My rate is $50 an hour per student. I invoice clients at the end of every month. I accept online banking transfers, credit cards, and personal/homeschool funding cheques as payment methods. I am a registered service provider for Autism Funding (MCF Autism BC).
I provide a quiet, calm, and structured learning environment on my property in Parksville. My dedicated classroom is private and features a large work area, computers, and a 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 students that come to me from as far away as Cedar and the Comox Valley. I also tutor online for students outside the central island area, in rural locations, and international students.
I have been tutoring children and young adults with a variety of special educational and behavioral needs for over 15 years. I started my training in the UK as a volunteer at a residential school for children with low functioning to moderate learning disabilities while I studied for my EA diploma. I was hired full-time within six weeks of volunteering there and have never looked back! I have worked in public and private schools, learning centers, and in-home.
I am highly qualified and experienced, with many years of training working with youth and adults with neurological or behavioural challenges. Among my many vocational certificates, I hold diplomas in Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Educational Psychology. I am trained in First Aid and safety intervention, anti-aggression, and bullying practices. I am also a certified practicum mentor for the Child and Youth Care program at Vancouver Island University.
I have an up-to-date Criminal Records Check and can provide excellent references from former and current clients.
My proven track record of taking on challenging students and adapting the curriculum in a way that gets the best work out of them speaks for itself. I am passionate about seeing children and young adults succeed and achieve their greatest potential.
This is a student-dependent question. 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 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 families to find the best learning program for their children.
The length of a tutoring lesson depends on the student’s needs and the parent or caregiver's preferences. I operate classes Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 7 pm. I have several students who work well with two 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. I usually suggest we begin with a one-hour class and build from there.
I have worked with many students for several years who book a class when they need support with a particular subject or unit of work.
I operate “Homework Clubs” throughout the year and a variety of specialized classes throughout some public holidays. This includes a popular Summer program that takes place throughout August and is an excellent opportunity for students to either get ahead of the upcoming school year or refresh those concepts and skills already learned in time for the Fall semester.
I firmly believe in tailoring each session to the individual student’s academic or behavioral needs. Each student will receive 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 usually start with when they enter a new program.
Students must have access to a computer and high-speed internet. During the session, the student and I will use Zoom, Duel, Lessonspace, or another online tutoring program to hear and see each other; this may include an online whiteboard that we both can write on using a mouse or tablet. We can also upload any images or worksheets into the whiteboard. Sometimes we'll watch videos or use online tools. It’s very interactive and surprisingly easy!
Yes, I have students who live in rural areas in the towns surrounding Central Vancouver Island, as well as other parts of BC and Canada. I have the technology and software to tutor students via the internet and currently tutor several international students, both in person and online.
For the most part, yes. Being a parent of school aged children I try to work closely with to the SD68 (Nanaimo/Ladysmith)and SD69 (Parksville/Qualicum Beach) school calendar. Treetops is open for business on Pro D days, but is closed on public holidays and two weeks during the Christmas holidays. I run a summer program which has proven to be popular with both regular Treetops clients and families just looking for extra support during the summer vacation.
An initial registration form is required to be filled out by parents and caregivers. A standard tutoring agreement may be needed after a 3-session trial period.
I respectfully ask for ten days' notice for the cancellation of a student’s tutoring services.
Yes, I have an up-to-date Criminal Records Check. I can provide excellent references 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 I have worked with over the years.
While I am realistically flexible about the cancellation of appointments, a cancellation fee may be applied for last-minute cancellations. Total charges apply for missed appointments.
The relevant taxes will be charged where applicable.
K - 8 EDUCATION TUTOR
09:00 a.m. – 07:00 p.m.