Laya completed her Master of Arts in Child Study and Education, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto in 2017. After completing her Masters she decided to teach Year 3 (students aged 7-8) in London, England at an inner-city school for two years. Here she taught all subjects including English, Math, Reading and Science. During her time in London, she built strong relationships with students and families. Teaching in London has been a wonderful experience and she is now excited to be back in Toronto.
In addition to her teaching experience, she feels that being her own professional development is important in helping her students. She has completed her Special Education Part 1 Qualifications and many other courses. She also has experience with remedial work using Reading Mastery.
She loves working with students one-on-one, getting to know them and integrating their interests into her teaching. She believes that through collaboration you are able to build tools and strategies that help students become life long learners taking ownership of their learning. In her spare time she loves to read, hike, bake and travel!
Mateenah joins Prep Academy with an extensive Health Sciences background, a formidable English underpinning as well as years of experience working with children and youth. She completed her Secondary education at De La Salle College “Oaklands” in Toronto, ON, developing bilingual proficiency as well as a love for science, writing and literature. In 2016, she graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON with an Honours Degree in Biological Sciences (with minors in Chemistry and Psychology). Since graduating, Mateenah continues to quench her thirst for scientific knowledge in her ongoing contributions to the healthcare community- she conducts research at the St. Michael’s Hospital Li Ka Shang Knowledge Institute and is in the process of writing two scientific papers with the intent of publication. Over the years, Mateenah has imparted her knowledge and skills set to many others in various ways: Growing up, she devoted her time to instructing youth at her own Karate Dojo as a 2nd dan Sensei (not including her own training afterwards), organizing and leading in dojo maneuvers, katas and sparring demonstrations. Concurrently, she assisted at her local community center as a youth basketball program counselor (responsible for systematizing basic drills, organizing warm ups and workouts, running games between teams, and guiding children through various communication/leadership activities each week). Today, Mateenah co-lectures non-technical skills to post-graduates (first year and second year general surgery and gastrointestinal residents) affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Endoscopic Simulation Course. She also mentors students in a wide capacity of subjects as a part of Prep Academy Tutors (West Toronto), ranging from the sciences to mathematics to all aspects of English and reading comprehension as well as SSAT preparation. Moreover, after receiving specialized training in D.I. (Direct Instruction, Siegfried Engelmann’s highly interactive teacher-directed approach to learning), she also offers structured one-on-one teaching to children with diverse learning needs. Mateenah finds true fulfillment in fostering collaborative and engaging learning with students to get them excited about their education – all while moving closer to achieving their respective goals.