Elizabeth graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in English and Professional Writing. She holds a graduate-level TESOL, a TESL for EFL, and has been teaching test preparation, ESL, Professional Writing, and Literacy for 25 years.
As an English professor at Centennial College, Toronto, her duties over the past 12 years include preparing Asian students for the entrance exams and standard tests which they need to pass in order to be accepted into higher education in North America. Such tests include IELTS and TOEFL.
Elizabeth has fulfilled contracts with Chinese high schools to write, deliver and score English proficiency tests, which prepare students for the internationally accepted standard tests. She has also trained teachers in the most up-to-date methodologies, particularly for English language students in Asia.
Janet completed her BA in history, political science, and anthropology and her MA in East Asian studies from the University of Toronto. During her time at the university, she worked for over three years as a tutor at the Writing Centre in Arts and Science, St. George Campus. She also has extensive teaching experience with elementary and high school students.
Janet strongly believes that reading and writing skills are critical components to connecting individuals to their communities, the world at large, and to themselves. She also believes that a strong education should entail that learners become well-rounded, empathetic, and critical.
Sharon graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in English and East Asian Studies, and completed her Master of Teaching degree with the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE). After earning her teaching degree, she joined the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme and taught English in Japan for two years. She is now back in Canada teaching Language Arts full-time to students in grades 6-8.
Sharon’s teaching philosophy is that every student deserves to be taught how they learn best, and her experiences in classrooms both in Canada and abroad has equipped her to be empathic and understanding in all circumstances. She hopes to share her love of language and foster in her students a passion for reading and writing.
Zack is a specialist in History, Archaeology, and the craft of writing and editing Academic English. He graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours BA in the Classics and holds a graduate degree in Canadian History. During his university career, he taught Language, History and Academic Writing. He has extensive experience in Canadian Archaeology, professional cultural heritage research, and academic tutoring.
He believes in the importance of academic skills-building, including critical thinking, writing, and reading comprehension; and their importance in helping open a student’s mind, expanding their world and ensuring they can adapt to an ever-changing system of culture and employment. He finds these skills help people to communicate and truly understand each other, which are essential for living in a multicultural society.
Adam has a passion for math and for making math accessible and meaningful to his students. He has a Combined Honours B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from York University and B.Ed. from OISE (U of T).
Adam has tutored students in math at levels ranging from Grade 6 to Grade 11. He has been taught at the Toronto District School Board for the last 16 years, where he has taught Grade 9-12 Math classes. In his spare time, Adam sings bass in a semi-professional acapella choir.
David graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics in Combinatorics and Optimization. He was a teaching assistant at UWaterloo, and worked at Google for 5 years as a software engineer. In addition, He was a member of the Toronto Math Circles. He has extensive teaching experience in coding and mathematics.
His hobbies include food, video games, and math. He has recently gotten into self-hosting as well.
Mackenzie is a mathematics and statistics student at the University of Toronto. She believes that math is a way of thinking, but also that it stimulates brain development at all ages.
She was not always a strong student when it came to mathematics – that is, until high school, where the logic and problem-solving aspects of the subject truly sparked her interests. She understands the struggle of students and believes that everyone has the potential. She quickly developed a passion for helping others acquire the love of learning. Her goal is not only to instruct mathematics content but also to spread joy and passion for the subject itself, both as a process and as an abstract concept.
Zi is licensed elementary teacher in Ontario. She was born in Shanghai, China. She came to Canada with her family when she was in Grade 3. She graduated from Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto, St. George. After working in the cooperate world for two years, she realized her passion is teaching. So, she returned to university to obtain the OCT certification.
Zi has taught at the TDSB and worked as a math instructor at different private academies for several years.
Teaching and working with children have always been a passion for Zi, and she hopes to make learning math enjoyable and rewarding for her students.
Jacob holds a degree in Computer Engineering from McGill University, where he was an active member of the McGill debating union for 4 years.
His debate achievements include being named the top debater at the National Championship, winning the Hart House IV (the largest international university tournament in Canada), and breaking at the Debating World Championship. He has coached debate and public speaking for 3 years, working at multiple summer debate camps as well as the Miss Edgars & Miss Cramps school in Montreal, where his students have won nation-wide high school tournaments, and even made finals at a national university tournament.
Jacob enjoys teaching debate and public speaking skills because of the power they have to improve critical thinking ability as well as presentation skills, allowing students to do well not just in competitive debate, but in essay writing, class presentations, and university/job interviews. Outside of debate, Jacob enjoys computer programming, and will be pursuing a degree in medicine at McGill starting next fall.
Maiya is a recent graduate of McGill University, where they studied history and classics, as well as debated with the McGill Debating Union. They have won Leger 2021 and the Sutherland IV 2020, as well as been a finalist at the Women and Gender Minorities Online Open 2020 and Chancellor’s Cup 2020.
In addition, they have made it to the semi-finals and quarter-finals of a variety of Canadian and US debate tournaments. They have also broken as a judge at British Parliamentary Championships, the Yale IV, the North American Debating Championship, and the Panamanian Debating Championship. They enjoy coaching students because they love debate and want to share that enthusiasm with new learners.
Ruth graduated from McGill University with a major in Computer Science. She was formerly the President of the McGill Debating Union and has years of coaching experience. She was a member of the top team at the North American University Debate Championship and Canadian British Parliamentary debate Championship, in addition to being the 2020 national Canadian top speaker. She has speaker breaks at every major BP tournament in North America, as well as the World University Debate Championship.
As an adjudicator, Ruth has been on the chief adjudication team of the US National Championship, Canadian National Championship, and North American Championship
Connor is a third-year computing student at Queen’s University specializing in software design. He has previously worked as a technology camp counsellor, and a computer science teaching assistant at Queen’s.
He fell in love with computer science through video games at an early age and has studied and grown his skills ever since. He loves the fact that computer science is increasingly being taught to young children as it is a great opportunity to not only learn about an amazing field but teach them valuable skills related to logic and problem-solving.
In his spare time, Connor loves to play video games, grow his vinyl collection, and go on adventures with his friends.
Annette is certified to teach French by the Ontario College of Teachers; she is currently employed in the Durham District School Board as well as private schools. She studied at Glendon College, York University (BA), University of Strathclyde in Scotland (PGDE), and the University of Calgary (MEd). Annette has taught French for 12 years at all grade levels, including teaching French immersion.
From a career in Communications and Translation, her love for teaching and working creatively drew her into the field of education. Annette herself enjoys the process of ongoing learning; she is trilingual (French, German, English) and loves learning about languages, literature, art and culture.
Annissa has a bachelor’s degree from York University in French Studies and a Certificate of Bilingualism in French and English.
She loves teaching and has over 20 years of teaching experience. In addition to her experience and education, she has a passion for French language, culture, history, and literature. She is extremely enthusiastic about teaching and can’t wait to meet your child and help them learn French. She believes that learning is easy when you’re having fun, so she makes all of my classes exciting and interactive