profit, providing excellent education to families that are unable to afford the extra support.”

Some of our instructors & staff

ROhan KUMAR

INSTRUCTOR

“ I joined TKE because I feel that improving education is one of the biggest factors in creating a better society, and personally I love sharing knowledge. Helping to reduce education inequality is imperative for the achievement of a better world”

Laura p.

HUMAN SERVICES ASSOCIATE & INSTRUCTOR

“I chose to volunteer with TKE because I wanted to become more involved in our community. I am currently working on my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and aspire to serve our community in promoting health, wellness, and understanding after graduation. I love volunteering as a tutor because there is nothing like seeing the world through new perspectives, especially through the eyes of children. They bring so much light, laughter, and joy to our world. I am not just teaching but learning too”

David Curameng

INSTRUCTOR

“Although I am not an educator, I have seen through my own eyes and personal experience how big of a role my education from elementary school to high school to college helped me understand the nuances of the world. Sometimes throughout my life, I always felt like I was coming from behind, but I pushed through and trusted my gut to seek the truth. The truth honestly is rooted in education, and I would like to help at least one student see how important their education will help them in their own personal life and journey.”

matthew derr

INSTRUCTOR

“I was fortunate to go through a school system growing up with quality educators and an environment that pressed me to stay curious. It wasn’t until after I graduated and moved away from that environment that I saw how fortunate I was. I realized then that my success was not just because “I tried hard” — it was a result of a systematic difference in my school system compared to others. It’s because of this that I believe that one’s success should only be determined by their drive and curiosity — not their financial means.”

Catherine W.

LEAD EDITOR

“I decided to join TKE because I enjoy helping others and believe education is empowering. Everyone should have the resources to excel in life”

Travis H.

MARKETING COMMITTEE

“I share the thought that knowledge is so valuable and precious, that you’re in service to that knowledge until you pass it on to someone else. With TKE, I get to take an active role in helping others fulfill that calling while they enrich the lives of others. It is both a privilege and an honor!”

olivia larken

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

“I decided to join TKE because, while I don’t have a specific topic I am able to tutor in, I want to contribute in some way. I believe in TKE’s mission to help those in need with their education.”