Kaitlyn is currently an elementary teacher. She has her K-8 qualifications and has specialized in her ABQ of First Nation, Metis and Inuit studies. She graduated in 2018 from Bishop’s University with a BA of Sociology and English. Kaitlyn went on to work in Early Childhood Education at the YMCA, before following her dreams of becoming a teacher. She graduated from Ontario Tech University with a BEd in the primary and junior division, and has recently completed her intermediate division qualifications. Kaitlyn strives for the utmost success in all her students. She understands that each child is unique and has different ways of learning.
Patrick is a graduate of Trent University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Education, with additional qualifications in Special Education, and Health and Physical Education. He also has a degree from York University in Social Science, and a diploma from Humber College in Media Communications. He originally discovered his passion for teaching while working with at-risk youth in the Ski Hill Blues program.
Nikita graduated from teachers college in 2018 and has had experience being a primary/junior (grades 1-6) and intermediate (grades 7-8) teacher. She is qualified in primary, junior and intermediate, and specializes in math. Nikita is currently taking additional qualifications in math and guidance counseling. She is a confidant educator who wants to build strong relationships with her students and help them find the value in learning in orde to be successful. Nikita brings an enthusiastic attitude, creativity and joy into her teaching with activities and lessons that foster curiosity and engagement and gives students the opportunity to realize their potential.
Gabrielle is a passionate educator who enjoys teaching students of all ages. She holds a Bachelor of Education with minors in Contemporary Arts, Sociology and Curriculum and Instruction (Joint Honours First Class with Distinction), along with a K-12 teaching certification. In addition to academic teaching, Gabrielle has taught dance for many years. She has also trained in dance and performed professionally across Canada, the United States and Europe. While dancing with a ballet company in Geneva, Switzerland, Gabrielle worked in a French-speaking environment for six months. This experience enhanced her French language skills, which she developed as a student at Brown Public School and The Bishop Strachan School. Gabrielle has recently returned to Toronto, where she grew up, from Vancouver, where she studied Education. She is thrilled to be close to family once again, and she is grateful to be a Prep Academy Tutor!
Michelle is currently a teacher candidate studying at York University. She will be OCT certified as a junior/intermediate teacher in the Spring of 2023. She graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Journalism, with a minor in English, and a high honours in 2012. Michelle has over a decade of experience working with children ages 4 to 19 in a variety of settings.
One of Michelle’s core tenets as a teacher is that all students are capable of learning. When working with students, she is focused on nurturing each student’s unique gift and using students’ personal interests to assist in their learning. Michelle loves working one-on-one with students to develop personal relationships, understand what makes them special, and build their confidence in their own abilities as learners.
Michelle is passionate about reading, writing, and media literacy. With her journalism background, she is a specialist in clear and effective communication through writing. She is a strong believer in developing student voice and confidence through frequent, low-pressure, creative writing exercises, which help students build toward stronger academic writing. She is experienced in proofreading and eager to help secondary students polish their essays and personal statements.
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.
Cristina is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She grew up in Aurora, Ontario, and moved to Waterloo to complete an Undergraduate Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University majoring in Psychology and minoring in History. Cristina discovered a passion for teaching and working with children through volunteering with different organizations so went on to complete a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. Through teaching, she has been able to foster her love of Math and Literacy. Cristina creates engaging lesson plans that strengthen existing skills and cater specifically to the individual needs of her students. She believes that by building a strong connection with her students it will assist her to better meet their needs and learning goals. She finds these mentoring and learning experiences enjoyable and extremely rewarding. Cristina grew up with a deep love of travelling and mountaineering and has completed a 180 kilometres trek across the Dolomites mountains in Italy.
Kate is a certified teacher in British Columbia, Ontario and Australia. She grew up in Toronto, Ontario and completed the Concurrent Education program at Nipissing University. Graduating with a Bachelor of Honors Psychology and a Bachelor of Education. As well, she completed a Postgraduate course in Special Education and is currently finishing her Masters of Education and Technology. It was during her volunteer teaching experience in Costa Rica that she grew a passion for Special Education and encouraging diverse learners.
Kate moved to British Columbia just over a year ago due to her love of nature, travel, and passion for continuing her learning. During the summer months, Kate does online and in-person tutoring and has previously worked running a horseback riding camp for children.
Kate believes that by building a strong relationship with her students and understanding their abilities, she is better able to meet their needs and grow their knowledge. She also places importance on developing the whole learner, incorporating social and life skills and student interests into her teaching. Kate’s favorite subjects to teach are math, art, and social studies. Kate finds education very rewarding, she greatly enjoys working with children and teens and hopes to continue growing her personal experiences and knowledge.
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.
Mirza completed his Master of Arts degree in Political Science (with a focus in political theory and international relations) at McGill University. Prior to that, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Political Science and International Development Studies. He is currently working as a legal assistant at an immigration and refugee law firm. He has previous experience as a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant at McGill University.
Mirza is an attentive, patient, and passionate educator. He seeks to demonstrate to students the value in what they are learning and its transformative potential in their lives, meaning he works to make learning content relatable to his students. He also understands the value of individual learning and therefore approaches a student’s education according to their specific needs. His prior educational and professional experiences have equipped him to support students studying history, law, politics, philosophy, and English.