Deidre is a science teacher from Upper Westchester, New York. She graduated from Mary Louis Academy in 1984 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science and Elementary Education in 1991 at Queens College, and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science at City University and recently completed 60 + professional credits in science curriculum education. She started her career as a paraprofessional in high school special education and became a science teacher working for the New York City Board of Education until 1993. She raised two beautiful daughters and was an Adjunct professor at St. John’s University, Westchester Community College and Bronx Community College in Biological Science.  Her professional journey continued as the Science Chairwoman at Solomon Schechter School in Westchester, and is currently teaching as a tenure track science teacher in the Yonkers Public School system. In addition, she was a cofounder of a non-profit beautification commission called “Keep Rockland Beautiful” which educates students in the preservation of nature and prepares and inspires youth to address the tremendous challenge of protecting our natural resources and providing for healthy, sustainable communities and started a 4H club in her town and fulfilled her interest in raising farm animals and teaching agriculture science. 
She believes students learn science by doing science. Her classes are a medium through which her students will learn life skills that are critical for their success in college and future careers.


Shara earned her PhD in Pharmacology from University of Alberta during which she won several national and international awards for her scientific presentations and research. Immediately after her PhD, her love for teaching led her to Centennial College where she taught Biology and Anatomy. Shara has an extensive experience of about 10 years of privately tutoring students in person and online. Her way of teaching, motivating and building trusted relationships with her students is reflected in her former students reaching out to her for guidance and help during their college and undergraduate years. Shara believes “It is important to remember that although all students have the ability to reach their maximum potential, the same style of teaching may not apply to all students. Adapting teaching style to unique needs of students in order to effectively enhance and support learning is crucial in ensuring the success of the students.” As a national debate champion Shara is able to communicate complex concepts in an engaging manner that helps her capture the attention of her students. Science immensely excites her and as an effort to promote science education and research to high school students, she volunteered for the Let’s Talk Science Workshop every year held at University of Alberta. In addition, her kind and caring nature often leads her to volunteer at senior homes; building crafts with independent and assisted living seniors. Shara actively practices empathy and incorporates the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the tutees to bring out the best possible outcome.


Rishanthi is completing her Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmacovigilance and Medical Writing at theJames Lind Institute. She holds her BSc from McGill University, and her Diplome d’etudes collegiales in Health Sciences from Vanier College.

She was the recipient of both the Wager Scholarship (top 3 students with highest academic average) and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97 Scholarship. She has received the Commissioner’s Prize Award for the highest academic average in science, the History Award for Excellence, the Chemistry and Physics Award for Excellence and the Vanier College Entrance Scholarship.

Rishanthi served as the Medical Director/Editor/Writer for Advertise Health, and as a Research Assistant at the McGill University School of Communication Sciences & Disorders. She currently works as the Research Coordinator/Assistant at McGill University’s Transcranial Stimulation Lab

She has worked at A1 Tutorial, and has over ten years of tutoring experience in subjects ranging from maths to sciences to History up until the University levels. She was also a classroom volunteer at The Mackay Center, where she assisted children with special needs, and helped them with homework, assignments, and reading.

Her incredible patience, combined with a deep understanding of the material and a knack for making it accessible, makes her a fabulous tutor.