I went to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia to obtain my Bachelor of Arts Degree after I graduated from a small high school in Manitoba. From there I decided to return to my home province and become a teacher with a Bachelor of Education degree from Brandon University, Brandon Manitoba. After teaching for two years, I knew I wanted to specialize in Inclusive Education and Educational Psychology. The remaining courses and degrees were undertaken on a part-time basis while working as an educator, culminating in a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan.
I have worked as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, curriculum and program developer, administrator of special education, educational psychologist, consultant for ESL and English Enrichment for First Nations’ Peoples and as a university professor.
One of my highlights as a professor was the mentoring of a bright, graduate student who had severe learning difficulties, winning the Governor General’s award for her thesis for her Master of Education degree. She and I had spent many hours labouring over the task of conceptualizing, researching and writing the winning thesis. It was an honour to work with her to help showcase what remarkable skills people possess and their ability to succeed if given the appropriate supports.
I retired from university life at the outset of Covid but I have continued to work online as a mentor with post-secondary students from across the globe. It is rewarding to meet people from all walks of life and to be part of the exciting opportunities presented through online education experiences.
During the pandemic I also volunteered in my community with the food kitchen and donated face coverings to organizations such as the hospice and local schools where parents were not readily able to pay for the cost of masks for their children. I sewed and donated more than 2500 cloth masks. I strongly believe in the spirit of community and social responsibility.
Ruby realized her passion for sharing knowledge with others at a very young age. Throughout elementary school Ruby would often volunteer to help children younger than her improve their reading and writing skills. Ruby then went on to obtain her Bachelors in Psychology from Brock University. There Ruby would occasionally work with underclassmen and peers and tutor them in certain psychology concepts. Ruby has always been interested in and extremely passionate about psychology.
Due to this. Ruby went on to work with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Coach. In this role Ruby would work with adolescents, adults and seniors, she would teach them how to use it to boost their mood, face their fears, and overcome things that cause them anxiety. Ruby’s objective has always been to ensure those she works with are confident enough to be able to carry on what Ruby taught them in the form of long-term healthy habits, regardless of if Ruby is there guiding them.
In order to broaden her knowledge of psychology and work with people at a deeper level, Ruby is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Psychology at Adler Graduate Professional School. Ruby is currently working as a student psychotherapist and as a student psychometrist in two different private practices. Ruby hopes to graduate later this year and continue working with a wide variety of populations to support them mentally, but to also teach them habits and coping mechanisms that contribute to their wellbeing. In her free time, Ruby enjoys catching up on the latest Netflix Original, reading, cooking and sharing laughs with her family and friends.
Thomas Toles is a Rhodes Scholar with an M.Sc. in Education and an M.St. in Film Aesthetics from the University of Oxford. He also holds a Double Honours B.A. in English and Pschology from the University of Manitoba. He has experience teaching a variety of subjects to students of all ages, and uses passion and humour to keep his lessons engaging. Thomas always centres the student first, catering his lessons to their level of understanding. In the past, Thomas has taught literature and film at the University of Winnipeg, drama and film classes at Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and drama and art camps at Mini U. His Master’s research involved teaching mathematical reasoning skills to Grade 4 students across Winnipeg. In his spare time, Thomas works as an actor and comedian, recently touring American colleges performing with Mission Improvable.
Becca is an enthusiastic educator with bachelors degrees in Education, Psychology and English. She has taught in various elementary schools, namely in English, ESL, Social Studies (History and Geography), Visual Arts, and Science. Using her university studies in child psychology, she also created and taught a specialized course in Meta-Cognitive Skills that taught students different learning techniques and helped them to assess their needs in various subjects. This was geared towards all students, including students with disabilities. Becca has really enjoyed volunteer teaching in Special Education classrooms in elementary schools, teaching students with varying abilities (including students on the spectrum) core curriculum, life skills and learning techniques.
From the time she was 16 years old and worked her first job as a Tae Kwon Do instructor, Becca has had a passion for teaching. Since then she has appreciated every opportunity to educate children and adults in a wide variety of subjects, from jewelry making and yoga to outdoor survival and wildlife! Her teaching philosophy is to support students with learning techniques and skills needed to give advocacy, build confidence and find joy in learning – ultimately to better understand themselves.
Becca also enjoys crocheting stuffed animals, playing D&D, bugging her cat named Merlin, and teaching dog training classes.
Laura is an academic administrator, research writer, and artist, whose work focuses on the critical theory of visual culture within the context of history. She grew up in remote north Ontario before moving to Toronto, where she has earned her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Visual and Critical Studies from OCAD University, a degree that allowed her to combine studies of psychology, philosophy, the history of science and medicine, and literature into an interdisciplinary framework from which art and society can be analysed. She won the program medal, the highest distinction within each program’s graduating class, in 2016, and went on to complete her Master’s of Art History at the University of Toronto in 2018. Laura has showcased her research papers in various academic conferences throughout North America, and uses her studies to inform her visual arts practice, creating a fruitful cycle of critical investigation followed by the creation of visual language in support of the research. It is her personal philosophy that learning is an amazing and enriching experience, and that curiosity and engagement with the world around us should be nurtured; she strives to make education a positive and inspiring experience for all her students.
In her spare time she likes to get back to her roots and explore the wilderness, whether it be hiking, camping, climbing, or some combination of the three, and advocates for the personal and social benefits of appreciating and preserving nature. Her passion for the outdoors stems from a childhood fascination with geology, palaeontology, and evolutionary biology, as well as a love of animals. Laura has taught several clinics on backcountry safety, and can show you what to do in case of a bear encounter.
Tanya P. is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She graduated from Trent University with a Bachelor of Arts in History with Emphasis in Education in 2015. While at Trent University, Tanya tutored two students for the student-run-organization, Trent Students for Literacy. In addition, she was also the coordinator of the Reading Circle for Trent Students for Literacy, where she supervised university students, who promoted literacy to children between the ages of two and five. In 2017, she graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Education with Emphasis in Urban Education in the Intermediate/Senior grade levels. Having been a teacher candidate in Ontario, Tanya has volunteer experience within the Toronto District School Board and the Thames Valley District School Board.
Shortly after graduating in 2017, Tanya was given the opportunity to teach in a grade eight classroom on a fly-in reserve in Pikangikum, Ontario. Tanya accepted the position due to her passion for Aboriginal education and her strong desire to understand and support students by promoting a positive self-representation of themselves and their culture. While in Pikangikum, Tanya led a school group called, Girls Club, where she supervised and led weekly activities for girls in grade seven and eight to overcome barriers, build confidence, and develop positive relationships. Tanya invited guest speakers from within the reserve to share resources with the students. Through these experiences, Tanya recognizes the importance of incorporating students’ perspectives and knowledge into lessons and school community in order to make learning meaningful and relatable. Tanya currently teaches high school for a private school in the North York area. She teacher history, geography, civics, careers, drama, and a few social science courses.
Zainab holds her Bachelors of Education in Secondary English and History from McGill University, during which time she worked as the Schools Outreach Program Assistant, and is a certified substitute for the EMSB and LBPSB School Boards. She is the recipient of The Walter A. & K. Mary Marsh Scholarship.
As an English as a Second Language Teacher, she created lessons fitting the skill-level of over 25 students through the differentiation of reinforcement and communicative activities, while providing weekly feedback to parents and students
At Bishop’s College School, she independently created curriculum, exams, and activities for ESL students in Elementary and High School, employing various instructional technologies for discourse-based, engaged learning.
At McGill, she led a mentorship program that connected McGill students with under-represented Elementary school students in the Montreal area. Her team worked to help students with their homework and their socio-emotional development. The experience led her to better understand the needs and concerns of all the students with whom she was working.
Zainab has taught English at a private school in the Plateau, and privately tutors students in all subjects at the Elementary School level. Her specialties also include both English and the Social Sciences at the High School and CEGEP levels.
Her engaging, dynamic personality, combined with her passion for education and focus on inclusivity, make her the ideal tutor for many different types of learners.
Jasmine graduated from College Jean de la Mennais and Marianopolis College in Honours Commerce, where she was on the Honour Roll. She currently studies finance at McGill University.
Jasmine started tutoring at the age of 12 by tutoring her peers, and never stopped. She has tutored grades 7 to 11 and CEGEP students in math, French, science and calculus, and worked as a peer at Marianopolis, where she helped students with homework and exam preparation in calculus and economics, and the entire commerce curriculum. She previously tutored French privately for years, to both native speakers and second language learners.
Her specialties include: French, math (including calculus I & II), science, and economics at the Elementary, High School and CEGEP level.
She has experience coaching kids for badminton as well, a sport she has been playing competitively for 7 years. Jasmine’s approachable manner, high energy and passion for learning and teaching, makes her a fabulous choice for everyone. She is also quadrilingual!
Abigail holds her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa. She holds her Bachelor of Science: Major in Psychology, Minor in World Religions from McGill University, where she was the International Winner for Psychology, Undergraduate Awards.
Abigail currently tutors English (including essay-writing), psychology and the Humanities at the High School, CEGEP and University levels.
She served as an Intake Worker May for The Argyle Institute, and as a Counselling Psychology Intern at the Paul Menton Centre for Persons with Disabilities at Carleton University, where she provided supportive counselling, psychotherapy, and learning strategies-based interventions.
Abigail also worked worked at the Taylor Adolescent Program, where she tutored high school students with learning disabilities, and created personalized study program tailored to student’s individual needs, and at the Young Parents Program, Head & Hands, where she supervised children ages 6 months to 5 years old.
She has worked as a Research Assistant in the Brain and Behaviour Laboratory at the University of Ottawa, and at McGill, to name a few.
Abigail believes in the non-judgemental approach to foster a student’s love of learning and to ensure future success in whichever field he / she chooses to pursue.