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.

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.

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.  

Monica R.

Hello, my name is Monica and I am a graduate from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Ontario in the Primary-Junior Stream. I also have a Master of Teaching and a certification in teaching English Second Language from the University of Toronto. I currently teach ESL at a private language school in Toronto.

As a teacher, I am committed to student success by empowering students to reach their full potential through both their talents and their passions. I am a strong advocate of creating safe and engaging learning spaces where students are free to express themselves and share their ideas. Above all, I aspire to present learning in a way that is both fun and enjoyable to my students, despite how difficult a learning task may initially seem. My goal is for students to leave my learning space feeling confident, motivated, and ready to take on any task!

When I’m not teaching, you’ll often find me reading a book, writing poetry, singing, playing music, dancing, or laughing!

MORGAN R.

Morgan is currently studying to be an early/middle years teacher at the University of Winnipeg. Morgan has gained valuable teaching experience through her practicum and a summer learning program where she worked with students from kindergarten to grade 6. Morgan believes that getting to know and discovering students strengths, weaknesses and interests are essential in helping them learn. Morgan loves to make learning fun and adapt her teaching style to each students needs. In her free time she loves music, reading, hiking and art. She can’t wait to help you on your learning journey!

NICOLE A.

Nicole is an Early Childhood Studies Graduate from Ryerson University. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Education in the Primary/Junior Division at York University, where she is continuing to build upon her skills as an educator. During her Undergraduate program, she had many hands-on field placement opportunities including working in a Childcare Centre, Early Intervention Centre with children with Autism and a Public School. These placements provided an opportunity for her to plan lessons for a variety of grade levels with diverse needs. Nicole knew she wanted to pursue a career in education from a young age. She worked as a Swimming Instructor for children aged 3-13 and in the summer months, Nicole works as a Camp Counsellor/Specialist in an Art, Dance and Music based camp. Nicole has a deep passion for incorporating the arts in her learning experiences with students. Outside of work and education, Nicole enjoys yoga, meditation, listening to music and playing the guitar. She is incredibly kind and patient with every child she works with. She ensures that she gets to know the needs, interests and abilities of each of her students to ensure that her teaching is meaningful, effective, and relatable. She believes that this is an important step in creating a strong connection with her students and ultimately creating a learning environment that is welcoming, fun and comfortable for each learner. Nicole is interested and is always learning new teaching methods and strategies to ensure that she is granting each child with the optimal learning experience.

CATHERINE M.

Catherine is an Ontario certified primary/junior teacher and holds a Master’s Degree in Adolescent Education for English. She has been teaching students from nursery up to grade 11 since 2006 and lived overseas for 13 years teaching at the primary level in Mongolia, Eritrea, Venezuela, and Vietnam. Catherine is committed to continuous professional development and has completed additional coursework in primary English, math and science. In her free time, Catherine loves yoga, scuba diving, playing the guitar, puzzles, and cooking. She also works as a freelance writer!

VICTORIA T.

Victoria graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, majoring in Mathematics. She has been working with elementary and junior high students for the past 4 years. Through her practicums and experience working with students in various grades, Victoria is keen on building strong relationships with her students and helping them meet or exceed their goals for learning. She is extremely organized, passionate, resourceful and is genuinely invested in her students’ progress and success.

Diane F.

Diane graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) with Highest Honorary Distinction and is currently a permanent teacher with the Toronto District School Board. Diane has taught students from Grade 1 to 8 including Gifted, Special Education Integration and English as a Second Language. Since graduating, Diane has taken additional qualification courses in Special Education (part 1), Kindergarten (part 1), English as a Second Language (part 1), Mathematics (part 1 & 2), Reading (part 1 & 2) and is currently taking her Reading Specialist.
Diane is a passionate educator with a student-centered approach. Diane strives to provide students with a safe and inclusive learning environment where they can become creative and holistic thinkers. By working together with students and their families, Diane will utilize her knowledge in technology and modify the delivery of content to help spark an interest in your child’s learning.
As once a tutored child herself, Diane has lived through the benefits of 1:1 and small group learning. In addition to her education, Diane spent most of her extracurricular time as a child and teen playing baseball at a competitive level. This has led to Diane’s love for fitness and coaching.