VANI S.

Vani is an Ontario Certified Teacher who grew up in Toronto and completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Toronto. She completed her Bachelor of Education at Niagara University, where she is now pursuing a Masters in Education Leadership and at Ontario Tech University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and Digital Technologies. During her teaching internship, Vani has taught at Toronto and Durham District School Boards as well private institutions abroad in Thailand and Australia. During the summer, she coordinates Specialty Camps (Dance, Arts, Cooking, Sports, Gymnastics, etc.) with the City of Toronto Recreation where she trains staff and plans programs that encourage children and youth to participate in diverse interactive experiences. For over 10 years, Vani continues to guide students in grades 6-12, building their knowledge and understanding in language, social sciences, math, science, and basic French. She also works one-on-one with university students and newcomers who require assistance with essay writing, resumes, and career exploration. In her spare time, she enjoys strength training, swimming, calligraphy, reading and performing Indian classical music and dance. Vani believes in building a strong relationship with her students, developing a confident growth mindset and supporting extra-curricular interests through diversity and inclusion, as these are key to each students’ identity, achieving learning goals and ultimate success.

ALEXANDER M.

Alex is a Research Fellow at the University Health Network with a PhD in Molecular Virology, and an Honours Bachelor with double majors in Philosophy and Biology. Through both his undergraduate and graduate studies he tutored at-need high-school and university students on a volunteer basis in the subjects of chemistry, biology, and writing. His interest in teaching also manifested as a TA for introductory and advanced university-level cell biology, during which he decided to a pursue a life in academia, both as a researcher and educator. He believes in the power of models and metaphors to make scientific concepts accessible to students, who can be more receptive to new theories if they contain familiar mechanisms. Outside of academia, he preserves his interests in philosophy and literature, reading widely, and writing.

CARMINA P.

Carmina Perez has a PhD in Biochemistry from McMaster University and the Sorbonne University in France. She grew up in Mexico, where she completed her Undergraduate degree in Biotechnology Engineering. She has always loved science and travelling and during her undergraduate she had the opportunity to merge both passions, participating in several international internships in Texas, Singapore and the Czech Republic. After her undergraduate she came to Canada where she pursued a Master degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Montreal. Her love for science and teaching has taken her to be part of different initiatives such as Let’s talk science which focuses on teaching science through scientific experimentation to children of different ages. She was also part of an afterschool program for a vulnerable sector where she enjoyed teaching science subjects to teens. During her PhD she was teaching assistant and teacher of several classes of the Biochemistry program at the university level. She is passionate about teaching and showing children and adults the beauty of science by simplifying complex subjects to the levels needed, and by helping develop the logic and scientific skills. She finds teaching an extremely rewarding experience specially when by doing so she gives the opportunity to people to discover a new passion for science.

AARON R.

Aaron grew up in Toronto, going on to complete an Undergraduate Degree majoring in Life Science with a minor in Mathematics at Queen’s University. He is currently finalizing his MSc at Queen’s University as well, where he was afforded the stellar opportunity to conduct his research floating in zero-gravity in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency. Having recently completed a graduate research fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Aaron is currently a PhD student in bioengineering at the University of Toronto, trying to program human cells to act like microscopic computers. 
Aaron has a wealth of experience in teaching science at the undergraduate level, and looks forward to engaging his high-school students, getting them excited about all of his favourite subjects! Having taken all science and math courses in high school in addition to leading a successful undergraduate career, Aaron knows how challenging it can be for students to juggle many subjects. As such, he looks forward to not only teaching, but to sharing his strategies for staying organized, working independently and thinking critically.
In his spare time, Aaron loves downhill skiing, making fresh sourdough, and cooking spicy food. If it’s summertime, you can also find him in the garden tending to his peppers which he uses to make his world-famous hot sauce! Although the Ontario curriculum unfortunately doesn’t cover that, he is glad to give some advice! Altogether, Aaron is looking forward to building a rapport with his students and mentoring them in a positive learning environment, helping them to achieve their academic goals.