Shivani J.

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 J.

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 L.

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.

JORDAN B.

Jordan graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (currently known Ontario Tech University) with a Bachelor of Science with a focus of Physics and Biology. He completed his Bachelor of Education the following year. During his time in University, he worked as a cashier, a scribe for visually impaired students, and a tutor. Upon graduation, he moved to England where he began teaching and investing in his true love of traveling. When he wasn’t jet-hopping to different European countries, he was teaching Science to all levels of Secondary School (Grade 7 – Grade 11). Additionally he taught A-level Physics (similar to Grade 12 – first year university level) as well as working in a Special Education Centre for students with Autism. After 3.5 years of teaching abroad, Jordan decided it was time to come home and now teaches with the Durham District School Board. Since joining the board; he has had 3 full year long term contracts – two of which were in elementary. His Junior experience focussed on Grade 6 EQAO preparation. He currently teaches Grade 10 Science and Math and Grade 11 and University Physics.
Typically, you can find Jordan practising Yoga or working out at the gym (pre-quarantine days), playing video games, or taking a stroll around the lakefront at Kew and Woodbine Beach.
Jordan continues to pursue professional development; recently completing an Additional Qualification in Intermediate Math. Jordan has also received Additional Qualifications for Primary and Junior teaching. Next he will be branching out to obtain Senior level Math.

 

ELNAZ H.

Elnaz completed her Bachelor of Science degree at York University. She has completed her MCAT exam and has applied to medical schools across Ontario for the 2021 year. Elnaz has more than 7 years of private tutoring experience, as well as experience working with ESL students.
Elnaz is passionate about teaching and hopes to empower and motivate her students through active communication and mutual decision making. Elnaz believes in working collaboratively with students to improve the skills they will need to succeed in their academic and non-academic lives – such as time management, leadership, and communication skills.
Furthermore, Elnaz is an outgoing and energetic person. She likes to play piano and sing in her spare time. She is also a painter, and an aspiring cartoonist.

ALLIE C.

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.

IVOR H.

Ivor has taught and tutored both in America and overseas. In Bhutan, he taught English at the primary level (Early Learning Centre) and English and Creative Writing at the college level (Royal Thimphu College). In America, he has worked at The Bronxville School for the past several years and has tutored both middle school and high school students.
Ivor holds degrees from Vassar College (BA in English), Columbia University (MA in Journalism) and CUNY-Lehman College (MA in Education).
He has also written for such publications as The New York Times, BBC World Service, Medium, Time Out New York, and is the author of Life on the Ledge. His essay, “Allure of the Ledge”, appears in New York Stories: The Best of the “City Section” of The New York Times.

Abi S.

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!

SILVIA G.

Silvia is a Spanish Language, Literature and Culture major at SUNY Old Westbury.  Silvia is also a skilled foreign language teacher who creates and develops engaging lessons. Silvia has achieved success in well established schools such as Equality Charter School, Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter Schools to name a few.

 

Silvia Guerrero has over seven years experience working with high-needs students in urban environments.  This includes working with English language learners and students with IEPs within the general education classroom to create differentiated tasks in line with the expectations of the common core.  Silvia’s personal interest in studying abroad and in Spanish speaking countries and the Spanish language has given her the language skills and cultural knowledge to reach students that struggle with academic success and the English language. 

 

After spending more than 7 years in Education within the urban setting alongside her mother Silvia founded an integrated childcare site in the Bronx “Garden of Eden Daycare” serving children of all learning abilities, in an inclusive setting. Silvia understands the importance of differentiated instruction and accommodations to meet the needs of all learners. 

 

Silvia’s ability to create an engaging student-centered learning environment allows her to build the kind of authentic relationships with students that will improve their chances of success.

 

During her spare time Silvia loves to travel with her sons: Ángel, Aaden, Adrien and Amar while enjoying a good cup of coffee.

DHWANI P.

Dhwani graduated from Pace University with a B.A. in Mathematics and studied Astronomy and Astrophysics at Columbia University before deciding to pursue a M.A. in Statistics. She has been teaching since 2004, including in Hong Kong as a Fulbright Scholar. Her areas of expertise include pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and preparation for the SAT, SHSAT, TACHS, ISEE and other standardized exams. She has taught students from Kindergarten to college level.