Samantha has an Undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign in French Studies with a minor in Social Work. While attending her undergraduate program she competed in the NCAA as an athlete. She also obtained a Bachelor of Education at Lakehead University, where she was able to combine her love for learning French with teaching students.
Samantha has experience teaching students from levels K-8. She currently works in a permanent position teaching Core French from Kindergarten to Grade 8. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family and dogs, as well as go swimming and unicycling.
From various experience as an athlete, swim coach, tutor and mentor to becoming a certified teacher, she would love to use her experience in all areas to help your child reach their goals.
Justin Dupuis is an OCT Certified Teacher with 11 years of teaching experience who graduated from Brock University with both his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies as well as his Bachelor of Education. He holds teachable qualifications in Mathematics and Geography teaching students in both the public and private sector from the junior grades all the way up to senior high school students. In addition, he has his specialist certification in special education, providing him with a plethora of tools for students with varying educational needs. He teaching career has taken him around the globe to the Middle East, but he currently works here at home teaching Math and Geography at Dunbarton HS in Pickering. Justin’s passions in education revolve around finding engaging and interesting ways to teach material that helps students to see the value and purpose of what they’re learning.
Nisha has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics. She has over 10 yrs experience tutoring and 3 years experience as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Ryerson. Nisha currently works in Finance at TD Bank and gives back to her community regularly by volunteering at non profit organizations such as, Big Brother’s Big Sister’s, Jump Math and Habitat for Humanity.
Sam is an Ontario Certified Teacher who is qualified to teach Primary and Junior grades. She obtained both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. Sam has been learning French since 5th grade and continued those studies with the French Immersion program at the University of Ottawa. Sam has also recently completed her 3-Part French As a Second Language Additional Qualification and is passionate about supporting students to learn French as a Second Language both in the classroom and at home.
Sam spent 2 years teaching French Immersion across different grades with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and has recently moved back to the Muskoka-Parry Sound Area to be closer to family and continue her teaching. Growing up in a small town where very few adults spoke French, including her parents, Sam has a unique understanding of how to support students with continuing their learning of a second language at home.
Sam is passionate about focusing on all aspects of health, including mental wellness, while creating her inclusive teaching environment at all ages. She brings her passion of learning to her teaching and focuses on meeting students where they are at to help support their personal growth. In her spare time, Sam enjoys spending time outside and taking her dogs on adventures. Now that she is closer to family, her weekends are typically spent at family BBQs and other gatherings.
My name is Natalija Cvetkovic. I am a certified Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE). My experience ranges from children that are from infant to grade 7 (ages 0-12); both in before school, daycare setting, school setting and after-school programs. Through my educational and professional career, I learned all about different teaching methods, such as Montessori or Reggio Amelia, and have worked in mostly private daycare-school settings. I am currently working as an ECE in a Montessori school, and have taken aspects of the program that I feel work extremely well, and have started to develop my own teaching philosophy, that aligns with how I see children and working with them and the families.
The philosophy that I have come up with is that every child is unique in the way that they learn, play, socialize and develop important life skills, and that it is my job as an educator to understand and develop a relationship with them that supports the way they learn. For example, in the Montessori setting, there is a very clear structure and routine in the day, and academically the structure and routine work for the children, because they thrive best when they know what they need to be working on and what comes next. I personally think that adding in more “learning through play, and creative outlets” is beneficial for the children because it gives them a sense of understanding the material that needs to be taught, in a way that is more fun and educational at the same time. Taking this approach also allows the teacher to see where the children are in terms of interests and abilities, and to alter the lesson plans accordingly. It is great to have an idea of the day, but I am learning that the more I work with the children, I have to be able to be flexible to their needs and interests more then just having the educational lesson material delivered in a way that might be “boring”.
This is why I think a tutor would be a good next step for me professionally, because I can offer the support that families might be needing, in a one-on-one setting, where the focus would just be on that child specifically, to answer questions or develop better literacy skills and early math fluency. I understand that families play a big part in the education of their child, and I am excited to be able to communicate with them about their child’s progress, and next steps. I am looking forward to meeting new families and seeing if the philosophy that I have developed would fit with the potential client.
A.J. has an Undergraduate degree from Laurentian University in Human Kinetics with a specialization in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and a minor in Biology. She also obtained a Bachelor of Education at Laurentian University, which allowed her to combine her two passions together; teaching and the outdoors!
A.J. has experience teaching students of all levels K-12. Her passion for educating has continued to grow as she worked in a variety of instructional and teaching positions since graduation, including Special Education teacher, Core French teacher, Intermediate teacher, Lifeguard, and Canoe Guide with At-Risk Youth.
Creating a safe, inclusive, respectful, and enthusiastic learning environment is something that A.J. strives for. She looks forward to helping your child overcome any challenges they may be facing and to take the next steps in their learning journey!
Andrea obtained a Bachelor of Education in the Primary, Junior, and Intermediate divisions. She has qualifications in FSL, Senior English, and 4 years of teaching experience. She has worked the past 4 years as an Elementary School teacher in Brantford, Ontario. She recently moved to Toronto and will be working in the Toronto School Board this upcoming school year. Andrea is excited to build new connections and meet new people within her community. In her teaching she is known to have a positive, high-energy personality and makes learning fun.
Before teaching, Andrea spent over 10 years coaching gymnastics and cheerleading. She has always enjoyed working in leadership roles and helping kids reach their goals. In addition to her love and passion for teaching, Andrea enjoys spending time outdoors and in nature. She loves activities like hiking, skiing, and camping. When indoors, you can find her trying out a new recipe in the kitchen or binge watching the latest Netflix series.
Claire is entering her second year of a Bachelor of Education in Primary/Junior at Lakehead University. Through this program, Claire has had 11 weeks of full-time practical teaching experience in the Toronto District School Board. Prior to her education degree, Claire completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Queen’s University. In secondary school, Claire attended Etobicoke School of the Arts with a major in Music (violin). Claire has applied these skills to a position as a music instructor at Bayview Glen Day Camp planning and instructing engaging and developmentally appropriate music activities for campers ranging in age from two to eleven years, at various skill levels. Claire embraces that all learners are unique and carefully plans each learning experience with their skills, needs, and interests in mind. To support students in learning the concepts and skills to succeed academically, Claire strives to empower students to develop confidence and enthusiasm for learning by modelling and teaching critical learning skills and work habits like responsibility, organization, initiative, collaboration, and self-regulation. Through her teaching, camp, and caregiving experience, Claire has learned that a positive learning environment and a meaningful relationship with students and families is critical to the students’ success. While continuing her journey as an educator, Claire enjoys painting, playing the violin, playing soccer on a recreational women’s team, caregiving for various families with children in her community, and spending quality time with her puppy.
Embodying a passion for language arts that is deeply rooted in creative expression, critical analysis, argumentative writing, and persuasive oral communication, Robert has been fervently teaching and tutoring English, Presentation Skills and Mass Media since 2015. Educated at Wilfrid Laurier University in English Literature & Film Studies, Robert spent several years in the film industry across North America and Europe before returning to Western University to pursue a vocation in teaching. Robert’s ultimate satisfaction as an educator is when a student prevails past a previous setback with a new found confidence to hurdle over future obstacles.
Moreover, as an ever-evolving educator, Robert has learned the importance of alternative learning and differentiated instruction when considering each student’s individual needs in order to facilitate a healthy and constructive learning environment. The concept of equitable teaching and learning is paramount to the academic development of the student, which can be particularly challenging when working primarily online, preparing for university, IELTS, or when learning English as a second language.
Being able to speak English, French, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, language has played a major role in Dexter’s personal and professional life. He received his bilingual diploma from the Toronto French School. He graduated from York University with a BFA, Visual Arts,and a minor in East Asian Studies. After spending two years in Beijing, China, to continue learning Mandarin, he returned to York University to pursue his Ontario teaching certification. Since 2015, he has been working in the York Region District School Board, primarily as a Core French teacher for grades 4-8. A big part of his teaching method is highlighting the similarities between various related languages, particularly English and French, and linking them to the greater context of world history. Having been a student of language for many years, Dexter understands that language learning is a long process that requires frequent practice, and that each learns at their own pace. One of the most important aspects is the development of confidence, and it is better for young learners to learn and practice language in a safe environment. His continuing goal is to help students develop transferable language learning skills and strategies, and to help foster overall language and cultural appreciation. It has brought him great pride and joy when parents approach him to say that, because of him, their child enjoys French class more than before. Beyond language, world history, and culture, Dexter’s principal interests and hobbies include the practice of martial arts, such as Wing Chun Kungfu and Japanese Jiu-jitsu, watching anime, television and film, cosplay, video gaming, miniature painting, and Dungeons & Dragons.