Yvonne received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary, specializing in Elementary Mathematics. She has been a classroom teacher for almost a decade, working in both public and private schools. Yvonne has taught all core subjects in elementary and middle school grades. Her personal interests include art and cooking.
Matthew O’Reilly is an educator specializing in the arts and the humanities. He has his Honors Bachelors of Art, Bachelors of Education, and Masters of Education from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He also holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary. Matthew enjoys working with all age groups, having worked as a camp counselor, K-12 educator, and in post-secondary. In addition to being an educator, Matthew is an award winning emerging international artist, having been the recent recipient of the Canadian Clay and Glass Galleries Winifred Shantz Award. Matthew meets students where they are at and tailors his teaching approach to what each student needs. Gamifying, setting goals and tracking progress is Matthew’s favorite way to motivate students. Matthew helps students visualize difficult and abstract concepts by utilizing his strong background in the arts.
Heather has a Master’s of Teaching degree and is qualified to teach in Alberta and Ontario. She has over ten years of experience developing and educating youth through academics and play. She is patient, efficient, and always works to ensure students are understanding the material. She believes that it is important to foster a love of learning and looks forward to helping students grow as learners.
Katherine has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from Toronto Metropolitan University. She continued her education earning a Bachelor of Education degree from York University at the Catholic Education Center. She has 7+ years of experience working with children as an educator, tutor, mentor, dance teacher, and volunteer in different schools across Toronto.
Katherine is currently an Occasional Teacher at the TCDSB. She works with students by using differentiated approaches as she knows that not all students learn in the same way. Katherine hopes to help her students gain curiosity, confidence, and excitement for learning. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys travelling and learning about new cultures, reading, staying active, and her family.
Melyna is currently in her third year of Elementary Education with a minor in Health and Physical Education. She is on the president’s honour roll and was valedictorian of her high school. She has experience working with diverse needs as an educational assistant and is currently a personal support worker. Her diverse background also includes being a camp instructor and softball coach. She has previous tutoring experience with a variety of subjects. Melyna is certified in Standard First Aid- CPR-AED Level C.
With a background in teaching ESL and horsemanship, Arielle completed her Bachelor of Education at UBC Okanagan in 2019. She has specialized in teaching early primary K-2 for the past few years, and brings an intuitive, nature-based, hands-on, responsive approach to teaching, making learning fun and engaging. She also has a long-standing passion for literature and writing and is well positioned to support your teen as they develop their ability as writers in their final years of high school or in preparation for university. Arielle believes that building a safe and positive learning environment is key to students’ ability and desire to learn.
Arielle was born and raised on the west coast and moved to Summerland in 2005. She loves reading, art, photography, film, history, nature, and animals – especially horses! She lives with her husband and two children on a farm in Summerland, which they share with various animal companions.
Lauren is a Certified Teacher. She graduated from Mount Royal University in the spring of 2022, with a Bachelor of Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish Languages and Hispanic Cultures. She completed her final teaching internship with Calgary Academy, where she taught Grade 2 students. Throughout her field experiences and practicum placements, Lauren has experience teaching at every grade level. Lauren believes in the importance of decolonizing our classrooms, schools and curriculums and successfully completed her final capstone project titled “Roses of Reconciliation: the Art of un-Learning”. Through collaboration alongside Indigenous communities, authentically and respectfully incorporating Indigenous voices and resources into the classroom, and working with Elders and Knowledge Keepers, Lauren strives to model decolonization and teach students their role in reconciliation.
Lauren’s love for working with youth was fostered at a young age, when she became a camp counselor for 8 consecutive summers. Lauren spent her summers working at Camp Cadicasu, where she would instill love, wonder, curiosity and appreciation for nature with youth. She initially began her studies of Education at the University of Saskatchewan, where she studied for one year before transferring to Mount Royal University. After five years of pursuing her dream, Lauren made the decision to teach abroad. She worked as a grade one teacher at a private school in Guadalajara, Mexico and fell in love with the culture and school. Additionally, Lauren has experience private tutoring at varying ages and subject areas. While tutoring, Lauren fosters a safe and inclusive learning environment where the learner feels comfortable taking learning risks and exploring new challenges. Through hands-on, personalized instruction directed at the students interests and learning needs, students’ love for learning expands. Lauren believes in supporting students in expanding their self-confidence and self-esteem to support their development in the classroom and beyond.
In Lauren’s free time, you can find her climbing mountains, in a downward dog yoga position, reading books, creating art, or dancing in nature. She loves anything regarding creative expression and believes in the healing power of art and nature. With a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to the curriculum, Lauren finds overlaps within subject areas to create integrated learning for her students. Lauren is looking forward to tutoring with you!
Nicole is originally from South Africa and has been in education for over 10 years. Nicole graduated cum laude in Fine Arts at the University of Johannesburg. As an undergraduate assistant lecturer, Nicole found her passion for teaching and has been in the classroom both in public, private and tutoring positions since 2012. Nicole completed her Bachelors of Education at the University of South Africa majoring in high school and Further Education in English in 2014 and has continued to be a life long learner in teaching strategies and diversifying her curriculums to best suit her students.
The students and their needs are at the heart of Nicole’s teaching practice. Her belief is that every student can reach their full potential and beyond with the right tools. As a teacher from a county of great cultural diversity, Nicole respects every student’s context and how to engage with the student on their own terms and in their own style of learning. Adaptable, caring and passionate about her students’ wellbeing, Nicole is a compassionate and understanding teacher always looking for new strategies to assist her students in the best way possible.
Currently residing in Hamilton, Nicole has been living in Canada for the past 18 months. She enjoys exploring as many new places as possible around Hamilton and the Niagara region in her spare time. She also loves reading, playing the guitar and the ukulele as well as sketching and painting.
Marie-Danielle has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and French Language Arts from the University of Calgary. She has been teaching Social Studies, Art, French as a Second Language and French Language Arts to junior high students for over 10 years. She is a passionate teacher who enjoys exploring and guiding students into discovering their full potential and capabilities. Marie-Danielle was born in Québec and moved to Calgary at a young age. Every summer she makes the time to go back to Québec and visit her family and friends. In previous years, Marie-Danielle has also partaken in summer camps, teaching French to international students. She always enjoys working with students and being a part of their learning success.
Nick was born and raised on the Canadian prairies and has been working on creative projects since he could hold art supplies. With a background rooted in Fine Arts and Graphic Design he has been developing an ongoing style that marries movement, colour and emotions with a complex inter-dimensional mess of lines, shapes and whatever presently sits in the back of his mind. He has learned the rules of art and certainly likes to bend and break them in fun ways. His inspiration is drawn from many sources including history, pareidolia, social culture, portraiture, cubism, expressionism, abstraction, cartoons, nature & his loving family.