My name is Mark, I’m a UK-born and raised guy living in Parksville, BC. I’ve always enjoyed helping others learn, so after college I started working as an Education Assistant, primarily in residential programs and private schools for students who have been diagnosed with neurological and/or behavioural challenges - primarily in a classroom setting. I soon learned that although I loved being an EA, being in front of a large group all day exhausted my introverted self.
After immigrating to Canada, I spent a few years working in the non-profit sector as a lead tutor. I learned a lot, but I really wanted to give one-to-one tutoring a try. That’s when I decided to branch out (pun intended) on my own by starting Treetops Tutoring in 2013.
I love helping students here on the Island, across the country and around the world from the convenience of their own home and mine. I enjoy working with my students one-on-one to help them understand a subject a little bit better each session and to watch their confidence in themselves grow. I have created a unique learning environment that is tailored to suit the needs of every student that walks through my door. I’m so grateful to do what I love!
Having worked and trained both here in Canada and in the UK, I firmly believe that each student is a unique and deserves 100% of my commitment, preparation and attention. Whether you are looking for a head start for a young child with special academic needs, support for a child finding it difficult to stay focused in the classroom or some extra support for a youth working towards completing Grade 12, my proven track record is available to children of all ages and abilities
· Over 10 years of experience tutoring over 100 students
· Diploma in Special Education
· Diploma in Educational Psychology
· Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language
· First Aid Certified
· Regularly updated Criminal Records Check
· Parent of two teenage boys!
Treetops is one of a kind classroom built into my home in the leafy suburbs of Parksville. Students arrive at their appointed time and have their one-to-one tutoring session with me. These sessions can last between 1-4 hours in length and are structured in a way that meets the needs of the individual student. The learning that takes place is based upon a specified curriculum preplanned with the child's parent, guardian or homeschool provider.
A session at Treetops isn't just about the academics. Each class is a deliberately structured social lesson too. This allows the student the ability and freedom to confidently build upon social skills and interact in a non-judgemental environment. This can be great for a student's self esteem and allows them to feel more confident when engaging with peers and adults in future social situations.
I like to work with parents at length to create the most rewarding lesson plan for each student. I believe that all round communication is key and I update parents on their child’s progress via an email bulletin after each of their lessons at Treetops.