Larissa graduated from the University of British Columbia with an Honours BSc degree in Cellular, Anatomical, and Physiological Sciences. Currently, she is completing her MSc in Neuroscience at McGill University as a McCall MacBain Scholar. She volunteers as an educator for Concussion Legacy Foundation and BrainReach, leading community outreach programs in elementary schools around Montréal. In her 6 years of working in research, she has authored papers examining lifestyle impacts on cognitive processing (i.e. executive functioning skills) in children with learning disabilities.
She has tutored students up to the undergraduate university course level in biology, chemistry, psychology, and English. Her success comes from her unique approach to tutoring and career consulting that draws from her versatile background as a licensed pilot, ski coach of Alpine Canada Coach Education, violin teacher with an Associate Diploma (ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and an Advanced Medical First Responder to name a few. As an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves, she instructs aviation theory, leadership and communication skills; she also specializes in instructing university and scholarship application writing within and outside of the Forces.
Being born and raised in British Columbia, she is an avid backcountry skier and hiker. When she’s not on a mountain, you could find her exploring the city by bike.
Kaitlyn attended high school level at the Study School, college level at Dawson in Pure & Applied Science (also took the Health Science courses, anatomy, organic Chemistry, etc. ), and university level at Concordia in Civil Engineering. While she has an affinity towards math, science, and physics, most subjects were enjoyed at some point! Kaitlyn can help generally with homework and understanding, but is also very helpful with test and exam preparation.
Raemyn graduated the Concurrent Education Program at York University and specializes in the intermediate/senior division for English and Social Sciences. Her dedication and passion for education helps her create an engaging learning environment for students of various learning styles. She is a great organizational coach and can help your child in becoming more organized and feel more confident in accomplishing their work in a timely manner. Raemyn has experience working one-on-one with students. She has worked in the PAWS Program at York University where she helped at-risk university athletes enhance their organizational skills and keep their grades up to ensure their success in both school, and their chosen sports. Raemyn also has experience working in a high school alongside a mentor teacher to gain first-hand experience within a classroom setting. In her free time Raemyn enjoys watching hockey, spending time with friends and family, and travelling.
Samantha is an award-winning Canadian and international educator, who has presented her teaching strategies at the University of Toronto, the Solutions Tree Conference in Singapore, and contributed her lesson plans to the First Nations Caring Society. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario in 2009, and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto in 2012, where she was awarded the prestigious Kathy Bickmore Peacemaking Award in Education. She has experience teaching in Toronto, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. She has attended intensive professional training in Italy, and facilitated workshops for teachers in Cambodia. Samantha approaches her students with kindness, a sense of humour, and encouragement. Her teaching philosophy is to view herself as a learner, responsible for learning about, and adapting to, her student’s needs. She has experience with the following curriculums and pedagogies: Ontario, AERO curriculum standards, International Baccalaureate (PYP), and Reggio Emilia. She has experience in tutoring a wide range of subjects, with a passion for literacy coaching, organizational learning, and supporting English language learners. She is working toward her Guidance Counsellor qualification. In her spare time, Samantha has traveled to over 35 countries, and practices martial arts and yoga.
Anna is an education enthusiast. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours in Law and Society. She has taught English both in Canada and internationally. She lived in the South of France teaching ESL before coming back to Canada and tutoring based on the Ontario curriculum. She has experience with teaching and tutoring all ages and international students. Anna’s goal is to promote a positive approach to learning to enable students to prosper.
Marissa joined Prep Academy Tutors in 2014 after completing her Bachelor’s of Education (Primary/Junior) with a program focus in Special Education at Queen’s University. Since then, Marissa has taken additional qualifications in Special Education (part 1 and 2), Communication Needs: Autism, Reading, Kindergarten, and Primary/Junior Mathematics. In 2015, Marissa participated in a conference in Oregon to learn how to train teachers in Direct Instruction. In addition to Direct Instruction, Marissa also has trained teachers in the Wilson Reading System.
Marissa is passionate about making learning come alive for her students. She works hard to find new and creative ways to reach every learner. As an educator, it is her mission to inspire her students to become life-long learners who strive to ask questions and find answers. Developing confidence and making learning fun are top priorities during Marissa’s tutoring sessions. Students learn that it is through challenging themselves that they can learn and grow (even if they make mistakes along the way). Marissa firmly believes that all students are unique and deserve to be educated in a way that incorporates their strengths and interests into their learning process.
When Marissa isn’t teaching, you can find her hanging out with her puppy Rufus, or riding her horse, Rex.