The JK Educate Team
Led by co-founders Lorrae Jaderberg and Katie Krais, we offer a premium education service, with tutors that have a passion for teaching and a deep knowledge of how to help a child reach their potential. We have a dedicated monitoring team and a team of behind-the-scenes staff working hard to ensure that our clients’ experience is that of being well supported and cared for, whilst achieving optimum results.
JOINT FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
Lorrae set up JK Educate with Katie in 2010, to fulfil the vision and belief that every child should be given the opportunity and encouragement to achieve to the best of their ability and potential.
Lorrae has over thirty years’ experience teaching in primary schools in London, with five years spent in senior school management, including as a Deputy Headteacher, SENCO and Gifted and Talented coordinator, whilst continuing to create and publish educational programmes for schools. As an assessment co-ordinator, she trained staff in improving pupil achievement, created and developed whole school assessment programmes, pupil tracking systems and data interpretation. This experience helps her oversee the dynamic training and monitoring that is so crucial to JK Educate’s high standards.
Lorrae lives in London and is married with four children. Read more
JOINT FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
Katie has an excellent understanding of the information parents need to have to make an informed judgement about the ability of their children and how to move them forward and get the best education available. Her passion for this process and the importance of finding the right school for every child formed part of Katie’s motivation for setting up JK Educate with Lorrae, to help families successfully navigate their educational journeys.
Katie has twenty years’ experience teaching in primary schools in London as well as being a published author. She has been year group leader, assessment co-ordinator, teacher governor and a member of school senior management teams, as a SENCO and Inclusion Co-ordinator. These experiences help her guide the JK team to provide the support that families need.
Katie lives in London and is married with two children. Read more
FINANCE AND IT
Basil has been involved with JK Educate for the past five years, initially in a part time capacity and more latterly in a full-time role. He has designed and installed all the back-office systems needed to run and scale the business, as well as creating the online classrooms and the portals for tutors, enrolments, online bookings and payments. He currently looks after Finance and IT.
Basil has a background in blue chip companies, having held senior roles in PwC, Guinness, The Post Office, British Airways, The Grosvenor Group, and Babcock International. He now enjoys using that experience to benefit growing businesses. Basil has an MBA from London Business School and a passion for technology.
Ruby joined the JK team as an assessment administrator and has now taken on the role of providing a key point of contact for both clients and tutors. Much of Ruby’s time is spent on meeting individual students’ needs by carefully matching students to the best tutors for them. This is done by working closely with Lorrae and Katie and using their in-depth knowledge and recommendations. Once the ideal match is achieved, Ruby liaises with the client and tutor to set up the tutoring arrangements and goes on to manage any future changes to tutoring schedules and requirements.
Ruby has spent four years working as a higher level teaching assistant at an outstanding primary school in North London prior to joining the JK team and has also spent time in Thailand and Philippines volunteering as an English teacher. In her spare time, Ruby loves running, cooking, baking, crafts, travelling around the world and heading back home to the countryside where she grew up.
Sasha provides a crucial point of contact for both clients and tutors. One of Sasha’s key tasks is carefully matching students to the best tutors for them, by working closely with Lorrae and Katie and using their in-depth knowledge and recommendations. Once the ideal match is achieved, Sasha liaises with the client and tutor to set up the tutoring arrangements and goes on to manage any future changes to tutoring schedules and requirements.
Sasha has joined the JK team with 6 years’ experience working in and managing private nurseries. Sasha has a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies and a BA in Child and Youth Studies, and has always had a passion for the early years. For the last two years she has worked as a High Level TA in Reception and covered classes up to Year 6 in a North London school. Outside work, Sasha lives a busy and family orientated life, enjoys music and has an interest in cinematography. She also likes to travel and explore new places.
Susannah joined the JK team in November 2016 as an assessment administrator, working with children on a one to one basis. She is now a member of the client support team. She works hard to ensure that communication between tutors and parents runs smoothly. To achieve this she supports the other members of the JK team with all the administration tasks relating to tutor matching and trial lessons. She sends out contracts to both tutors and clients and also ensures that all trial lessons are followed up with both the parents and tutors. In addition she overseas the assessment diary and tracks all assessments and feedback reports.
Susannah is married with two grown up children, and enjoys everything London has to offer, especially the theatre, concerts and restaurants.
UK AND INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR
Sarah joined the JK team in October 2018. She is trained in multiple roles and has provided background administrative support for the whole JK team. Her main role, however, is supporting our clients both in the UK and abroad on our online platform, as well as serving as a link between general operations and the IT and Finance departments.
She is originally from California, where she worked for three years as a primary school teaching and office assistant. She and her husband lived in Northern Ireland for three years before relocating to London. Sarah holds a MSc in Business and Management and in her spare time enjoys travelling, drawing, crocheting, reading classic novels, and teaching herself new things.
Tunde joined the JK team in December 2018 to provide accounts support, allowing other members of the team to dedicate even more time to improving JK’s client service.
He combines his time at JK with his role of Bursar at a private college in West London, where he also tutors in Accounting and Business.
Tunde is married with two daughters and he can certainly empathise with the anxieties experienced by parents as their child strives to climb the ‘educational ladder’. In his spare time Tunde tries, often despairingly, to defeat the computer at chess and to utilise his latent DIY skills.
SENIOR INTERNATIONAL TUTOR AND ENGLISH EXAMINER
As a senior English tutor, part of Denise’s role is to set, mark and report on the JK 11+ Mock English exams.
Loving to be busy, when not occupied with her JK Educate duties, Denise can be found in a ballet class. She is a fully trained ballet dancer and teacher.
HEAD OF SCHOOLS, TEACHING AND LEARNING
Tania brings extensive experience of primary education to her role, having taught for over 22 years as a class teacher, senior leader and Deputy Head Teacher in a number of outstanding primary schools in Norfolk, London and Cheshire.
Tania is responsible for meeting with clients, giving individual assessment feedback and writing detailed reports, outlining targets in order for a child to meet their potential. She leads the JK Monitoring Team and is responsible for the setting and monitoring of high academic standards, tracking pupil progress and liaising regularly with tutors, parents and schools to ensure students achieve the best possible outcomes. Over the last 2 years Tania has worked closely with Lorrae and Katie to develop the 11+ journey, planning and leading training, ensuring school knowledge and educational resources are up to date.
Tania has a passion for music and is a skilled pianist, keen songwriter and a member of a local community choir. She loves both attending and performing in concerts as well as regular trips to the theatre.
SENIOR TUTOR AND HEAD OF MATHS
Jacob is a qualified maths teacher and has lots of experience teaching in the classroom and tutoring one to one across all levels from primary and 11+ through to A Level. Jacob marks and produces reports for the JK maths mock exams. Jacob also works with the training and monitoring team, supporting new JK tutors and introducing them to the JK online tutoring platform.
Outside of teaching, Jacob loves to keep fit playing football, cycling and running.
HEAD OF TRAINING, TEACHING AND LEARNING
Jackie has over 20 years of experience in primary education, having taught throughout the Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2. Additionally, she has managed each of these areas and been a member of the senior management team within the schools in which she has worked. She has experience leading English and assessment, and has developed programmes of support for SEN pupils, particularly those with ASD. Jackie has worked as a tutor with JK Educate for the past year. Her primary role in the company is to provide training and support for new tutors to help them feel valued and confident as part of the JK team. She also monitors provision to ensure it is consistent and of high quality, so that pupils can reach their full potential.
In her free time, Jackie enjoys trips to the countryside or coast, and long walks. She also loves a good book, film or documentary.
TRAINING AND MONITORING
Leanne draws on her extensive experience as a teacher and coach in her role at JK. She worked as a languages teacher for nearly twenty years in a multicultural secondary school and was also responsible for leading the Professional Mentoring Programme. Within this role, she coached trainee teachers, quality assured staff mentoring, and developed and wrote evaluations and reports. Leanne also provides training in schools, creating and facilitating workshops on effective communication and wellbeing. She is a Tavistock qualified executive coach, coaching blue chip clients across a myriad of industries from financial services to education.
As a member of the JK training and monitoring team, Leanne is supporting new tutors and monitoring provision to ensure the best possible service is offered to all parties involved. Leanne has a love of languages and speaks Italian and Spanish. She enjoys a good pun, her family, friends, meeting new people, travelling, reading and injecting fun and humour into all she does.
Debbie began working as a tutor with JK Educate in 2017. Her primary role at JK Educate is to provide maths and computer science support for tutors. She also monitors maths teaching provision to ensure it is consistent and of high quality, enabling all pupils to reach full potential.
Debbie has 24 years of experience in secondary education, having taught maths and computer science to pupils aged 11 to 18. Additionally, she taught in a special needs school for 7 years. She has experience leading maths and assessment as an Assistant Head Teacher and has worked with teachers to ensure an excellent quality of education for all pupils. Debbie has developed individual learning plans and specialised schemes of work for pupils who have mental and physical health problems. Debbie has taught computer science to GCSE students for the last 4 years and continues to run a teacher hub for teachers of computer science as well as a coding club for secondary school pupils.
In her free time, Debbie enjoys designing and coding websites as well as solving a variety of puzzles, doing yoga and swimming.