Jenny is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) teaching at St Matthew High School in Ottawa and is a Master of Education (M.Ed) candidate at the University of Ottawa. Jenny graduated from McMaster University with a BAH in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour. During her time at McMaster University, Jenny was the captain of the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse team. She also completed her B.Ed degree at Queen’s University.
Jenny is qualified to teach at the Primary and Junior level (K-6), Intermediate Mathematics (7-10), Intermediate/Senior Phys Ed (7-12), Intermediate/Senior English (7-12)Senior Social Studies (11-12), and Special Education. Moreover, Jenny has ample experience coaching Varsity Soccer, Hockey and Lacrosse and is a supervisor for the Athletic Council at her school. Jenny also coached the U-19 Ladyhawk Lacrosse team in Oakville, Ontario.
As a tutor and a mentor, Jenny shapes her pedagogy around deep learning; having students transcend surface level knowledge to retain information over longer periods of time. Jenny is energetic, supportive, and demands the best out of her students.
Genevieve in an Ontario Certified teacher. She is qualified to teach Math, ESL, Economics, Business, Law, Accounting, Social Science, Philosophy and Special Education. She has over 10 years’ experience tutoring students both online and offline. Genevieve enjoys helping students of all ages achieve their full potential, from elementary to post-secondary.
Allie is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology and Education. With over 10 years of experience in the field of education, Allie has taught Grades 1, 2 and 5 and currently teaches Grade 3 in Toronto. Alongside teaching her own class, she is also a Special Education Resource Teacher for students in kindergarten to Grade 8. Allie strongly believes that every child is capable of success. She works closely with each student to provide individualized support and active encouragement which is reinforced by establishing and maintaining close communication with families. Allie is dedicated to teaching the holistic student and creates engaging lessons that are centred around students’ interests and experiences. In her free time, Allie enjoys travelling, painting, dancing, and reading as many books as she possibly can. Though during the school year, she can usually be found on the couch with Netflix and her dog, Charlie.
Serena has a Masters degree in Education with a specialization in School and Clinical Psychology. She also has a Bachelor of Education degree with a specialization in Elementary and Special Education and a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology. She is both an Alberta and New Brunswick certified teacher, having taught in both provinces. She has many years of experience working with students with a variety of learning, social-emotional and behavioural needs in the forms of teaching, assessing as well as counselling. For the past two years when she was on a break from her PhD, she worked at a local school as the Gifted and Identified Needs Coordinator, Vice Principal and the school’s Guidance Counselor. She is currently working towards registering as a Psychologist. She hopes to continue her love for teaching and learning and is excited to continue her work with students!
Rilla Silber, an Ontario Certified Teacher, developed her passion for working with children in her teens. She grew up in Toronto and completed her Bachelor of Education and Psychology at York University. For 40 years, she taught with the York Region District School Board, retiring in 2017.
Rilla enjoyed her years in the classroom working with students from Grades 1 to 4. As a teacher librarian for 20 years, she was able to share her love of reading with her students. For her last 11 years, she worked as a student support teacher with Special Education students. The small group environment allowed her to build strong relationships with her students who received individual and group instruction in Language Arts and Math. Rilla also worked with parents and classroom teachers on her students’ IEPs.
For the last 3 years, Rilla has been supply teaching at private schools (JK to 5) and working as an educational assistant in nursery school. She has experience with diagnostic testing and EQAO.
Rilla grew up with a deep love of travel and has taken the opportunity to explore the world since her retirement from teaching. She has visited India, China and Peru; her dreams of seeing the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and Macchu Pichu have all been fulfilled. She hopes to continue travelling in the future. More recently, Rilla has been playing majong and canasta, and is learning to play bridge. She enjoys golfing and hiking, and spending time with her family and her dog Chloe.
Rilla looks forward to working with your child, using her teaching experience to help your child achieve success.
Joey is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) teaching at Immaculata Catholic High School in Ottawa and is an M.Ed candidate for the Leadership, Evaluation, Curriculum and Policy Studies program at the University of Ottawa. Joey graduated from Queen’s University with a BAH in Global Development Studies and a minor in History. He also completed his B.Ed degree at Queen’s University. During his time at Queen’s, Joey was an undergraduate Teaching Assistant (TA) and tutor for first-year students. He also helped facilitate Research Essay Workshops in Joseph S. Stauffer Library.
Joey is qualified to teach 7-12 History, 7-12 FNMI Studies, 7-12 English, 7-12 Health and Physical Education, 7-10 Mathematics, 11-12 Social Studies, and K-12 Special Education. Moreover, he has ample experience coaching Varsity Hockey, Lacrosse, XC T&F and is a supervisor for the Black Student Association and the Athletic Council.
At the heart of Joey’s pedagogy is establishing trust to promote deep learning. Trust is multifaceted and we base our judgements of trustworthiness based on whether or not we believe a person possesses integrity, benevolence, and competence. In establishing authentic trust, Joey uses his strategies centered around emotional intelligence, namely, the ability to accurately perceive emotions in others; the ability to use emotions to facilitate thought; translating emotion into construction thought and action.
As a tutor and a mentor, Joey believes that the core of education is rooted in one word: relationships. In recognizing the importance of relationships, the complex aspects of trust, and the necessity to be emotionally intelligent, effective and authentic tutoring can take place.
Jessica is an Ontario Certified Teacher, with four years of teaching experience in a variety of different grade and skill levels. Growing up in Toronto, she has always had a passion for education and learning. Being the eldest grandchild of a very large extended family meant there was always someone to tutor or help with school work. Upon graduation, Jessica moved to Waterloo to pursue her Honours History degree at Wilfrid Laurier, and then to Oshawa’s University of Ontario for her Bachelor of Education. Throughout her education, Jessica fostered her love of travel, visiting many countries around the world. Her teaching career so far has given Jessica the opportunity to teach in both high school and elementary, and additionally, an extended time period teaching in an Essential Life Skills classroom. This experience has especially shaped her view of education, working to support math and literacy skills for students with a wide range of specialities. In her spare time, Jessica has always enjoyed playing as a goalie in ice hockey leagues, as well as beach volleyball in the Summer. She believes that these experiences, coupled with her natural love of learning, help her to meet the diverse needs of each learner with the goal of personal success.
Jill Ann has a Bachelor of Applied Science honours degree from the University of Guelph, as well as Advanced ECE and a TESL certificate. She has taught students for many years. She teaches students from Kindergarten through high school, as well as adult students. She primarily teaches English and math, but also helps with other subjects. Her passion is to help students learn and succeed.
Tara has been teaching special education for five years. She currently teaches both 5th and 6th grade at PS/MS 20 in The Bronx. Tara is a tenured teacher and is certified to teach English language arts, math, science and social studies in kindergarten through sixth grade. Tara attended Adelphi University and Mercy College where she received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in early childhood education with additional certification in childhood and special education. Tara’s favorite subject to teach is English language arts. She loves reading and getting students excited about reading. Tara believes in a balanced literacy approach, using various models of literacy instruction to guide students towards proficient and lifelong reading. Tara has tutored students since she was in college. She loves teaching one on one or in small groups so that students have more opportunities to participate and show their strengths. She is very excited to continue her career as a tutor with Prep Academy Tutors!