My rate is $40 an hour per student. I invoice clients at the end of every month. I accept online banking transfers, PayPal, credit card and personal cheque as methods of payment.
I provide a quiet, calm and structured learning environment in my home in Parksville. My dedicated classroom is private and features a large work area, computers, and small library area. Close to the beach, schools and local amenities, Treetops is ideally located for families in the Oceanside and Nanaimo areas.
I have been tutoring children and young adults who live with a variety of Special Educational and behavioral needs for over 12 years. I started my training in the UK as a volunteer at a residential school for children with low functioning to moderate learning disabilities. I was hired within 8 weeks of being there and have never looked back. I have worked in both public and private schools and learning centers.
I am highly qualified and experienced; with many years of experience both personally and professionally working with young people who have neurological or behavioural challenges.
I hold diploma's in Special Education and Educational Psychology. I am trained in First Aid and Safety Intervention, anti-aggression and bullying practices. I have an up-to-date Criminal Records Check.
I am also a certified practicum mentor for the Child and Youth Care program at Vancouver Island University.
My proven track record of taking on challenging students and adapting the curriculum in a way that gets the best work out of these children speaks for itself. I have a passion for seeing children and young adults succeed and achieve their greatest potential.
Treetops' academic and learning resources come from a variety of sources. I have worked closely with distance education programs on the Island, across Canada and in the UK - some of the work that students complete is provided by these learning programs. Other students require a tailor-made curriculum which I will create and implement; some parents also suggest a preferred curriculum that suits their child best. I work closely with parents to find the best learning program for their child.
This is dependent on the student’s needs and the parent or caregivers wishes. Treetops operates Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5pm. I have several students who work well with 2 one-hour sessions a week and other students who come to me 2-3 days a week for four or five hours at a time. It purely depends on the students’ abilities and the parent’s time preferences.
I operate “Homework Clubs” throughout the year and a variety of specialized classes throughout some of the public holidays.
I am a firm believer in tailoring each session to the individual student’s academic or behavioral needs. Each student will have their own customized schedule, computer profile and work resources. I prefer to create a structured and routine focused learning environment as this often reduces anxiety and the "fear of the unexpected" that many of my students often start out with when entering a new program.
For the most part, yes. Being a parent of school aged children I try to work closely with to the SD68 Nanaimo/Ladysmith school calendar. Treetops is open for business on Pro D days, but is closed on public holidays, two weeks during the Christmas holidays and for the month of July. I re-open in August for “Summer School” which has proven to be popular with both regular Treetops clients and families just looking for extra support during the summer vacation.
Yes, I have students who live in rural areas in the towns surrounding Oceanside and Nanaimo, as well as other parts of BC and Canada. I have the technology and software to tutor students via the internet and tutor several international students, both in person and online.
An initial registration form is required to be filled out by parents and care givers. A standard tutoring agreement may be required after a 3 session trial period.
I respectfully ask for 14 days written notice for cancellation of a student’s tutoring services.
Yes, I close Treetops for the month of July and re-open in August for “Summer School”. This is a more relaxed schedule than the typical school year schedule. There are more art and creatively inclined activities available to students; more time spent outside in the sunshine and this is a great opportunity for students who may need that head-start before the new school year begins.
Yes, I have an up to date Criminal Records Check and several excellent references available from parents, former colleagues, respected members of the local community, professionals currently working in Special Education and former students from Treetops and other learning programs that I have worked with.
Whilst I am realistically flexible about the cancellation of appointments. I do charge $20.00 for cancelled appointments at short notice.
The relevant taxes will be charged where applicable.