CHRISTINA Z.

Christina is an elementary school teacher, currently at home on maternity leave. She is a homeroom teacher, certified to teach Grades 1-12, and has a passion for teaching math. She loves connecting with students, getting them excited about learning, and watching their skills and confidence grow! She has taken several courses upon graduation, including four Additional Qualification courses.

ERIN N.

Erin is an Ontario certified elementary school teacher that enjoys working at the junior and intermediate levels. She holds additional qualifications in special education, primary, junior, and intermediate mathematics, and senior geography. Erin has taught mainly in the upper junior and intermediate divisions but loves working with all age groups and levels. She loves to joke around and be sarcastic with her students while teaching and she believes wholeheartedly that every student can learn a subject no matter their capabilities. Erin loves doing crafts, is a Marvel fan, and loves the outdoors.

LUNEL B.

Lunel has been teaching kindergarten within the Toronto Catholic District School Board for 7 years (4 years occasional and 3 years permanent). She grew up in Toronto and has attained an Early Childhood Education Diploma and Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership Degree from George Brown College. Lunel believes that play and inquiry engage, challenge and promote children’s natural curiosity while enhancing an alert and active state of mind that is conducive to learning. She reinforces a safe, welcoming, and a fun learning environment that engages children in innovative, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. It was during her experience as an Early Childhood Educator that Lunel decided to pursue a Bachelor of Education at Tyndale University, where she recently got accepted for the primary and junior division. Lunel has a love for learning and values ongoing professional development, which motivated her to also attain a Therapeutic Recreation Post-Graduate Certificate from Georgian College. With this certificate, she casually volunteers at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and casually works at a Long-Term Care facility. In her earlier years, Lunel taught piano at the Ontario Conservatory of Music as a teacher’s assistant and used to compete in piano competitions. Lunel has a wide variety of experiences with children of diverse stages of development from infancy to school-age from her field placements, volunteer, personal, and work experiences. Outside of the pandemic bubble and teaching in front of the computer screen, she loves to eat popcorn while watching movies, she enjoys hanging out and eating yummy food with family and friends while singing karaoke! Lunel loves to go on weekend trips to Niagara Falls and at the end of the day she looks forward to cuddling up next to her furry baby dog Cleo! Lunel’s educational, personal and work experiences come with quality of learning and quality of life.

DAVID G.

David graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies. He completed his Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto in the Intermediate/Senior grade levels. For the past 30 years he taught junior Science, senior Biology, Geography, Environmental Science and Cooperative Education at Dunbarton High School in Pickering at all levels including Grade 9 and 10 enriched Science. His approach to teaching is to infuse each lesson with an inquiry based hands-on experience, and to connect curriculum content to meaningful real-world events in areas such as sustainability, busines, and research. As a Co-operative Education teacher he coached many students on their career explorations and worked directly with partners in a wide range of sectors, from the trades to research. He is the recipient of five teaching awards, is an avid cyclist, and is currently riding out the pandemic in an off-grid cabin near Algonquin Park with his human family, and his non-human family of trees, birds, squirrels, deer, foxes, wolves, moose and bears (who are asleep now).

SHAMYA P.

Shamya graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Social Work in June 2020. She is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Child Study and Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, at the University of Toronto, with a specialty in Primary/ Junior grade levels. Shamya is a student teacher in a grade 4/5 classroom and has experience teaching students from the ages 3-12, in a variety of spaces. Shamya is a patient, positive, creative and outgoing educator who is always seeking new opportunities to work and learn with children. She has worked with students over the years as a summer camp inclusion counsellor, a Go Girls mentor with Big Brothers Big Sister of Toronto, in after school programs, as a classroom volunteer, a family programs facilitator at the AGO, and most recently as a primary classroom assistant at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School. Shamya’s personal teaching pedagogy is inquiry- based, therefore she structures her lessons using child centered practices that focus and are built on the basis of the students’ strengths, needs, interests and goals. She loves to support children in acquiring the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to become successful students and human beings in our society. She has a deep educational background and experience supporting students in the improvement of their reading, writing, and math skills. Shamya loves to teach because it allows her to support, learn and grow with students as they continue on in their educational journeys. In her spare time she loves to engage in group fitness classes, trying new recipes and spending time with her friends and family.

DANIELLE B

Danielle, a 27 year veteran of the public school system, has a Master of Science Degree in Special Education with specialization in wide-spectrum learning disabilities.  Over her long tenure in education, Ms. Bucolo has taught in the general education setting, teaching both general education students as well as those with various learning difficulties and styles.  Ms. Bucolo has extensive training with programs that have given each of her students access to and success with rigorous academic standards.  Currently, Ms. Bucolo teaches fifth grade in a general education classroom with five students who have IEPs.  Although the majority of her experience has been with students who either have IEPs or who are at risk, she has a passion for teaching all students in all settings. Outside of school, Ms. Bucolo is busy with three children of her own.  She enjoys her book club, listening to music and tutoring students privately.

JOSEPHINE L.

Josephine Logan is a veteran Italian teacher of over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a dual degree in Italian and International Studies and holds a Master’s degree in multicultural education from Iona College. She enjoys sharing her love of the language and culture with others and teaching them all that makes Italian so wonderful! In her spare time she enjoys reading, shopping and spending time with her three kids.

 

LESTER S.

Lester has taught mathematics for the past eight years in both public high schools and middle schools.  He currently teaches Accelerated Math at Ponus Ridge Middle School. He has taught or tutored all levels of math from Elementary (Singapore Math) through Calculus. Lester attended Carnegie-Mellon University where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University.  In addition to teaching math, Lester tutors elementary, middle school, and high school math as well as many of the standardized tests including the SAT, ACT, SSAT, and the ISEE.  Additionally, Lester has created enrichment programs for elementary and middle school students.  He believes in building relationships and empowering students with give and take instruction and discourse with the end goal of building self-reliance and confidence.  

Elisa B

Elisa B. is a graduate from York University in the Bachelor of Education Program with French as a Second Language as her teachable subject. Prior to York University, Elisa earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in French (Major), Italian and Spanish (Minors) from University of Toronto (Summa Cum Laude) and a Master of Education (Language and Literacies), from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her empathy towards students and passion for languages and teaching are a combination which many parents and students alike have commented on. She enjoys travelling, exploring new countries, canoeing and swimming. She has a strong understanding and commitment to inclusion and differentiating instruction, depending on student learning style and needs. Elisa also understands the importance of ensuring that parents and guardians are involved the learning process and kept abreast of the student’s challenges and progress.

Tori C.

Tori attended Brock University receiving a double Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Dramatics Arts and Education. Since graduation she has become qualified in all grades (K-12), and has received extra training on teaching Special Education. After graduation, Tori spent 2 years working on the Niagara Catholic District School Board and had the opportunity to teach many different classes gaining experience over a wide variety of learning abilities and curriculum expectations. Tori has recently moved to Simcoe County and is a teacher with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board and is currently teaching language and math to grade 4-6 students.

Throughout university, Tori worked as a Sports School instructor and in her later years she was in charge of the overall Youth Programs, overseeing all of the camps at Brock. She also volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Go Girls’ Mentor where she lead discussion and activities promoting being active, balanced eating and positive self- esteem to young girls. While studying at Brock, Tori play on the Women’s Varsity Volleyball team and in her final year, she was appointed the Captain. Growing up, Tori was a swim and dance instructor and has always wanted to be a teacher, following in her parents’ footsteps. Tori is caring, outgoing, compassionate and she loves educating and inspiring children and youth today.