In 2011, Gowsi earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Political Science from York University. The following year, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Human Rights and Equity Studies from the same institution. Seeking to deepen her expertise in human rights advocacy, Gowsi pursued and completed a Master of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University in 2013. In 2019, she furthered her education, obtaining a Master of Teaching (Intermediate/Senior Level) from the University of Toronto (OISE).
Post-OISE graduation, Gowsi embarked on her teaching journey with notable institutions including the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), The Bishop Strachan School, and the University of Toronto Schools. Guided by a teaching philosophy emphasizing the creation of a nurturing and positive learning environment, she prioritizes tailored instruction that caters to individual learner needs and styles.
Lucas is a Certified Teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board after graduating from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education in the Intermediate/Senior division. Following graduation, Lucas continues to hone his skills as an educator teaching in the senior division in different high schools as he supports his student’s development in essay writing, critical thinking, citations and other learning skills. Lucas believes in and values the individuality of each student and strives to tailor his teaching and tutoring methods to best fit the student at hand.
For over 5 years Lucas has devoted his time working in camps with the City of Toronto and volunteering in schools within the TCDSB where he has learned how to create positive learning environments and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each learner. In his spare time, Lucas enjoys the outdoors either hiking in provincial parks or playing golf with friends and family.
Simran obtained his Honours Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University where he double majored in Biology and Psychology Neuroscience Behaviour. He was awarded the Kathy Steele Teaching Assistant (TA) of the Year Award for his work as an Introductory Psychology TA. He was also an undergraduate tutor (Calculus, Neuroscience), a Provost Honour Roll Medal recipient, and is a published Educational Psychology Researcher.
With various experiences supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged populations (e.g., as a crisis hotline responder), he can elucidate and compassionately support the various learning and emotional needs of students. Teaching focuses include Biology 11-12, Chemistry 11-12, Physics 11-12, Science 9-12, Math 9-12, English 9-10. Simran enjoys exercising, board games, and music.
Marcela is an OCT Certified Teacher currently teaching at a high school in Etobicoke with the TCDSB. She currently teaches Grade 9-12 French and Spanish. She studied French from Grades 5-12 in the Extended French program and all through university. She also spent five weeks in Quebec, studying and practicing the language. In university, she minored in Religion and English – making her capable to teach English as well. She was born in Guatemala, which is how she learned Spanish, but has lived in Toronto since she was 5. She truly enjoys teaching as her vocation, she is kind and has the patience and care to take on one-on-one tutoring.
Maya is a Mathematics graduate from the University of Toronto who has been working in the education field for over 3 years.
Since completing her degree she has worked as a tutor for students of all ages and subjects. After becoming coordinator of a tutoring centre where she oversaw the academics of 100+ students, Maya decided to get back into the classroom and took on a supply position teaching grade 11 and 12 Maths, Physics and Computer Sciences.
In her free time, Maya enjoys spending time with her cat while catching up on the latest in hockey when she is not travelling.
Savy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the world of education. With a Master’s degree in English as a postgraduate and a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Savyasachin has honed the art of teaching over an impressive 10+ years in the field. Through their subject matter expertise in English, Communication skills, and Social Science, they help students to excel in school and discover their aptitude and academic interest for higher studies.
Their commitment to the Ontario Curriculum focuses on developing students’ skills of decision making, critical thinking, innovation, creativity, emotional intelligence, and effective communication.
Savy has demonstrated exceptional teaching abilities as a tutor, effectively instructing international students, bridging language gaps effortlessly, and fostering a multicultural learning environment.
Savy’s teaching methods encompass academic excellence and real-world applicability to instill a holistic understanding of the subjects while they make lessons engaging and interactive. They are adept in crafting context-driven, personalized study plans and activities, catering to the diverse learning styles of adults and children of all ages.
Furthermore, Savyasachin’s deep understanding of child psychology and adult learning styles contributes significantly to their teaching effectiveness.
They responsibly involve parents in their child’s learning process in keeping with Ontario curriculum, thereby ensuring holistic development of student’s personality and behavior. Students also learn to protect their self-esteem and learn to contribute as responsible citizens.
Anya is a French, ESL, and Social Sciences teacher with ten years of experience, working with children from K to 12. She has also worked as a French instructor for adults. Anya is currently completing a Master’s degree in European and Russian Affairs at the University of Toronto and is passionate about history, literature, and languages. She is a native Russian speaker, fluent in French and Spanish, and has also studied German and Yiddish. Anya is excited to be joining Prep Academy Tutors and sharing her passion for learning with new students.
Namam Palander is a thoroughly experienced advocate for holistic education; something she passionately aims to facilitate. Using this Scandinavian model of pedagogy, she has taught English all over the world including Sweden as well as South Korea. She holds a Double Undergraduate Degree in Political Science and Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a Master’s Degree in Sociology of Education from University of Toronto.
Abdulahi has been quite the globetrotter from an early age. He was born in Mogadishu, Somalia; raised in Chicago, America; socialized and educated in Toronto-Windsor, Canada, which he now refers to as home. To date, Abdulahi has lived in five different countries (America, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates) and traveled to 55 others.
Abdulahi received an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science and Environmental Science, and also a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor. Additionally, he completed many international language certificates. Prior to making the transition back to Canada, Abdulahi taught internationally at prestigious private schools for nearly a decade. These schools followed the Ontario, Alberta and IB curricula and framework.
As an extremely passionate educator, Abdulahi’s teaching experiences have helped him refine a personal teaching philosophy and pedagogy in education that combines the importance of inclusion within the classroom, ongoing feedback, respect, and creating meaningful student-centered lessons. Abdulahi’s defining characteristic as an educator revolves around the joy, pleasure and passion that he receives from teaching beyond the required curriculum. He branches off into various learning atmospheres by becoming actively involved in the development of the whole child. The ‘light bulb!’ moment in students and seeing everything begin to click for them provides him with an immense pleasure and continuously drives his passion and pedagogy as an educator. It is important to nurture a child’s creative abilities to develop a sense of themselves, understand others and the world around them, and navigate information so that they can confidently take risks and solve problems. Reflection and introspection are fundamental components of Abdulahi’s pedagogy and also his own personal growth and commitment to lifelong learning.
Howard is an experienced educator having worked in secondary and post-secondary as a tutor, tutorial, and seminar leader. He’s currently finishing his PhD at York University and teaches social science and writing courses at Seneca College. Howard has tutored extensively in a variety of subjects including social science, humanities, business, and research writing. He specializes in helping students set goals and develop strategies to improve their writing and studying skills. With more than 15 years working in education and the private sector, Howard has been able to support students as they develop their academic and professional skills.
After completing a diploma in Liberal Arts at Seneca College, Howard went on to study Anthropology and History at York University, where he also received a Bachelor of Education (Intermediate Senior/Highschool Teaching). He then completed a Master of Arts at Guelph University, specializing in Public Issues Anthropology and Applied Sociology. He has also completed certificates and training in research ethics, teaching with technology, tutor training, as well as extensive training and experience working with students with unique learning needs. Howard also enjoys mentoring students and young professionals as they embark on their transition from school to work.