Jerrica is an Ontario certified teacher. She obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto where she studied English Dramatic Arts and Cinema Studies. She then attended Trent University in order to obtain her Bachelor of Education. Her teaching qualifications include English and Drama at the intermediate/senior level. She also completed an additional qualification course at York University in order to teach dance at the high school level.
She has many years of teaching experience both in the traditional classroom setting as well as in dance and yoga studios. She has completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification and also teaches meditation. Her professional background in wellness and yoga equip her with the knowledge and skills to help students achieve a healthy work/life balance and understands the importance of practicing self-care and mindfulness. She feels these practices are also vitally important life learnings for students alongside their academic education/achievements. She is a warm and caring teacher. Jerrica has a passion for the performative arts and storytelling. She is an animal lover (and a vegan) with a passion for environmentalism. She is a highly creative person who is actively involved in the Toronto creative arts and film community. In her spare time Jerrica enjoys walking the beach with music, drinking tea, creating art, writing, reading, as well as watching/analyzing films. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, her husband, closest friends and loved ones (including her dachshund dog, Raven, and Himalayan cat, Emelio).
Trisha Lee is a graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson), where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies, with a minor in Sociology. She is currently in the first of two years at York University for Bachelor of Education. She will become an intermediate/ senior Teacher with the qualifications to teach Family Studies and General Social Science courses. Trisha has a background and passion for working with children and youth with disabilities and learning exceptionalities. She worked at the Geneva Centre for Autism for many years in the Group Services department as a Shift Leader. During her time at this organization, she had the pleasure of working one-to-one with individuals to learn and complete the goals set out by the families. She created strong rapport with the clients and families, through communication to help them achieve their goals and succeed to the fullest. Outside of work Trisha enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as reading and exploring nature. Trisha is currently a volunteer in an after-school program, where she helps students from grades three to eight with their homework and reading skills. She really enjoys helping others to understand material they may have learned in school and caters to the various learning styles of the students she helps.
Lina Wu is an Ontario Certified Teacher with basic teaching qualifications in Junior-Intermediate. Born and raised in Toronto, she moved to St. Catharines to complete her studies in Concurrent Education at Brock University. Throughout her six-year program, she completed her teaching internships with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Peel District School Board and the Toronto District School Board. After graduating in June 2022 and receiving her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees, she continues to immerse herself in the education industry and works at a Montessori School. Lina is always hungry for growth (and a platter of sushi). She has additional qualifications in Primary Education and Special Education to further her knowledge and grow as an educator. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her loved ones, exploring the city, or playing her cello/ piano. Her friendly personality and her quick rapport with her students allow them to feel comfortable asking for help and understanding the content. Lina has always loved working with children and looks forward to all of their ‘Aha!’ moments. Tutoring is something she would like to continue to do outside of her regular teaching position.
Jamie is currently a grade 2/3 teacher with the Toronto District School Board. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Teaching in Elementary Education, and is currently completing his Master of Arts in Social Justice Education. He also holds additional qualifications in Special Education, Primary/Junior Literacy, Mathematics, Reading, ESL, and Kindergarten.
During the summer months, Jamie fulfills the role of Program Director with Westcoast Connection. Over the past 10 summers he has directed programs all over Canada, USA, Europe and Australia.
Rebecca graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She completed her Master of Teaching at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto in 2022. In her placements, she delivered engaging and effective lessons in Math, Literacy, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education, taking a special interest in helping students succeed in science and math with a hands-on and interactive approach. Given the opportunity to be an ESL teacher, Rebecca dedicated herself to each of her student’s success by leveraging their strengths and interests. Furthermore, Rebecca has additional qualifications in math and special education which informs all aspects of her teaching practice. She believes that all students have the ability to learn, succeed, and reach their goals. In her spare time, Rebecca loves to play tennis, bake, and try new restaurants.
Dasha graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science of Language. She successfully completed a post-graduate certificate program in Speech and Language Sciences at Brock University. She is currently completing her Master’s of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Audiology. Dasha has a strong passion for working with individuals with communication challenges to improve their quality of life. As she completes her Master’s program, Dasha is accustomed to creating interactive and individualized lesson plans that fit the needs for each of her clients in therapy sessions. Many of Dasha’s work experiences involve working with children with various disabilities in the academic and respite capacity which she thoroughly enjoys and finds extremely rewarding. In her spare time, Dasha enjoys a tasty fish taco, eating at new restaurants, going to the gym, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family!
Karen is an Ontario Certified Teacher since 2014 and is currently teaching a Grade 2/3 class. She grew up in Toronto and speaks English anad Cantonese. After graduating from Queens University with a focus on Arts-Based Education, Karen pursued her two passions; teaching children and travelling. She started her teaching career overseas in Vietnam and Cambodia. In 2017 she moved back home to Toronto and has since been teaching at various schools across the Toronto District School Board from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Her favourite subject is Mathematics and in her spare time she enjoys tutoring children to discover a love for mathematics. Karen has tutored 1-on-1 for the past 6 years both online and in-person. She builds a strong and positive relationship with children that ensure engagement in learning and developing strategies for problem-solving, reading, writing, etc.. For more information on Karen’s additional qualifications, her OCT number is 652670.
Lesley, or Les as she likes to be called, is a certified teacher of 22 years. Les came from Montreal to complete M.A. courses at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and then completed her teacher certification as well as specialist courses in Special Education. She later acquired a Masters in Social Work at U of T with a focus on children and families.
Les loves kids and likes people. She is a kind, energetic and creative person who would like to share her love of teaching with younger learners in the earlier grades. Les has a profound love of books and reading and art. Even before she had her own child, Les began to collect children’s books and is happy to have a little library of her own.
Les is experienced working with students with diverse learning styles and challenges (including learning differences / disabilities, attention issues and anxiousness). She is well-equipped to build an effective plan to support young learners on their journey to tackling reading, language and numeracy skills. Les has excellent people skills and will communicate clearly with parents about their child’s progress. She employs creative strategies and engaging resources for learners. Les has a patient, friendly and playful approach to teaching.
Alexandra graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care and a minor in sociology. While at Ryerson, she had the opportunity to complete two full year practicums that allowed her to work as a child and youth worker in schools and residential home care facilities. This opportunity allowed her to gain skills in designing and implementing developmental, preventative, and therapeutic activities to meet the needs of children and youth facing adversity. Alexandra then went on to complete her Masters of Teaching in the primary/junior levels from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Alexandra is currently working as a supply teacher for the Toronto Districts School Board which has provided her with an abundance of knowledge and experiences. Furthermore, Alexandra has additional qualifications (AQ) in Special Education Part 1 and Reading Part 1. Alexandra believes in creating a learning environment that reflects, celebrates, and validates the diversity and complexity of all children. In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys being active and adventurous, and spending time with her family and friends. Alexandra loves to travel to experience new cultures and create memories with loved ones. One of her favorite countries she has travelled to is Croatia.
Kristie Cairns is an Ontario Certified Teacher who has taught both internationally and in Canada. She has called Toronto home for nearly her whole life, growing up in the city and completing a double degree program at the University of Toronto, receiving both her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts. Always believing in the power of education to provide exposure to and understanding of different cultures and with a desire to put theory into practice, Kristie realized her adventurer nature by teaching in Beijing, China and Jeju island, South Korea. In these locations, Kristie taught at a private boarding school and an international girls school. It is with a special fondness for these two places that Kristie remembers first growing her elementary expertise and gaining an appreciation for the place of meaningful, culturally-relevant curriculum and teaching for the well-being of learners.
Having taught and travelled abroad for three years, Kristie returned to Toronto and joined the faculty of a prominent independent school where she has taught in many roles including as a teacher-librarian, Grade 5 teacher and most recently, a Senior Kindergarten teacher. Over the course of her teaching career, Kristie has thrived in working with elementary students and has a genuine enthusiasm for guiding students in their foundational learning in the early years. Kristie greatly enjoys teaching reading, writing, vocabulary acquisition and developing social-emotional competencies, but is able to deliver a wide range of elementary curriculum. Kristie has lived the experience of working with students in a virtual learning format as a result of current times and has been commended by parents for connecting with learners despite the obstacle of screens. Even at this moment in time, Kristie strongly believes that building connection with students through engaging learner interests and wonderings is key to helping students feel heard, understood and better able to succeed in both realms of academia and personal development. Kristie enjoys writing stories, rock climbing, spending time with her dog and has been known fondly by students for her ever-changing hair colour!