Vanessa has been a guidance counsellor and administrator at independent schools in the GTA for the past 20 years. She has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Toronto. Her focus is working with clients on course and career counselling, post-secondary research, and executive functioning skills support like organization, test-taking strategies, time management and metacognition.
Tamara has been an Ontario Certified Teacher (O.C.T.) since 2005, teaching grades K-12 across most subject areas. She has a specialization in the Arts, English, Guidance/Careers studies, Primary/Junior Mathematics, and Special Education. Tamara taught with the York Region District School Board for over 10 years, both in elementary and secondary panels. Most recently, she has taught in the private education sector in the middle and senior grades. Tamara studied and received a Master’s of Psychology from Chicago School of Professional Psychology, specializing in Child/Adolescent development and behavior. (M.A. Psych) She is certified in Mental Health First Aid/Crisis Intervention (M.H.F.A., 2018), and has co-facilitated a therapy group for counseling children ages 7-9 years who present with A.D.D./A.D.H.D. at Kinark Family Services. As well, Tamara holds many Additional Teacher Qualifications, most recently in Special Education – Part 1 and Mathematics P/J Part 1. At Prep Academy Tutors, Tamara mentors and coaches students who have a variety of learning needs or disabilities, supporting them through many academic challenges. Tamara believes in a holistic approach to teaching, and designs lessons that contribute to their overall intellectual, social, mental health, and emotional development. Outside of teaching, Tamara enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, as well as reading, exercise, painting, and photography in stolen moments.
Susan is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a Specialist in Guidance. She has over 25 years experience as a University Counsellor in public and private schools – most recently at Branksome Hall and Ridley College. Susan has extensive knowledge of the International Baccalaureate Program and the Ontario Secondary School Program and can counsel students in the following areas:
-University research and admission requirements
-Building a list of university programs
-Preparing for supplementary applications
-Preparing for scholarship applications
-Building a non-academic profile
Susan has a 16-year-old daughter and loves spending time with family, as well as traveling and playing golf.