GUELPH TUTOR PROFILES
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.
Hi! My name is Melissa and I am excited to be joining Beyond the Classroom as a personal tutor. I have over 20 years experience as an Educational Assistant, working with students with special needs and learning difficulties. I love working one-on-one with students in a comfortable setting to help them reach their true potential and be successful in their learning. I endeavour to make learning fun and have a positive and warm personality. In addition to teaching I enjoy hiking, traveling, cooking, gardening, music, board games and family times.
Hello! My name is Kim. I have always enjoyed working with children and teens and spent many years working at summer camps. I was in French immersion from kindergarten to grade 12 and then in 2016 I graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science with a minor in French. In my third year of that degree I decided that I wanted to become a teacher (but also wanted some international adventure) so, after graduating, I moved across the planet on my own to study at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. I graduated with my Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary) at the end of 2017 and was hired by a high school in Auckland. I spent two years at Howick College, first as a science teacher and then as the head of the French department. Now I’m back in Canada and looking forward to meeting you and helping you succeed in science/biology and French!
My name is Chris Lajoie and my first passion in life is teaching.
I’m a Life-long resident of the Guelph area completing my High Schooling at Bishop Macdonell and elementary at a private country school called Hitherfield. I did my undergrad at Brock University and my teaching degree at Lakehead University where my practicums provided me with an opportunity to teach indigenous students.
I recently moved back home from Alberta where I had been teaching full-time for the past four years at the primary level in all subject areas. My teaching experience also includes Grades 6 to 9 Health and coaching middle school basketball. Much of my primary experience has included work with ESL students and students with other exceptionalities. I spent my first two years teaching classes that were homogeneously ESL students, allowing me to become very confident teaching all facets of the curriculum to English Language Learners.
My next position brought me to a school with a very diverse population of students. I taught Grade 2 for two years at this school and gained very important experience successfully implementing lessons that both engaged and empowered my students.
Throughout the beginning of my career, I’ve realized that there is much more to becoming an educator than academics and curriculum. I believe strongly in students’ social and emotional development and the need to be empowered while learning in order to create a love for academics and school life.
I am certified by the Ontario College of Teachers to teach in Ontario and hold an Alberta Teaching Certificate. Since beginning my teaching career, I have obtained extra certifications from Queens University in Special Education and Guidance Part 1.
I am confident I can bring a positive and holistic approach while helping your child along their academic path.
Bridget Gole is a graduate of the University of Toronto Masters Program for Theatre Studies, but it’s not always all about the drama. She has a love and proficiency in English literature from Shakespeare to Margaret Atwood, and history from ancient civilisations to the French revolution to current events. She enjoys reading, watching, and writing science fiction and fantasy, and sometimes likes to wade into the great existential questions and see what fun can be found there! Bridget is a mother of three, living in Guelph Ontario.
What I like best about being a tutor is that it is a fundamentally important job. Working patiently and positively with a young person, one-on-one, moving along at his or her pace, slowly but surely, is a step-by-step process that ultimately allows the student to achieve a sense of mastery over a formerly frustrating subject. For me, this is intrinsically meaningful in a way that most jobs just can’t match.
I have worked with children of all ages, from toddlers to teens, for over ten years as an early childhood educator, a mentor, and a tutor. After graduating with my Master’s Degree in writing from Rutgers University in 2000, I went on to work as a journalist, a creative writing instructor, and an artist-in-the schools. I also served as an ECE for five years at a preschool in Halifax, Nova Scotia before moving to Guelph in 2014. Besides being a full-time dad of a teenage son, I also continue to work as a freelance journalist, a playwright, and a novelist.
I am a highly organized person, computer literate, with a proven track record in lesson planning and implementation. I communicate well, both verbally and in writing, and work hard to develop a positive focus at all times with my students. I understand the importance of literacy and communication in life and am determined to help my students succeed.
My name is Jessica Whysall and I graduated from the Laurier/Nipissing Concurrent Education Program in June 2019. Throughout my five years I had the privilege of completing six different practicums ranging from K-6. I was also lucky enough to gain some experience in a DD (Developmentally Delayed) classroom where I furthered my skills in the Special Education field. I was recently hired on to the UGDSB OT Roster and I am thrilled to begin my career in teaching, which is something I have always been so passionate about. My objective as a both a teacher and a tutor is to promote a safe, inspiring, and positive learning environment for all unique learners. I look forward to sharing my skills and love for learning with your children through Beyond the Classroom tutoring.
My name is Safia Mahabub Sauty and I am currently doing my Masters at the University of Guelph in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I have completed my Bachelors in Microbiology from University Of Dhaka. I have been working as a volunteer teacher for a non-profit organization in Bangladesh for about 3 years, where I’ve worked with underprivileged children to bring them the education they need. I have been fairly involved with in-home tutoring as well. I have always found it extremely rewarding to help children at the point where they stumble upon to reach their ultimate potential. Getting to shape young minds and help them build their confidence always seems like an opportunity to me. I’m eagerly looking forward to working with the amazing “Beyond the Classroom” students and families.
Alanna Vosper graduated from Brock University in June 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies and a Bachelor of Education in the Primary/Junior Division. Since graduating, Alanna has moved back to her hometown of Guelph, Ontario, where she is currently working as a Long-Term Occasional Teacher in a French Immersion school within the Upper Grand District School Board. She also successfully completed her French as a Second Language qualifications, which allowed her to build her skills as a French teacher.
Prior to beginning her teaching career, Alanna accumulated a variety of tutoring experiences by volunteering with the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara (LDANR) as a Reading Tutor in St Catharines, and by starting a reading tutoring program for Grange Hill East Neighbourhood Group (GHENG) right here in Guelph. Alanna also worked as a camp leader, camp supervisor, and camp coordinator for the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition (GNSC) for several years, further developing her competences when working with children and youth of various ages.
Throughout these opportunities Alanna has had the opportunity to engage with a diverse population of individuals, and it is her goal to combine her range of experiences with her ability to be a compassionate teacher to meet her students’ diverse needs – both in and beyond the classroom.
I am a retired secondary school science teacher formerly with the Peel District School Board in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. I taught high school sciences from 1987 to 2018 at Turner Fenton Secondary School and prior to 1987, taught in private schools for four years. An additional two years were spent doing supply teaching as well as night school and summer school teaching.
I am an avid birder/ photographer and routinely contribute sightings data to the ebird website. Since retiring in February of 2018, I have participated in several volunteer positions with Bird Studies Canada and The Canadian Wildlife Service. These include Thunder Cape Bird Observatory, The James Bay Shorebird Project, and the North American Breeding Bird Survey in northwestern Ontario. I spent part of December 2018 in the Philippines sightseeing and birding and travelled to California in March 2019.When not outdoors, I enjoy reading primarily about the challenge of restoring and preserving our environment. I have two daughters, 28 and 25. The eldest is practicing Veterinary Medicine and lives in Monterey, California. My youngest daughter is in a MD program doing a year of clinical rotations throughout the United States. She plans to do an Internal Medicine residency and practice in the United States.
I am well acquainted with the Ontario curriculum and look forward to working with students to ensure their academic success.
My name is Katie Cheung, a third year full-time student studying in University of Guelph. I am in Honours Bachelor of Science and my study areas are focused on human biomedical sciences and mathematics. I started being the first-year math tutor in University of Guelph since Sept. 2017, and I love tutoring very much:)
I am passionate about teaching because I always believe that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and I like to share with my students tips and tricks on leaning sciences and math. One of my greatest strengths is that I am good at summarizing the course contents and use easier words and/or real-life applications to help students gain deeper understanding of concepts in textbooks and help them prepare for exams.
Teaching is Janet’s passion and life work. She has been teaching most of her life, including teaching high school science, coaching gymnastics, teaching dance and fitness classes, and will soon be teaching yoga. Janet finds it rewarding to help others master new skills and build confidence in themselves. Janet graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Nutrition, and then obtained a Bachelor of Education in General Science at Western University. She has spent the last number of years working as an assistive technology specialist with students and teachers in schools across the province. Janet supports students who have difficulty with reading, writing, researching and organization, using technologies that are currently adopted by most school boards. Teaching strategies, in combination with computer tools such as graphic organizers, online calendars, word predictors and text to speech tools, support individual learning styles and can help students achieve their academic goals. Janet loves animals and has two dogs and two cats. She also enjoys watercolour painting, life drawing, sculpting, gardening and Kung Fu. She has four grown sons who love music and keep the energy high in their home. Janet is looking forward to tutoring with Beyond the Classroom and helping students meet their academic challenges with new strategies and confidence which will help them reach their full potential!
Over the past 20 years, I have taught students of all ages, from elementary and high school through university and beyond! As a teacher certified by the Ontario College of Teachers, my Primary Qualifications are for teaching Intermediate-Senior French and English. I have also completed a Specialist in Special Education as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FSL) Additional Qualifications. After earning with my Bachelor of Arts degree with a French major from from Wilfrid Laurier University, I worked as a television researcher with the CBC in Toronto before raising my two sons. I received my secondary school teaching certification from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY and my post-graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CERTESL) from the University of Saskatchewan. Now that my kids have grown into university graduates and enterprising young adults, I am ready to commit to helping others to succeed.