Jolene S. is entering her 6th year as a science educator in the New York City Department of Education, and is a resident of Harrison, NY. Jolene graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree and also obtained an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Certification. Following graduation, she joined the New York City Teaching Fellows, where she was trained to teach Biology, Grades 7-12. She received her Masters of Arts in Teaching and a concentration in Adolescent Online Learning from the Relay Graduate School of Education. For the first five years of her teaching career, Jolene worked at the High School of Language and Innovation in Pelham Parkway, Bronx, where she taught Living Environment, Astronomy, Health, Introduction to Psychology and Senior Thesis. Jolene also collaborated with students to create an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Club, where students learned basic first aid skills and received certifications in CPR/AED training. In her 6th year, she is now working in Harlem at Central Park East High School, where she is teaching Biology and Astronomy. As a teacher, Jolene’s goals are to empower every student, show how learning science can be fun and immersive, and to bring out the inquisitive and curious scientist in each individual! When she is not teaching, Jolene enjoys writing short stories, stargazing, bike riding and hiking.


Ray is a Ontario Certified Teacher obtaining his B.A from Brock University and completing his B.Ed (Primary/Junior) from Charles Sturt University. After completing his B.A, Ray hightailed it out west to British Columbia where he solidified his passion for working with youth as a Camp Director for the YMCA in the Greater Vancouver area. Upon his return to Ontario to finish his B.Ed, Ray worked as a Coach for the Special Olympics on weeknights and weekends. He had the opportunity to work with individuals of all ages helping propel them to learning the importance of stepping outside their comfort zones, competition and fun! Once Ray finished Teachers College, he made the move to London, England where he worked in a long term contract in a Grade 2 classroom, supplied from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and traveled across the UK and Europe on weekends. After his move back to Canada, Ray took an Additional Qualification course through University of Toronto in Intermediate Physical Education. You can find Ray volunteering in schools in the area, as he’s anxiously awaiting to have his own classroom in the TCDSB. With his background in sports and coaching, Ray is a firm believer in establishing a positive foundation to support to confidence and growth in all curriculum areas.


Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Toronto in 2019. She then completed her Master of Teaching degree in the junior/intermediate division at the University of Toronto through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Rebecca is qualified to teach grade 1 through grade 9. Rebecca was a varsity athlete throughout her entire undergraduate career, being awarded for her athletic, academic, and leadership accomplishments. She has a strong passion for education, which has been solidified through her work in research labs and her experience educating children and teenagers. Rebecca has a history instructing both in large groups and in one-on-one settings. She is trained in the Reading Mastery Direct Instruction approach and enjoys working with struggling readers. Most recently, Rebecca has been head instructor for kinesiology at a university based summer camp, educating youth in grade 3 to grade 10.


Megan is a fun and engaging Ontario Certified Teacher who is passionate about learning. She graduated from the Concurrent Education Program at Brock University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. Upon graduation she decided there was still so much learning to do, so she pursued a post-graduate degree in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). She successfully completed her Master’s Degree in Education in 2018 with highest honours while working as an occasional teacher and part-time waitress. She was recently given the opportunity to teach full-time in a grade 3 classroom (as an LTO) which was incredibly rewarding. Her experience as an occasional teacher with the Halton Catholic District School Board has provided a conceptual bridge between her substantive knowledge, theoretical background and culturally- responsive practice. She helps her students in all academic areas using innovative technology, ideas and approaches to guide her students in a fun and interactive learning journey. She believes the teaching-learning relationship should foster a positive sense of belonging and self-confidence. She is sensitive to the needs of her students and consistently guides them towards successful outcomes. In her spare time, Megan recently completed a 5k run in Coronation Park, and is currently training to complete a 10k very soon! In addition to spending time with friends and family this summer she would also like to return to Canada’s Wonderland to ride the newest ‘Yukon Striker’ rollercoaster!


Nicolle graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University (USA) with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree and is entering her second year of her Bachelor of Education program at Brock University. She is specialized in teaching the primary/junior grades (k-6) but has qualifications in special education and English up to grade 12. Nicolle is familiar with EQAO and volunteers to scribe each year at different schools across Halton. This year, Nicolle taught all subjects in a grade 5/6 class, with a focus on grade 6 EQAO practice. Combining what she has learned at Brock and in her practicums, Nicolle has been able to develop different methods and styles of teaching to reach differentiated learners. Through her inclusive teaching practices and interactive lessons, Nicolle creates a fun and positive learning environment where students feel comfortable to explore new and different ways of thinking. She has tutored in the past and has also worked with little readers programs teaching students as young as 3 to start reading. Nicolle feels that it is extremely important to get to know her students and find out how they learn to forge a unique path to success for each individual student. On her spare time, Nicolle loves to read, watch hours of cooking shows and then attempt (and fail) at making the recipes and gardening. Tomatoes are her specialty!


Ryan is a passionate educator who believes in harnessing the unique interests and potential of each student. He graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in music, has conducted graduate research in music theory and education, and is currently a Junior/Intermediate teacher candidate in the Master of Teaching program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Ryan has been working with children as an educator and mentor since he was 14 and started as a hockey referee, which he still loves doing to this day. He has also worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor, where he learned that play and imagination are just as important as learning the skills. Ryan is also a trained SSAT coach, and he enjoys guiding students to achieve success in the test-taking process. For the last five years Ryan has worked as a private music instructor, working with children of all ages to foster a love and passion for music and the arts. It is his goal to always ensure that students leave each lesson with new ways of engaging with their music. These experiences have helped develop Ryan’s philosophies around education; that each student is unique and should be given the chance to engage and produce knowledge in their own way. When students feel a connection to knowledge that is made meaningful from their own experiences, the passion for learning will follow.

Amanda M.

Amanda received her undergraduate degree at York University in Social Work, followed by a Bachelor of Education, specializing in Primary/Junior grade levels. Being a teacher has always been a dream for Amanda, and she continues to aim to empower students in order to reach great success. She is a strong advocate for children of all abilities, and believes in equitable experiences for all. Amanda has been working with children and youth for ten years, and continues to embark on her love of learning. Her experience working with diverse groups of students, as a classroom student teacher, a camp leader/coordinator, arts, sports, and cooking instructor, and volunteering in various special needs programs, have empowered her passion to teach.

Amanda has worked one-on-one with many ESL and ELL learners, and students who have had behavioural and developmental exceptionalities, helping them gain confidence within their learning experience. She has spent time in various after school programs, assisting learners with reading and writing skills, ensuring they receive positive results.

Amanda’s philosophy and hope for teaching, is to be the reason a child discovers their passion and love for learning. She believes it is important for students to learn about themselves as a learner and as an individual. Amanda’s goal is to be a role model that will guide a child in self-discovery. She wants to provide students with tools and the ability to become strong and determined individuals knowing that they can achieve whatever their dreams may be.