Kate J.

Kate is a certified teacher in British Columbia, Ontario and Australia. She grew up in Toronto, Ontario and completed the Concurrent Education program at Nipissing University. Graduating with a Bachelor of Honors Psychology and a Bachelor of Education. As well, she completed a Postgraduate course in Special Education and is currently finishing her Masters of Education and Technology. It was during her volunteer teaching experience in Costa Rica that she grew a passion for Special Education and encouraging diverse learners.

Kate moved to British Columbia just over a year ago due to her love of nature, travel, and passion for continuing her learning. During the summer months, Kate does online and in-person tutoring and has previously worked running a horseback riding camp for children.

Kate believes that by building a strong relationship with her students and understanding their abilities, she is better able to meet their needs and grow their knowledge. She also places importance on developing the whole learner, incorporating social and life skills and student interests into her teaching. Kate’s favorite subjects to teach are math, art, and social studies. Kate finds education very rewarding, she greatly enjoys working with children and teens and hopes to continue growing her personal experiences and knowledge.

Eileen H.

Eileen is a Speech Language Pathologist with experience working in the education, healthcare, and private systems across Canada and the United States.

She enjoys working with children and adults with various backgrounds in-person and virtually. Eileen uses creativity when collaborating with families in order to achieve overall speech, language, and communication goals. She holds a special interest in providing services to remote communities and bringing a positive experience to families.

In addition to her MSc. in Speech-Language Pathology, Eileen’s advanced training includes Canadian Hemispheres Level 1-8 (Stroke Competency Series), MBS IMP Certification, SCERTS training, Hanen’s Learning Language and Loving It, and she is currently studying towards her Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy certification. She has taken additional coursework in the areas of trauma practices, neurological approaches for self-regulation, and articulation and language treatments.

In her spare time, Eileen enjoys a variety of hobbies, except needlepoint. She has tremendous respect for those who engage in needlepoint. She is a published author and holds a deep compassion for others and their journeys.

Eileen is a member of College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHBC), British Columbia Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (BCASLPA), Speech-Language Audiology Canada (SAC), and is a Past member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

AMANDA L.

Amanda is currently doing her Masters in Environmental Studies at York University. Her research looks at integrating more environmental education into mainstream schooling. She believes that this will allow students to learn nature-based coping strategies and for students to be able to practice mindfulness in the classroom.

She has a passion for teaching math and understands that it can be a struggle for some students. She tries to make the lessons as engaging and relatable as possible so students are able to make personal connections with the material. Amanda’s passion for teaching grew as she became more familiar with environmental education and the importance of building a positive relationship with nature. Her ultimate goal is to create a learning environment where her students feel like it’s okay to make mistakes and ask questions.

ALYSSA A.

 Alyssa is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She knew she wanted to be an educator since the age of 6 through inspiration of her grade 1 teacher. Her passion continues to shine through as she furthers her learning through AQ (additional qualification) courses to best support her students. She is qualified in Special Education, Reading, Teaching Students with Communication Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorder and teaches the primary and junior grades. Alongside her educational background, Alyssa has been tutoring for the past 4 years. She delivers interactive and differentiated lessons tailored to each student to ensure they are successful in their learning. When Alyssa is not learning, teaching or tutoring, you can find her exploring hiking trails or spending time with family.

TRISHA L.

Trisha Lee is a graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson), where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies, with a minor in Sociology. She is currently in the first of two years at York University for Bachelor of Education. She will become an intermediate/ senior Teacher with the qualifications to teach Family Studies and General Social Science courses. Trisha has a background and passion for working with children and youth with disabilities and learning exceptionalities. She worked at the Geneva Centre for Autism for many years in the Group Services department as a Shift Leader. During her time at this organization, she had the pleasure of working one-to-one with individuals to learn and complete the goals set out by the families. She created strong rapport with the clients and families, through communication to help them achieve their goals and succeed to the fullest. Outside of work Trisha enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as reading and exploring nature. Trisha is currently a volunteer in an after-school program, where she helps students from grades three to eight with their homework and reading skills. She really enjoys helping others to understand material they may have learned in school and caters to the various learning styles of the students she helps.

CHARLOTTE C.

Charlotte is a certified elementary school teacher with experience in classrooms from Jk to Grade 6. She has been teaching for 15 years in the private school system. Her passion is to build confience and independence in her students. She has completed additonal qualifications in Special Education and Reading at York University. Charlotte enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her five children.

Nicole C.

Nicole Camilleri is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She grew up in Mississauga, moving to Hamilton to complete an Undergraduate Degree in Early Childhood Leadership. She also has a diploma in Early Childhood Education and Educational Assistance. Nicole received her Bachelor of Education from Brock University. Nicole grew up with a deep love of soccer, travel and all things nature and outdoors. Before completing her Bachelor of Education Nicole worked for Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board as an Early Childhood Educator, where she was intrigued by the child’s mind and furthered her studies becoming an Educational Assistant and working with high needs students on the autism spectrum. It was during her time working with special needs students that she discovered her patience, passion for teaching and her desire to work with children on a higher level. When she decided to pursue teaching as a career Nicole moved to London and is now teaching with the London District Catholic School Board. It is through teaching that Nicole has been able to foster her love of the mind with a focus on mental health/well being and language/ literacy. During the summer months, Nicole runs a Soccer Camp that encourages children to learn about themselves through interactive and hands-on experiences, promoting social growth and physical activity. In her spare time Nicole works one-on-one with children ranging from 6 years through middle school. She has supported the improvement of their reading, writing, vocabulary and math skills in these initiatives. Nicole believes that by building a strong relationship with her students she is better able to meet their needs and grow their learning. As a mentor Nicole continues to develop strategies for working with children. She finds these experiences enjoyable and extremely rewarding.

AISHA G.

Aisha is a second-year industrial engineering student at the University of Toronto. She is also doing a minor in business. For the past 3 years, she has tutored high school students in various subjects; primarily math and science. She has also been tutoring two autistic students for the past 2 years. She has completed the SAT with 1510/1600, and she also completed the IB curriculum successfully (42/45).

Aisha has a very positive and motivating approach when it comes to tutoring. She understands that some topics may be easier and some might be hard. Therefore, she uses an analytical approach to understand where the student struggles and uses positive language and demeanor to fully support the student. She also communicates with the student’s parents regularly and provides feedback. To her, tutoring is a triangle between the tutor, the student, and the parents.

In her free time, she enjoys horse riding and hanging out with her friends. She also loves playing tennis and working out.

JAMIE Z.

Jamie is currently a grade 2/3 teacher with the Toronto District School Board. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Teaching in Elementary Education, and is currently completing his Master of Arts in Social Justice Education. He also holds additional qualifications in Special Education, Primary/Junior Literacy, Mathematics, Reading, ESL, and Kindergarten.
During the summer months, Jamie fulfills the role of Program Director with Westcoast Connection. Over the past 10 summers he has directed programs all over Canada, USA, Europe and Australia.

ALESSIA D.

 Alessia is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a variety of teaching experiences. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Toronto. During her time there, she discovered her passion for teaching while volunteering for an after school hands-on science program in Toronto schools. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Education at York University, and is currently working as a teacher with her local school board. Alessia is qualified to teach all grades, and has tutored and taught students from kindergarten to twelfth grade in math, reading, writing, and science. She has also worked with new English Language Learners and students with a variety of abilities, always catering lessons to their specific learning needs.Alessia is passionate about teaching math and science and always aims to make every lesson a positive and engaging experience by focusing on students’ strengths and interests. She believes that a student’s mindset is the most important part of learning, so she always encourages students to make mistakes, persevere, ask questions, and think with a growth mindset.