ALESSIA D.

 Alessia is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a variety of teaching experiences. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Toronto. During her time there, she discovered her passion for teaching while volunteering for an after school hands-on science program in Toronto schools. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Education at York University, and is currently working as a teacher with her local school board. Alessia is qualified to teach all grades, and has tutored and taught students from kindergarten to twelfth grade in math, reading, writing, and science. She has also worked with new English Language Learners and students with a variety of abilities, always catering lessons to their specific learning needs.Alessia is passionate about teaching math and science and always aims to make every lesson a positive and engaging experience by focusing on students’ strengths and interests. She believes that a student’s mindset is the most important part of learning, so she always encourages students to make mistakes, persevere, ask questions, and think with a growth mindset.

Nava A.

Nava is a certified teacher who graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She also holds an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood and is currently working on her Montessori certification.

Nava has taught internationally, in Canada and the United States. She has had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of students from different backgrounds and enjoys instilling a love of learning in her students. Nava enjoys discovering techniques to help her students better understand the content.

Nava likes to play tennis, make jewelry, and enjoys traveling. Nava has traveled to many countries and hopes to travel more in the future.

Giovanna C.

“I see potential in every student and coaching gives me the opportunity to empower students to become high achievers.

​I hope that I can ultimately inspire and encourage students to persevere and actively seek opportunities to grow.”

McGill University​ Masters of Education in Educational Psychology

McGill University Bachelor’s of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language

LENA S.

Every student learns differently and it is important to foster an environment where students can embrace their individuality and their unique ways of learning. Lena Sadaka has been an Ontario Certified Teacher for the last twenty years. She is very passionate about her teaching and desires to foster a cohesive learning atmosphere. She is proficient in three languages and is confident that she will fulfill her responsibilities and that her extensive teaching experience aligns accordingly with this positions’ criteria. Her personal goals and interests include; utilizing a variety of innovative teaching styles and methods to accommodate diverse learning amongst students. Throughout her numerous years as an educator and leader, she strongly believes that students should be given the opportunities to share their voices and opinions. This perspective will help students feel invested in their own learning and can ignite passions that will increase their persistence. These trying times have reinforced her short notice adaptability as a teacher, through multiple successful transitions between in-person planning to that of remote teaching. She endeavours to serve students through the administration of the curriculum content using differentiated instructional and assessment approaches while ensuring an engaging learning experience. Given the opportunity, she will bring productive communication skills and a growth mindset.

MICHELLE L

Hi! I’m Michelle Li. This is my fourth year tutoring ESL (Level A-D). I grew up in China, but moved to Canada nine years ago to complete my Master of Education degree at Brock University. I genuinely enjoy teaching and tutoring. My philosophy is that each student is unique, therefore, they learn and thrive at their own pace. I’m really excited to be a part of this wonderful team.

Sean M.

Hello, I’m Sean!

I graduated from the concurrent education program at Brock University. This means that I have my bachelor of education as well as my bachelor of arts in integrated studies with honors. I also have 4 years of teaching experience which was acquired from various schools in Canada as well as the United Kingdom. I’m a licensed teacher in Ontario as well as the United Kingdom with teaching designations in the junior, intermediate and senior streams.

I specialize in English and history. This means that I am able to help your child improve their reading, writing, and speaking capabilities in order to prepare them for university or to help them achieve a higher mark in their course. I have taught grade 11 and 12 English numerous times, meaning that I have developed lessons, activities and worksheets specifically designed to help and improve a student’s essay writing.

Having 3 years experience working with international students, I am confident in my ability to help your child if English is their second language.

IRA B.

Ira brings twenty years of experience teaching literature, writing, and grammar to students at the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, NY. His teaching practice (MA, New York University, English Education) has been informed by his background in theater and writing. He received a BA in Theater Studies from George Washington University and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Brandeis. He has studied with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company on ways to use rehearsal techniques to engage students’ emotional and kinetic intelligence. Ira’s interest in languages and world cultures drew him to the study of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Teachers College, Columbia University. As an instructor at Westchester Community College, he has taught ESL to students at all levels of English proficiency. He has tutored students in the US and China via Zoom in ESL and TOEFL preparation. Ira brings deep knowledge of his subject areas along with dedication to finding the best mix of techniques to help each student thrive. He knows that students learn best when they feel seen and prized as individuals with interests and skills beyond the work at hand. Ira helps students to see and understand their academic growth so they can develop confidence in their ability to learn independently.

Sabina M.

Sabina is a graduate of York University’s Faculty of Education in the Primary-Junior Division. Since graduating, she has completed additional basic qualifications in First Nations, Metis & Inuit studies for Intermediate, Senior Social Sciences and Teaching English Language Learners.  Sabina is also trained in Direct Instruction.  Sabina is passionate about helping students reach their potential while being mindful of differentiating her practices student to student.

Sabina’s purpose is to help her students understand things in ways that make sense to them as well as support & amplify their confidence. She focus on mindful practices to help alleviate anxieties and teach my students tools they can use to help them learn. She believes that students do their best when they’re supported, engaged, and have many tools for success.

When not tutoring or teaching, she is reading, drawing, dancing, and cooking. Her interests include nature, animals and gardening.

Magdalene S.

Magdalene graduated from OISE’s Master of Teaching program and holds her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. Magdalene has been teaching in professional and social settings since 2015 and has experience working with diverse learners. She has taught grades 1 through 12 with a focus on English, math, and the social sciences. Magdalene also has experience teaching English internationally.

Magdalene seeks to advance students’ self-confidence and self-efficacy while cultivating a love of learning and empowering students on their journey to academic success. She embodies and exemplifies an ideology that centres around self- discovery and personal growth, with an emphasis on critical thinking, adaptability, and resiliency.

When Magdalene isn’t in school or tutoring, you can find her curled up with a good book, visiting the animals at the Toronto Zoo, or taking pictures of different foods she’s tried around the city.

ZI W.

Zi completed both her Bachelor of Commerce and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate at the University of Toronto – St. George. She is currently a primary/junior teacher candidate at Niagara University (Toronto campus), and a math instructor at Mathnasium. Before enrolling in teacher’s college at Niagara University, she was an ESL instructor at a private language school in Toronto for about 2 years and worked with students from all around the world, including South America, Asia, and the Middle East! Zi loves working with students from different age groups and backgrounds. During her spare time, Zi likes to read fiction, play computer games, and listen to podcasts. She also speaks fluent Mandarin.