Selma recently graduated from McGill University’s Bachelor of Education program where she specialized in high school English Language Arts and History. During her time living in Quebec, she taught and tutored in both English and French. She also made it onto the Dean’s List and earned several scholarships throughout her university years for maintaining a high cumulative GPA.
Growing up with an Egyptian father and a German mother, she developed a passion for languages and learned to speak English, French, German, Arabic, and Spanish. Her interest in Spanish led her to teaching English as a Second language in Spain. Later, she traveled to Costa Rica as a Program Leader for groups of American teenagers on community service trips. These international experiences fuelled her interest in working with youth.
Teaching has been a lifelong dream for Selma, and she believes that there is nothing more rewarding than being able to help a student gain confidence or understand a concept. For her, tutoring is all about listening and responding to her students’ unique needs. Selma recently moved to Ontario, and she is looking forward to her next adventure in a new province! You’ll often catch her planning her next hiking trip, dancing, singing, or going on long runs.
Alex is an Ontario Certified Teacher – or soon to be, pending some more paperwork – who’s raring to go out and continue his teaching career after years spent abroad, in the private sector, and as a soccer and public speaking coach. An unabashed geek at heart and lover of all things anime, online, and creative, he is a firm believer in fostering a deeper, lifelong enthusiasm for learning by being, well… enthusiastic! Kids (and all people) don’t learn well if learning is a chore, and it is very possible to be academically rigorous while maintaining a sense of joy and wonder. He is particularly passionate about history, which he completed his undergraduate degree in. Yes, it CAN be fun and is a great medium through which to practice writing and critical thinking skills.
In general, Alex is a big fan of both of those things (he’s one of those people who holds opinions on the Oxford comma – beware) and, when he’s not busy camping, game designing, or mumbling calculations as he points an oversized telescope at the night sky, he teaches them both on a part-time and volunteer basis. Learning is something that he views as a panacea and a sort of vaccine against many of the hurdles and challenges that modern society presents us with. His goal is to turn it into a lifelong passion and, to this end, he has worked with everything from preschoolers to adult professionals over a diverse array of subjects and backgrounds. He is something of a polymath. Just… don’t get him started on Shakespeare. Again, he has opinions. You’ve been warned.
Alex Graduated summa cum laude from York University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Education to follow up on his 2015 Bachelor of Arts in History. He completed his teaching internship in the TDSB (Toronto District School Board), where he taught in a Grade 3 classroom after first having interned in Health & Physical Education. While in school, he remained active as an educator, coaching debate and public speaking classes, and teaching English, History, Science, and Research classes. He has a deep background in teaching ELL (English Language Learners), having previously done so abroad, in China, as well as right here in Canada. Just… remember your commas.