LAURA L.

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.

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.

KATHRYN A.

Kathryn is a recent Master’s graduate of the University of Toronto, who’s love of teaching and mentoring is sustained by her own lifelong love of learning and discovery. Her commitment to writing, film, and media studies has lead her through a highly successful academic career, including a Bachelor’s degree of High Distinction from U of T, a Master’s in Media Production at Ryerson University, and a Master’s degree from U of T in Cinema Studies. Her tenure as Head Teaching Assistant within U of T’s Cinema Studies Institute reignited her strong connection to the art of education, first discovered as a young, curious Montessori student. Kathryn also worked within The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Studies for its ESL Foundation Program. Along with a dedication to academic coaching, Kathryn is currently a freelance writer reporting on industry and business development in Canadian media. Kathryn has also worked for the Toronto International Film Festival, Ontario Creates, and the Canadian Media Producers Association.

Magdalene S.

Magdalene is currently enrolled in OISE’s Master of Teaching program and has her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. Magdalene has been teaching in professional and social settings since 2015 and has experience working with diverse learners. She has taught grades 1 through 12 with a focus on English, math, and the social sciences. Magdalene also has experience teaching English internationally.

Magdalene seeks to advance students’ self-confidence and self-efficacy while cultivating a love of learning and empowering students on their journey to academic success. She embodies and exemplifies an ideology that centres around self- discovery and personal growth, with an emphasis on critical thinking, adaptability, and resiliency.

When Magdalene isn’t in school or tutoring, you can find her curled up with a good book, visiting the animals at the Toronto Zoo, or taking pictures of different foods she’s tried around the city.

TRACEY C.

Tracey received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba and has almost 25 years of experience in a variety of teaching environments. Tracey has worked with Indigenous learners in northern Manitoba, taught ESL to engineers from the former East Germany, taught piano to Early Years students, and taught high school courses at correctional centres.

Tracey’s philosophy of teaching is to make learning fun and engaging by relating the subject matter to real-world examples as well as incorporating a student’s own interests.

In her free time, Tracey is a designer and illustrator, likes to travel to far-flung places, enjoys scuba diving and likes to spend time with her cat, Mia.

Zaineb A.

Zaineb holds her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations and Law from Kingston University. She is a graduate of the American University of Sharjah in Dubai, and from the Dubai International School (American High School Diploma).

Her specialities include: math (all levels, including calculus), science, English, French and Political Science. She taught math for five years to students in grades 7 to 11, and taught at the Harrow Primary School for three years.

She was a participant in both the Model United Nations and in many international public speaking competitions. She has been a member of both the My Voice Project for girls and the Kingston Society,

Zeineb’s charismatic personality coupled with her love of teaching and her ability to change her lessons according to each student’s style of learning, result in a stimulating learning environment.

KATE B.

In 2017, Kate received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Development with an honours distinction from Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. She is currently a student at the University of Toronto working towards her Master of Teaching at OISE, specializing in Primary/Junior grade levels. Over the last ten years, Kate has gained a great deal of experience working with children. Kate has spent her last 7 summers leading kids aged 7-15 on canoe trips lasting between 2-50 days throughout Northern Ontario. In the winters, Kate taught kids aged 2-12 how to ski. Kate completed her first practicum placement at Toronto Urban Studies Centre in which she led programs to a different class and a different grade everyday. Kate completed French Immersion and graduated high school with a bilingual certificate. In her third year of university, she spent six months abroad in France studying at an elite political science school, Sciences Po. Kate loves spending time getting to know kids and helping them reach their full potential. She focuses on building the students’ confidence and creates a positive learning environment in which kids are able to make mistakes and learn from it. Kate is positive, enthusiastic and loves teaching kids in a fun and engaging manner. In Kate’s free time, she loves to travel, hike, canoe, play guitar and sing.

JAYME G.

Jayme is a Masters of Arts (Cultural Studies) student with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Psychology from Queen’s University. Working as a teaching assistant at the university, Jayme led weekly classes for students looking to succeed in their assignments and develop a deeper understanding of the course material. She also maintained office hours for students who needed an extra boost with one-on-one guidance. Jayme worked regularly with students looking for improvement in their essay writing skills.

Jayme’s approach to helping her students achieve their personal academic goals includes identifying any weaknesses in study habits and teaching alternative, more successful skills and methods. Some of the skills that Jayme focuses on developing include:
– Researching, planning, writing, and editing academic papers/essays/reports
– Breaking down word-heavy assignments to a manageable scale and completing a successful project
– Studying efficiently and effectively for test-taking
– Honing study skills to prepare for university or college level courses

Jayme’s success in her own education is a product of hard work and a great support network consisting of incredible educators and tutors along the way. She looks forward to assisting students regain their confidence academically and meet their goals.

GOWSIGA T.

Gowsiga (Gowsi) is currently completing her Master of Teaching for the intermediate/senior level at the University of Toronto (OISE). While her teachable are social science and history she has experience teaching intermediate/senior English. She holds two Bachelors degrees in Political Science, and Human Rights and Equity studies from York University. In order to broaden her knowledge, and passion for human rights advocacy she went on to pursue a Master of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University. Gowsi has a broad range of teaching experiences with junior/intermediate/senior students with various levels of English proficiency. Fostering a nurturing and positive learning environment, along with differentiated instruction which focuses on each individual learner, and learning style is key to student success!

In her spare time, Gowsi is committed to her work as a mentor with the Munk School of Global Affair’s Global Ideas Institute where she can motivate bright young minds to tackle the world’s wicked problems using research and knowledge. Furthermore, she is a trained classical dancer who believes that dance is a form of self-expression and creativity.

GOWSIGA T.

Gowsiga (Gowsi) is currently completing her Master of Teaching for the intermediate/senior level at the University of Toronto (OISE). While her teachable are social science and history she has experience teaching intermediate/senior English. She holds two Bachelors degrees in Political Science, and Human Rights and Equity studies from York University. In order to broaden her knowledge, and passion for human rights advocacy she went on to pursue a Master of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University. Gowsi has a broad range of teaching experiences with junior/intermediate/senior students with various levels of English proficiency. Fostering a nurturing and positive learning environment, along with differentiated instruction which focuses on each individual learner, and learning style is key to student success!

In her spare time, Gowsi is committed to her work as a mentor with the Munk School of Global Affair’s Global Ideas Institute where she can motivate bright young minds to tackle the world’s wicked problems using research and knowledge. Furthermore, she is a trained classical dancer who believes that dance is a form of self-expression and creativity.