Christina is an elementary school teacher, currently at home on maternity leave. She is a homeroom teacher, certified to teach Grades 1-12, and has a passion for teaching math. She loves connecting with students, getting them excited about learning, and watching their skills and confidence grow! She has taken several courses upon graduation, including four Additional Qualification courses.
Erin is an Ontario certified elementary school teacher that enjoys working at the junior and intermediate levels. She holds additional qualifications in special education, primary, junior, and intermediate mathematics, and senior geography. Erin has taught mainly in the upper junior and intermediate divisions but loves working with all age groups and levels. She loves to joke around and be sarcastic with her students while teaching and she believes wholeheartedly that every student can learn a subject no matter their capabilities. Erin loves doing crafts, is a Marvel fan, and loves the outdoors.
David graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies. He completed his Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto in the Intermediate/Senior grade levels. For the past 30 years he taught junior Science, senior Biology, Geography, Environmental Science and Cooperative Education at Dunbarton High School in Pickering at all levels including Grade 9 and 10 enriched Science. His approach to teaching is to infuse each lesson with an inquiry based hands-on experience, and to connect curriculum content to meaningful real-world events in areas such as sustainability, busines, and research. As a Co-operative Education teacher he coached many students on their career explorations and worked directly with partners in a wide range of sectors, from the trades to research. He is the recipient of five teaching awards, is an avid cyclist, and is currently riding out the pandemic in an off-grid cabin near Algonquin Park with his human family, and his non-human family of trees, birds, squirrels, deer, foxes, wolves, moose and bears (who are asleep now).
Danielle, a 27 year veteran of the public school system, has a Master of Science Degree in Special Education with specialization in wide-spectrum learning disabilities. Over her long tenure in education, Ms. Bucolo has taught in the general education setting, teaching both general education students as well as those with various learning difficulties and styles. Ms. Bucolo has extensive training with programs that have given each of her students access to and success with rigorous academic standards. Currently, Ms. Bucolo teaches fifth grade in a general education classroom with five students who have IEPs. Although the majority of her experience has been with students who either have IEPs or who are at risk, she has a passion for teaching all students in all settings. Outside of school, Ms. Bucolo is busy with three children of her own. She enjoys her book club, listening to music and tutoring students privately.
Sonya is a Teacher Candidate who completed her post-secondary education at Queen’s University. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and will complete her Bachelor of Education in July 2021. Her certified teachable subjects are English and Drama at the Intermediate and Senior level. Sonya has experience working in Reading Recovery and remediation and has taught and worked in public and private school settings. She has experience working with children and adolescents ages 7-18 through multiple placements, working in student activities, and through her many roles at summer camps (Camp Shalom and Christie Refugee Welcome Centre). Through her various mentoring and teaching experiences, Sonya has learned how students learn best and what is needed to motivate students to succeed and reach their full potential. Through this, Sonya is a strong believer in the power of one-on-one support and fostering passion and creativity through hands-on critical thinking activities. Sonya teaches with a growth mindset, believing all learning skills and abilities can develop through dedication, hard work, and a teacher that allows students to ask questions. In her free time, Sonya enjoys visual art through painting and drawing and exploring the outdoors and travelling whenever she can. You also will never find Sonya without a book in her hand or bag- you never know when you can get a few pages in!
Tori attended Brock University receiving a double Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Dramatics Arts and Education. Since graduation she has become qualified in all grades (K-12), and has received extra training on teaching Special Education. After graduation, Tori spent 2 years working on the Niagara Catholic District School Board and had the opportunity to teach many different classes gaining experience over a wide variety of learning abilities and curriculum expectations. Tori has recently moved to Simcoe County and is a teacher with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board and is currently teaching language and math to grade 4-6 students.
Throughout university, Tori worked as a Sports School instructor and in her later years she was in charge of the overall Youth Programs, overseeing all of the camps at Brock. She also volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Go Girls’ Mentor where she lead discussion and activities promoting being active, balanced eating and positive self- esteem to young girls. While studying at Brock, Tori play on the Women’s Varsity Volleyball team and in her final year, she was appointed the Captain. Growing up, Tori was a swim and dance instructor and has always wanted to be a teacher, following in her parents’ footsteps. Tori is caring, outgoing, compassionate and she loves educating and inspiring children and youth today.
Satwinder is an Ontario Certified Teacher, holding a Bachelor of Science degree, followed by a Bachelor of Education, specializing in the Primary/Junior grade levels. Additionally, Satwinder has taken an Additional Qualification in Special Education, Reading and Environmental science and consistently participates in educational workshops to further her knowledge.
Satwinder currently works as a permanent teacher with Peel District School Board with an extensive 15 years of experience in teaching children and adult’s from several cultural communities. She also has exemplary communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.
Satwinder has been the coordinator for the Summer Literacy Camp for ten years which is hosted by Council of Directors of Ontario, where she coordinated the day-to-day program implementation by supporting staff to determine the best possible strategies to ensure high quality and engaging literacy and numeracy programs, recreational activities, collection of research data and overall well being of the students.
Satwinder believes that every student is a unique force with an abundance of talent. Her challenge as an educator is to provide learning opportunities that engage, challenge and empower students in realizing their highest potential. Satwinder is passionate about working with children and helping them gain the confidence they need to succeed. Satwinder ensures to do her best to support her students to help them reach their full potential. She believes in the value of fostering meaningful relationships with her students while creating a safe and supportive learning environment.
In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, making arts and crafts, and spending time with friends and family.
Christina graduated in April of 2020 from McGill University with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. Her interests in school also extended to Gender Studies and Communications. In September of 2021 Christina will begin a Master’s Program focusing on International Economics and Policy. While at McGill, Christina tutored on behalf of the Sociology department, preparing students for upcoming exams and assignments. As well, Christina volunteered at the essay writing center, where she edited and assisted students with papers.
Christina’s passionate about literacy and believes that skills in reading and writing are fundamental to success in any subject. She has worked extensively with students with developmental and processing problems, working to help the students overcome difficulties and obstacles.
She has worked with children in different capacities, ranging from camp counsellor, swimming instructor, and tutoring. Christina believes being patient and firm while encouraging students is paramount to achieving goals.
Christina believes in developing and fostering relationships with each student in order to create a comfortable environment that allows the students to flourish and learn. She is a firm advocate for different learning styles and tries to incorporate a variety of techniques that deviate from standardized education, as she considers each student’s learning style to be unique and accommodable.
In her spare time, Christina volunteers as a peer support worker at a rehab center for addicts. She is fluent in Italian, enjoys reading, traveling, watching and playing sports, and spending time with family and friends.
David has a Bachelor of Health and Physical Literacy (minor in History) from MRU and is currently completing his Bachelor of Education at the U of C. He has over 15 years of experience working with youth as a substitute teacher, youth support worker and as a coach. David prides himself on building solid relationships with his students and challenging them to their highest capabilities. His ability to create a strong rapport with students quickly accelerates their learning and progress. In his spare time David enjoys being active in playing and coaching various sports.
Ivana has many years of experience in teaching adults and children. She completed her Bachelor degree in Science, with a major in psychology and double minor in biology and biomedical communications at the University of Toronto. She has worked professionally as both an elementary and secondary level school teacher in Thailand. Ivana is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Ivana encourages students to do their best by developing positive study habits, goals for success, and methods of self-motivation.