Kelly is dedicated to supporting learners of all ages and abilities reach their goals and love the learning journey. Kelly is an OCT Certified teacher and has over 10 years of experience teaching in the classroom and working with students of all abilities, especially those with learning exceptionalities, including LD, ASD, social emotional needs and anxiety. Kelly has a passion for empowering students to develop confidence through building on their strengths to support their difficulties.
Leigh brings 20 years of experience working as a consultant for business management and development in multiple fields. Leigh’s journey through the school system alongside her son sparked a passion and need to explore avenues which would provide a holistic approach to learning, a way to provide social, emotional and academic support that truly met the needs of the individual child. Leigh wants a paradigm shift in the way children are taught and how they are celebrated – her search led her to Oak Learners.
Kelly has been a professional teacher, certified by the Ontario College of Teachers since 2004. She has classroom experience ranging from Kindergarten through Grade Eight as well as many years of working with students with special needs, including Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, OCD, Gifted, Dyslexia and other Learning Disabilities. Kelly works with each family to develop a personal learning strategy for each student that is effective and measurable.
Subjects Taught: Grades K-8, Early Literacy, Math, Reading, Writing, Technology, Special Needs
Caila has grown up working with children since she was a child herself. She camp counselled and life guarded for 14 years, which confirmed her passion for developing children's confidence, creativity and happiness. Caila started taking yoga trainings while at Western University, while studying Kinesiology. She has earned 550 hours in yoga trainings, and has her Reiki level 1 and 2. Health and wellness will always be a passion for Caila. After completing her first year of Naturopathy last year she confirmed her path in studying Acupuncture. Caila hopes to work towards integrating all of these modalities and eventually working in a clinic setting with children and their families.
Heather McCrae, M.Ed.
Mini-Me Yoga Instructor and Meditation Coach
Heather has devoted her working life to families and children. She has worked tirelessly as a Nanny, Special Educator, and now as an Educational Consultant and the Ambassador to Canada for Mini Me Yoga. The one thing Heather has seen in her years of experience working with children and families is that all children have the same needs: to be respected, loved and understood. It’s that simple and that complicated, as each child is specific in their needs. Heather is also certified in Jikiden Reiki Practitioner and is a Certified Life Activation Practitioner, Max Meditation Coach and Healer.
Michelle graduated from the University of Toronto in 2009 with a Master of Arts in Child Study and Education and a certificate in Special Education. In 2010, she began working at a project-based, independent school that focused on providing engaging, experiential, individualized programming for students with a wide range of learning abilities. In 2014, she decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and moved to San Diego, California, where she continued to develop her teaching practice, as well as her love and commitment to environmental conservation. She is currently in the process of developing shark-based workshops for students in elementary schools all over the country and is looking forward to sharing her experiences and passions with her students in Toronto. In addition to her conservation work, Michelle can also be found improvising on a stage, sailing in Lake Ontario, photographing historic buildings and travelling around the world.
Educator, Behavioural Consultant
Nici shipway had been working in the education field for the past 16 years specializing in ABA and IBI for children on the Autism spectrum. She has worked in many centres and homes across the GTA supporting the entire family. She is passionate about art in all forms and enjoys incorporating it into her way of teaching.
Born in Yellowknife and growing up in Ottawa Nic has made Toronto his home as a professional Musician. He's formally studied classical and contemporary music, and his guitar playing has brought him as far west as Alaska to as far east as Berlin. In addition to performing and creating original music, teaching music has always been a staple of Nic's career. He believes in the importance of a strong understanding of the fundamentals of music, and treats every student as a unique mind needing a unique method.
Educational Consultant, Special Education Specialist OCT
Rose is a committed educator with extensive expertise in the Special Education process.
Her first hand experience as educator on school teams and current knowledge of Ontario School Curriculum makes her a welcome member of the Oak Learners educational consulting team. Rose has been an arms-length member of the IPRC- Individual Placement and Review Committee as well as a Special Education teacher with practical experience working with exceptional students. Rose possesses expertise in development of the Ontario Individual Education Plan and is able to work with your child’s school to be able to tailor the IEP to suit your child's strengths and needs.
James is a recent graduate of the Dalhousie University (B.Mus.). He has been playing the classical, steel string, and electric guitar for more than a decade. He has a thorough knowledge of classical repertoire, as well as repertoires in Celtic music, jazz, rock, and popular music. During his degree he also took on studying North Indian music and currently studies Sarod under Ud. Irshad Khan. He has had great success adding Indian teaching techniques (especially in rhythm) to his lessons stemming from this experience. As a teacher, James has had success with a patient pedagogical approach always paired with fun and enthusiasm. He tirelessly wishes to bring the joy of music to anyone willing to learn and has taught students on a wide variety of instruments.
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