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 Teaching Team
Early Education Teacher
Emma van der Jagt B.A., ECE
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.
Katie Hartford, B.Sc.H.
High School Tutor, Math & Science
Fabiana Scolieri, OCT
Teacher: French, English, Learning Strategies, ABA
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.
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.
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.
Child and Youth Care Practitioner (CYC)
Mia just graduated from the advanced child and youth care program at George Brown college. She was lucky enough to do her placement at Oak Learners and absolutely fell in love! She adores working with children, being outdoors and cooking!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Virtual Program Facilitator
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!
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.
She moved back to Toronto in 2018 to be closer to family and is currently working full-time as a Grade 8 teacher for the Toronto District School Board. She recently completed her Principal Qualification Program and is looking forward to implementing Environmental/Outdoor Education initiatives throughout the 2021-2022 school year, as students begin to return to buildings and continue to experience academic and emotional challenges as a result of the current pandemic. When she is not teaching, Michelle can be found improvising on a stage, sailing in Lake Ontario, photographing historic buildings and travelling around the world (in non-COVID times)!
Our Specialists Team
Rebecca Reid Payne, OT, OCT
Willow OT Services
Yoga has been part of my life since age 12. Yoga has helped me to remain strong and flexible throughout my life, as well as keeping my mind sharp and focused. I have been going to the Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas since 1997 and took Teacher Training in 2012. I thoroughly enjoy bringing the experience of Yoga to all.
Our Educational Support Team
Anna Kaczorowski, CYW