Every Beyond the Classroom tutor is meticulously interviewed and evaluated to make sure they are dedicated, trustworthy, caring and nurturing. Because after all, they are responsible for so much more than just education. They help build the people we want our children to become.
Learn more about some of our amazing tutors, and start helping your child today.
Lark is passionate about helping children gain the skills and confidence to achieve success in their academic journey, becoming a teacher for her was a dream since childhood. That dream came true!
Lark attained a Bachelor’s degree from McMaster University and a Master of Science in Education degree from Niagara University in Lewiston, New York. She is a certified elementary school teacher retired from the Hamilton – Wentworth District School Board. Her last 5 years teaching was in the amazing position of Primary/Junior Music Teacher. Previous to that, she taught a variety of subjects at the Grade 4 and 5 levels with Music, Language and Computer instruction at the Kindergarten to Grade 3 levels as well.
With over 20 years teaching experience, Lark has developed the skills, knowledge and confidence to assess the instructional needs of students and then to develop a learning plan that best meets the specific needs of that individual child.
Lark believes in the dedication of Beyond the Classroom to help students reach their full potential with caring and professional teachers as together we coach children to become successful lifelong learners.
At home, her interests include reading, playing and teaching piano and having fun with her family and her daughter’s puppies!!
Gabriel graduated from Bishop Ryan Secondary and McMaster University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, before he discovered his true passion was to teach. He was fortunate to obtain his teaching degree in Australia, where he also mastered his beach volleyball skills.
Since he has been home, Gabriel has taught Academic International Business Studies for MEI International Academy and Columbia International College, here in Hamilton. Gabriel’s love of teaching and passion for community engagement can be channeled into his tutoring. His approach to curriculum, behaviour management, and pedagogy are influenced by the 20th century learner and portray an inclusive environment inspiring success for all.
Gabriel still enjoys volleyball and loves to travel! He also volunteers for a Catholic Youth Organization all while preparing for a fulltime career in teaching.
Sarah’s path to teaching is different than most. Growing up, she had always wanted to be a teacher, but decided to pursue a different path once she reached university. She graduated from McMaster University in 2009 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Physics, and in 2012 with a Masters of Applied Science in Physics. She worked as a Physicist and Accident Reconstructionist for about 4 and a half years, before going back to her original dream and starting her Bachelor of Education at Brock University in 2017. She is in the Intermediate/Senior division, and will graduate in the spring of 2019. Her goal is to become a teacher of Deaf students. Sarah has prior experience with tutoring students of high school age, in various subjects. She was also a teaching assistant for several classes (including Calculus and Engineering Physics) while pursuing her Masters degree. Sarah also spent most of the summer of 2017 at the Ontario Camp of the Deaf, as a co-counsellor and a kitchen assistant.
Sarah is excited to be a part of Beyond the Classroom, and is looking forward to the experience, as well as making a positive impact.
Kayla graduated from Mohawk College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2015. That following summer she transferred to Brock University where she completed her honours degree within Early Childhood Education in 2017. During this time, she studied teaching philosophy and completed a thesis on the topic of education. She has since then been accepted to teacher’s college with Brock University for 2018 and currently works as an ECE with the District School Board of Niagara.
She has a strong passion for children, and focuses on primary and junior students. She has previous experience tutoring with the DSBN, and has assisted in EQAO. Kayla understands the importance of obtaining strong literacy skills, and understands the cognitive, emotional, and social skills that are needed for a child to succeed. Kayla is determined to make sure the whole child is being reached within each tutor session, and that the skills they obtain will carry on with them for the rest of their lives!
Colin is a 45 year old husband and father of two who is an Ontario Certified Teacher qualified to teach grades 4-10. Colin is active in our community as a soccer coach and volunteer. His passion for helping to guide and instruct young people to achieve success and reach their potential, is what led to Colin go back to University, after being out of school for 20 years and obtain his Bachelor of Education from Western University. As a result, Colin learned how to learn again and developed many different skills and strategies that he continues to successfully use to help the young people he teaches and coaches. Colin has experience working with students from diverse backgrounds with equally diverse learning styles and has additional qualifications in Special Education.
Pressley has attended McMaster University for the past four years and is currently completing her degree in Sociology. Pressley’s passion is to work with youth and enter into a career of policing. Throughout high school, she discovered her ability to excel in understanding Math was a gift she could share with her peers. Now as a tutor with a local charity she has an interest in learning and being up to date with the math that is being taught in high schools in the Hamilton District School board. Pressley has found that tutoring is the best way to share her knowledge and combine her passion for helping and working with youth in any way possible! Pressley has a huge love for sports and enjoys her down time either watching the Edmonton Oilers play or playing hockey herself!
Wendy has always been passionate about teaching and learning, believing that meaningful education happens best when these roles are understood in succession. As a youngster, she relished the opportunity to play “school” to both emulate her favourite teachers and practice lessons learned.
After receiving a teaching degree, and a job as a full-time teacher, Wendy learned the importance of having organized curriculum to implement in a practical way. So she attended workshops, revamped her curriculum, and tutored to become more familiar with the various ways that children learn.
Wendy took time to nurture her own three children, and quickly understood that there was much more to teaching and learning than what could be gleaned from a classroom so she enrolled in the Masters’ of Education program at Brock University. Upon completion , Wendy sought opportunities outside the classroom, involving a role of drama and music teacher with the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts, a GED teacher with Immigrant Women Centre, and an invigilator for exams at the university level. The part-time status of these opportunities allowed her to engage with her community as a volunteer with St. Joseph’s hospital. Wendy looks forward to tutoring with Beyond the Classroom and connecting the practice of teaching and learning in new settings, while building relationships that foster understanding.
Samantha graduated from Brock University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences and a Minor in Geography. She then graduated from teacher’s college in 2013 with a Master’s of Science in Childhood education. After graduating, Samantha worked for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board as an Educational Assistant where she had the opportunity to work with many students with different special needs. In 2016, she was hired on with the board as an occasional teacher and received her first LTO teaching K-6 Health and Physical Education. Now in her second year of teaching and she is on the permanent teachers list and has a new position teaching Kindergarten and grades 1 & 2 science. Teaching is Samantha’s passion, she loves working with students to help them achieve their full potential. Samantha continuously takes additional qualification courses to learn how to be a better teacher. Samantha loves to spend time with my family and try new and exciting things.
Ever since her early years Elysse has always wanted to be a teacher, and her dream finally came true in 2017 when she earned her Bachelor of Education from Brock University. Elysse has always found a passion for teaching, believing in the ideology of life-long learning, and has always enjoyed helping children on their path to success.
Since 2010, Elysse has partaken in various teaching positions from assisting Grade 10 students in preparation for the Ontario Literacy Test to full time teaching Grade 4 and 7 during her placements through Brock University.
Currently, Elysse works as a Before and After School teacher, but has decided to take her knowledge and expertise into Beyond the Classroom. As a tutor, Elysse is enthusiastic and engaging, always getting her students excited and ready to learn, even with the subjects they aren’t comfortable with!
Outside of teaching, Elysse loves playing video games, taking photos of food (especially desserts) and snuggling her little Shit-Tzu Molly.
Christina earned her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Child and Youth Studies and received her Bachelor of Education from Brock University in 2017. Her passion for wanting to become a teacher sparked from a co-op placement that she had in high school in a Grade 5/6 classroom. From this experience, she learned that children are some of the most creative and intelligent people she has ever had the chance to work with. Since then, Christina has been volunteering in classrooms within the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, which has allowed her to become adaptable as a teacher by working with a variety of students in different settings (one-on-one and teaching the whole class) and understanding how to make learning a personalized experience for all of her students. She believes that creating a positive and engaging learning environment for her students will provide them with the opportunity to reach their full potential as learners and that being able to adapt her teaching to the specific needs of her students is vital to being a great teacher. Christina has taken an Additional Qualification course in Teaching English Language Learners Part 1 and is currently working towards getting her Intermediate qualifications in History.