CASSANDRA Z.

My name is Cassandra and I am a recent graduate of both Ryerson University and York University respectively. My educational background is heavily focused in early childhood education/studies. I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education with honours and two degrees, one is a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies and the other is a Bachelor of Education. I am also a newly registered primary-junior teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers hoping to start my journey in the near future of having my own primary classroom. I am a huge advocate for hands-on learning because I personally believe that the act of learning is done best when the experience is an enjoyable one. I have always been a huge fan of literature and the arts and try to incorporate different elements of the arts into my everyday teaching practices. When working with students, I try my hardest to form meaningful bonds with each individual child to really get to know how they learn best and how I can help them reach their full potential. Outside of teaching, I am a lover of cats, I have one of my own named Luna who I’m sure will end up joining some of my tutoring sessions. I am a huge shopaholic, I love clothes, make up, shoes and everything and anything in between. I love to cook and try out new recipes. I find cleaning extremely therapeutic and I am a huge social butterfly! I look forward to working with you and your child(ren) in the near future!

MACKENZIE J.

Mackenzie is in the Concurrent Education program at Brock University where she is specializing in elementary education. She has several years of experience working as a tutor with various school boards, where she has facilitated online literacy programs in addition to individualized support in math, science, and English. Mackenzie has also completed many educational placements and she was a peer mentor at Brock University. She enjoys spending time at her cottage with friends and family!

LAURA L.

Laura has over 10 years of teaching and tutoring experience in a variety of environments, from elementary through to high school. She has also taught ESL locally and abroad. She has experience working with students within a wide range of learning abilities, and works compassionately with students wherever they are at. Laura holds a Masters degree, and is a certified Early Childhood Educator. She is interested in learning about and participating in efforts towards social justice.

Camilia D.

Camilia is a professional and passionate tutor with over 6 years of experience teaching and tutoring. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology, and is pursing her Doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine. Camilia is a certified ESL instructor, and has worked with students at a variety of grade and ability levels. Camilia loves teaching, learning, art, music, cooking and travelling. On her free time she takes photographs and runs outside 🙂

SHAROON J.

Sharoon is an Ontario certified teacher in Biology and General Science. He has a Master of Science degree and a French language certificate.
He learned French during his schooling and also participated in a French Immersion program in Quebec. He has taught High School Core French and Science in the public and private school systems.
His interests include traveling, languages, nature, food, movies and music among other things.
He enjoys helping students to improve and grow in their learning and looks forward to contributing positively to the Prep Academy Tutors experience.

SHELBY G.

Shelby is an Ontario Certified Teacher who grew up in Toronto, and completed her degree in Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. After graduation she headed to North Bay to obtain her Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University. Shelby is currently working towards gaining new skills and certifications within the teaching community. In this she believes that learning never stops and should be a lifetime activity. She feels that learning processes of students differ and that no two people learn the same way. Through volunteer work with people with disabilities she was inspired in her understanding that everyone can work to succeed and that success is measured individually. She primarily teaches general science up to grade 10, grade 11 and 12 biology as well as geography from grades 4-12. She is also certified to teach math from grades 4-9. Shelby grew up with a deep love of art and nature which inspired her to study biology as her post secondary degree. While working as an art counselor and swim instructor she found a passion for teaching that inspired her to pursue this as a career. She discovered that helping her students reach their goals and overcome challenges was a reward unto itself. It is through teaching that Shelby has been able to foster her love of science and make connections between many of the different subjects. In her spare time Shelby enjoys crafting, reading and baking.

MICHAEL H.

Michael has an honours Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Recreation Parks and Tourism, and a Bachelor of Arts in History. Michael completed his Bachelor of Education in 2019 at Lakehead University

SIMON M.

Simon has a Masters Degree in Education focused on Curriculum and ESL from Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia. After volunteering as an ESL and ECE teacher, Simon gained a passion for supporting families new to Canada – particularly as they transition between different international school systems.

Simon focuses on grammar as the foundation of reading and writing. By zooming-in on sentences and zooming-out to see the connected meanings needed to complete complex assignments, Simon helps students improve basic grammar, plan clear writing, and understand exam questions under pressure.

With extensive experience working in international and ecological education in rural and urban areas, as well as with students who have a first language other than English, Simon also researches best practices in language education methods to support all types of learners.

Simon grew up in Brockville, Ontario, and attended MSVU and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax Nova Scotia. He has 12 years experience as an educator and holds TESL Canada Level 3 and CELTA teaching certificates. In his free time, he likes to cycle, snowboard, and read.

JESSICA C.

Jessica is an Ontario Certified Teacher, with four years of teaching experience in a variety of different grade and skill levels. Growing up in Toronto, she has always had a passion for education and learning. Being the eldest grandchild of a very large extended family meant there was always someone to tutor or help with school work. Upon graduation, Jessica moved to Waterloo to pursue her Honours History degree at Wilfrid Laurier, and then to Oshawa’s University of Ontario for her Bachelor of Education. Throughout her education, Jessica fostered her love of travel, visiting many countries around the world. Her teaching career so far has given Jessica the opportunity to teach in both high school and elementary, and additionally, an extended time period teaching in an Essential Life Skills classroom. This experience has especially shaped her view of education, working to support math and literacy skills for students with a wide range of specialities. In her spare time, Jessica has always enjoyed playing as a goalie in ice hockey leagues, as well as beach volleyball in the Summer. She believes that these experiences, coupled with her natural love of learning, help her to meet the diverse needs of each learner with the goal of personal success.

Kelly R.

Kelly is a full time teacher at an IB Private Academy in North York. She graduated from Nipissing University with a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Bachelor of Education. Kelly has many years of experience teaching within the Ontario school system, but has also taught and tutored in England, Spain and Australia. Her passion for travelling and seeing the world allows her to use her personal experiences to inspire all of her learners to be global citizens and have broad perspectives.

Kelly has qualifications to teach grades 4 through 12 and has taught at both the elementary and high school level. She believes that every student is a unique individual and that differentiation should take place for all learners. This is why Kelly has also obtained her Special Education. Through getting to know each of her students and building a strong relationship with them, Kelly helps them discover their personal learning style and a variety of techniques they can use to help them grow. Using real world examples and making the students learning relevant to the 21st century is extremely important to Kelly. Once a student understands the “why” of what they are learning, they become more passionate and excited to master each concept.

A learning environment needs to be supportive, safe, challenging and of course fun. Kelly ensures that every student enjoys their learning experience by tapping into their personal interests and working with their learning style. Beyond teaching, Kelly loves to play hockey and golf as well as spend time with family and friends.