Our Tutors

Professional, Caring and Knowledgeable Tutors.

We have the most fantastic, caring and professional tutors! Each tutor establishes a professional relationship a tutor for Beyond the Classroom as a result of a multi-level hiring process. Tutors are selected based on their educational background, experience with children and their passion for teaching.

We continue to support our tutor’s lifelong passion for learning by offering exclusive monthly webinars for tutors on a variety of topics delivered by some of the best educators and thought leaders.

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Learn more about some of our amazing tutors.

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Lauren graduated from the University of Toronto at Mississauga in 2015 with an Honours Bachelor of Science. She completed majors in Psychology and Biology for Health Sciences. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Education at York University in the Primary/Junior divisions and will graduate in the spring of 2017. Lauren has extensive experience working with children and youth in a variety of settings. She has worked for six consecutive summers at a summer camp, where she works with children aged 5 to 10 years old and mentors staff members who are typically of high school age. Lauren has also worked with many students in academic settings. She has worked with university students on developing effective study skills and strategies at the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. In addition, she has tutored students from a range of grade levels. She is passionate about teaching and helping her students succeed!

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Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved teaching others. Whether playing “school” with my friends or educating my family on the latest topical issues, I’ve always appreciated the power of education. During my first few years of university my passion for education turned into a desire to positively transform children’s lives through classroom teaching. I truly believe that education and learning can empower youth to achieve their full potential and benefit their emotional well-being and academic success. Beyond teaching, some of my passions include my three lovely cats, European history, world traveling, and healthy living.

In June of 2016, I graduated from the Teacher Education program at Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in History and English as well as a Bachelor of Education in the Intermediate / Senior division. I became a member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) in July of 2016.

Over the last few years, I have taught in several Hamilton-area secondary schools in both History and English classrooms. I applied key learning objectives and content in The Ontario Curriculum through innovative and interactive strategies to engage all types of learners. This past year, I had the incredible opportunity to live and teach in London, England for four months. During my time in the United Kingdom, I taught in several different subject areas, including English and Social Studies, in both primary and secondary schools. I’ve also taught children in one-on-one settings with individualized learning plans in order to cater to their unique learning style and abilities.

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Chelsea earned her Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from the University of Western Ontario in 2012 and received her Bachelor of Education from the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor in 2015. Chelsea is an experienced teacher with over 10 years of working with children and has a great passion for education. Since her mother operated a home daycare, Chelsea was surrounded by a nurturing and learning environment and this enabled her to realize her goal in life. Chelsea has worked as a day camp counselor and has lots of experience working with children in classroom settings (both volunteering and classroom teaching). She believes that all students should be treated with dignity, respect and encouragement towards their academic goals and that being flexible to their changing needs is the key to being a successful teacher.

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Brittany earned her Honours Bachelor of Science from McMaster University in 2012 and received her Bachelor of Education from the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014. A career in education has been a lifelong goal and passion of Brittany’s as she loves working with children and helping them to achieve their full potential. Brittany currently works as an occasional teacher with the District School Board of Niagara teaching kindergarten to grade 8 classes. She has also volunteered within the school board tutoring students in reading and writing. Brittany believes that all students learn in their own unique way and therefore require teaching strategies to meet their distinct needs and interests and she enjoys having the opportunity to engage students in a way that ignites their curiosity. Brittany has taken several Additional Qualifications courses including Special Education Part 1, Mathematics Part 1, Kindergarten Part 1 and Reading Part 1.

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Ashley graduated from Liberty University in Virginia with an Elementary Education degree and became an Ontario Certified Teacher in 2013. She has been teaching elementary school since then, and absolutely loves getting to know students and help them reach their academic goals. Ashley is a firm believer that all children can learn and succeed and is passionate about teaching in creative ways for every learning style. She is also passionate about helping students access the curriculum in a customized way and believes in lifelong learning and constant curiosity. As a tutor with Beyond the Classroom, Ashley seeks to develop relationships with students that will help them grow in confidence not only academically, but also socially and emotionally. Ashley holds and Additional Qualification in teaching students with communication needs (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and is originally from Northwestern Ontario, currently residing in Hamilton, Ontario.

I began sharing my passion for teaching at a young age when I taught music to my peers in elementary school. I have always found teaching to be extremely fulfilling for me, and as my teaching career grows so does my enjoyment of helping others learn.

I graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography in 2009, and from Medaille College in 2011 with a Master of Science in Education in the intermediate/senior divisions. I have since taken many additional qualification courses such as primary and junior qualifications, instrumental music, special education, integrated arts, and intermediate English. I am currently completing my special education part 2 course through Queens university. I am a lifelong learner and have also earned my grade 9 Royal Conservatory of Music certification and grade 2 rudiments in piano.

I am currently a long term occasional teacher with the Hamilton school board and have tutored in the past throughout university. My hobbies include playing the piano, reading, ballet, swimming and gardening. I enjoy working with students of all ages and I have extensive experience with literacy having worked first-hand with EQAO and assisted with the grade 10 literacy course for students who struggle with reading and writing. I understand the importance of literacy and math in many aspects of life and I am determined to help each student to reach their full potential in all subject areas as a tutor with Beyond the Classroom.

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Jacqueline graduated from Nipissing University with her Bachelor of Education in 1998. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Exceptionality in Human Learning from the University of Toronto in 1996. She has extensive experience teaching in the primary and junior divisions and currently works for the Peel District School Board as an occasional teacher.

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Suzan is an extremely experienced teacher with over twenty years of class time in the Ontario Private School system. Before that, she was a volunteer in a special needs classroom and a camp counsellor for a programme at the John Island Camp in Northern Ontario. Suzan completed her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Guelph and earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia.  In addition, she is a Special Needs Specialist and holds an additional qualification in Reading, Part 1. What Suzan loves most about teaching are the students. She feels that every child is unique and that every child learns in their own distinct way.  Suzan’s goal is to help each student find what works for them individually and to make them feel successful and confident in their learning.  As a tutor for Beyond the Classroom, Suzan brings many years of experience as a teacher as well as the understanding of being a parent.

From a young age I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I have always loved working with children and have had the opportunity to do so in a variety of ways, including peer tutoring in high school and while working as a swim instructor, teaching ages 1 – adult. I completed the Concurrent Education program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in 2013, earning a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Bachelor of Education (BEd). I am qualified to teach Ontario students grades 4-12.

I have experience working as an after-school tutor where I provided high school students with science and math homework and assignment help, as well as test preparation assistance. I have also worked in a classroom environment, during my time student teaching and while working as a supply teacher for the Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB). Interacting with students, getting to know them and what teaching strategies work best for each individual student is what I enjoy most about teaching. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to help students understand a concept they were experiencing difficulty with.

Working as a tutor with Beyond the Classroom I am always looking forward to meeting new students and being able to tailor tutoring sessions to meet their specific academic goals.

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I love to travel, learn and teach.

My education journey started in the UK with a degree in Computer Science and experience in Business. I am a natural communicator and quickly moved into adult training in a corporate setting.  I studied a Postgraduate in Education specialising in Computing and Math and then taught grades 7-12 in academic and applied routes. I moved to Australia and continued to teach math, business and finance. I have tutored children (including my own!) from pre-kinder, kindergarten, elementary through to high school. Now in Canada, with more than 15 years of experience tutoring and teaching within school, college and university environments, I am a tutor with Beyond the Classroom. I look forward to working with families to provide a nurturing and encouraging learning environment for children, so they can build confidence, improve, thrive and, hopefully, create a lifelong love of learning too.

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Judy Smith is an experienced teacher who has been working as a Primary/Junior supply teacher with Halton Catholic District School Board since 2003. She has experience teaching most grades from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and has been tutoring with Beyond The Classroom since 2013. tutoring students in reading, writing and math. I
enjoy reading, listening to music, photography, anything Disney related and
travelling anywhere a car, or plane will take me.

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Melanie is an energetic teacher who earned her Bachelor of Education from York University in 2015. Prior to that, Melanie graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Brock University in 2008 and completed a Master of Science from York University in 2012. She has been working with university and college students since 2008 and tutoring younger students since 2012. Melanie’s love for teaching is demonstrated by her diverse areas of knowledge and enthusiastic personality that she brings to each and every tutoring session. She engages her students by incorporating real-life practical applications to her sessions, helping her students get excited about the topics being covered. Melanie loves dogs and has a purebred beagle and a Schiller hound at home. She also enjoys movies and being with family. For more information on Melanie’s teaching philosophy and methods of teaching, please see her teaching dossier at http://melaniebgoral.weebly.com.

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To work with children and be a teacher has always been my ultimate career goal and has defined my education choices.

I started my undergraduate studies at Sheridan College studying Early Childhood Education. After completing a two year Honours Diploma I continued my studies at Ryerson University in a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Last year I completed my studies in a Masters of Science in Childhood Education at Canisius College, which has certified me to teach students from kindergarten to grade 6.

I have always been passionate about teaching and helping children because I love how rewarding the experience is. To instill knowledge in a child and see the moment that it all makes sense for them makes all the hard work worthwhile. One thing that I have learned about myself as teacher working with my students through Beyond the Classroom is to be prepared with a variety different methods to teach a concept. Each student learns differently, and in order to ensure the student receives the most from the session it is important to prepared a variety of activities in different learning styles.

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Jill Campbell has been working with Beyond the Classroom since July 2015 and has been tutoring students for over 10 years. In addition to her role as a tutor, she also holds the position of Client Relations and Administrative Support which includes working directly with families and connecting them with BTC tutors, answering questions, social media and writing for the BTC blog! Jill received her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University in 2001 and earned her Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of London, England in 2003. Jill was a teacher in London, England for 7 years and has experience teaching secondary science, English and psychology.  Over the course of her UK career, she held two teaching and learning responsibilities, including Science Key Stage Three Coordinator and Gifted and Talented Coordinator (whole school). In her spare time, Jill enjoys reading, travelling and blogging at www.pragmamamma.net, her parenting, education and lifestyle blog. Jill currently lives in south east Burlington with her husband Ian and two daughters, Maeve and Isla.

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Jacqueline received her teacher education at the Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education program with Primary-Junior qualifications. She completed her undergraduate degree at Trent University with a major in Psychology and is currently completing her Additional Qualification course for Special Needs, Part 1. Jacqueline’s classroom experience includes a diverse range of students including lots of volunteer work. She first developed a passion for teaching while tutoring as a young adult and as a swim teacher and camp councilor. Jacqueline most enjoys getting to know her students on an individual level and connecting their interests with their learning. According to Jacqueline, helping students reach their goals and feeling confident in their abilities is what is most rewarding about being a tutor. She is excited to continue helping students reach their full potential by being a tutor with Beyond the Classroom!

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For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to become a teacher. I am so happy and grateful that my lifelong dream to teach and enduring passion for literacy and learning has now become a reality for me in so many different ways!

I graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in English Literature in 2008 and then from the University of Toronto with a Primary/Junior Bachelor of Education degree in 2009. I also pursued my interest in children with special needs and learning differences by taking a Special Education course that year as well.

Since then, I have been lucky enough to become a supply teacher with the Halton school board and with the Burlington and Oakville Fern Hills schools. As an extra bonus to this daily teaching, I have enjoyed being an after-school tutor for the last 2 years. From Kindergarten phonics, elementary school-level reading, writing, French, and math, high school English, preparation for exams and the Ontario Literacy Test, university essay-writing, and study skills for all ages, I am always excited to help students improve, build confidence, and, most importantly, enjoy and have fun with learning!

As a tutor with Beyond the Classroom, I love seeing the added benefits of the personalized, in-home tutoring experience and sharing my creative activities and enthusiasm with the wonderful students and families I have the pleasure of working with each week in Burlington and Oakville.

We know the best learning relationships for students are those in which there is comfort and connection with the tutor.

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