Based in Kingston, One-on-One Educational Services Limited provides personalized educational services and e-learning solutions to secondary school students and corporate entities. Over the years, the company has maintained a very high standard of academic excellence for their students through the flagship Class-of-10 brand, maintaining a 97-100 % pass rate; in 2014, the company recorded 100% passes in CSEC mathematics from the 95 students taking the exam, with 83% attaining a grade one (1), including the top national award for CSEC Mathematics being awarded their student, Mr. Michael Pryce.
In May 2013, the company embarked on a mission to leverage the successes of the class-of-10 brand to deliver personalized e-learning courses for students and corporate entities throughout the Caribbean. This vision was shared and further funded by a pool of five (5) investors in August of the same year. The Company received additional funding in May 2014 which facilitated the company’s expansion into the e-learning business by leveraging their ‘personal’ concept to create a number of e-learning courses and platforms. As a result, the company has developed a number of online courses for the Caribbean high school curriculum and in March 2015, launched its revolutionary online learning platform, MyLocker®, which is designed to change the face of the e-learning Industry in Jamaica and by extension, the Caribbean. This innovation was awarded the Best Innovation in Education at the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining’s National Innovation Award in 2014.
Prior to raising capital in 2014, the company operated from Ricardo’s living room; since then, the company has established its corporate office in New Kingston while relocating physical classes to Liberty Academy at the Priory.
The concept of One-on-One is to inspire students to learn through mentorship, innovation and quality lessons that are delivered in a personalized environment. Furthermore, a key element of the program is to use the life story of our Managing Director, Ricardo D. Allen, as a means of motiving and inspiration students to learn from the concept, “if I can do it, so can you!”.
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Ricardo D. Allen is Founder & CEO of One on One Educational Services, a Jamaican-based company that was incorporated in 2013. Over the years, Ricardo has transformed his love for academics and a passion for helping others into an innovative business that is dedicated to providing effective and affordable courses; in an innovative and pioneering move in March 2015, the company launched its award- winning mYLocker® online learning platform which is a subscription based service that allow students to prepare for any exam in 30 hours or less, on-demand at their own convenience for one low monthly price. While at the helm of One on One, Ricardo and his team has managed various rounds of financing, partnerships and acquisitions.
In 2015, the Company signed ground-breaking 5-year partnership deal with global telecom powerhouse, Cable & Wireless Communication, to provide exclusive educational content & resources to over 3 million customers in the Caribbean and Latin American region. In 2014, the MyLocker® platform won the ‘Best Innovation in Education’ award at the National Innovation Awards. This was followed by Ricardo being awarded the ‘Best Young Entrepreneur of 2015’ at the prestigious, NCB Nation Builder Awards held in November 2015. In February 2016, Ricardo was selected to represent Jamaica in a three week fellowship for the inaugural Youth Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) commissioned by president Obama though the US Department of State. The fellowship, which saw Allen being placed at, world leaders in education, Pearsons Education, fostered the development of knowledge, skills, and networking capabilities of young leaders across the Caribbean and Latin America through mentorship with a U.S incubator.
Prior to his success in business, Ricardo led the Structured Products division at Sagicor Investments Jamaica, combining his strong background in actuarial mathematics, corporate finance and economics to conceptualize and develop derivative products for the retail and corporate markets. Following his decision to resign from his job at Sagicor in pursuit of his business interest, Ricardo was appointed a management consultant at Sagicor Life Jamaica. He also serve as a member of the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association and serve as the Chairman of the United Ways’ Young Leaders Society.
Mr. Allen is a 2010 Rhodes scholarship nominee and was awarded the 2013 US Fulbright Scholarship before gracefully declining the opportunity so that he could pursue his business interest. Ricardo graduated from the University of the West Indies in 2011, where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science. He is also a member of the Society of Actuaries having completed a number of the designated Actuarial exams.
Ricardo is the proud father of one daughter and pride himself on being a super big brother and compassionate Fiancée.
Stephen Barnes is a very sociable person with a natural appetite for learning new and interesting things from a wide range of subject areas. However, he finds the application of Mathematics most fascinating and did his degree in Actuarial Science at the University of the West Indies. Out of sharing his understanding of the various concepts with his classmates and tutoring high school students, he developed a zest for teaching.
His key roles at One-on-One involve creation and execution of the company’s short and long-term marketing strategies and initiatives. He believes that One-on-One Tutoring Services will bring about a new paradigm of education that will see students not only excelling academically but also getting deeply motivated to do their very best in all their endeavours.
Dujon is the engine behind the creation on our suite of e-Learning products and development of key technical elements for the monitoring of the same. Over the years, Dujon has developed a profound for the fields of mathematics and economics coping numerous national and merit-based awards in the process. For his Master in Philosophy, he explored the thesis, “Noncommutative Geometry inspired Minkowski-Spacetime,” where he spent time proving self-adjointness of partial differential operators. Aside from academic, Dujon enjoys Social Networking and uses most of his spare-time playing football and teaching mathematics.
Christopher Rochester oversees the research and development of the company’s technological solutions and e-learning products and services.
He has always had a fascination with the almost endless possibilities that computers bring to life’ and was determined to use it as a medium to channel his own creativity. With his mind set on learning about the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of computers, he went on to study Computer Science at the University of the West Indies. He has over eight years of experience working as a Software Engineer, and has garnered in-depth knowledge and skill during his career. He believes that One-on-One provides a holistic approach to education, which will make students well-rounded and prepared for whatever challenges they may face in the future.
Kimberley is an eloquent speaker with creative ideas for diversifying One-one-One’s products and services. Her expertise lies in wealth management and wealth creation. She graduated from the Mona School of Business with an MBA in Finance and has years of experience in the financial industry. She is actively involved in creating business opportunities for One-on-One and provides the necessary technical support for the company to achieve its growth targets. She believes that One-on-One Tutoring Services will make a difference in Jamaica’s education system because of its stellar team and superb quality of its products and services.
Mr. Burrell is a highly motivated educator with a natural ability to relate to his students. With over a decade of experience, he has managed to produce the type of results that has earned him the admiration of his students and co-workers.
He is currently the Head of the Science department at St. Andrews High School for Girls, a multiple award winner for teacher of the year and a CAPE Chemistry marker since 2007. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys coaching the school’s basketball team and has led it to multiple title victories.
Mr. Lewin is a flexible educator and private tutor who displays a high level of enthusiasm and energy. He has continuously fine-tuned his teaching methods and has seen tremendous results in his students’ performance in his seven years of teaching CSEC Physics.
With a passion for Science in general, he enjoys working with students on Science Projects and has even helped students prepare for National Science Competitions with subsequent successes.
Mr. Llewellyn is very passionate about his teaching profession and seizes every opportunity to motivate students. From his own experience of tutoring and dealing with kids from different academic and socio-economic backgrounds, he believes that every child can learn and must learn.
With over five years’ experience in teaching Mathematics at the CSEC, CAPE and tertiary levels plus a BSc. in Actuarial Science, Mr. Llewellyn's skill-set and down-to-earth personality inspire and equip students to achieve excellence.
Michael Bernard is a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management, Bachelor of Arts in Business and a minor in economics from Washington State University. He made the USA National Deans list and in 1983 topped as a Forest Management graduate at Washington State University; copping the award for ‘Most Outstanding Forestry Senior’. In January 1984, he attained a BSc. summa cum laude in Forest Management and BA. summa cum laude in Business Administration.
Mr. Bernard served as Forest Plantations Manager for four years at Forest Industries Development Company Limited in Jamaica, then sought to pursue his MBA following acceptance to the prestigious Harvard Business School.
Michael Bernard is the former General Manager of Jamaica Biscuit Company. In 1995, he was appointed Managing Director of the Cigarette Company of Jamaica Limited as well as Managing Director of the Agricultural Products of Jamaica Limited, and was appointed to the Carreras Group Board in 1997. In 2010, he announced his retirement as Managing Director of the Carreras Group. Mr. Bernard serves on the board of a number of other entities and is currently the Board Chairman of his alma mater Jamaica College.
Dr. Elizabeth Ward is a medical epidemiologist with years of public health experience in the Jamaican government’s health system. She is also a consultant in the Institute of Public Safety and Justice, University of the West Indies and Chair of Board of Directors of the Violence Prevention Alliance Jamaica. She was formerly the Director of Disease Prevention and Control of Health Promotion and Protection Division, in the Ministry of Health. She has coordinated program development, research, data analysis and has been responsible for Disease Prevention and Control. She has also spearheaded the development of the Jamaica Injury Surveillance System (JISS) that tracks hospital based injuries island-wide.
Dr. Ward has contributed to the development of national plans as a member of the task force for the National Security Strategy, Safe Schools, as a member of the working group for the Security Component of the National Development Plan, the National Strategic Plan for Children and Violence, and the Strategic Plan for Health Lifestyles.
Tyrone Wilson is the President and CEO of eMedia Interactive Limited (formerly eZines Limited) – Jamaica’s 1st online media company. eMedia Interactive consists of eZines (digital magazines) and the revolutionary iVu tv – Jamaica’s 1st online TV network. eMedia’s content is distributed via email, online, social media and mobile applications. In 2011, Tyrone raised US$350,000 (J$30,000,000) in a private placement from Pan Caribbean Financial Services, one of Jamaica’s leading investment banks to expand the operations of the company.
Tyrone, a proud graduate of Jamaica College, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Banking & Finance from the University of the West Indies, Mona. He is the 1st vice president of the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Jamaica, and currently serves as Chairman for National Entrepreneurship Week, in addition to being a board member of the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association.
At the age of 25, he was the 2010 recipient of the Prime Minister’s youth Award for excellence in entrepreneurship. Most recently, Tyrone received the Junior Chamber International (JCI) 2011 Creative Young Entrepreneur of the year awards for both Jamaica and the Caribbean, and the Trailblazer award from Kingston’s University of Technology, Technology Innovation Centre for his pioneering efforts in new media.
Rory plays an integral role in overseeing the content creation for Mathematics at all levels, the lessons plans and technical operations for the e-learning products and services.
Mr. White has always had a knack for Mathematics. So upon enrolling at the University of the West Indies, he saw it necessary to challenge himself by studying Actuarial Science. While there, he developed a greater love for teaching as he taught his fellow colleagues and other university students. Prior to entering the corporate world as a Quantitative Risk Officer, he became a full time teacher and saw the positive impact of his teaching style on the performance of his students and decided that teaching should always be a part of his life. He believes if One-on-One Tutoring Services and its team had been around ten years ago, Jamaica would have been much more developed in education than it is today.