Fiona is an Assistant Professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University, a Research Scientist at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. Fiona completed her Masters and Doctoral Degrees at the University of Toronto in Health Psychology. Fiona’s research is dedicated to enhancing the psychosocial wellbeing of children living with chronic illnesses and disabilities. She has worked with medically complex children, such as children with cancer, cystic fibrosis, and congenital heart disease, for decades. Fiona is also in the 4th year of the Psychotherapy Training Program at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto where she one day hopes to open a practice dedicated to the psychotherapy needs of children and families living with disabilities. Fiona has authored over 40 research articles that further knowledge of the psychosocial lives of children with long-term illnesses.
Fiona grew up in Toronto but spent time living between Canada and South Africa during the apartheid system. Fiona’s great love for education was instilled by her parents at a very early age who taught her to “shoot for the moon, for even if you miss, you will still land amongst the stars”. Fiona has educated thousands of University students across three Canadian Universities. She believes in cultivating critical thinking, curiosity, and a life-long love and passion for learning.
In her spare time, Fiona loves to engage in creative writing and reading. As well, she is an avid runner and yogi. Her favourite pose is warrior pose! Fiona also loves to travel and often spends summertime with her partner travelling around Europe. Finally, due to her parent’s political influence, Fiona is dedicated to social justice and inclusion for marginalized communities who face systemic barriers in society. As such, Fiona is dedicated to the democratization of education for children. Fiona hopes to work with your child in a family-based approach to education and pedagogy. Fiona’s heroes are Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison because they lived with the courage to tell the truth.
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!