Due of the fact that Lisa grew up dyslexic herself, and required tutoring help, she has a deep understanding of the struggles her students go through on a daily basis. She customizes all of her tutoring sessions for her student and his/her special needs. She is able to balance minimizing the frustration that her student feels daily at school, while at the same time pushing them to best of their abilities. She does this by including educational games, physical activities, and teaching her students in the way they learn. “My motto is; if my student isn’t learning in the way I am teaching them, then I have to change the way I teach. There is no such thing as a child who can’t learn.”
Maki Narusawa-Trotter is a Special Education Assistant in the North Vancouver School District. She has a B.A. in psychology from U.B.C. It wasn’t until 3rd year that she was diagnosed as gifted-learning disabled and having ADHD. She completed Capilano University’s S.E.A. certification program, and since then has certifications as an Orton-Gillingham Therapeutic Tutor (OG Tutor) in both language and math.
Sarah Cochrane is an Education Assistant with the Burnaby School District. She graduated with a Bsc(hons) in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Ulster. Since then Sarah has made working with students who have a variety of learning difficulties. She is passionate about building on the abilities of others to make education more accessible. Sarah’s aim is to teach students using more personalised techniques, giving them the tools they need to build confidence and independence in the academic world.
Rhiann has been working with children with special needs for 6 years. She has a degree in English language from UBC and she is currently finishing up her Bachelor of Education degree with Special Education as a specialization. She wants to become either a Special Education teacher or a Math teacher when she graduates. She has experience working as a Special Education Assistant in North Vancouver and as a teen club leader in North Shore Disability Resource Center. During her free time, she likes to read, write, and travel.
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