CHANTAL M.

Chantal is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She graduated from OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) at the University of Toronto with a Masters of Education in the Primary/Junior grade levels. Prior to that, she graduated from Ryerson University with her undergrad in early childhood education. For about 3 years she was the ECE at Headstart Montessori school in the infant room which had children aged 8-18 months. She was born and raised in Toronto and loves living in the city! She loves baking (she actually worked as a cake decorator for some time) and hopes to open up her own shop one day. She also loves to read and spend time with her family and friends. During her educational years, she was able to participate in a reading program called “We Will Read.” This program helped students through the use of leveled reading books and activities to enhance their reading skills. Working with children has always been her passion, and she finds it rewarding to be a part of their development. She hopes to have a huge family of her own one day! Chantal is an avid believer in including diversity and inclusion through learning by providing a means where all children can learn, no matter their learning styles.

ANITA L.

Anita completed her bachelor of education for primary and junior division at Canisius College located in Buffalo in 2006. She then continued on to obtain her master in 2009. Growing up in Cape Breton Nova Scotia, she attended Saint Mary’s University, having achieved her Bachelor of Commerce with a major in accounting and minor in economics. Her passion for learning guided her to become an educator. Moreover, Anita has experience teaching as an elementary school teaching for the past twelve years. She has taught kindergarten through grade six. Her love of teaching is demonstrated within her captivating classroom, always keeping her students minds engaged. Being a firm believer of creating a one on one relationship with each of her students, adhering to their uniqueness and learning styles. Wether it is math, language or social science, Anita strives to deliver rich and enjoyable lessons to her class. Her other areas of interest include practicing yoga and mindfulness. Completing both her yoga teacher training program in 2017 and qualified to teach meditation and mindful living. Incorporating these interest into her teaching styles enables children to self regulate and express themselves.

RAY P.

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.

MEGAN B.

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!

ANITA L.

Anita completed her bachelor of education for primary and junior division at Canisius College located in Buffalo in 2006. She then continued on to obtain her master in 2009. Growing up in Cape Breton Nova Scotia, she attended Saint Mary’s University, having achieved her Bachelor of Commerce with a major in accounting and minor in economics. Her passion for learning guided her to become an educator. Moreover, Anita has experience teaching as an elementary school teaching for the past twelve years. She has taught kindergarten through grade six. Her love of teaching is demonstrated within her captivating classroom, always keeping her students minds engaged. Being a firm believer of creating a one on one relationship with each of her students, adhering to their uniqueness and learning styles. Whether it is math, language or social science, Anita strives to deliver rich and enjoyable lessons to her class. Her other areas of interest include practicing yoga and mindfulness. Completing both her yoga teacher training program in 2017 and qualified to teach meditation and mindful living. Incorporating these interest into her teaching styles enables children to self regulate and express themselves.

NICOLLE B.

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!

NICOLLE B.

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!

MIRA F.

Mira has been teaching for over 9 years, after graduating from Canisius College with her MEd. She has taken many Additional Qualification courses including Spec. Ed., Reading and Kindergarten and is currently working as a Kindergarten teacher in Toronto. Mira has experience working as a Spec. Ed. and ESL teacher with students from Grade 2 to Grade 8. She has worked with many children that are on IEPs, with exceptionalities such as ADHD, Gifted and ASD. Mira is qualified to tutor children in all areas, from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

KAYLA T.

My name is Kayla Tavares and I am a full-day kindergarten educator within a school board. The three guiding principles that reflect my philosophy are: enabling success for every child through admiring and equally respecting them and their families for their uniqueness and their diversity, facilitating optimism and goodness in all situations and promote superior learning experiences. I have had many experiences working within diverse childcare settings and elementary schools, which provided me with substantial knowledge regarding child development and child-rearing practices. I have gained knowledge and had experience planning and implementing Emergent Curriculum utilizing the FDK Communication of Learning Curriculum as well as the ELECT Framework. I have worked specifically with children from kindergarten to grade 1, and in addition children with exceptionalities such as ADHD and autism. In my spare time I enjoy reading and cooking healthy meals.

Wendy M.

From an early age, I recognized my ability to explain things to people in a manner for them to understand. I also acknowledged that I love to help people. So I started on a journey to do some soul searching, then I realized that I really loved teaching others.

This love for teaching was also my passion and a dream. Having recognized my deepest dream, my love and my passion I decided to prepare myself to be trained as a teacher.

But before I acquired formal training in academia, many persons saw my natural ability to impart knowledge and came asking for my help. I managed to tutor a number of persons who were all successful in their national examinations.

Eventually, I acquired a bachelor’s degree in education specializing in History and Social Studies with additional qualifications in School Librarianship. I also completed a masters of education degree at York University with specialization in post-secondary and urban education.

For a number of years I have been teaching children to gain academic freedom while accomplishing academic excellence. Under my tutorage many have passed national examinations, gain acceptance in colleges and universities and some have become owners of successful businesses.

Today I continue to prepare and train young minds as they themselves prepare to take on the challenges of society. My experience includes teaching for the Ministry of Education in publicly funded schools, teaching in privately established schools, being a teaching assistant at York University and tutoring children in the comfort of their homes.

My deepest dream is still alive. I always find ways and means to reach out to learners. I love to encourage people to do well in whatever they do. One of my greatest philosophies in this life is never to do less than my best, because only my best is good enough. I don’t believe in mediocrity.

I believe in setting high standard and doing everything in my power to accomplish set goals. As a vibrant educator with differentiated experience, dedicated to promoting the holistic development of learners, I intend to continue to employ culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy, technology and multiple instructional strategies in order to bring out the best in every learner I will teach.