Helen, a master teacher, has a two decades of experience working with children. She earned her teaching degree from Fordham University and her special education degree from Manhattan College. She has a Nursery School through grade 6 certification with a specialty in Early Childhood Education. She has many years of experience teaching reading and writing along with executive functioning skills. She views tutoring as a fulfilling activity that allows students to develop and sharpen their skills. She enjoys being a positive influence in a student’s life to help them reach their full potential. Her ability to address the various learning styles of her students makes her students successful. Helen currently is employed by the New York City Department of Education.
Laura is a very passionate teacher with years of experience working with children. Laura graduated from the University of Guelph in 2017 with a Bachelor of Applied Science. She majored in Child, Youth and Family studies with a focus on early childhood education. Laura then went to Wilfrid Laurier University and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Education. Laura is Primary/Junior certified and has been with the Waterloo Region District School Board for the past three years working in long-term occasional positions. Laura is a lifelong learner and has acquired 5 additional teaching qualifications in the following areas: Primary/Junior Math Part I, Special Education Part I, Kindergarten Part I, Reading Part I and Student Assessment and Evaluation. Laura has a passion for helping children build their confidence in both themselves and their learning capabilities. She is creative in finding different ways to help children understand concepts and grow in their learning. Laura’s students often tell her that she “makes learning fun”. When Laura is not teaching she enjoys a variety of activities, such as reading mystery novels, crafting unique items, gardening, and spending time with her dog Penny.
Grace (she/her) has a master’s of English Literature from the University of Alberta and completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in Classical Studies and English Literature from the University of British Columbia.
During her time at UBC, Grace created and facilitated an undergraduate seminar course in Indigenous Literatures, a teaching experience that was enriched by her experience as a tutor and substitute teacher in Yellowknife for students from junior kindergarten to grade 12. Now, returning to Yellowknife from Edmonton after completing her graduate degree, Grace is enthusiastic to apply her experience in the field as a literacy and writing tutor.
Born and raised in Yellowknife, she is always excited to return home and join in on festivities like Folk on the Rocks and the Old Town Ramble and Ride. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cross-country skiing, and travelling.
Hi! My name is Raisa. I am currently teaching grade 1/2 French Immersion with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. I majored in French Studies at Glendon College of York University. I then completed a 2-year Bachelor of Education degree at the same campus, specializing in Primary/Junior (K-6), in 2019. The majority of my experience comes from working with grades K-3 and grade 5. Outside of the classroom, I have tutored students of all ages as a Piano Teacher and worked on the Royal Conservatory of Music Program with several of them. In addition, I have worked as a senior camp counsellor at a French summer camp and have been in charge of arranging various educational and fun activities with students.
My philosophy of teaching includes providing a safe and welcoming environment for students to think and to ask questions, to grow academically, to be creative problem solvers, and to develop meaningful personal connections. I set expectations and goals for students, but also give them the chance to explore their interests and the curriculum. I value the personal connections I develop with them, and the ability to motivate them and inspire them, as I believe these are some of the key factors to their success. I look forward to working with your child develop their skills in the near future!
Samantha began her love of teaching at 17 years old when she became a volunteer assistant in a primary classroom. After high school, she attended the University of Toronto where she studied philosophy, history, and sociology. After completing her undergraduate, she took a big leap and moved to South Korea where she became a full-time kindergarten teacher. Although she did not make it as a K-pop star in South Korea, she did come to realize that teaching is one of her biggest passions. After her year abroad she came back to Canada and decided to become an ELL teacher at a school downtown, teaching adult students coming to Canada to learn English. During this time, she also became a private tutor working with students ages 7-11 who attended schools in the TDSB. She worked with students who had different exceptionalities and it was through this job that she realized that teaching is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. After two years, she decided to take another big leap and complete her Master of Teaching at OISE, University of Toronto. Samantha is delighted to officially be an Ontario Certified Teacher. In her lessons, Samantha takes the time to get to know every individual student in order to create individualized plans that tap into the interests, passions, and needs of the learner. She loves to incorporate educational games, technology, art, and movement into her lessons in order to make the lessons more enjoyable, less rigid, and tap into multiple ways of learning. On her days off you can find Samantha watercolour painting, getting lost around the city, trying not to overwater her plants, and starting a new book before finishing the last one.
Janelle has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Prior to moving to Kelowna, she obtained an Advanced Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. She has also recently completed her 5+ Certificate from Queen’s University with a focus in Special Education. She is currently lending her expertise to a number of schools in Kelowna as a Teacher on Call.
Janelle is passionate about being a life-long learner and inspiring her students to be curious about the world around them. She enjoys running, snowboarding and playing volleyball in her free time as well as getting lost in a good book. She loves working with children one-on-one and providing them with learning opportunities to accelerate their academic progress. Janelle is looking forward to making meaningful connections with families in Kelowna.
Nicholle has a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She has worked with students at all levels from grades K-12, although she primarily teaches grades K-6. Nicholle is currently a Teacher on Call and has worked at a number of schools in Kelowna. She has a zest for learning and encourages all of her students to stay curious and to keep a growth mindset. Nicholle is passionate about helping students succeed and feel confident in their learning. She tailors her teaching to meet students where they are at and works with her students to set goals and make a measurable plan to accomplish them.
In her free time, Nicholle enjoys hiking in the beautiful Okanagan, getting lost in a good book, and letting her creative side out through painting.
Jade J is a dedicated, compassionate, and creative teacher who is eager to inspire children to be lifelong learners. She is enthusiastic about increasing students’ success through engaging activities. Jade is going on her eighth year of teaching, having taught grades 2, 3, 4, and 5. She currently is a fourth grade teacher and will continue to teach fourth grade next year as well. Jade is well-versed in a variety of academic curricula and teaching strategies to appeal to a diverse group of learners. Additionally, she encourages incorporating social emotional techniques across all subjects. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, including her two daughters, two stepdaughters, and her three dogs!
Joseph graduated with honours achieving a double major in the department Languages and Literature & Religion and Culture. Joseph has also completed additional qualification courses in mathematics, SSAT prep, and special education. Joseph has dedicated himself to the world of education and recognizes that education should be authentic, contemporary and student centred.