Shara earned her PhD in Pharmacology from University of Alberta during which she won several national and international awards for her scientific presentations and research. Immediately after her PhD, her love for teaching led her to Centennial College where she taught Biology and Anatomy. Shara has an extensive experience of about 10 years of privately tutoring students in person and online. Her way of teaching, motivating and building trusted relationships with her students is reflected in her former students reaching out to her for guidance and help during their college and undergraduate years. Shara believes “It is important to remember that although all students have the ability to reach their maximum potential, the same style of teaching may not apply to all students. Adapting teaching style to unique needs of students in order to effectively enhance and support learning is crucial in ensuring the success of the students.” As a national debate champion Shara is able to communicate complex concepts in an engaging manner that helps her capture the attention of her students. Science immensely excites her and as an effort to promote science education and research to high school students, she volunteered for the Let’s Talk Science Workshop every year held at University of Alberta. In addition, her kind and caring nature often leads her to volunteer at senior homes; building crafts with independent and assisted living seniors. Shara actively practices empathy and incorporates the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the tutees to bring out the best possible outcome.
Santiago holds his Bachelor of Science (Major in Honours Neuroscience; Minor in Biotechnology) from McGill University, where he graduated with First Class Honours. He holds his Diploma of Collegial Studies in Pure and Applied Sciences from Vanier College, where he graduated under the Dean’s Honour Roll (overall average above 90%).
He worked at Vanier College as a tutor, during which time he taught seminars on physics and prepared tutoring material to use during review sessions and exam prep. He also worked at the drop-in desk of the Math & Science Centre for students struggling with homework problems and/or projects in Chemistry, Physics, Math and Biology.
Santiago’s specialties include Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics), math (Grades 1-12), and French language tutoring.
In addition, Santiago worked on the Vanier Science Program Advisory Committee Member, where he provided feedback to the institution’s Science Program Coordinator about the proposed changes to the CEGEP Science programs proposed by the government of Quebec. He also worked as a Signal Processing Engineer at McGill’s NeuroTech and contributed to the creation of Milo, the brain-controlled wheelchair. He volunteered in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Santiago’s positive and enthusiastic personality, combined with a deep love and understanding of the material at hand, ensure the perfect environment in which his students may thrive.
Rishanthi is completing her Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmacovigilance and Medical Writing at theJames Lind Institute. She holds her BSc from McGill University, and her Diplome d’etudes collegiales in Health Sciences from Vanier College.
She was the recipient of both the Wager Scholarship (top 3 students with highest academic average) and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97 Scholarship. She has received the Commissioner’s Prize Award for the highest academic average in science, the History Award for Excellence, the Chemistry and Physics Award for Excellence and the Vanier College Entrance Scholarship.
Rishanthi served as the Medical Director/Editor/Writer for Advertise Health, and as a Research Assistant at the McGill University School of Communication Sciences & Disorders. She currently works as the Research Coordinator/Assistant at McGill University’s Transcranial Stimulation Lab
She has worked at A1 Tutorial, and has over ten years of tutoring experience in subjects ranging from maths to sciences to History up until the University levels. She was also a classroom volunteer at The Mackay Center, where she assisted children with special needs, and helped them with homework, assignments, and reading.
Her incredible patience, combined with a deep understanding of the material and a knack for making it accessible, makes her a fabulous tutor.
Stephanie graduated with honours from Wilfrid Laurier University and completed her Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. She has multiple years of international teaching experience from Perth, Australia and Burkina Faso, West Africa. While teaching abroad, Stephanie developed a fresh perspective on accessible education and the importance of supporting resources in the community.
Stephanie’s classroom experience showcases her range and ability to take on new challenges. She has taught subjects in five different learning areas which include middle and high school age groups. Stephanie has worked within mainstream, remedial and enriched programs; in both public and private school sectors. Additionally, Stephanie has been a contributing member to large-scale educational projects through committee and association work with a specific focus on curriculum re-development and connecting students to their community in meaningful ways.
Stephanie is currently an occasional teacher with the DDSB and is completing Additional Qualifications in Special Education. She has a passion for sports and spends her free-time coaching young athletes in the Durham Region.