I have worked in various capacities in Primary/ Junior Education for the past seven years, teaching in English, Core French and French Immersion settings. Most recently, I filled a Long-Term Occasional (LTO) role as a Virtual Grade 2 French Immersion Classroom Teacher, using Google Classroom Apps to create engaging and inclusive lessons.
As a French Immersion public school graduate, I went on to pursue my passion for the language, receiving a major in French studies at Trent University in 2013. Upon achieving my Bachelors of Education at Queen’s University, I completed French as a Second Language Part I Additional Qualification (AQ) in 2014, equipping me with tools, resources and strategies to provide high quality learning opportunities both in Core and French Immersion settings. I had the privilege of working as a Core French Teacher in Ontario for six months and a Grade 1 French Immersion Teacher in Australia for three years, where I consolidated my knowledge of, and enjoyment for teaching French as a second language. I then went on to teach multiple Grades in the United Kingdom for two years, working primarily as a Classroom Teacher for students with Special Educational Needs (SEN).
My approach to language learning is a focus first on speaking and listening, then to consolidate these skills through reading and writing activities. I use songs, games, stories, physical activities, and short videos to create meaningful and engaging lessons, ensuring the material is targeted to my student’s zone of proximal development. When teaching Math, my strategy is to teach strong foundational knowledge in place value/ numeracy to use as a launching point for other strands in the Mathematics curriculum. I encourage the use of manipulatives (counters, hundreds charts, bar models etc..) and visuals to consolidate mathematical skills. Last year, I introduced “Outdoor Math” to my Grade 2 class, and adapted my lesson to an at-home, outdoor environment, for example, place value counting with sticks and stones.
I understand that the past two years have been extremely challenging for both students and families; my objective is to help close the gap through quality teaching/ learning and strong communication with families. I look forward to supporting my students and their families in achieving their educational goals.
Sherin Zachariah is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She was born in Kerala, India, grew up in The Kingdom of Bahrain, and moved to Ontario, Canada in 2019. Graduate of a BA in Communicative English, an MA in English Language and Literature, and a B.Ed in English Language. She has been working in the field of education for more than 12 years now as a tutor, a teacher and also an educational assistant both abroad and presently in Canada. She specializes in guiding students in the Junior and Intermediate levels and also loves to work with students in the Primary levels as well. Sherin grew up with a deep love of teaching. Her passion has helped many students of different abilities over the years and she hopes to be able to continue to do that all her life. Through play and stories, she loves to provide a clearer understanding of concepts by painting a visual image in the mind of the child and does so by connecting with the student through their interests and using that to create pictures that the student will then remember. In her spare time she loves to read, likes to keep current of all the trends so that she can better relate with the students in her care, and loves to go for long drives in the beautiful Canadian landscape. She works to develop approaches for engaging with students as a mentor. She finds these interactions to be both fun and fulfilling.
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.
Lynda has been teaching for York Region District School Board for 31 years. Currently, she is a supply teacher but enjoys tutoring, where she can get to really know her students and help them reach their greatest potential.
Lynda’s Reading Recovery training, varied classroom experiences, in both primary and junior grades, have given her the tools and teaching strategies needed to work with students of all ability levels. Lynda is passionate about making learning fun and always includes games, hands-on activities and humour in her lessons so that her students can experience joy in their learning.
In her spare time, Lynda loves to read, walk in the forest with her foster dog, ride bikes with her family and sing around campfires. Lynda’s love for teaching has taken her through many years in the classroom and, even now, she can’t stop doing what she loves the most, working with young people. She looks forward to an opportunity to work with your child
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.
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 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 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 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 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.