Alfiya is an Ontario Certified Teacher with over 8 years of teaching experience both overseas and in Canada. She graduated at the University of Toronto in Neuroscience and Psychology, which equipped her with a unique understanding of cognition and motivation.
She has taught students from K-12 for the past 8 years and has diverse experience in teaching ESL students, students with exceptionalities, as well as various subjects such as Primary division all subjects, English to grade 12 and Math to grade 8.
Alfiya’s passion and mission is to guide students to understand concepts in a fun and simple way, to develop and challenge their independent and critical thinking skills, and to draw meaningful connections to themselves and the society. She has a genuine interests in her students’ success and knows that they all have the ability to achieve excellence
Committed to life-long learning and a growth mindset, it is her goal to instill the same values to her students.
Nicole is an Ontario-certified Junior/Intermediate/Senior Mathematics and English teacher with additional qualifications in ESL, Special Education, and Intermediate Science, and a Master of Education specializing in mathematics education. She has worked in education for over a decade, beginning in the Natural Heritage Education department at Killarney Provincial Park where she worked for several seasons, creating and running programs including a math, beginning as a senior Math teacher with Blyth Academy, and continuing as a classroom teacher with Spirit of Math schools while simultaneously working as a secondary classroom teacher in York Region. Nicole has taught almost all secondary Math courses, including the senior university level courses. She has also taught a number of English and ESL classes, as well as junior math classes through Spirit of Math.
Nicole’s teaching is informed by her own love of learning. Over the past decade she has continuously improved and updated her practice through research into all things learning and education. This includes developmental psychology, mental health, social justice, and outdoor education. Beyond that, Nicole is a ‘Jack-of-all-trades’, with a strong love and background in many areas including literature, technology, outdoor education, and art. Her uniquely diverse background allows her to connect bigger ideas and content into any lesson bringing in topics relevant to her students. Currently, Nicole is completing a certificate from the University of Waterloo in Data Analytics to update her big-data analytics and machine learning skills using Python.
Nicole’s practice is very student-centered, focused as much around building confidence and empowering students as it is in learning the content. She follows the growth-mindset principles closely, knowing that the long-term benefit of fostering this mindset brings incalculable success in school and out. Her approach falls along the lines of coaching more than direct teaching, and depends on building mutual trust and respect with her students.
Outside of teaching, Nicole can be found enjoying the natural wonders of the Canadian Shield with her family or on her own. She is a long-time artist and photographer, and has a semi-professional art business. She loves reading, playing sports, and is an avid board and card-gamer.
In 2019, Olivia graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History. In 2021, she completed her Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University with Intermediate/Senior qualifications, as well as a concentration in Exceptional Learners. She is looking forward to be working as an Occasional Teacher for the Toronto Catholic District School Board, come September.
She has considerable experience working with ELL students, and intends on taking Additional Qualification courses in Teaching English Language Learners, as well as Special Education and Primary/Junior courses in the near future. She has taught for both the Catholic and Public School Boards across the GTA, as well as virtual school settings. Her goal as an educator is to lead with compassion, tailoring instructional strategies to suit the individual needs and learning styles of her students. Olivia genuinely loves to learn, and hopes her enthusiasm will inspire her students to succeed. She values the unique perspective that every student brings to the lesson, and strives to create a positive rapport with every session. When Olivia is not teaching, you can find her playing the piano, finding her zen doing yoga, or spending quality time with family & friends!
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.
Sacha has fully immersed himself in the study of English Literature since he graduated high school in 2017: he graduated with a DEC in Literature at Dawson College in 2019 and will receive his BA Specialization in English Literature from Concordia University in Fall 2022. In the future, he hopes to become an educator and teach college-level English courses, where his passion will resonate through his classrooms and to his students.
Sacha is perfectly fluent in English and French. He is a well-rounded individual with interest and knowledge in various other subjects, such as French and Math. His experience in tutoring ranges from one-on-one personalized tutoring to being a mentor for larger groups of youths around Montreal. Sacha believes that anyone and everyone can succeed in whatever they put their mind to. He hopes to show that to his students in the future.
Concordia University: Bachelor of Art – Specialization in English Literature
Dawson College: DEC in College Studies – Arts, Literature & Communication
“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
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.
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.