Suzanne Boychuck is a Teacher Candidate in the Master of Teaching program at the University of Toronto in the Primary/Junior strand. She grew up in Keswick, Ontario and later moved to Scarborough, Ontario to complete an Undergraduate Degree in Child Development. As well, she completed a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. Since studying in the Master of Teaching program, she has had the opportunity to teach in a grade 6 classroom and also work as a music teacher for kindergarten through grade 6. In addition, Suzanne has gained a lot of experience working with children as young as 6 months old up to the age of 12, through both in person and online experiences. Suzanne jumped at the opportunity to become a tutor as she absolutely loves meeting new people and has a passion to teach children! Suzanne’s teaching philosophy is that all children are competent and capable learners and that they are rich in potential, and she truly believes that she can help engage students to reach that potential. In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Jerrica is an Ontario certified teacher. She obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto where she studied English Dramatic Arts and Cinema Studies. She then attended Trent University in order to obtain her Bachelor of Education. Her teaching qualifications include English and Drama at the intermediate/senior level. She also completed an additional qualification course at York University in order to teach dance at the high school level.
She has many years of teaching experience both in the traditional classroom setting as well as in dance and yoga studios. She has completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification and also teaches meditation. Her professional background in wellness and yoga equip her with the knowledge and skills to help students achieve a healthy work/life balance and understands the importance of practicing self-care and mindfulness. She feels these practices are also vitally important life learnings for students alongside their academic education/achievements. She is a warm and caring teacher. Jerrica has a passion for the performative arts and storytelling. She is an animal lover (and a vegan) with a passion for environmentalism. She is a highly creative person who is actively involved in the Toronto creative arts and film community. In her spare time Jerrica enjoys walking the beach with music, drinking tea, creating art, writing, reading, as well as watching/analyzing films. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, her husband, closest friends and loved ones (including her dachshund dog, Raven, and Himalayan cat, Emelio).
Lauren is just months away from becoming an Ontario Certified Teacher. She grew up in Pickering, moving to London to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Media, Information, and Technoculture at Western University. Following her undergraduate degree, she also completed a Master of Education in Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto’s OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). It was during her master’s degree that she decided to pursue classroom teaching – the perfect fit for her as she has always worked closely with children. Lauren is now completing her final year of the Bachelor of Education program at York University. When Lauren is not in the classroom as a teacher or student, she works one-on-one with children ranging from Kindergarten to Highschool – supporting students to become confident in their skill set and excited to pursue lifelong learning. Lauren prioritizes building a strong relationship with her students so that she is better equipped to support their learning journey. As a lifelong learner herself, Lauren believes strongly in the importance of continued questioning and the development of improved teaching strategies – she is passionate about these moments.
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.
Angelina studied mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Due to her strong performance there, she was hired by the math department to help tutor and mentor students in Calculus II. Through this opportunity, she fell in love with tutoring specifically and being able to help students 1 on 1. From there, she began tutoring independently with even more success. Angelina has helped students get into U of T, Waterloo, UBC, and more. Students, with her help, have moved up whole letter grades and improved significantly on standardized testing. Aside from tutoring, Angelina is also working on research and plans to obtain a master’s degree in educational psychology or cognitive science.
Angelina grew up moving around between different countries and experiencing different school systems. For high school, she attended an international school in Thailand where she obtained an IB Diploma. She always loved math and science but one of the best parts of high school and university was always being able to share that with others. Now, working as a tutor, it is incredible to not only continue sharing that but to see the students’ she always believed in achieving their goals.
Babak has been teaching mathematics to University and highschool students for more than 10 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science in 2008 in Iran. He was a researcher at the Center of Excellence in Biomathematics, University of Tehran. He collaborated in two projects that were published in the Journal of Neurocomputing.
Babak got his master’s degree in Mathematics at Queen’s University in 2016. His field of research is differential geometry and mathematical physics. He wrote his master’s thesis on the Geometry of Dirac Operators.
Babak was a teaching assistant and a research assistant at Queen’s University and Western University. He has been also teaching at the The Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) for more than ten years now. He has taught courses like Differential Equations, Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Advanced Engineering Mathematics.
Moreover, Babak teaches mathematics contest preparation classes such as Waterloo Math competitions for three years now. He taught the Putnam Contest preparation class at Western University in 2019 and 2020.
Lina Wu is an Ontario Certified Teacher with basic teaching qualifications in Junior-Intermediate. Born and raised in Toronto, she moved to St. Catharines to complete her studies in Concurrent Education at Brock University. Throughout her six-year program, she completed her teaching internships with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Peel District School Board and the Toronto District School Board. After graduating in June 2022 and receiving her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees, she continues to immerse herself in the education industry and works at a Montessori School. Lina is always hungry for growth (and a platter of sushi). She has additional qualifications in Primary Education and Special Education to further her knowledge and grow as an educator. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her loved ones, exploring the city, or playing her cello/ piano. Her friendly personality and her quick rapport with her students allow them to feel comfortable asking for help and understanding the content. Lina has always loved working with children and looks forward to all of their ‘Aha!’ moments. Tutoring is something she would like to continue to do outside of her regular teaching position.
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.
Amy is an energetic, creative and passionate teacher who has strived to spark a love of learning in all of her students. Amy graduated from Brock University with a Bachelors of Education and Bachelors of Physical Education (Honours). Additionally, Amy has an AQs (additional qualifications) in Primary Education, Math Specialist Part 1 and English as a Second Language Part 1. After the completion of her degrees, Amy took the opportunity to explore the world teaching at Canadian International Schools in Shanghai, Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong. Amy was able to gain experience teaching various grades within primary elementary. Amy returned back home to Canada last year and is currently teaching Grade 4 at a Toronto Private School. Amy specializes in primary years education and enjoys creating personalized one-on-one lessons that cater to students’ natural curiosity and interests. The moments when students make learning connections are what drives her passion and love for teaching and learning everyday. In her spare time, Amy enjoys playing a variety of sports (soccer, badminton, tennis), learning Salsa, traveling to new places (most recently Africa) and spending quality time with family and friends