Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin
Angela Baird (Principal Owner) I am a former Humber College teacher and an over 17-year volunteer (in and out of the classroom) with the Peel District School Board, winning several Volunteer of the Year awards. I am also a Nutritherapy Practitioner who specializes in behaviour modification.
I became a tutor and opened our small, family-owned business because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children who not only struggle with their grades but also with their feelings of self-worth. This led to the development of results-driven programs that help boost grades and build self-esteem.
As a mother of two beautiful daughters, Kassandra, who owns a costume design business, and Anissa, who is my business partner, who just completed her Master's degree and is now looking forward to completing her PhD, I understand that we, as parents, often try so hard to understand the material our children are being taught or what the teacher is asking for. Often, we end up frustrated when we don't know how to help our children. I also know first-hand that our children do not always respond to parental help.
In addition, I understand that children who are having problems absorbing material are often ridiculed by their peers, leading to a breakdown in their level of confidence. A lack of confidence often causes children to stop participating in the classroom, hide their problems, lose focus or rush through work, become introverted or, alternatively, act out. Children who are struggling might also tell themselves that they are stupid or that they don't really like the subject anyway as a defence mechanism to protect themselves from the feelings that come with getting poor grades or their inability to grasp the work being taught to them in the classroom.
As a private tutor, I provide a safe and nurturing environment that gives struggling children permission to struggle without shame. Out of sight from their judgmental peers and/or teachers, whose expectations might not be realistic, children can now get the individualized attention they need to support their learning and unlock their self-confidence.
I also provide a learning environment that enables children who want to learn more or who need more of an academic challenge to grow and develop. Also, many children suffer from "test stress," which often leads to lower marks and a decline in self-confidence. I work with children to help alleviate this stress, providing stress-relieving strategies.
Tutor Tots is not just about doing homework with your children or handing your children volumes of worksheets. We are about nurturing relationships, building self-esteem, and giving your children permission to be the best they can possibly be.
Anissa B (Co-Owner)
Anissa is our Grade 6 to Grade 12 math tutor and science tutor. She also helps our younger students who are in French programs at school. Anissa has completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, majoring in linguistics and computer science. In 2021, she completed her Master's Degree in Linguistics. She is the recipient of many scholastic achievement awards, and this year she became a published author for her work on Apocope in Heritage Italian. Anissa is now looking forward to completing her PhD in Linguistics.
While Anissa predominantly teaches math and science, she is also well-equipped to teach English/Language Arts. Linguistics is the study of language. Studying linguistics means you have insight into aspects of human knowledge and behaviours, which is also very important when helping students build their confidence and boost their grades. In addition, linguistic students learn about aspects of human language including sounds (phonetics, phonology), words (morphology), sentences (syntax), and meaning (semantics). With Anissa's excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, she is very valuable to education and educational research.
Also, Anissa knows firsthand the positive influence a tutor can make in a child's life. Frustrated with math herself, she developed an amazing relationship with her own tutor, Dean, and, with Dean's help, she boosted her confidence and went on to receive many awards in math. Anissa is compassionate and positive, and she understands that, with the right tutor, anything is possible. Click on the link to see Anissa's article in the Toronto Sun (2018) torontosun.com/news/local-news/goldstein-charitys-legacy-lives-on
Anissa's Published Paper: Apocope in Heritage Italian
Kayla is currently in her fourth year of her undergraduate degree at Lakehead University, majoring in French, minoring in Indigenous Learning and concurrently working towards her Bachelor of Education.
During her time at Lakehead, Kayla has earned her place on the Dean’s List (2017-Present), received numerous scholarships and participated in a Study Abroad program in Grenoble, France (January 2020). Prior to attending Lakehead University in 2017, she graduated from Humberview Secondary School as an Ontario Scholar with a French Immersion Studies certificate.
Throughout her university career, she’s had the pleasure of working in a variety of children’s programs, both in and out of the classroom. She has spent multiple summers as a camp counsellor and her school years teaching dance, leading after school programs and tutoring.
Kayla tutors French as a second language and English reading and writing.
Kayla’s message to parents is, “I want my students to be excited to learn!”
Chanelle is entering the second year of her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science in nursing, at Ryerson University. She is currently working towards her goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.
Throughout her academic career, she has been an activate part of several clubs, a participant in peer tutoring, and was awarded Ontario Scholar as well as Honour Roll upon graduating from St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School.
Chanelle has gained great hands-on experience helping children within the classroom through volunteer work at St. Patrick's elementary school. The relationships she built with the children allowed her to have a positive impact on their learning environment and experience.
Chanelle's message to the parents is, "I strive to help my students grow their confidence both in and outside of the classroom!"
Christina is a graduate from the University of Toronto, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with a double minor in English and Visual Studies. She was acknowledged as one of the Top 50 high school students joining the undergraduate program and continued to receive multiple awards throughout her studies for her distinguished performance. At the graduate level, she completed her Master’s Degree in Linguistics, where she conducted research on the structure of Cantonese nominalization and worked as a Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate linguistics course.
In addition to leading tutorial sessions as a Teaching Assistant, Christina has experience with teaching beyond the university class setting. She tutored Grade 8 and 9 math in one-on-one sessions during the summers of her undergraduate years, as well as undergraduate syntactic theory in the summer of her graduate career.
Christina’s message to parents is, “I want to help students not only improve, but also be comfortable with and enjoy the learning process.”
Tutor Tots is Unique
Tutor Tots wants to make the tutoring experience positive for not only your child but also for you, the parent(s). For this reason, Tutor Tots offers some unique perks that help foster a more positive experience.
Personalized one-on-one programs. We prepare every student's program according to his/her needs. We do not use already prepared workbooks. While we may use some of the same materials for students, no two programs are identical, as students have different needs.
No pre-assessment fees. At Tutor Tots, we do not charge for any pre-assessment or assessment fees.
Building self-confidence so that students learn to believe in themselves and feel the pride that comes with knowing they have done their absolute best.
Reducing anxiety so that students learn how to eliminate the stress and anxiety that often comes with taking tests. We teach students stress-relieving techniques.
Getting back to the basics so that students learn the fundamentals they need to be successful.
No two-day commitment. With so many students being involved in extracurricular activities (which are also extremely important), both parents working outside the home, and other family commitments, not everyone can commit to two days per week.
No one-hour minimum. At Tutor Tots we know that one-hour tutoring does not produce the best results for all students, so we do not enforce a one-hour minimum for all classes. At Tutor Tots, we decide the "sweet spot" for learning for your child and then recommend how long the child's tutoring class should be. For most students that "sweet spot" is 45 minutes, but for younger students or students with learning hurdles that "sweet spot" may be 30 minutes. For older students, especially those requiring math tutoring, classes usually need to be 60 minutes and sometimes 90 minutes if CPT work is involved. Therefore, you can trust us to assign a time to your child that will yield the best results for your child.
Community Outreach. All students are invited to participate in our community outreach programs that not only help children in our community but also help empower the students through increased self-confidence, a positive outlook, and a feeling of self-worth. Fundraising helps with math, spelling, communication, teamwork, setting goals, and understanding the value of hard work. In addition to feeling empowered, children experience first-hand that they have the ability to make a difference in their community.
"Remember, popcorn is prepared in the same pot, in the same heat, in the same oil, but the kernels do not pop at the same time. Don't compare your child to other children, his/her turn to pop is coming."
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All children need is a little help, a little hope, and people who believe in them.