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.
Laura is a new teacher with a passion for teaching French. She graduated from McMaster University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in French and History. She also graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Education in the summer of 2018. While at Brock, Laura completed four teaching placements at different high schools, she has been a tutor for all age groups through various organizations and worked as an ESL instructor for Columbia International College.
Through her experiences Laura has had the opportunity to connect with many different students from a wide array of backgrounds, ages, and personalities. One thing that resonated with Laura is how important it is for her to get to know her students on a personal level. She found, it enables her to learn about each student’s interests, learning styles, and preferences. She feels this is crucial in being able to gauge how to help a student achieve! Laura takes pride in being a life mentor and a positive influence that inspires students to work hard and be confident in themselves and their unique talents. She has 4 siblings ranging in age from 13-26 years old, and truly enjoys being about kids of all ages. Laura loves her cat, Mr. Kitty, cooking healthy food, practicing yoga and dance, drinking way too much tea and taking long walks and runs in nature.
Laura will be staying busy by supplying for the Hamilton Wentworth School Board (I/S division French) and completing her FSL part 1 additional qualification course. She looks forward to utilizing her skills by helping students through Beyond the Classroom. Laura believes that every student has the ability to learn any subject; they just need the right tools and a patient, passionate teacher. She truly looks forward to meeting all new students and showing them how fun learning French can be!
In pursuing a career in teaching, Juliana completed the Concurrent Education program at Queen’s University. Here, Juliana earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2017 and a Bachelor of Education in the intermediate/senior division in 2018. Juliana has worked with students in a variety of academic and educational settings, which includes teaching in science and geography classrooms, working in athletic summer camps, facilitating in children’s museum galleries, and tutoring students with special needs in numeracy and literacy. Juliana’s teaching style is very student-oriented, and her approach is to individualize learning plans to best serve the unique learning styles of individual students. As a tutor with Beyond the Classroom who is passionate about teaching and learning, Juliana will work to help students reach their full potential and develop the confidence necessary to be successful in their studies.
Katie graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber with a degree in Child Studies and a diploma in Early Childhood Education. She has recently graduated from York University with a Bachelor in Education in the Primary/Junior divisions. Katie has over 1000+ hours working with children in a variety of settings. She has spent the last 4 years working with grades K-4 within the Peel District School Board, creating student led activities and tailoring lessons to meet the unique interests of her students. Katie has also volunteered at a local Youth Hub in Toronto, providing free drop-in tutoring and peer guidance for students’ ages 8-17. Additionally, she has experience working one-on-one with English Language Learners and ADHD students in the classroom setting. Katie is passionate about helping students reach their full potential by encouraging them to view their mistakes as stepping-stones for learning and exploring subjects in unique ways that relate to your child. She believes that no two children are the same, therefore why would we try and teach them as such.
Deborah is currently finishing her last year of teachers college at Western University. She is qualified to teach K-8 students with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. In addition, Deborah completed a bachelor degree in Contemporary Studies with a specialization in Child Education and Development at Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as diploma in Early Childhood Education from Mohawk College. Throughout her educational experience, she completed various placements, volunteer and employment roles in daycare settings, recreation centers, non-profit organizations and elementary schools, all of which has contributed to her learning. Deborah is a professional who is passionate for teaching, and she plans to educate students with the utmost intention of establishing success.
Deborah is a local resident who graduated with honours from St. Jean de Brebeuf.
My name is Rachel. I am a Zoology/Ecology honours graduate from the University of Guelph. I have always possessed a passion for the sciences (especially biology and wildlife!!) and I have been involved in a number of awesome opportunities during my undergraduate career, such as lab and field research, field courses throughout Canada and volunteer trips to Zimbabwe, Africa. I am always super excited to answer any questions and discuss any of these exciting experiences. However, my heart has always belonged with teaching, and so I will be entering Teacher’s College in Fall 2018 for the intermediate-senior stream, with teachable subjects in Biology and Geography.
Lauren graduated from Brock University in 2011 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in both Child and Youth Studies and Sociology. She then went on the graduate from Brock University’s Teacher Education program in 2012 with a Bachelor of Education for the Primary and Junior grades. Lauren has extensive experience working with children of a variety of ages in a wide range of settings. In the past she has worked at the Ontario Early Years Centers, volunteered for the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara and volunteered with the Special Needs Activity Program at Brock University. Lauren currently works for the YMCA as a program coordinator, organizing the swimming program for children ages 0-16 and mentoring a staff team of mostly high school aged students. Outside of Lauren’s passion for teaching and mentoring she enjoys reading, swimming, travelling and spending time with her family and dog.
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.
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.
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.