Meet Kayla Hicks, a Speech-Language Pathology graduate student. Kayla grew up in Oklahoma City where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Oklahoma State University. There she taught high school students from Phnom Penh, Cambodia formal grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation of spoken and written English. She also tutored college students in English, Essay writing, and Psychology. Kayla then moved to Illinois to work toward her Graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Midwestern University where she is expected to graduate in May of 2023. Kayla has gained professional experience as a Speech Pathology graduate student who has facilitated evaluation and intervention in neurodegenerative disorders of communication (TBI/ABI, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Cognition, Aphasia, etc.) and children with unique communication needs (Expressive/Receptive Language Disorder, AAC, Autism, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Articulation, Language, Social learning, etc.) Through speech and language intervention, she has been able to foster her love of teaching and support students and adults with unique needs across multiple subjects to meet their educational goals. She has been able to make her students feel more confident in the classroom and their personal life by supporting improvement in writing, reading, vocabulary, language, speech, and math.
Kayla’s experience has allowed her to be flexible and adaptable with all students. She offers a calm, yet welcoming demeanor, infectious joy, candor, and positivity. In her spare time, Kayla loves going on walks, playing games, laser tag, and dancing. Kayla also spends her time helping out at a local dance studio, where she gets to share her love of dance. You can catch Kayla with a big smile on her face, helping someone become their best self.
Joan is a veteran teacher with a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She spent 14 years teaching, both in elementary and middle school classrooms. She has tutored privately in Westchester and Fairfield counties for the past 15 years. During Covid, Joan homeschooled families in the local area. Currently, she works with elementary students in all subjects as well as middle and high school students in English and history. Joan also supports students’ writing, study skills and executive functioning.
Felix is an honours physics and computer science student in his senior year at McGill University. His current research involves exploring the ways YouTube and Facebook encourage siloing of thought, particularly in politics and health. Before McGill, Felix worked part-time as a museum guide at the National Museum of Math in New York City. He is passionate about mathematics and physics — especially the mathematics and physics of chaos – and has four years of experience helping students as a tutor. In his free time you can find him teaching himself guitar, practicing Muay Thai, or eating grilled cheese.
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
Kaitlyn attended high school level at the Study School, college level at Dawson in Pure & Applied Science (also took the Health Science courses, anatomy, organic Chemistry, etc. ), and university level at Concordia in Civil Engineering. While she has an affinity towards math, science, and physics, most subjects were enjoyed at some point! Kaitlyn can help generally with homework and understanding, but is also very helpful with test and exam preparation.
“I like to work with the strengths and interests of my students. More specifically, I will teach to their needs and work with their strengths to ensure that their challenges do not hinder their motivation to learn. To me, it is very important to make learning fun.”
McGill University Bachelor of Education in Kindergarten and Elementary education
Dawson College DEC in social science
“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
FRANK H. III
I have been working with youth for 30 years. First, as a Tennis Canada coach and program director. Then, as an English teacher and eventually Vice Principal at The Sterling Hall School for Boys. In 2010, as Founding Principal, I helped launch Blyth Academy Lawrence Park, a co-ed high school that grew steadily on the promise of personalized learning and a student-centred environment. Having recently gained certification through the International Coaching Federation, I’m excited to be launching an academic coaching business and to be doing more of what I’ve always enjoyed most: working closely with youth and now young professionals, 1:1, and helping them work towards their very best ‘self’.
SARA V. B.
As a Google Certified Educator, Sara van Beers has extensive training and knowledge regarding assistive technology strategies, programming and skills. She worked as a Technology Consultant for the Halton School Board for over a year before becoming a full time classroom teacher.
Sara has a passion for assistive technology and ensuring accessibility and equitability for students. Through the use of technology, many students not only are able to produce work that would have otherwise been too much of a challenge, but are also much more confident in themselves and their abilities. Because of technology, students are not only able to thrive academically, but also develop critical executive functioning skills that are critical to academic success. Sara believes that with proper support, organization and strategies, any child can become successful.
For many students, applications and extensions can make all the difference in their learning. Simple, Cloud based and streamlined programs can make learning more accessible and easy to manage for students. Because Sara is a Google Educator, many of the programs she uses utilize Google’s platform. Programs such as Google Read & Write for voice to text and reading support, Mindomo for visual learners, Google Keep can give many students the basic and very beneficial support they need. Sara integrates the students learning profile and Psych-Ed (if applicable) to design a program that implements appropriate applications and tools for that student.