CONCETTA R.

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Concetta Roche is on her way of becoming a certified teacher and will be as of May 2020. Concetta is from Hamilton, Ontario, where she attended McMaster University to complete her Undergrad in Honours Theatre and Film with a Minor in Music. As well she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Musical Theatre Performance from Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Concetta grew up with a deep passion for the arts and took various opportunities in performing, behind the scene work and as well teaching at music studios to allow her passion to grow. It was teaching at a music studio in Hamilton where she discovered her passion for teaching and working with children/ teens. When she decided to pursue her teaching career, Concetta applied and has now completed her Bachelor of Education at Redeemer University. It is through teaching that Concetta has been able to foster her love of Music and Drama.

Through her Bachelor of Education, Concetta has been able to teach a variety of grades ranging from grade 3/4- grade 10. Through that experience, Concetta was able to teach a variety of subjects from Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Art etc. Concetta has taught in a full class setting to small groups and to one- on-one. Through her placement Concetta had the opportunity to differentiate instruction and create lessons and materials based on the needs of the student. Concetta would foster and engage personalized lessons based on who her student’s were in the classroom.

Concetta truly believes that engaging students using their curiosity and interests is crucial in helping them gain confidence they require to succeed.

MATTHEW B.

Matthew is an Ontario Certified Teacher in the Primary and Junior Divisions. He is a graduate of OISE’s Masters of Teaching Program at the University of Toronto and completed his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Drama & English. He loves Jalapeño Cheddar dipping sauce and writing in the third person. Matthew has over 10 years of teaching experience in various classroom and educational settings. He developed his passion for education and working with children as professional actor teaching improv, speech, and drama at Second City Toronto where he also served as the Youth & Teen Programme Coordinator. Matthew is a champion of the arts and the powerful effect they can have on students and their learning experiences. His graduate thesis looked at improv’s powerful effect on creating community in the classroom and helping students with their own confidence, problem-solving, anxiety, and voice. Matthew also worked at Sick Kids Hospital as a Therapeutic Clown, a faithful companion to patients utilizing therapeutic play, relationships, developmental and procedural support, humour and laughter. Matthew has been very fortunate to have teaching experience with students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. As a resident of North Toronto, Matthew was lucky enough to have placements at many schools in the area, including John Wanless, Armour Heights, Sterling Hall, and Crescent. Matthew is passionate about developing a strong community in his teaching and tutoring through supportive relationships. He is committed to working with parents, teachers, and students to create an atmosphere where students reach high levels of achievement and well-being. When not teaching, Matthew can be found serving as the Artistic Director of a local Toronto theatre company, or up north at his new cottage in the Algonquin Highlands.

VICTORIA L.

Victoria graduated from Brock University, where she received her (Honours) Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts while also obtaining certification in Drama in Education. Victoria is an Ontario Certified Teacher and received her Bachelor of Education from York University in the Junior/Intermediate division. Victoria has taken her French as a Second Language Part 1, Special Education Part 1, and her Primary Additional Qualifications. Victoria has taught professionally for the past two years while gaining experience teaching all subjects within the elementary school curriculum. She is passionate about infusing the arts into any learning environment and approaches every learner with enthusiasm and encouragement. Victoria strives to build meaningful connections with students and help them succeed in a safe and inclusive environment. Victoria has worked in private tutoring for 4 years supporting children from preschool all the way to grade 10. Aside from Theatre Arts, some of Victoria’s passions also include music, social activism, cosmetology, culinary arts, and literature.

MAX V.

Max has been in the education field for about 15 years. He has experience in teaching students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and is a French/English speaker from Montreal. Max is a French Immersion Teacher and is currently teaching Grade 8. He has a Master’s Degree in Education and an Undergraduate degree in French Studies from Glendon York University, where he also obtained a bilingual certificate. Max’s specialty is French, but he also teaches English, Math, History and Geography and Science. One on one teaching is very effective in helping students to gain confidence and helping them to reinforce on learned concepts. Students get a helping hand on developing organizational skills, good working habits and they take ownership on their learning. Max looks forward to working with your child on their journey towards success.

DANIELLE P.

Danielle is an Ontario Certified Teacher who completed her post-secondary education at Queen’s University. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and English, and a Bachelor of Education participating in the Artist in Community Education program track. Her certified teachable subjects are English and Drama at the senior level, and she has completed the Junior Qualification, certifying her to teach both math and literacy in grades 4-10. Danielle also holds a Special Education Qualification. Danielle has taught in both the public and private school setting, and currently works for the Toronto District School Board. She has experience working with those aged 6-18, and has taught both middle school and high school classes. She has also spent many summers working as a counsellor, Videographer, Head of Arts Activities and Program Director at her overnight camp (Camp Shalom). These experiences have allowed to better understand how students of all ages learn and work best, allowing her work effectively with students and facilitate their success. Danielle sees the value in learning through action, and aims to balance instruction with activities. She always works to ensure she builds a rapport with students and creates a safe and supportive environment so they can feel comfortable sharing ideas and taking risks. Danielle also has experience working with students and campers putting on plays, and in her free time she enjoys listening to musicals, singing, playing piano and seeing theatre whenever she can. She also loves to read, and after reading 50 books last year she has a tough record to beat!

MATT C.

Matt is an Ontario Certified Secondary School Teacher. Born and raised in Toronto, Matt earned both a B.A (History/Theatre) and B.Ed from Brock University followed by an MBA from McMaster University. Matt’s experience as an educator includes working as a high school teaching, a teaching assistant for graduate level business courses, an English and citizenship tutor for recently arrived refugees, a youth educator and network builder at an education focused charity, and his current role as an occasional teacher at the Peel District School Board.

Matt’s approach to teaching has been informed by his diverse academic background; Matt draws on his training in the business, arts, and humanities to provide support that is tailored to the unique needs of his students, and focuses on helping students develop strong interdisciplinary skills to achieve their goals.

When he’s not teaching, Matt spends his time showing visitors around Toronto by bicycle, petting as many dogs as he can find, volunteering in his community, and trying to learn to bake his own bread.

LINDSAY H.

Lindsay graduated from the Concurrent Education program at Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies and a Bachelor of Education in the primary and junior divisions. Since then, she has obtained additional qualifications to teach Intermediate English, Special Education and English as a Second Language.

Lindsay not only has experience in Canadian classrooms, but has also taught and tutored in Namibia, Peru and China. She has a great deal of experience teaching English, both as a first and a second language, as well as mathematics and science.

Lindsay uses her passion and enthusiasm towards teaching and learning to always establish a positive learning environment with her students. She believes an environment where questions are encouraged and mistakes are respected is one that will promote success in each child’s learning. Lindsay recognizes that learning is an individual process and thus works hard to tailor her instruction to use each student’s strengths in order to address their needs.

Lindsay has a passion for working with children both inside and outside the classroom. She spends her spare time coaching children’s soccer as well as volunteering in special education settings within her local school board.