Sean M.

Hello, I’m Sean!

I graduated from the concurrent education program at Brock University. This means that I have my bachelor of education as well as my bachelor of arts in integrated studies with honors. I also have 4 years of teaching experience which was acquired from various schools in Canada as well as the United Kingdom. I’m a licensed teacher in Ontario as well as the United Kingdom with teaching designations in the junior, intermediate and senior streams.

I specialize in English and history. This means that I am able to help your child improve their reading, writing, and speaking capabilities in order to prepare them for university or to help them achieve a higher mark in their course. I have taught grade 11 and 12 English numerous times, meaning that I have developed lessons, activities and worksheets specifically designed to help and improve a student’s essay writing.

Having 3 years experience working with international students, I am confident in my ability to help your child if English is their second language.

SAMANTHA I.

Samantha is an award-winning Canadian and international educator, who has presented her teaching strategies at the University of Toronto, the Solutions Tree Conference in Singapore, and contributed her lesson plans to the First Nations Caring Society. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario in 2009, and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto in 2012, where she was awarded the prestigious Kathy Bickmore Peacemaking Award in Education. She has experience teaching in Toronto, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. She has attended intensive professional training in Italy, and facilitated workshops for teachers in Cambodia. Samantha approaches her students with kindness, a sense of humour, and encouragement. Her teaching philosophy is to view herself as a learner, responsible for learning about, and adapting to, her student’s needs. She has experience with the following curriculums and pedagogies: Ontario, AERO curriculum standards, International Baccalaureate (PYP), and Reggio Emilia. She has experience in tutoring a wide range of subjects, with a passion for literacy coaching, organizational learning, and supporting English language learners. She is working toward her Guidance Counsellor qualification. In her spare time, Samantha has traveled to over 35 countries, and practices martial arts and yoga.

MATTHEW B.

Matthew is an Ontario Certified Teacher in the Primary and Junior Divisions. He is a graduate of OISE’s Masters of Teaching Program at the University of Toronto and completed his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Drama & English. He loves Jalapeño Cheddar dipping sauce and writing in the third person. Matthew has over 10 years of teaching experience in various classroom and educational settings. He developed his passion for education and working with children as professional actor teaching improv, speech, and drama at Second City Toronto where he also served as the Youth & Teen Programme Coordinator. Matthew is a champion of the arts and the powerful effect they can have on students and their learning experiences. His graduate thesis looked at improv’s powerful effect on creating community in the classroom and helping students with their own confidence, problem-solving, anxiety, and voice. Matthew also worked at Sick Kids Hospital as a Therapeutic Clown, a faithful companion to patients utilizing therapeutic play, relationships, developmental and procedural support, humour and laughter. Matthew has been very fortunate to have teaching experience with students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. As a resident of North Toronto, Matthew was lucky enough to have placements at many schools in the area, including John Wanless, Armour Heights, Sterling Hall, and Crescent. Matthew is passionate about developing a strong community in his teaching and tutoring through supportive relationships. He is committed to working with parents, teachers, and students to create an atmosphere where students reach high levels of achievement and well-being. When not teaching, Matthew can be found serving as the Artistic Director of a local Toronto theatre company, or up north at his new cottage in the Algonquin Highlands.

Eveleigh N.

Eveleigh graduated from the University of British Columbia-Okanagan with a Major in History and a Minor in Economics, where she was a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society.

Her specialties include: English (including ESL), French as a Second Language, Social Studies, Elementary and Middle School Math, and University Writing (ages 7 and up). She has also taught students with different learning disabilities.

Eveleigh also worked at the Kelowna Community Life Center, where she supervised high school volunteers.

She builds her student’s confidence and interest in a subject through effective communication and creative approaches.

APRIL N.

April is a qualified teacher, who has received her BA Honors in Sociology at York University, and earned a Masters in Teaching at Griffiths University in Gold Coast, Australia. She conducted her thesis and research in Toronto, where she worked at an inner city school looking at students interest in music and how this can help improve grades and involvement in Literacy. April has played soccer since a young age, and has had the opportunity to play at a high level, she continues to play today in a woman’s league. After university, April moved to London, England for three years where she worked in Primary Schools in East and North London. Living in London, gave her the chance to pursue her love of travel by visiting numerous European countries. After living in London, she moved to Cairo, Egypt for five years, working in a Canadian International school for two years and then a British International School for the remaining three. Here April developed further as a teacher and progressed in her career as taking on the responsibility of Year Group Leader for Grade 3. Currently, April lives in Toronto, to be closer to family with her rescue Boxer dog from Egypt, Zaituna, and cat, Tom. She works in the TCDSB as a supply teacher with hopes of gaining permanent employment. She loves teaching Math, as she finds it enjoyable and makes all lessons fun, engaging and practical. This summer she completed her Math Part 1 AQ . April plans her lesson to be cross-curricular and authentic to real life experiences. This winter she plans to take Reading Part 1 to increase her teaching tool kit to improve reading levels of her students and promote a positive attitude towards reading in the classroom

TINA K.

Tina is an experienced teacher with over 30 years of experience. She attended McMaster and Brock University. Tina also has a specialist in special education and has spent 20 years working with students with various types of disabilities. She has worked closely with the interdisciplinary teams at various schools and is proficient in the development, implementation and understanding of individual education plans (IEPs). Tina has a thorough knowledge of the special education policies and regulations as outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Education and has sat on many Identification Placement and Review Committees (IPRCs). She is also fluent in French and Italian and taught French from Kindergarten to grade 8. Tina also has her Primary Specialist from Brock University.

KAYLA T.

My name is Kayla Tavares and I am a full-day kindergarten educator within a school board. The three guiding principles that reflect my philosophy are: enabling success for every child through admiring and equally respecting them and their families for their uniqueness and their diversity, facilitating optimism and goodness in all situations and promote superior learning experiences. I have had many experiences working within diverse childcare settings and elementary schools, which provided me with substantial knowledge regarding child development and child-rearing practices. I have gained knowledge and had experience planning and implementing Emergent Curriculum utilizing the FDK Communication of Learning Curriculum as well as the ELECT Framework. I have worked specifically with children from kindergarten to grade 1, and in addition children with exceptionalities such as ADHD and autism. In my spare time I enjoy reading and cooking healthy meals.

YASMIN G.

Yasmin is a Primary Junior Ontario Certified Teacher and is currently working as a supply teacher for the TDSB. She was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates and studied in an International Baccalaureate (IB) school before moving to Toronto to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Through teaching, Yasmin hopes to share her love for the arts whether it is through reading, writing, or performing. In her spare time, you will be sure to find Yasmin coming out of her favorite spin class, debating another workout, and definitely thinking about her next meal. If it wasn’t for her love of teaching, Yasmin would be running her own coffee shop with a few furry friends in close proximity.

KELLY G.

Hello, I’ve been an educator for approximately 18 years and I honestly love what I do! I was born in Ottawa, Ontario and I have a 14 year old daughter who in grade 9. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a concentration in Science. I have taught in Ontario for 11 years and I also taught In Atlanta, Georgia for 7 years. I truly believe that every child can achieve success with patience, explicit and individualized instruction. I truly care about my students’ learning and it brings me joy when a child has an “ah ha” moment and grasp a difficult concept. I believe that children need to be empowered while learning, and I achieve this by differentiating instruction (multiple intelligence) and using various forms of assessment.

McKenzie MB.

McKenzie is an enthusiastic educator, striving to create an engaging yet structured classroom environment that caters to all learning styles and needs, as well as incorporating differentiated instruction for all learners. She is a student-focused educator, and is always working to build connections with students in order to know their specific needs and interests. She believes in open communication and collaboration with students is always working to incorporate that into her teaching. McKenzie is flexible and able to multitask well. McKenzie prefers a rewards-based classroom management system with clear expectations for behaviour. Her ability to adapt to all teaching situations makes her teaching style very flexible and suitable for all subjects and grades at the primary/junior levels.