Nicole is an Early Childhood Studies Graduate from Ryerson University. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Education in the Primary/Junior Division at York University, where she is continuing to build upon her skills as an educator. During her Undergraduate program, she had many hands-on field placement opportunities including working in a Childcare Centre, Early Intervention Centre with children with Autism and a Public School. These placements provided an opportunity for her to plan lessons for a variety of grade levels with diverse needs. Nicole knew she wanted to pursue a career in education from a young age. She worked as a Swimming Instructor for children aged 3-13 and in the summer months, Nicole works as a Camp Counsellor/Specialist in an Art, Dance and Music based camp. Nicole has a deep passion for incorporating the arts in her learning experiences with students. Outside of work and education, Nicole enjoys yoga, meditation, listening to music and playing the guitar. She is incredibly kind and patient with every child she works with. She ensures that she gets to know the needs, interests and abilities of each of her students to ensure that her teaching is meaningful, effective, and relatable. She believes that this is an important step in creating a strong connection with her students and ultimately creating a learning environment that is welcoming, fun and comfortable for each learner. Nicole is interested and is always learning new teaching methods and strategies to ensure that she is granting each child with the optimal learning experience.
Jason has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. He previously studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Calgary. Jason has experience teaching students from elementary to senior high in Canada and abroad. His specialties are the maths and sciences but languages (French and Mandarin) are also in his suite of expertise.
Laura has over 10 years of teaching and tutoring experience in a variety of environments, from elementary through to high school. She has also taught ESL locally and abroad. She has experience working with students within a wide range of learning abilities, and works compassionately with students wherever they are at. Laura holds a Masters degree, and is a certified Early Childhood Educator. She is interested in learning about and participating in efforts towards social justice.
Pedro Tironi is a professional musician, music therapist and teacher candidate from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. He grew up in Chile, where he completed a Bachelor in Arts, minor in Classical Guitar Musical Performance at the University of Chile. He moved to Barcelona, Spain to complete a master’s in music at Catalonia College of Music. Pedro grew up surrounded by books, music and nature which lead him to develop a strong intellectual curiosity and took the opportunity to continue studying and travelling. He moved to Argentina to complete an Undergraduate Degree in Music Therapy at Buenos Aires University. It was during his stay in Argentina that he discovered his passion for teaching and working with children. Pedro has worked as a music therapist supporting the strengths and needs of children, youth, and young adults with learning disabilities, communication challenges, motor disabilities and mental health issues. When he decided to pursue teaching as a career Pedro moved to Toronto where he is currently in his second year of his Master of Teaching at OISE, University of Toronto. It is through teaching that Pedro has been able to discover the interconnection between math and music and foster his love of Math. During one of his practicums, Pedro taught Math at a TDSB school grade 6 class encouraging students to learn math through interactive and hands-on experiences that integrated arts and music. In his spare time, Pedro continues developing as a musician and works one-on-one with children ranging from 4 years through adults teaching piano, guitar, and music theory. He has supported the improvement of their math skills, concentration, socio-emotional skills and music skills and attitudes. Pedro believes that by building a strong relationship with his students he is better able to meet their needs and grow their learning. As a mentor Pedro continues to develop strategies for working with children integrating creativity into the learning process. He finds these experiences enjoyable and extremely rewarding.
Carling is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She grew up in Toronto, and completed her Undergraduate Degree in Music Education at the University of Western Ontario. She continued on at UWO to complete her degree in Education, with teachables in Intermediate/Senior Music and Social Science before moving back to Toronto. She is currently pursuing supply teaching work as she continues her volunteering. Her volunteer experiences have provided both a strong tutoring background, as well as a desire to help students discover their own potential. She believes that all students are capable of success and through her gentle and compassionate leadership style, students will develop skills for their academic growth. The one-on-one nature of tutoring allows Carling to guide students with the individualized focus and attention they need to nurture their curiosity. In her free time, Carling enjoys learning new instruments, finding the best restaurants in town, and she has a passion for the humanities.
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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 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.
Victoria completed her Bachelor of Education with Wilfrid Laurier University in collaboration with Nipissing University; Schulich School of Education. She is certified to teach Junior/Intermediate grades and she graduated with a French teachable. Victoria has experience in the classroom with every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 9 including a year of teaching Grade 1 French Immersion and she is currently teaching a grade 5/6 Extended French class. Her specialities include working with French learners, teaching students to read, strengthening reading and writing skills and math all while making learning fun. Victoria’s interests include sustainability, community growth, global initiatives, volunteering, health and well-being and empowering others to do good. Victoria’s teaching pedagogy is that each child is unique and thus must have an interesting educational environment that fosters physical, mental, emotional, and social growth and such an environment allows students to achieve their goals. It is her desire to create this type of atmosphere where students can meet their full potential. She is also creative with a high interest in sports and games which she uses in creating a fun and encouraging learning environment.
Gerrod Harris has been teaching in a wide variety of classrooms and learning environments for the last seven years. While teaching music both privately and in community centers throughout Markham, Gerrod received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education at York University. Certified to teach music and history at the intermediate and senior levels, Gerrod has experience teaching a range of history courses along with English, civics, economics, and senior level social studies. Since graduating in 2017, Gerrod has continued extensively teaching music, while also volunteering and working in high schools throughout the YRDSB; joining the Prep Academy Tutors team is his latest step forward into a well steeped career in education.
Tamara has been an Ontario Certified Teacher (O.C.T.) since 2005, teaching grades K-12 across most subject areas. She has a specialization in the Arts, English, Guidance/Careers studies, Primary/Junior Mathematics, and Special Education. Tamara taught with the York Region District School Board for over 10 years, both in elementary and secondary panels. Most recently, she has taught in the private education sector in the middle and senior grades. Tamara studied and received a Master’s of Psychology from Chicago School of Professional Psychology, specializing in Child/Adolescent development and behavior. (M.A. Psych) She is certified in Mental Health First Aid/Crisis Intervention (M.H.F.A., 2018), and has co-facilitated a therapy group for counseling children ages 7-9 years who present with A.D.D./A.D.H.D. at Kinark Family Services. As well, Tamara holds many Additional Teacher Qualifications, most recently in Special Education – Part 1. At Prep Academy Tutors, Tamara mentors and coaches students who have a variety of learning needs or disabilities, supporting them through many academic challenges. Tamara believes in a holistic approach to teaching, and designs lessons that contribute to their overall intellectual, social, mental health, and emotional development. Outside of teaching, Tamara enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, as well as reading, exercise, painting, and photography in stolen moments.