LESTER S.

Lester has taught mathematics for the past eight years in both public high schools and middle schools.  He currently teaches Accelerated Math at Ponus Ridge Middle School. He has taught or tutored all levels of math from Elementary (Singapore Math) through Calculus. Lester attended Carnegie-Mellon University where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University.  In addition to teaching math, Lester tutors elementary, middle school, and high school math as well as many of the standardized tests including the SAT, ACT, SSAT, and the ISEE.  Additionally, Lester has created enrichment programs for elementary and middle school students.  He believes in building relationships and empowering students with give and take instruction and discourse with the end goal of building self-reliance and confidence.  

VANI S.

Vani is an Ontario Certified Teacher who grew up in Toronto and completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Toronto. She completed her Bachelor of Education at Niagara University, where she is now pursuing a Masters in Education Leadership and at Ontario Tech University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and Digital Technologies. During her teaching internship, Vani has taught at Toronto and Durham District School Boards as well private institutions abroad in Thailand and Australia. During the summer, she coordinates Specialty Camps (Dance, Arts, Cooking, Sports, Gymnastics, etc.) with the City of Toronto Recreation where she trains staff and plans programs that encourage children and youth to participate in diverse interactive experiences. For over 10 years, Vani continues to guide students in grades 6-12, building their knowledge and understanding in language, social sciences, math, science, and basic French. She also works one-on-one with university students and newcomers who require assistance with essay writing, resumes, and career exploration. In her spare time, she enjoys strength training, swimming, calligraphy, reading and performing Indian classical music and dance. Vani believes in building a strong relationship with her students, developing a confident growth mindset and supporting extra-curricular interests through diversity and inclusion, as these are key to each students’ identity, achieving learning goals and ultimate success.

ELLIE H.

Ellie is a bilingual (Mandarin Chinese/English) tutor who is passionate about education and mentorship. She has extensive teaching experience and has worked with students of all age groups from toddlers to adults, in a variety of subject areas including Mandarin, ESL, mathematics, English, chemistry, biology, test preparation, and swing dancing. She has completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Master of Science in Physiology, and Doctor of Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and partner dancing.

LYDIA S.

Lydia is always searching for opportunities to integrate her love of writing with her ongoing visual arts practice. She believes that a holistic approach to academic disciplines is the most effective strategy toward fostering a lifelong love of learning in her students.

Lydia graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University’s Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts program with a minor in English. At the conclusion of her undergraduate degree, she was granted the Ignition Award for Distinction in her program. She went on to graduate from Western University’s Master of Fine Arts program, in which she was awarded the Dean’s Entrance Scholarship, Chair’s Entrance Scholarship, as well as three Graduate Research Scholarships throughout the program’s duration. She is currently a teacher candidate at Brock University with teachables in English and Visual Art.

Lydia has experience with lesson planning, differentiated instruction, and designing assessments in both senior/intermediate English and Visual Art. She is also familiar with the corresponding curricula at the junior level. Lydia’s priorities include: fostering writing strategies for legibility and conciseness, employing invisible and ongoing assessments for- and as- learning, rubric deconstruction, information chunking, and executive function reinforcement (organizational strategies, focusing techniques, task-shifting strategies, self-monitoring, etc.)

When she is not teaching or tutoring, she spends her time reading, making art, and volunteering for arts organizations in Hamilton and London, Ontario.

Anna P.

Anna is an education enthusiast. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours in Law and Society. She has taught English both in Canada and internationally. She lived in the South of France teaching ESL before coming back to Canada and tutoring based on the Ontario curriculum. She has experience with teaching and tutoring all ages and international students. Anna’s goal is to promote a positive approach to learning to enable students to prosper.

LAURA T.

Laura is an academic administrator, research writer, and artist, whose work focuses on the critical theory of visual culture within the context of history. She grew up in remote north Ontario before moving to Toronto, where she has earned her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Visual and Critical Studies from OCAD University, a degree that allowed her to combine studies of psychology, philosophy, the history of science and medicine, and literature into an interdisciplinary framework from which art and society can be analysed. She won the program medal, the highest distinction within each program’s graduating class, in 2016, and went on to complete her Master’s of Art History at the University of Toronto in 2018. Laura has showcased her research papers in various academic conferences throughout North America, and uses her studies to inform her visual arts practice, creating a fruitful cycle of critical investigation followed by the creation of visual language in support of the research. It is her personal philosophy that learning is an amazing and enriching experience, and that curiosity and engagement with the world around us should be nurtured; she strives to make education a positive and inspiring experience for all her students.
In her spare time she likes to get back to her roots and explore the wilderness, whether it be hiking, camping, climbing, or some combination of the three, and advocates for the personal and social benefits of appreciating and preserving nature. Her passion for the outdoors stems from a childhood fascination with geology, palaeontology, and evolutionary biology, as well as a love of animals. Laura has taught several clinics on backcountry safety, and can show you what to do in case of a bear encounter.

Jessica T.

Jessica holds her BA in Mathematics with a focus in Teaching, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently enrolled at McGill University for a Masters in Opera and Voice.

She taught at the Innovation Academy Charter School as the Inclusion Aide, where she taught courses in Pre-Calculus (and Calculus I & II), Algebra II, Linear Algebra and High School Math. She also worked with students with IEP’s for behavioural and academic success.

At the UMass Athletic Services, she was the Lead Math Tutor where she led review sessions, homework help, and exam reviews. At both Kumon and at MathPower Algebra Plus Summer Academy, she worked with high school students in teaching both math and science at the High School level. She was also the official note taker in Calculus III for Disability Services.

She is the recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Teaching Concentration in the Umass Statistics and Mathematics Department.

Jessica has been a member of the Tanglewood Festival Choir, the Student Advisory Member for UMAss Music and Dance, the Official. She was the Orientation Leader at UMass Amherst, and a counselor at Ogunquit Playhouse.

She believes in using problem-solving strategies and demystifying the studying and organizing process for success in the academic, social and areas. Her warm personality combined with her sense of humour and patience creates a fabulous learning environment.