Kelly Farrell, B.A.H, OCT
Founder & Director
Kelly Farrell is the Founder and Director of Oak Learners. She is dedicated to supporting learners of all ages and abilities reach their goals and love the learning journey. Kelly’s philosophy of education is based in the understanding that every child has the capacity to excel and succeed when they are given the tools and taught the skills to help them on their journey.
Kelly is an OCT Certified teacher and has worked in classrooms and alternative learning environments since 1996 and as a certified teacher since 2004, working with students from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Kelly has a passion for empowering students to develop confidence through building on their strengths to support their difficulties, particularly those with learning exceptionalities, including Learning Differences, ASD, social emotional needs, and anxiety. Kelly subscribes to the tenants of Montessori, Reggio-Emilia and Constructivist methods of teaching and is always looking for ways to bring these strategies into the 21st Century through technology and environmental education.
Throughout her teaching careers, Kelly has been teaching, leading, and connecting students and staff with a global community of educators leading the way in 21st century personalized learning. In 2014, Kelly was awarded “Project of the Year” at the Water Docs @School Film Festival for her Inquiry-Based Learning project, “Kids Against Road Salt“. This project has been used to train new teachers on the benefits and processes behind inquiry-based learning. Kelly’s teaching was also featured in Owl Magazine on the “Cool School” page in 2014 for a unique publishing project undertaken by her Grade 7/8 class that year.
Kelly has also founded Teach Me Social in 2012, a social media marketing agency and training organization which continues to empower entrepreneurs to brand themselves online and share their messages through social media. Her experience in business and educational leadership lends Kelly a unique approach to technology training. She offers business owners a different perspective on technology, gaining participation in her sessions by energizing participants and inspiring them to dive into the Social Media world whilst also providing valuable skills, tips and strategies they can use to construct their online presence at their own pace.
Our Day School Team
Early Education Teacher
Emma van der Jagt B.A., ECE
Emma has been working with children in recreation and education for 9 years. She found her passion through working with children and youth at camps around Ontario as well as teaching swimming lessons. She has been working as a respite support worker and tutoring social/life skills for 2 years. She loves to find new ways to incorporate nature and arts into experiential learning experiences. Emma is passionate about creating positive learning experiences that create opportunities for children to step out of their comfort zones and discover their potential.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts (psychology, philosophy and sociology) from Wilfrid Laurier University she followed her dream to become an Early Childhood Educator at Conestoga College. She loves working with people of all abilities and backgrounds and believes in creating a co-learning environment.
Read our Staff Showcase on Emma HERE
Julia Taylor, OCT
Teacher & Tutor
Julia is so excited to be teaching at Oak Learners! She is an OCT certified high school teacher with qualifications in English, History and Special Education. Before coming to Oak Learners, Julia worked as a camp staff at Autism Ontario Niagara, a one-to-one clinician at a private reading clinic and as an assistant language teacher in an international high school in Japan. When she is not working, Julia enjoys reading, painting, biking, swimming and cooking.
Maggie is a new OCT graduate from the Bachelor of Education program at Western University. Prior to this, Maggie completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology with the University of Toronto and has spent almost 10 years teaching dance lessons as well as a variety of sport skill/recreation classes.
Read the Staff Showcase on Maggie HERE!
Jenn St. Denis
With over 30 years of experience working with children, our office manager Jenn is the one to call! With a love for animals, travel and helping people, Jenn can help you with any and all questions you have about our programs.
Literacy Specialist, Extra Curricular Coordinator
Arlen has a B.A. with Honours in Psychology and Sociology, and has been working with a range of students since her graduation. She understands and supports all kinds of behaviour and unique needs, and tailors her students learning experiences around those needs. Passionate about the English language, her focus surrounds literacy activities with a cross-curricular approach to encourage inquisitive learning.
When she’s not at work, Arlen enjoys outdoor activities, reading, animals, and spending time with friends and family.
Our Education Support Team
Athena is a graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Honours Psychology. Athena has been working and volunteering with children in many different settings for the past 7 years. She has experience supporting children with varying needs and abilities, both one-on-one and in group settings. Athena enjoys building relationships with and seeing improvements in the lives of the children she works with, as well as working with a team to achieve the best outcome for each child. In her free time she enjoys trying out new recipes, practicing yoga, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
Child and Youth Care Practitioner (CYC)
Melody is a new graduate from the Accelerated Child and Youth Care program at George Brown College. Prior to attending George Brown, she received her B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University, pursing Environmental Studies. Her passion for the environment and working with children and youth, gave her the interest in mental health. Aside from that, she also loves cooking, dancing, learning about new cultures and being outdoors. While doing her placement at Oak Learners, she was able to hone and develop many skills to equip her as a CYC-P. Her studies and experiences have helped foster dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm. She is looking forward to gaining new experiences. learning more and meeting others!
Anna Kaczorowski, CYW
Adrianna is currently in the Concurrent Education program at Queen’s University. She is working towards a major in psychology and a minor in English, and she is also taking a concentration of courses in Indigenous Studies. She enjoys working with kids and has done so as a soccer coach, swimming instructor, and respite care worker. Adrianna is also passionate about mental health work and advocacy and she pursues volunteer work in this field. In the future she hopes to combine her love for working with youth with mental health work so that she can support youth and foster their overall development and well-being.
Alayna has a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies from York University. She has always had a passion for French as a Second Language learning, as she herself was in the French Immersion program here in Ontario.
She loves to be able to share her passion for learning the French language and hopes that the passion is passed on to her students. She has been tutoring for 4 years and has had students from 5 years old to adults and is enjoying being a part of the Oak Learners team!
Anna is an OCT certified teacher who has worked for the publicly funded system for more than 18 years, teaching Kindergarten to Grade 2.
Her qualifications include special education and teaching English as a second language. She loves quilting, reading and being outdoors!
Brittany coordinates the urban farming and cooking classes and is a teacher at Oak Learners in addition to writing content. She has several years of farming and program development experience both in Ontario and abroad. She is passionate about the power of food to connect people to their senses, their environments, and of course, to one another. She believes food can serve as a learning tool and loves to see how it empowers kids with self-confidence and self-sufficiency, while also enhancing their team-working and critical thinking skills as they explore new tastes, smells and cooking/gardening practices.
Fabiana Scolieri, OCT
Teacher: French, English, Learning Strategies, ABA
OCT Teacher, Tutor
Elaina is an Ontario Certified Teacher (Primary and Junior Divisions). She was born and
raised in the Philippines and has worked mostly with primary grades for more than 6 years.
She is currently a tutor at Oak Learners. She has worked in various settings as an elementary co-teacher, summer camp teacher, and reading program assistant.
Before obtaining her teaching diploma, she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in
Nursing. She plans to pursue a specialization to help students with exceptionalities reach
their goals and to create visuals and experiences for them to enjoy learning. She completed
the Special Education Part 1 course at York University and will be starting the Autism and
Behavioural Science Program at George Brown College in January 2022.
During her leisure time, she enjoys watercolour painting, digital art drawing, learning new recipes, and nature walks.
Jenna is currently studying in the Social Service Work program at Mohawk College. Making a positive impact in the lives of others is Jenna’s passion in life. She has always enjoyed working with children from a young age and has experience working in multiple child care settings, spending 3 years focused on the support and inclusion of children with special needs.
Jenna enjoys all things creative and strives to find opportunities to create, explore and learn wherever possible. She is enthusiastic about inclusive team work environments as she has spent over 10 years as an athlete in competitive cheerleading. Jenna aims to create meaningful, positive and empowering moments with everyone she interacts with at Oak Learners.
Jessica is an OCT certified teacher with qualifications in the Primary/Junior division. She has additional qualifications in English Language Learning as well as Special Education. After completing her education program at the University of Windsor, Jessica taught in Australia for a year. She then taught Kindergarten in Alberta for the past 8 years.
She has a passion for teaching Literacy and phonics. When she is not teaching, Jessica loves to travel and spend time with her family. Her teaching philosophy is that all children are unique and have something special they can bring to their own education.
Elementary Tutor & Online Program Instructor
Julia is currently studying in the Concurrent Education program at Queen’s University with a major in Psychology. She loves working with kids and people with disabilities and spends time volunteering and working in many community settings. She loves getting to know everyone she works with while supporting them in working towards their goals, and she hopes to work as an Elementary Special Education teacher in the future.
Katie Hartford, B.Sc.H.
High School Tutor, Math & Science
Kayla De Oliveria B.A., OCT
Kayla has a B.A. with Honours in Sociology and is in progress with becoming an Ontario Certified Teacher. She has continued her passion with working with students of different age ranges through her educational years since the age of 14. She understands the Ontario curriculum and has studied in a wide variety of courses that have advanced her knowledge in regards to student learning. She is dedicated to all subjects taught within the primary junior divisions and her focus surrounds educational values, human behaviour and social relationships with institutions.
When she is not at work or school, Kayla is exercising/playing sports, cooking, spending time with family/friends/animals, and shopping.
Kim Anh Vo
Kim is a passionate Registered Early Childhood Educator and is currently studying in the Child Development program at Seneca College. As an educator, she believes that all children are unique. Kim is devoted to supporting children to succeed and in developing and strengthening their abilities. When she is finished school, she hopes to go abroad to teach English and work as an Early Interventionist or Child Life Specialist. When Kim is not working, she enjoys planting, painting, cooking and hiking.
Michelle Marchiori, OCT
Michelle is an Ontario Certified Teacher that works primarily with primary/junior grades. She has a wide range of experience in the classroom, virtual school, tutoring, and running after school programming that has allowed her to explore the use of technology in classrooms, hands on learning and working with students with different abilities which helped her expand her knowledge of differentiated teaching. Other than Michelle’s passion for teaching she loves to dance, paint, read, spend time with family and friends and get outdoors to enjoy nature.
Samantha Pritchard, OCT
After finishing high school Samantha attended the University of Toronto and graduated with a BA in History & English. Following this, she moved to Thunder Bay and completed her Bachelor of Education at Lakehead University. After teachers’ college she made the decision to move to London, UK. She spent 6 years in London where she started with supply teaching and soon got a permanent job. Whilst in the UK Samantha learned so much about teaching, other cultures and was lucky enough to travel to a variety of countries. She has a huge passion for teaching and always wants to ensure that every child she works with has the skills to succeed in everything they do. Her teaching motto is, “Always try your best,” which is something she always encourage students to do each and every day.
In her spare time, she like to spend time with friends and family. She also enjoys baking, cooking and trying out new recipes.
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