The Origin of KEONI -
KEONI Learning and Assessment is inspired by the founder's brother, John. The Hawaiian translation for John is Keoni (prounounced K-OH-n-ee or Key-O-Knee).
When the founder - Jessica - was just 12 years old, she was left to be with her older brothers. Without parental guidance, she usually felt that she had nowhere to turn to for academic assistance. Luckily for her, John, a brilliant and witty man, took the time and patience to guide her academically, as the family could not afford tutoring. This experience became the inspiration and driving force in her decision to create KEONI learning center.
After putting herself through college, the founder vowed to spend her entire life helping students in need of education. She worked at non-profit organizations, learning centers, and volunteered tirelessly in memory of her brother. Inspired by him and determined to help others the same way he helped her, the founder started her learning center in Union City.
Our goal at KEONI is to bring John's true passion for helping people back to life - instilling our students with confidence, resilience with which to overcome obstacles, and positivity that will be a guiding light on their educational path. We endeavor to create a safe and vibrant environment for students to not only feel comfortable asking any question, but also to embrace the fact that they will make mistakes so that they may be able to learn from them.
Jessica graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Education. She received her certificate in Educational Therapy from UCSC, and is currently earning her Masters degree in Special Education. Jessica resided mostly in Fremont and attended Warm Springs Elementary, Hopkins Junior High, and Mission San Jose High School. Her curiosity and passion for working with children started at a very young age when she realized she had the innate ability to identify and respond to children's personalities and behavior. This passion directed her to numerous opportunities working for schools, learning centers, and after school programs for 15 years. Her goal is to help identify students' academic needs so that she can adequately design an individualized curriculum that is effective for their learning.