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.
Montana graduated from St. Francis Xavier University’s Gerald Schwartz School of Business with her Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting with Distinction (GPA: 4.0 / 4.0 | Average: 91.5%). During that time, she did her exchange at Oxford-Brookes University in the UK. She is a graduate of Lower Canada College’s High School and Grade 12 program.
At St. Francis Xavier University, she worked as a tutor and note taker, where she taught and created strategies for students with learning disabilities to succeed in business courses. Her specialties include math (Grades 1-11), science (grades 1-9), English, History and Statistics.
Her wonderful attitude, combined with her hard work ethic, result in a safe environment within which students can take risks to achieve their desired outcome.
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.