Darlene B.

I went to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia to obtain my Bachelor of Arts Degree after I graduated from a small high school in Manitoba. From there I decided to return to my home province and become a teacher with a Bachelor of Education degree from Brandon University, Brandon Manitoba. After teaching for two years, I knew I wanted to specialize in Inclusive Education and Educational Psychology. The remaining courses and degrees were undertaken on a part-time basis while working as an educator, culminating in a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan.

I have worked as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, curriculum and program developer, administrator of special education, educational psychologist, consultant for ESL and English Enrichment for First Nations’ Peoples and as a university professor.

One of my highlights as a professor was the mentoring of a bright, graduate student who had severe learning difficulties, winning the Governor General’s award for her thesis for her Master of Education degree. She and I had spent many hours labouring over the task of conceptualizing, researching and writing the winning thesis. It was an honour to work with her to help showcase what remarkable skills people possess and their ability to succeed if given the appropriate supports.

I retired from university life at the outset of Covid but I have continued to work online as a mentor with post-secondary students from across the globe. It is rewarding to meet people from all walks of life and to be part of the exciting opportunities presented through online education experiences.

During the pandemic I also volunteered in my community with the food kitchen and donated face coverings to organizations such as the hospice and local schools where parents were not readily able to pay for the cost of masks for their children. I sewed and donated more than 2500 cloth masks. I strongly believe in the spirit of community and social responsibility.

Ruby S.

Ruby realized her passion for sharing knowledge with others at a very young age. Throughout elementary school Ruby would often volunteer to help children younger than her improve their reading and writing skills. Ruby then went on to obtain her Bachelors in Psychology from Brock University. There Ruby would occasionally work with underclassmen and peers and tutor them in certain psychology concepts. Ruby has always been interested in and extremely passionate about psychology.

Due to this. Ruby went on to work with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Coach. In this role Ruby would work with adolescents, adults and seniors, she would teach them how to use it to boost their mood, face their fears, and overcome things that cause them anxiety. Ruby’s objective has always been to ensure those she works with are confident enough to be able to carry on what Ruby taught them in the form of long-term healthy habits, regardless of if Ruby is there guiding them.

In order to broaden her knowledge of psychology and work with people at a deeper level, Ruby is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Psychology at Adler Graduate Professional School. Ruby is currently working as a student psychotherapist and as a student psychometrist in two different private practices. Ruby hopes to graduate later this year and continue working with a wide variety of populations to support them mentally, but to also teach them habits and coping mechanisms that contribute to their wellbeing. In her free time, Ruby enjoys catching up on the latest Netflix Original, reading, cooking and sharing laughs with her family and friends.

Rupak H.

Rupak Haque is an Ontario Certified Teacher. He grew up in USA, moving to Windsor to complete a Degree in Education from the University of Windsor. Prior to which, he completed a BSc in Applied Physics from Pennsylvania and an MBA from Alabama . Rupak developed a deep love of travel and took the opportunity to explore the world following the completion of his degree having visited most of the countries in Europe, Middle East, South Asia and North America. It was during his stay in South Asia that Rupak discovered his passion for teaching and working with children. Having decided to pursue teaching as a career Rupak moved to Canada. It is through teaching that Rupak has been able to foster his love of Physics and Math. In his spare time Rupak works one-on-one tutoring with high school students of Math and Physics. Rupak understands the importance of friendship and mentorship with his students in order to help them grow in their learning. Having grown in his career over the years, Rupak has amassed a whole plethora of techniques and strategies in teaching Math and Physics that his students find invaluable.

Samantha F.

Samantha began her love of teaching at 17 years old when she became a volunteer assistant in a primary classroom. After high school, she attended the University of Toronto where she studied philosophy, history, and sociology. After completing her undergraduate, she took a big leap and moved to South Korea where she became a full-time kindergarten teacher. Although she did not make it as a K-pop star in South Korea, she did come to realize that teaching is one of her biggest passions. After her year abroad she came back to Canada and decided to become an ELL teacher at a school downtown, teaching adult students coming to Canada to learn English. During this time, she also became a private tutor working with students ages 7-11 who attended schools in the TDSB. She worked with students who had different exceptionalities and it was through this job that she realized that teaching is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. After two years, she decided to take another big leap and complete her Master of Teaching at OISE, University of Toronto. Samantha is delighted to officially be an Ontario Certified Teacher. In her lessons, Samantha takes the time to get to know every individual student in order to create individualized plans that tap into the interests, passions, and needs of the learner. She loves to incorporate educational games, technology, art, and movement into her lessons in order to make the lessons more enjoyable, less rigid, and tap into multiple ways of learning. On her days off you can find Samantha watercolour painting, getting lost around the city, trying not to overwater her plants, and starting a new book before finishing the last one.

Anusha B.

Anusha has been working with children between the ages of 5 and 13 for the past 7 years. She grew up in Toronto where she has completed all of her schoolings. Anusha attended the University of Toronto for her Bachelor of Arts. She majored in Sociology and did a double minor in English and Publish Law. She is currently at Tyndale University working towards her Bachelor of Education to be a primary/junior teacher. Over the years, she has gained many valuable skills both working at a daycare with school-agers, privately tutoring primary/junior children, and in her practicums. She has gained a great amount of communication and organizational skills as well as learned to critically think and problem solve. Most importantly, she is very passionate about what she does. Anusha believes that passion plays an immense role in being a teacher and it allows her to provide her students with a safe, structured environment that ensures positive learning strategies. Most importantly, she is patient as she understands that students have their own pace they work at and she is able to accommodate that. During her leisure time, Anusha loves to spend time with family and friends. Her favourite activities are hiking, bowling, and baking during her free time.

Jessica Q.

Jessica has been teaching elementary school students within the York Catholic District School Board for 3 years. She grew up in Etobicoke and attended Humber College for Early Childhood Education. As well. She attained a Bachelor of Arts degree at York University, majoring in Psychology and a teachable in Geography. Jessica is pursuing a career in teaching at Tyndale University and will be graduating with a Junior/Intermediate qualification in Bachelor of Education. In addition, she worked for Oxford Tutoring Centre for 3 years teaching students in the subjects of English, Math, and French. Jessica has a love for learning and values ongoing professional development which motivates her to teach young learners. She reinforces a safe, welcoming, innovative, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills for her students and encourages them to do their best. Jessica has a wide variety of experiences with children of diverse stages of development from kindergarten to grade 8 from her field placements, volunteer, work, and personal experiences. Outside of her busy life, Jessica enjoys playing soccer, going on vacation, baking, and hanging out with her friends and family.

Marla T.

Marla is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a Bachelor of Education from University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University. She has taught all aspects of Language Arts to grades 4 to 7, as well as Math, Science and Social Studies. Marla brings enthusiasm and positivity to connect with the student’s own sense of natural curiosity towards building solid foundations for comprehension and problem solving. Recognizing every student has a unique way of learning, Marla supports each student in employing effective learning strategies, building independent critical thinking skills and improving confidence towards achieving their full potential.

With a Certificate for Intermediate Level French with Alliance Française Marla also has taught French to grades 1 to 5 in the private school setting and would welcome assisting students in the joy of learning French!

With a background in Visual Arts Marla is a fine artist who has also taught art, drawing and painting to students grades 1 to 6.

Preeti D.

Preeti is a graduate student, nearly completing her Master’s of Science degree at York University. She has had extensive experience working as a Teaching Assistant, teaching undergraduate students in biology courses. For example, she taught laboratory skills and theory, and has also guest-lectured in Microbiology. During her time as a Teaching Assistant, she held office hours. During this time, she worked one-on-one or in a small group with her students to assist them on course material and assignments. She has also volunteered as a mentor with children ages 9-12 with Future Possibilities. At this program, she mentored children on completing a goal to help their community.

Preeti’s teaching philosophy is simple: she believes that there is no singular method to optimally teaching a student. Each person learns in their own way–as a result, she makes it her personal goal to tailor her methods to each specific student. Preeti also considers herself to be a lifelong learner, thoroughly enjoying education and working with students.

In her spare time, Preeti likes to cook vegan food, spend time with her cat Chase (and any other animal she meets), do needlepoint embroidery, and play video games. Right now, she prefers PC gaming to console gaming!

Kameel K.

Kameel is your one-stop shop for tutoring in math, science, English, French, and humanities for grades K through 11! With 4 years of tutoring experience, he has developed engaging methods to help students with different learning styles reach their full potential in the classroom. Kameel completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in immunology at the University of Toronto. His unique perspective may be especially useful to students with interests in research or medicine. Kameel spends his spare time volunteering for seniors and writing children’s stories encouraging compassion and understanding regarding certain medical conditions. Kameel also enjoys working on his basketball skills (go raptors), playing Pokémon Go with his nephew, and going camping close to his hometown in Montreal with his cat, Cleo.

Andrea S.

My name is Andrea and I am a Primary/Junior Ontario Certified Teacher with a background in Early Childhood Education and Child Development. I have several years of childcare and teaching experience working with infants to 13 years old. I currently work as a special needs assistant where I work along side students exhibiting myriad educational needs. I am passionate about primary and believe that learning should be geared towards students interests. Hands-on, inquiry based learning has been an effective approach in engaging students in learning and reaching their full potential. Teaching is a noble profession and I enjoy being a positive part of children’s growth and development as it is very rewarding. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, exercising, journaling, exploring nature, spending time with friends/family and enriching my mind by travelling.