ENRIQUE R.

My name is Enrique Ramirez, I am a French as a Second Language (FSL) and Math teacher from Toronto, Ontario.
 
My Bachelor of Education was conferred as part of the first Consecutive cohort of French teachers trained at the Glendon campus of York University. I also earned my undergraduate double major in French Studies and Math (along with the Trilingual Certificate of Excellence in English, French and Spanish) at the same campus. 
 
I started my Masters of Education (with a focus on math teaching) at the end of August 2020.
 
From October 2019 to June 2020, I completed a work year abroad in southwest France as the official English language assistant and Spanish tutor. My duties principally entailed leading classroom activities and reinforcing the teacher’s lessons, in both the elementary and secondary levels, at “Lycée Jean Taris” in the Bordeaux Academy school board.
 
I look forward to bringing my strengthened French skills to the classroom when I teach FSL (and math in French) along with elementary and junior school subjects in an english or francophone classroom environment.

SHAHRAM A.

Shahram has been quite the globetrotter from an early age. He was born in Tehran, Iran; raised in Copenhagen, Denmark; socialized and educated in Toronto, Canada, which he now refers to as home. To date, Shahram has lived in 6 different countries (Denmark, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates) and traveled to 62 others.  

Shahram received an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology and also a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor. Additionally, he completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management with a certificate in International Baccalaureate (IB) Administration from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. Prior to making the transition back to Canada, Shahram taught internationally at prestigious private schools for nearly a decade. These schools followed the Ontario, British Columbia and IB curricula and framework. 

As​ an extremely passionate educator, ​Shahram’s teaching experiences have helped him refine a personal teaching philosophy and pedagogy in education that combines the importance of inclusion within the classroom, ongoing feedback, respect, and creating meaningful student-centered lessons. Shahram’s defining characteristic as an educator revolves around the joy, pleasure and passion that ​he receives from teaching beyond the required curriculum. He branches off into various learning atmospheres by becoming actively involved in the development of the ​​whole child.​​ The ‘aha!’ moment in students and seeing everything begin to click for them provides him with an immense pleasure and continuously drives his passion and pedagogy as an educator. It is important to nurture a child’s creative abilities to develop a sense of themselves, understand others and the world around them, and navigate information so that they can confidently take risks and solve problems. ​Reflection​ and ​introspection​ are fundamental components of Shahram’s pedagogy and also his own personal growth and commitment to lifelong learning. 

ALICE B.

Alice taught middle school English and reading remediation for 21 years at a public school in Westchester County, New York. She majored in English and writing as an undergraduate student at SUNY Empire State College. She received her Master of Arts in Elementary Education and her New York State certifications in English 7-12 and Reading K-12 from Manhattanville College.

Drawing on years of teaching experience, Alice incorporates proven reading comprehension strategies, expository writing skills, and grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary skills in a multisensory instructional approach. Furthermore, through the use of interpretive questioning, she encourages her students to think critically about literature and nonfiction texts. Her modeling of this method of questioning also prepares her students to generate their own critical analysis questions and use the process independently.

In addition, Alice has experience assisting students with the writing of admissions essays for entry into private high schools and colleges. She understands the importance of guiding her students to hone in on an interesting, memorable topic, which reveals something meaningful about themselves or their view of the world.

Finally, Alice prides herself on being patient and nurturing and enjoys the respectful rapport she has with her students and their families. Her goal is to help set a path for her students to grow academically and gain confidence in themselves as lifelong learners.

WARDA B.

Hello, my name is Warda, the friendly and passionate educator. As I have recently wrapped up my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies, writing a thesis around inclusive education and disability studies, I have now taken on tutoring for Prep Academy. Whilst tutoring, I am also a college instructor for an Early Childcare Assistant diploma program at the Canadian College of Business, Science & Technology. On my free time, I enjoy eating out with my friends and writing. I am currently finishing up an academic publication for the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights.

My career has largely involved working in childcare and teaching settings, as I began working at Bayview Glen School for their afterschool program and proceeded to work as a casual supply teacher for their preschool while completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies. I have worked there for over 8 years now. I have also worked as a literacy interventionist with grade 1 students through TDSB’s We Will Read Program. This program is targeted for children needing extra guidance in reading and comprehension. I look forward to the tutoring journey with every child I work with because I believe in the learning success for every child and I advocate for learning to be prioritized according to children’s needs.

SAMANTHA I.

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.

MATTHEW B.

Matthew is an Ontario Certified Teacher in the Primary and Junior Divisions. He is a graduate of OISE’s Masters of Teaching Program at the University of Toronto and completed his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Drama & English. He loves Jalapeño Cheddar dipping sauce and writing in the third person. Matthew has over 10 years of teaching experience in various classroom and educational settings. He developed his passion for education and working with children as professional actor teaching improv, speech, and drama at Second City Toronto where he also served as the Youth & Teen Programme Coordinator. Matthew is a champion of the arts and the powerful effect they can have on students and their learning experiences. His graduate thesis looked at improv’s powerful effect on creating community in the classroom and helping students with their own confidence, problem-solving, anxiety, and voice. Matthew also worked at Sick Kids Hospital as a Therapeutic Clown, a faithful companion to patients utilizing therapeutic play, relationships, developmental and procedural support, humour and laughter. Matthew has been very fortunate to have teaching experience with students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. As a resident of North Toronto, Matthew was lucky enough to have placements at many schools in the area, including John Wanless, Armour Heights, Sterling Hall, and Crescent. Matthew is passionate about developing a strong community in his teaching and tutoring through supportive relationships. He is committed to working with parents, teachers, and students to create an atmosphere where students reach high levels of achievement and well-being. When not teaching, Matthew can be found serving as the Artistic Director of a local Toronto theatre company, or up north at his new cottage in the Algonquin Highlands.

CAROL W.

Carol Waters is a retired elementary school teacher with thirty years experience. She taught kindergarten to grade three during her career, and her qualifications include primary specialist and special education. A Lead Literacy teacher for seven years, she coordinated various workshops for colleagues centred on language development for primary students. She also taught the well-regarded Kindergarten Language Program (KLP) for ten years, also known as the KELLI Program, which focuses on enhancing oral communication and early literacy skills.

Carol has a Bachelor of Arts and Education degree as well as a diploma for Developmental Service worker. She coached volleyball, track and field, the Junior W5H teams and the Eco club.
Carol’s love of reading and literature extends to volunteering to read with students at her former school, and participating in an adult book club. She greatly enjoys outdoor activities, particularly exploring hiking trails throughout the province.

APRIL N.

April is a qualified teacher, who has received her BA Honors in Sociology at York University, and earned a Masters in Teaching at Griffiths University in Gold Coast, Australia. She conducted her thesis and research in Toronto, where she worked at an inner city school looking at students interest in music and how this can help improve grades and involvement in Literacy. April has played soccer since a young age, and has had the opportunity to play at a high level, she continues to play today in a woman’s league. After university, April moved to London, England for three years where she worked in Primary Schools in East and North London. Living in London, gave her the chance to pursue her love of travel by visiting numerous European countries. After living in London, she moved to Cairo, Egypt for five years, working in a Canadian International school for two years and then a British International School for the remaining three. Here April developed further as a teacher and progressed in her career as taking on the responsibility of Year Group Leader for Grade 3. Currently, April lives in Toronto, to be closer to family with her rescue Boxer dog from Egypt, Zaituna, and cat, Tom. She works in the TCDSB as a supply teacher with hopes of gaining permanent employment. She loves teaching Math, as she finds it enjoyable and makes all lessons fun, engaging and practical. This summer she completed her Math Part 1 AQ . April plans her lesson to be cross-curricular and authentic to real life experiences. This winter she plans to take Reading Part 1 to increase her teaching tool kit to improve reading levels of her students and promote a positive attitude towards reading in the classroom

TINA K.

Tina is an experienced teacher with over 30 years of experience. She attended McMaster and Brock University. Tina also has a specialist in special education and has spent 20 years working with students with various types of disabilities. She has worked closely with the interdisciplinary teams at various schools and is proficient in the development, implementation and understanding of individual education plans (IEPs). Tina has a thorough knowledge of the special education policies and regulations as outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Education and has sat on many Identification Placement and Review Committees (IPRCs). She is also fluent in French and Italian and taught French from Kindergarten to grade 8. Tina also has her Primary Specialist from Brock University.

MARIANNE C.

Marianne is currently employed by the Toronto District School Board as a Designated Early Childhood Educator in the Kindergarten Program. In her 5 years with the TDSB, so far, she has had the opportunity to grow as an educator and expand her learning and develop new and interesting ways to plan and teach to engage children based on their interests and individual developmental needs. This has helped to ensure that the children have a safe and fun environment where they feel comfortable to take risks and explore challenges to further develop their skills, grow as learners and reach their optimal potential. She is a strong believer in the “growth mindset” approach. She is trained in Early Reading Intervention which helps to give children the skills and strategies necessary to become fluent and competent readers with one on one instruction. Prior to joining the school board, she worked in childcare for 9 years after graduating from George Brown College at Ryerson. She worked with age groups from preschool to school age, which helped her passion for being a part of a child’s learning journey blossom as well as develop strong bonds with families working together to support their children in various ways. She is also a dedicated Grade 4 and 5 soccer and slow-pitch coach for her schools’ teams allowing her to encourage teamwork, positive self-image, perseverance and sportsmanship which are pivotal to becoming a valuable member of society. Marianne loves the outdoors and exploring nature, supporting Toronto’s sports teams and baking for family and friends. She also practices yoga and mindfulness. She even facilitated an after-school “Calm and Cool Kids Club” promoting self-regulation and well-being.