Mirza completed his Master of Arts degree in Political Science (with a focus in political theory and international relations) at McGill University. Prior to that, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Political Science and International Development Studies. He is currently working as a legal assistant at an immigration and refugee law firm. He has previous experience as a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant at McGill University.
Mirza is an attentive, patient, and passionate educator. He seeks to demonstrate to students the value in what they are learning and its transformative potential in their lives, meaning he works to make learning content relatable to his students. He also understands the value of individual learning and therefore approaches a student’s education according to their specific needs. His prior educational and professional experiences have equipped him to support students studying history, law, politics, philosophy, and English.
Parmida is a JD/BCL student at the McGill Faculty of Law. Previously, she received her M.A. and B.A. Honours at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. She has over seven years of teaching experience, including in course design, seminar facilitation, essay writing, and research methods.
She has also worked as a professional copywriter and marketing expert, and enjoys advising students on business fundamentals, marketing, and adjacent topics.
Kayley is currently in her final year of pursuing a joint BA in Political Science and Economics at McGill University. She has been involved in tutoring since high school, and has worked with students of all ages in subjects including English, Debate, and SAT/ACT prep. Her focus is primarily on developing long-lasting academic skills, including essay-writing, research, and test-taking abilities. Kayley believes that mentoring should be collaborative, and enjoys getting to know her students and tailoring her approach to each student’s learning style.
Holly has her DEC in Law, Society, and Justice from Marianopolis College, and her Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University with a major in International Affairs and a minor in Journalism and Mass Communication. She supports students in political science, English, Geography, and courses in American, Canadian, Quebec, Western Civilization, and Middle Eastern History. Holly’s students can expect her to tailor her coaching to best suit their unique learning styles. Additionally, she will always keep concepts relevant by teaching through the lens of “why does this matter?”.
Wayne is a certified teacher with 30 years experience in both private and public schools, grades 6 through 12. He has a BA in Social Sciences (History/Geography) from Trinity Western University, a teacher’s certificate from UBC and an MA (Environmental Education) from Royal Roads. Wayne is a patient, supportive educator with a healthy sense of humour. He connects easily and naturally with his students and encourages them to be independent thinkers who read and research skilfully with a critical but open mind. He has led workshops on fostering critical thinking in the classroom and has trained teachers to accurately and fairly mark essay questions. Wayne is an effective writing coach and has many years experience with the Ministry of Education marking provincial exams in history, geography and social studies.
Darien has been teaching for 5 years. He also has a Psychology degree and is certified by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He developed a Mindfulness Committee throughout his school’s community to better support mental health initiatives.
Darien has the experience to understand and tailor instruction to the many different learning styles, abilities and backgrounds. He has taught people with various and complex disabilities for 10+ years, is comfortable teaching various levels of English Language Learners and can teach foundational knowledge through Indigenous perspective.
As a teacher his focus is on an well rounded educational plan that consists of physical and mental wellness, cultivating self-worth, morals, values and supporting students’ expressions of identity. He received multiple scholarships based on athletic merit as a member of the University’s Cross Country Running team. He loves to take his dog paddle boarding and hiking. When they are not in the sunniest spots, he’ll likely be found playing Arceus or Zelda on his Nintendo Switch.
Kelly is an Ontario-certified Intermediate/Senior teacher, who with a Double Major in Psychology and Political Science as well as a degree in Education. She has received different scholarships in her programs including the McLaughlin College Council Award and the Cornerstone Leadership in Action Awards. These awards recognized Kelly’s exceptional leadership ability and the attributes that she embodies in her interactions with students including integrity, passion, innovation, and creativity. Kelly’s teaching practices are guided by her practicum experiences where she Kelly observed and adopted a multitude of practical classroom strategies for working with students in Grade 9-12. Her teaching practices also derive from her 5 years of experience as a private tutor and a Peer Tutoring Coordinator. As a tutor, she helped teach students from JK to Grade 12 with a range of learning needs and catered her lessons to help them meet the learning goals and develop effective study strategies. Kelly believes that the key to developing critical thinking skills that extend beyond the classroom, is helping students adopt a problem posing model of education where teachers and students co-construct and investigate lessons as well as seek out hands-on learning opportunities. Outside of work, she is interested in ice-skating, canoeing, learning new languages, painting, sketching, watching action comedies and reading.
Justin Mejia is an OCT Qualified Intermediate senior (grades7-12) teacher with the qualifications and ability to teach English, Socials, History, Philosophy and French. He possesses an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and English from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Education from York University.
Over the last several years, Mr. Mejia has worked full time teaching in class Secondary English, Socials, and French in British Columbia and in Ontario. He also has had experience working as a tutor and as a Youth worker. This experience, combined with his philosophical background, has given Mr. Mejia the ability to understand what is necessary in achieving student success. By creating an inclusive, engaging, and supportive learning environment, and by connecting students’ personal lives and experiences to the course content, Mr. Mejia believes that we not only enable students to achieve their intellectual, social, and physical potential, we also encourage them to develop into responsible, compassionate citizens that are prepared to meet the challenges of our ever changing world.
Christopher has an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in History with a minor in Geography. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Education from the University of Ottawa. Following his master’s, Chris taught English and Creative Writing for two years in Canmore, Alberta. He has worked as a teacher and guidance counsellor at the University of Toronto Schools since 2019.
Chris has extensive tutoring experience in a wide range of subjects and grade levels. He firmly believes that all students can succeed.
EN: Saskia has her DEC in Creative Arts, Literature and Languages from Marianopolis College, her Bachelors of Economics and Geography from McGill University, and is currently pursuing her degree in Social Work from McGill University. She believes that coaching is a collaborative relationship, and she really enjoys adapting her teaching style to every unique student. Her students can expect from her a sense of accomplishment and hopefully she helps them see things from new perspectives.
FR: Saskia est titulaire d’un DEC en arts créatifs, littérature et langues du Collège Marianopolis, d’un baccalauréat en économie et géographie de l’Université McGill et poursuit actuellement ses études en travail social à l’Université McGill. Elle croit que le coaching est une relation de collaboration et elle aime vraiment adapter son style d’enseignement à chaque élève unique. Ses élèves peuvent attendre d’elle un sentiment d’accomplissement et j’espère qu’elle les aidera à voir les choses sous de nouveaux angles.