Mirza B.

Mirza completed his Master of Arts degree in Political Science (with a focus in political theory and international relations) at McGill University. Prior to that, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Political Science and International Development Studies. He is currently working as a legal assistant at an immigration and refugee law firm. He has previous experience as a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant at McGill University.

Mirza is an attentive, patient, and passionate educator. He seeks to demonstrate to students the value in what they are learning and its transformative potential in their lives, meaning he works to make learning content relatable to his students. He also understands the value of individual learning and therefore approaches a student’s education according to their specific needs. His prior educational and professional experiences have equipped him to support students studying history, law, politics, philosophy, and English.

Anna M.

Anna is excited to be a part of the Prep Academy Team. She is a graduate of the University of Windsor’s six-year Bachelor of Education program and has additional qualifications in Special Education and Mathematics.

As an experienced teacher, Anna is proficient in grasping new course material and supporting students through natural changes in classroom routines. While teaching, her students benefit from a variety of external stimuli (multi-levelled books, manipulatives, charts, graphs, and display of student’s work) which is greatly beneficial for her student’s academic growth.

While tutoring, Anna develops an inclusive model to integrate students with exceptionalities into programs with their age-appropriate peers and discovers new ways of integrating academic theory into teaching. She provides enriched programs in all subjects to meet the intellectual needs of her learners. Using her expertise from an elementary and secondary level, she provides a high quality of tutoring while differentiating instruction to meet individual needs and interests.

Kelly O.

Kelly is an Ontario-certified Intermediate/Senior teacher, who with a Double Major in Psychology and Political Science as well as a degree in Education. She has received different scholarships in her programs including the McLaughlin College Council Award and the Cornerstone Leadership in Action Awards. These awards recognized Kelly’s exceptional leadership ability and the attributes that she embodies in her interactions with students including integrity, passion, innovation, and creativity. Kelly’s teaching practices are guided by her practicum experiences where she Kelly observed and adopted a multitude of practical classroom strategies for working with students in Grade 9-12. Her teaching practices also derive from her 5 years of experience as a private tutor and a Peer Tutoring Coordinator. As a tutor, she helped teach students from JK to Grade 12 with a range of learning needs and catered her lessons to help them meet the learning goals and develop effective study strategies. Kelly believes that the key to developing critical thinking skills that extend beyond the classroom, is helping students adopt a problem posing model of education where teachers and students co-construct and investigate lessons as well as seek out hands-on learning opportunities. Outside of work, she is interested in ice-skating, canoeing, learning new languages, painting, sketching, watching action comedies and reading.

CHRIS W.

Christopher has an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in History with a minor in Geography. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Education from the University of Ottawa. Following his master’s, Chris taught English and Creative Writing for two years in Canmore, Alberta. He has worked as a teacher and guidance counsellor at the University of Toronto Schools since 2019.

Chris has extensive tutoring experience in a wide range of subjects and grade levels. He firmly believes that all students can succeed.

IAN R.

Ian grew up in Calgary, completing a BA and MA in Religious Studies at the University of Calgary, before moving to Toronto, where he completed his PhD at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion in 2017. Along the way, Ian also studied Sanskrit at the University of Pune in India and worked for several years in the research department of a Bay Street financial services firm.
Ian has been teaching at the university-level since 2009, in the areas of Religion and History, most recently at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario. He is passionate about teaching students to read, write, and, most importantly, think critically about the world around them. Seeing students master their course work is amazing; seeing students become effective, organized ,and dynamic young men and women is even better.
In his spare time, Ian enjoys reading spy novels, the occasional Netflix binge, running, playing basketball and coaching his twin boys’ baseball team.

Lander P-F.

Lander is an Ontario Certified Teacher who graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Education, and Minor in Social Sciences from York University. Throughout his six-year undergraduate degree, Lander consistently worked within the education sector which included leadership roles in school field trips, and clay sculpture workshops. After work, Lander can typically be found in his apartment with his cat Ezra, watching a quality film. Lander is an individual who is passionate and dedicated to his teacher’s craft, and seeks to hone his skills alongside his students with an energetic and motivated personality – above all, Lander wants to see his students succeed.

Mirza B.

Mirza completed his Master of Arts degree in Political Science (with a focus in political theory and international relations) at McGill University. Prior to that, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Political Science and International Development Studies. He is currently working as a legal assistant at an immigration and refugee law firm and is also doing part-time work as a research assistant at both McGill University and the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. He has previous experience as a Teaching Assistant at McGill University.

Mirza is an attentive, patient, and passionate educator. He seeks to demonstrate to students the value in what they are learning and its transformative potential in their lives, meaning he works to make learning content relatable to his students. He also understands the importance of individual learning and therefore approaches a student’s education according to their specific needs. His prior educational and professional experiences have equipped him to support students studying history, law, politics, philosophy, and English.

Jared B.

Jared is currently a secondary teacher in the Toronto District School Board. He has numerous qualifications: Economics, History, Law, Social Science, Intermediate Math, and Special Education I and II. He is especially interested in the relationship between executive functioning and student success. Moreover, he has taught Accounting and Business Studies. He completed a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Guelph, as well as his B.Ed. from OISE. He is truly a lifelong student; currently, he is working towards a Digital Analytics Certificate at George Brown. When not teaching or tutoring, he spends much of his free time playing chess.

SHAFAQ A.

I have Master in Business Administration along with Bachelor of Education. Excellent communication skills and very presentable and able to customize the individual needs of the students. I truly understand the cultural diversity and help students achieve their learning goals.

CLAIRE B.

Claire graduated from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in April 2019 with her Masters in Teaching. Before that, she completed her undergraduate degree in law at Carleton University. Claire has finished additional qualifications in Intermediate Mathematics, Teaching English Language Learners, Special Education, and Reading. Claire spent the previous school year supplying with the Peel District School Board, and prior to that taught at the Brighton School, a school for students with learning exceptionalities. Claire uses her patience and enthusiasm to engage her students, and keep them on track to achieve success. Claire is aware of the importance of individual learning, and therefore understands how creating learning plans based on each student’s needs and goals is the most conducive way to see results. With her teaching experience and education, Claire is able to support students in Kindergarten to Grade Eight, as well as Grades Nine to Twelve in English, History, and Law. Claire will be spending this school year supplying with the Peel District School Board again, and hopes to obtain a long term teaching position soon.