Vani is an Ontario Certified Teacher who grew up in Toronto and completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Toronto. She completed her Bachelor of Education at Niagara University, where she is now pursuing a Masters in Education Leadership and at Ontario Tech University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and Digital Technologies. During her teaching internship, Vani has taught at Toronto and Durham District School Boards as well private institutions abroad in Thailand and Australia. During the summer, she coordinates Specialty Camps (Dance, Arts, Cooking, Sports, Gymnastics, etc.) with the City of Toronto Recreation where she trains staff and plans programs that encourage children and youth to participate in diverse interactive experiences. For over 10 years, Vani continues to guide students in grades 6-12, building their knowledge and understanding in language, social sciences, math, science, and basic French. She also works one-on-one with university students and newcomers who require assistance with essay writing, resumes, and career exploration. In her spare time, she enjoys strength training, swimming, calligraphy, reading and performing Indian classical music and dance. Vani believes in building a strong relationship with her students, developing a confident growth mindset and supporting extra-curricular interests through diversity and inclusion, as these are key to each students’ identity, achieving learning goals and ultimate success.
Dimitrios is an OCT certified teacher with 7 years of experience. During his time with the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board, he has taught a variety of grades and subjects. Dimitrios is certified in the junior/intermediate/and senior divisions. Although his specialty is music, he has had experience teaching mathematics, literacy, science, and social studies. He also has experience teaching virtually in an individualized, engaging manner to facilitate student success. Dimitrios believes it is his responsibility as a teacher/tutor to foster student growth through struggle and adversity, while at the same time praising and celebrating their achievements. The opportunity to be a role model and affect the lives of his students in a positive manner is something that Dimitrios takes great pride in. He is a part of many musical groups where he performs for different functions as well as enjoys watching sports such as football and soccer.
Jan is a graduate of the Ted Rogers School of Management – Ryerson University and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Management with a double major in Human Resource Management and Marketing Management. After his time at Ryerson, he attended Tyndale University to obtain his Bachelor of Education degree with qualifications in Primary & Junior divisions. Since graduating, Jan has obtained his Intermediate – Business, Senior – Business and Religion part 1 additional qualifications.
Jan believes that in any learning environment, students need to feel safe in order to build the confidence they need in order to achieve their academic goals as they progress through their learning journey.
Aside from teaching and tutoring, Jan spends his free time coaching a wide variety of school sports, watching sports, snowboarding and refereeing basketball as a certified basketball official through the Canadian Basketball Official’s Commission.
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.
Christopher is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Manitoba, specializing in the medical humanities, with extensive background in English language and literature, creative writing, philosophy, history, and religious studies.
Simon has a Masters Degree in Education focused on Curriculum and ESL from Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia. After volunteering as an ESL and ECE teacher, Simon gained a passion for supporting families new to Canada – particularly as they transition between different international school systems.
Simon focuses on grammar as the foundation of reading and writing. By zooming-in on sentences and zooming-out to see the connected meanings needed to complete complex assignments, Simon helps students improve basic grammar, plan clear writing, and understand exam questions under pressure.
With extensive experience working in international and ecological education in rural and urban areas, as well as with students who have a first language other than English, Simon also researches best practices in language education methods to support all types of learners.
Simon grew up in Brockville, Ontario, and attended MSVU and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax Nova Scotia. He has 12 years experience as an educator and holds TESL Canada Level 3 and CELTA teaching certificates. In his free time, he likes to cycle, snowboard, and read.
Jynessa has a Honours BA from the University of Toronto in French Language Learning, English Literature, and Women & Gender Studies. She has experience in tutoring, teaching assisting, corporate training & development, social media marketing, and non-profit arts and publishing. She recently completed her MA in Women & Gender Studies at U of T, where she was a TA for undergraduate students. She can tutor primary and intermediate students in French and English, as well as senior students in Core French, English, and other humanities and social sciences subjects.
Jess (they/them) is a Masters’ student in Adult Education and Community Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. They also have both a Bachelors in Education (Concurrent) and a Bachelors in Music from Queen’s University. Currently, they are a STEM and Humanities Teacher at The Study Academy in Toronto, which specializes in twice-exceptional students. Jess has been involved in Teaching and Education since a High School Co-op placement back in 2010 and has a passion for helping students develop a “how” to their learning, rather than a “what”.
Kelvin Hui first graduated from Queen’s University in 2008. In 2009, he then graduated from OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) at the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Education in the Intermediate/Senior grade levels.
Since then, he taught anywhere and everywhere! He taught in public schools, private schools, Montessori schools, and several schools overseas. He jumped at the opportunity to teach in both England and China. He absolutely loves traveling, immersing himself in a new country and new culture, and most importantly, teaching students of course! Through these experiences, Kelvin developed a deep passion for working with young children and guiding them to reach their fullest potential. He understands that learning is a process that requires hard work and patience.
Kelvin looks forward to meeting and working with new students in the near future.