Vani is an Ontario Certified Teacher who grew up in Toronto and completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Toronto. She completed her Bachelor of Education at Niagara University, where she is now pursuing a Masters in Education Leadership and at Ontario Tech University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and Digital Technologies. During her teaching internship, Vani has taught at Toronto and Durham District School Boards as well private institutions abroad in Thailand and Australia. During the summer, she coordinates Specialty Camps (Dance, Arts, Cooking, Sports, Gymnastics, etc.) with the City of Toronto Recreation where she trains staff and plans programs that encourage children and youth to participate in diverse interactive experiences. For over 10 years, Vani continues to guide students in grades 6-12, building their knowledge and understanding in language, social sciences, math, science, and basic French. She also works one-on-one with university students and newcomers who require assistance with essay writing, resumes, and career exploration. In her spare time, she enjoys strength training, swimming, calligraphy, reading and performing Indian classical music and dance. Vani believes in building a strong relationship with her students, developing a confident growth mindset and supporting extra-curricular interests through diversity and inclusion, as these are key to each students’ identity, achieving learning goals and ultimate success.
Sarah has over 20 years teaching experience with high school students in a variety of subjects, including mathematics, physics and science.
Eric Sigman is a proud “edupreneur” with a strong passion for teaching mathematics with a conceptual approach to allow students to form connections. His motivating style has fostered his success as a teacher, building level administrator and district level K – 12 STEM Coordinator. As a high school math teacher for over 10 years in Bedford, NY, he personally experienced and implemented the paradigm shift in education from teacher-centered to student-centered classrooms. Outside of the classroom, Eric has helped develop materials for the writers of the Common Core Math Standards and College Board’s Pre-AP Algebra 1 to address the unique learning perspectives of the “new math”. In addition to his academic achievements, Eric has been featured in both the CT Post and NPR for his cutting edge approach to social emotional learning in high-need areas.
Eric has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the State University at Albany, and a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education and Educational Leadership from Hofstra University and Manhattan College. He also holds a Certificate in Instructional Technology from New York Institute of Technology. He is the owner of E to B Concepts, Inc. an Educational Consulting firm based in CT.
When he is not saving the world of education from its archaic views and methodologies, he is spending time with his wonderful wife, Rebecca and four beautiful children.
Arden graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor’s in Classics (Latin). A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she was awarded the George A. Schrader Humanities prize at graduation for her contribution to the cultural life of the college. Since then, she has worked extensively as a tutor, mentor, and classroom teacher, helping students reach their goals in fields as varied as SAT prep, English prose style, French literature, musical composition, and mathematics.
Arden scored 2340 on the SAT, achieving a perfect score in Critical Reading and reaching the 98th percentile in Math. She received perfect scores on all three of her SAT IIs: Literature, French, and Molecular Biology. Her insights into the test are supported by her experience creating instructional and practice material for both the SAT and SAT II Literature Subject Test.
Empathetic, friendly, and enthusiastic, Arden has an infectious passion for learning. She is fluent in French, has translated a novel from German, and studied Ancient Greek along with Latin at Yale. Outside the classroom, her interests include songwriting, classical music, game design, philosophy, and gender.
Nick Patel is a math and science teacher. Nick began on his teaching path in the winter of 2002 when he began working with the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University. He earned his BA and MS degrees from New York University with a concentration in biology, chemistry, economics, and general science, and obtained his teaching credentials in science education from Fordham University and City College of New York. In Nick’s words, “To me, teaching fulfills a higher purpose. Knowing that the future leaders of this world will face many coming challenges, teenagers and young adults must immediately be guided in such a way that will prepare them for the coming challenges that humanity faces.” Nick has been actively involved in the education sector for almost fifteen years, teaching in private and public schools, and providing services to educational institutions in the greater New York City area.
Bernard is a master tutor who has been teaching and tutoring for more than thirty years. He graduated from Tufts University and graduated with a Master of Science in Secondary Math at Lehman College. He has worked in White Plains, Yonkers, New Rochelle and most recently at the Hendrick Hudson school. Bernard taught seventh and eighth grade math in middle school and Algebra, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, Precalculus and AP Statistics at the high school level. He was the math Honor Society Advisor for six years at Henrick Hudson and an AP Stats reader in 2014 to 2016 and did virtual grading at home in 2020. He was the math department instructional leader from 2010 to 2013 where he worked with administration and other department leaders to make the school run smoothly.
He has also tutored SAT math and ACT math as a private tutor and for tutoring services. Bernard has just retired from teaching after 33 years. He has vast knowledge in many courses to help students achieve in this unprecedented time. Bernard was an adjunct professor at College of New Rochelle and more recently at Iona College where for two years he taught Business Calculus.
Bernard is married with three children ages 26, 23 and 19. He plays golf, bowls and has aspirations to become a voiceover artist. He is looking forward to continuing to help students learn and at the same time learn from students as well.
Katherine is an educator who strives to get her students excited about math and science, particularly through the use of games and puzzles. She has a background in biological research focusing on women’s and infant’s health, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and a Master of Science in Reproductive Physiology, both from the University of Toronto. Katherine began teaching during her graduate studies and hasn’t stopped since!
Upon completing her degree, Katherine focused on teaching full-time, becoming specialized in the instruction of elementary and secondary students possessing some type of learning difference or exceptionality. Katherine employs highly interactive, kinaesthetic, and creative teaching methods to engage all learners, and has successfully prepared over 30 students for standardized tests, including the SSAT, SAT, and ACT.
More recently, Katherine’s enthusiasm for creative problem-solving and love for all things STEM inspired her to learn computer programming and take on a new career in software development.
Kathleen holds her degree in Anthropology and Ancient History from McGill University and her DEC from John Abbott College in Sciences.
She specialises in all subjects at the Elementary level, math, English, Science, History, Humanities, SAT/ACT prep, and the high school entrance exam.
She studied with the International Hellenistic University in Greece where she excavated in Neo Rysio, Thessaloniki with a research group comprised of graduate and post-graduate students. For her internship with the Restoration Lab at MANN, Italy she worked under the supervision of the conservation experts at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples (MANN),
As a curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, she worked as a research intern to the Mediterranean and Asiatic curator at MMFA, performing research in addition to preparing text for the highly lauded exhibit Pompeii, which was on display in Montreal for over six months.
Kathleen is an engaging, focused, and dedicated tutor with a strong background in both the humanities and sciences, and her eagerness to help students thrive academically makes her a valuable tutor and mentor.
Vivian embarked on a new journey of teachers college at the University of Toronto in fall of 2018. Before this, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, also at UofT, while taking a plethora of courses in other disciplines including math, physics, and biology. She has years of teaching and guidance practice from her non-profit backcountry camping trips where she leads groups of 4-8 members on multi-day trips in the wilderness of southern Ontario. Vivan also coaches SAT/ACT prep, and she enjoys helping students with the math and science portion of these examinations. In addition to outdoor adventure recreation, Vivian’s other passion is conducting deep dives on physical phenomena by explaining them using science and math. This is how she learns and remembers knowledge. Hence, this is how she teaches. Is it her endeavour to contextualize as much of the curriculum to real life applications. Her hobbies include long distance bike touring, triathlons, and hosting dumpling making parties.