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Our Tutors

Our tutors come from a variety of backgrounds including special needs teachers, linguistics majors, autism spectrum disorder specialists, certified teachers, Orton Gillingham trained educators and retired homeschool parents of children with special needs. Keep reading for a sampling of just a few of our tutor profiles.

Lisa B.

Lisa has been a public elementary school teacher for 25 years. Additionally, she has tutored elementary to college-age students. Lisa brings joy and energy to her teaching! Adaptability is also one of her strengths allowing her to meet her students where they are at. She has experience working with students with special needs and speakers of other languages. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Education from SFU and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix. In addition, she has a TESL certificate and is a certified life coach. 

Dorothy L.

Dorothy has been tutoring for over five years in a wide variety of subjects with a special interest in phonics. She has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and is an Orton-Gillingham Associate. She also has considerable experience working with children with dyslexia. Dorothy brings warmth and creativity to her tutoring sessions which allows her to build strong rapport with her students. As an educator, Dorothy is flexible, patient, and dedicated.

Gaylyne A.

Gaylyne has many years of experience as an educator and has assisted students with special needs such as autism, dyslexia, anxiety, ASD, FAS, and ADHD to succeed in school. She is working on her PhD in Education and currently holds a Master's Degree in Education, two Bachelor's Degrees in English and Psychology, a BSc in Biology and Nutrition and a TESOL certificate. Her degrees have enabled her to develop various approaches when working with her students. Gaylyne enjoys teaching her students new things and loves watching them have fun and succeed in their studies.

Margaret M.

After receiving her Bachelors in Education from the University of Alberta in 2014, Margaret went on to develop a teaching career of over 7 years in primary education as a certified teacher. She is comfortable and adept at teaching literacy skills, performing reading assessments, creating modification strategies, and more from her years in elementary classrooms. Her kind demeanor and meticulous work ethic cultivates trust from students and parents alike, and years of communicating with families proactively allow her to resolve unique student needs. Margaret values a calm and respectful learning environment, and works hard to give each student the care they deserve!

Rick B.

Rick has extensive experience working with children who have dyslexia, autism, and other reading issues. In addition to tutoring with The Literacy Corner, Rick has worked as an ESL teacher. Rick's previous background in customer service and his years as a private volunteer teacher have left him skilled at interacting with children and adults with a wide variety of personality types. Rick has a master’s degree in applied linguistics. He also has a CELTA from Cambridge University (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Sacha J.

Sacha’s fifteen years of experience in behavioural and academic support have included intervention work with individuals with Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, hearing loss, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. As a trained Orton-Gillingham practitioner, Sacha aims to support her students academically, and is passionate about developing their self esteem and realising their potential. The Literacy Links phonics program lends another feature to her tutoring approach. Sacha infuses her work with the clear, patient perspective of a mother and advocate. Her kindness and cheerful demeanor are hallmarks of her tutoring style.

Kimberly F.

Kimberly has been tutoring for the past 27 years in the areas of ESL, elementary and middle school reading and writing, as well as high school English and social studies. In addition to tutoring, Kimberly has homeschooled her four children for the past 20 years. It has been, and continues to be, extremely rewarding for Kimberly to see her students learn and grow and achieve their academic potential. Kimberly holds a Bachelor's Degree in Cross-Cultural Studies including courses in globalization, linguistics and psychology. One of Kimberly's favourite quotes: "Every child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." ~ Rita F. Pierson

Riyah S.

Riyah has been working with children for more than ten years. She has been an educational assistant in the public school system as well as a program supervisor/worker in a respite care setting. Patience, flexibility and positivity are all traits that Riyah brings to her tutoring. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology from Simon Fraser University. In addition, Riyah has extensive training and experience supporting children and youth with developmental delays, including ADHD and Autism.

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