My name is Cassandra and I am a recent graduate of both Ryerson University and York University respectively. My educational background is heavily focused in early childhood education/studies. I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education with honours and two degrees, one is a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies and the other is a Bachelor of Education. I am also a newly registered primary-junior teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers hoping to start my journey in the near future of having my own primary classroom. I am a huge advocate for hands-on learning because I personally believe that the act of learning is done best when the experience is an enjoyable one. I have always been a huge fan of literature and the arts and try to incorporate different elements of the arts into my everyday teaching practices. When working with students, I try my hardest to form meaningful bonds with each individual child to really get to know how they learn best and how I can help them reach their full potential. Outside of teaching, I am a lover of cats, I have one of my own named Luna who I’m sure will end up joining some of my tutoring sessions. I am a huge shopaholic, I love clothes, make up, shoes and everything and anything in between. I love to cook and try out new recipes. I find cleaning extremely therapeutic and I am a huge social butterfly! I look forward to working with you and your child(ren) in the near future!
Hi! I’m Michelle Li. This is my fourth year tutoring ESL (Level A-D). I grew up in China, but moved to Canada nine years ago to complete my Master of Education degree at Brock University. I genuinely enjoy teaching and tutoring. My philosophy is that each student is unique, therefore, they learn and thrive at their own pace. I’m really excited to be a part of this wonderful team.
Shivani is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts in Performance Studies. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Psychology. In the past, Shivani has worked extensively as a dance and Taekwondo instructor for younger children as well as a camp counsellor for kids aged 6-12. Shivani enjoys designing leadership and personal development curriculums for educational and non-profit institutions, specifically designed for primary junior and middle school students. She loves creating unique programs that combine education and play to encourage children to be an active participant in their education!
Mackenzie is in the Concurrent Education program at Brock University where she is specializing in elementary education. She has several years of experience working as a tutor with various school boards, where she has facilitated online literacy programs in addition to individualized support in math, science, and English. Mackenzie has also completed many educational placements and she was a peer mentor at Brock University. She enjoys spending time at her cottage with friends and family!
Laura has over 10 years of teaching and tutoring experience in a variety of environments, from elementary through to high school. She has also taught ESL locally and abroad. She has experience working with students within a wide range of learning abilities, and works compassionately with students wherever they are at. Laura holds a Masters degree, and is a certified Early Childhood Educator. She is interested in learning about and participating in efforts towards social justice.
Allie is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology and Education. With over 10 years of experience in the field of education, Allie has taught Grades 1, 2 and 5 and currently teaches Grade 3 in Toronto. Alongside teaching her own class, she is also a Special Education Resource Teacher for students in kindergarten to Grade 8. Allie strongly believes that every child is capable of success. She works closely with each student to provide individualized support and active encouragement which is reinforced by establishing and maintaining close communication with families. Allie is dedicated to teaching the holistic student and creates engaging lessons that are centred around students’ interests and experiences. In her free time, Allie enjoys travelling, painting, dancing, and reading as many books as she possibly can. Though during the school year, she can usually be found on the couch with Netflix and her dog, Charlie.
Abi is an Ontario Certified Teacher who is qualified to teach both Primary and Junior grades, and also was awarded Qualified Teacher Status in the UK. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus, with a double major in English (Co-op Program) and Sociology. After graduating in 2012, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Education with First Class Standing & Dean’s List Honours from Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay Campus, before working at Oxford Learning Centres as both a Learning Coach and the Little Readers’ Program Teacher, where she enjoyed engaging her students in a variety of ways, incorporating music and art in order to reinforce learning and foster joy during lessons. She also worked at the City of Toronto’s Fort York National Historic Site, as a Support Assistant, before moving to London, England, to work as a Primary School Teacher for three years. In the UK, she worked collaboratively with other teachers and across Year groups as she planned and delivered detailed lessons to children from 4 to 12 years of age.
Abi continually strives to be a source of positivity and aims to motivate her students to always try their best and work as hard as possible to achieve all of their dreams and goals. She hopes to instil within her students a life-long passion for learning, and inspire curiosity, as well as provide them with a sense of self-reliance and self-confidence in all areas of study and life. Her primary focus is to ensure that her students feel safe and comfortable in their learning environment, so that they feel as if they can have fun and enjoy themselves as they learn.
In addition to her commitment to her students and education, Abi enjoys reading books, watching films and tv shows, and going on long walks with her dog, River. She dearly loves spending time with her large extended family, and is known as the fun ‘aunt’ to many of her cousins’ young children. She is also an avid traveller, who has travelled to over 30 countries already, and thoroughly enjoys exploring new places and going on spontaneous adventures with friends. She loves music and art and museums, and especially castles, so she loves visiting as many art galleries and museums as possible on her travels around the world and also at home in Toronto!