SHAMYA P.

Shamya graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Social Work in June 2020. She is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Child Study and Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, at the University of Toronto, with a specialty in Primary/ Junior grade levels. Shamya is a student teacher in a grade 4/5 classroom and has experience teaching students from the ages 3-12, in a variety of spaces. Shamya is a patient, positive, creative and outgoing educator who is always seeking new opportunities to work and learn with children. She has worked with students over the years as a summer camp inclusion counsellor, a Go Girls mentor with Big Brothers Big Sister of Toronto, in after school programs, as a classroom volunteer, a family programs facilitator at the AGO, and most recently as a primary classroom assistant at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School. Shamya’s personal teaching pedagogy is inquiry- based, therefore she structures her lessons using child centered practices that focus and are built on the basis of the students’ strengths, needs, interests and goals. She loves to support children in acquiring the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to become successful students and human beings in our society. She has a deep educational background and experience supporting students in the improvement of their reading, writing, and math skills. Shamya loves to teach because it allows her to support, learn and grow with students as they continue on in their educational journeys. In her spare time she loves to engage in group fitness classes, trying new recipes and spending time with her friends and family.

ALLIE C.

Allie is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology and Education. With over 10 years of experience in the field of education, Allie has taught Grades 1, 2 and 5 and currently teaches Grade 3 in Toronto. Alongside teaching her own class, she is also a Special Education Resource Teacher for students in kindergarten to Grade 8. Allie strongly believes that every child is capable of success. She works closely with each student to provide individualized support and active encouragement which is reinforced by establishing and maintaining close communication with families. Allie is dedicated to teaching the holistic student and creates engaging lessons that are centred around students’ interests and experiences. In her free time, Allie enjoys travelling, painting, dancing, and reading as many books as she possibly can. Though during the school year, she can usually be found on the couch with Netflix and her dog, Charlie.

DEBBIE F.

Debbie grew up in Kitchener, where she attended and graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a BA in Honours English. The perfect opportunity arrived last year when she could fulfill her passion for travelling while obtaining her Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Wales, UK. During her time there, she taught in both a Kindergarten and grade 3 class and this confirmed her love for teaching. Debbie is passionate about seeing children reach their full potential through building their confidence, supporting and challenging them to reach their goals and igniting a passion for lifelong learning. In her free time, Debbie enjoys cooking, going to the gym and having a good laugh with friends.

ALICE B.

Alice taught middle school English and reading remediation for 21 years at a public school in Westchester County, New York. She majored in English and writing as an undergraduate student at SUNY Empire State College. She received her Master of Arts in Elementary Education and her New York State certifications in English 7-12 and Reading K-12 from Manhattanville College.

Drawing on years of teaching experience, Alice incorporates proven reading comprehension strategies, expository writing skills, and grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary skills in a multisensory instructional approach. Furthermore, through the use of interpretive questioning, she encourages her students to think critically about literature and nonfiction texts. Her modeling of this method of questioning also prepares her students to generate their own critical analysis questions and use the process independently.

In addition, Alice has experience assisting students with the writing of admissions essays for entry into private high schools and colleges. She understands the importance of guiding her students to hone in on an interesting, memorable topic, which reveals something meaningful about themselves or their view of the world.

Finally, Alice prides herself on being patient and nurturing and enjoys the respectful rapport she has with her students and their families. Her goal is to help set a path for her students to grow academically and gain confidence in themselves as lifelong learners.

Magdalene S.

Magdalene is currently enrolled in OISE’s Master of Teaching program and has her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. Magdalene has been teaching in professional and social settings since 2015 and has experience working with diverse learners. She has taught grades 1 through 12 with a focus on English, math, and the social sciences. Magdalene also has experience teaching English internationally.

Magdalene seeks to advance students’ self-confidence and self-efficacy while cultivating a love of learning and empowering students on their journey to academic success. She embodies and exemplifies an ideology that centres around self- discovery and personal growth, with an emphasis on critical thinking, adaptability, and resiliency.

When Magdalene isn’t in school or tutoring, you can find her curled up with a good book, visiting the animals at the Toronto Zoo, or taking pictures of different foods she’s tried around the city.

HAILEY M.

Hailey is Masters Student at the University of Toronto (OISE). She graduated from The University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Cultural Studies), before starting her journey towards her Masters of Teaching. Hailey is qualified to teach all english, math, social studies, science and arts at the elementary school level. In addition, Hailey has spent many years working with learners with ASD and has been trained in one to one ABA therapy as a Behaviour Interventionist. In addition to teaching, she remains active in the community by volunteering in classrooms. Hailey is an active person who loves yoga, hiking and cooking!

CONCETTA R.

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Concetta Roche is on her way of becoming a certified teacher and will be as of May 2020. Concetta is from Hamilton, Ontario, where she attended McMaster University to complete her Undergrad in Honours Theatre and Film with a Minor in Music. As well she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Musical Theatre Performance from Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Concetta grew up with a deep passion for the arts and took various opportunities in performing, behind the scene work and as well teaching at music studios to allow her passion to grow. It was teaching at a music studio in Hamilton where she discovered her passion for teaching and working with children/ teens. When she decided to pursue her teaching career, Concetta applied and has now completed her Bachelor of Education at Redeemer University. It is through teaching that Concetta has been able to foster her love of Music and Drama.

Through her Bachelor of Education, Concetta has been able to teach a variety of grades ranging from grade 3/4- grade 10. Through that experience, Concetta was able to teach a variety of subjects from Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Art etc. Concetta has taught in a full class setting to small groups and to one- on-one. Through her placement Concetta had the opportunity to differentiate instruction and create lessons and materials based on the needs of the student. Concetta would foster and engage personalized lessons based on who her student’s were in the classroom.

Concetta truly believes that engaging students using their curiosity and interests is crucial in helping them gain confidence they require to succeed.

MATTHEW B.

Matthew is an Ontario Certified Teacher in the Primary and Junior Divisions. He is a graduate of OISE’s Masters of Teaching Program at the University of Toronto and completed his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Drama & English. He loves Jalapeño Cheddar dipping sauce and writing in the third person. Matthew has over 10 years of teaching experience in various classroom and educational settings. He developed his passion for education and working with children as professional actor teaching improv, speech, and drama at Second City Toronto where he also served as the Youth & Teen Programme Coordinator. Matthew is a champion of the arts and the powerful effect they can have on students and their learning experiences. His graduate thesis looked at improv’s powerful effect on creating community in the classroom and helping students with their own confidence, problem-solving, anxiety, and voice. Matthew also worked at Sick Kids Hospital as a Therapeutic Clown, a faithful companion to patients utilizing therapeutic play, relationships, developmental and procedural support, humour and laughter. Matthew has been very fortunate to have teaching experience with students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. As a resident of North Toronto, Matthew was lucky enough to have placements at many schools in the area, including John Wanless, Armour Heights, Sterling Hall, and Crescent. Matthew is passionate about developing a strong community in his teaching and tutoring through supportive relationships. He is committed to working with parents, teachers, and students to create an atmosphere where students reach high levels of achievement and well-being. When not teaching, Matthew can be found serving as the Artistic Director of a local Toronto theatre company, or up north at his new cottage in the Algonquin Highlands.

MARIA T.

Maria is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies. She completed her teaching degree at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), with an Early Years focus. Maria is qualified to teach Primary/Junior grades and is currently employed with the TDSB (Toronto District School Board). This year, she was given the opportunity to teach in an Intensive Support Program (ISP). She is the teacher of a Junior MID (Mildly Intellectually Delayed) class, which is comprised of 12 students of various needs, abilities and interests. Maria jumped at the opportunity as she has a passion and experience in special needs education, and is always looking to further develop her teaching. Over the years, Maria has completed various Additional Qualification (AQ) courses including: Reading Part 1, Kindergarten Part 1, Mathematics Part 1 and Special Needs Part 1. Maria pursued these specific courses in order to strengthen her teaching practice and guide her language and mathematics programming. By 2021, Maria’s goal is to complete her speciality in Special Education. She will be enrolling in Part 2 and Part 3 of the Special Education AQ course this summer and fall.

Maria’s schooling, as well as her personal and professional experiences have built the foundation of her beliefs. Maria truly believes that using student curiosity and interests is critical when engaging students and achieving success. She urges teachers and others to value student voice and input, as it is an integral part of teaching and learning. Maria believes that students are truly valued when they are put at the centre of their learning; only then, will student confidence and self-esteem flourish.

In her spare time, Maria enjoys playing sports such as soccer and volleyball as well as spending time with her family; whether it’s watching movies or playing games.

AMANDA C.

Amanda is a full time teacher at a private school in Toronto. She has been in the educational industry for over 15 years. She graduated from Seneca college in the early childhood program. Amanda has taken additional qualifications in special education and consistently participates in educational workshops to further her knowledge and experience. Amanda is passionate about working with children and helping them gain the confidence they need to succeed.