Natalija C.

My name is Natalija Cvetkovic. I am a certified Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE). My experience ranges from children that are from infant to grade 7 (ages 0-12); both in before school, daycare setting, school setting and after-school programs. Through my educational and professional career, I learned all about different teaching methods, such as Montessori or Reggio Amelia, and have worked in mostly private daycare-school settings.  I am currently working as an ECE in a Montessori school, and have taken aspects of the program that I feel work extremely well, and have started to develop my own teaching philosophy, that aligns with how I see children and working with them and the families.

The philosophy that I have come up with is that every child is unique in the way that they learn, play, socialize and develop important life skills, and that it is my job as an educator to understand and develop a relationship with them that supports the way they learn. For example, in the Montessori setting, there is a very clear structure and routine in the day, and academically the structure and routine work for the children, because they thrive best when they know what they need to be working on and what comes next. I personally think that adding in more “learning through play, and creative outlets” is beneficial for the children because it gives them a sense of understanding the material that needs to be taught, in a way that is more fun and educational at the same time. Taking this approach also allows the teacher to see where the children are in terms of interests and abilities, and to alter the lesson plans accordingly. It is great to have an idea of the day, but I am learning that the more I work with the children, I have to be able to be flexible to their needs and interests more then just having the educational lesson material delivered in a way that might be “boring”.

This is why I think a tutor would be a good next step for me professionally, because I can offer the support that families might be needing, in a one-on-one setting, where the focus would just be on that child specifically, to answer questions or develop better literacy skills and early math fluency. I understand that families play a big part in the education of their child, and I am excited to be able to communicate with them about their child’s progress, and next steps. I am looking forward to meeting new families and seeing if the philosophy that I have developed would fit with the potential client.

NINA B.

Nina B.has been teaching for 21 years, the last 16 at the Bronxville Elemenatary School. She has taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade and is currently teaching 2nd grade. She and her team of teachers have been responsible for putting together a rigorous curriculum that is enriching and engaging for her students. Her current curriculum includes using Teachers College reading, writing and phonics programs and Singapore math. However, she has a vast general knowledge of how to teach young children any math or ELA they might use in another school district. She understands the need to both challenge her students as well as offer modifications and scaffolding so that all of her students are successful and happy. Ms. B. wakes up each morning excited to come to school as do her students each year.

Nicole H.

Nicole received her Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Prior to this she attended the University of Toronto where she graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Science. She has 5 years of tutoring experience both in person and virtually.

Nicole has been working with students for over 10 years. She believes with the appropriate guidance and support all students have the potential to learn. Nicole finds joy when she sees that students are enjoying learning and she fosters this through relating the content to the students’ interests.

In her free time Nicole enjoys hiking with her dog Murphy, camping, baking and playing video games.

Ryan W-B.

An OCT member since 2009, Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto and is qualified to teach Primary/Junior levels. He also earned an Additional Qualification in Reading, with an aim to obtain his Special Education Part 1 AQ in the summer.

Although his undergraduate degree from York University focussed on Literature and History, Ryan has developed a proficiency in the Intermediate STEM curricula of Math and Science. He enjoys the chance to bring these traditionally stuffy subjects to life.

Ryan believes that all students can benefit from individualized education plans. As a parent and homeschooler of two neurodivergent children, Ryan has learned to adapt his teaching methods to meet the unique learning styles and personal interests of his students. He is always eager to collaborate with caregivers and support staff to identify each student’s particular intersections/identities/developmental histories so he can craft lesson plans that compliment any longstanding learning goals.

Beyond his formal experiences in education, Ryan has held a variety of creative writing positions. He has been an editor for multiple magazines, a freelance entertainment writer, the leader of graphic novel workshops at the Toronto Public Library, and a contributor to dozens of international poetry publications. He is a proud member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community and uses he/his pronouns.

 

 

Adam T.

Adam received a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Teacher Education (Primary/Junior) from Niagara University in 2019. Since then he has held positions as an OT, and LTO with the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board. His Undergrad is a Bachelor of Arts in Spec. Honours for Film.  In his spare time Adam  also loves playing various sports.

SHANNON K.

Shannon Kelly is an experienced special education teacher in the New York City Department of Education. In her time in the DOE, Shannon has taught Kindergarten, first, and second grade. As a special education teacher, Shannon has experience modifying curriculum to meet the specific, individual needs of each student. She prioritizes developing strong relationships with each child.

 

Shannon received her undergraduate Degree from Manhattan College in Early Childhood and Childhood Education (birth through grade 6) with concentrations in Mathematics and Psychology. She also received her Master’s Degree from Manhattan College in Special Education. Currently, Shannon is working on a second Master’s Degree in Literacy Education.

 

In her free time, Shannon loves to spend time with family and friends. She loves to read and exercise, but her favorite thing of all is to relax on the beach!