Feb 09

Meet the Tutors / Facilitators



Dhatri Purohit:
Dhatri holds a Masters of Science in Elementary and Special Education, a Bachelor Degree in Science of Instruction in Elementary Education, and also an Ontario Teaching Certificate for Primary and Junior Grades and Special Education. Dhatri has been working as a Literacy Instructor with The Learning Place since December 2012. The Learning Place helps adults (with or without a learning disability) get ready for the job market or higher education. She also teaches English, Math, and Computers. She has worked at the Learning Disabilities Association of Peel Region since September 2014 and is able to tutor any subject area in Grades Kindergarten through Grade Eight.

Location: Brampton


Kimone Ramkarran:
Kimone is currently enrolled in her final year at York University completing her Undergraduate, Double Honours degrees in English Literature and Sociology. Upon completing her degrees, she will further pursue her teaching career and enter the consecutive teachers program to work with students at the intermediate/senior level. Kimone has recently worked as a counsellor at the Kidz Konnect summer camp organized by the LDAPR, in which she was able to showcase her leadership and facilitation skills by organizing fun activities for the children and providing full support. In addition, she also currently works as an Early Learner Teacher and Grader at the Kumon Math and Reading Centre. She is able to tutor any level of English/Reading for students of all ages, and Junior/intermediate level Math for students of all ages.
Location: Brampton


Joanne Kennedy:
Joanne is a certified teacher with the Peel Board of Education and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Business Administration. She has additional qualifications in Special Education, Learning Disabilities, and Autism. Joanne has experience providing support to children who are struggling with literacy and numeracy. She has learned several new strategies to help children succeed through training in Orton Gillingham (a multi-sensory approach for students struggling with reading and writing) and Singapore Math. She is able to tutor elementary school-aged children in all subject areas as well as older students experiencing challenges with literacy or numeracy.
Location: Mississauga


Javaria Amjad:
Javaria is currently studying at the University of Toronto for her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently employed at the University of Toronto bookstore and also volunteers at a Community on Campus program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Javaria also has experience as a Research Assistant, a Teaching Assistant, Facilitating Study Groups, and as a Note Taker for students with disabilities and has previous experience volunteering as an Academic Tutor. Javaria is comfortable tutoring English at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and can tutor Math at the Elementary Level.

Location: Mississauga


Rachna Uberoi:
Rachna is an Ontario Certified Teacher and a certified Special Education Teacher. She has also completed her Masters in Special Education. Rachna has experience working with children with diverse learning abilities and challenges. Her passion is working with young children from Junior Kindergarten to Elementary Grades and is able to tutor in all subject areas at this level. Rachna has been previously employed at the Learning Disabilities Association of Peel Region as an Academic Support Tutor.

Location: Mississauga


Manal Atta:
Manal Holds a Bachelors Degree in Economic Geography. Manal has been working as a Math and Computer Instructor in a learning community centre (The Learning Place) since March 2013. The Learning Place helps Adults with or without a Learning Disability to achieve their academic goals towards employment. Manal has experience creating individual education plans dependent on the needs of the student. She has also volunteered with the Peel Adult Education Centre in Mississauga with the Math upgrading program. Manal also works with the CET (Centre for Education and Training) for upgrading basic computer skills (Microsoft Word /Excel/Powerpoint, etc.). Manal is able to teach all subjects at the elementary level. She is also able to teach Math at all levels (Elementary, Middle, and High School) and Math for College level, Pre-GED, and preparation for the college mature student test.

Location: Mississauga


Beverly Calvin:
Bev holds a Bachelors of Science degree and has coaching training from the Certified Coaching Federation. She has provided learning support, curriculum development and mentoring to children, youth and adults for over ten years. Bev’s work history includes workplace training and coaching for young adults, presenting science workshops in elementary schools, and academic tutoring for children and youth (with and without learning disabilities) since 2001. Bev has also been a marker for several years for the Grade 10 Literacy test, which has enhanced her skills at helping students to master standardized testing. She has enjoyed volunteering in elementary classrooms, early literacy programs, and as an in-school mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Peel Region. Bev provides tutoring in Math, English literacy, and Science for elementary and middle school grades and Grade 9. She is also able to coach high school and college students who need assistance in developing their English literacy skills, workplace or applied math skills, or study/organizational skills in any subject.
Location: Mississauga


Jill Bernardi:
Jill Bernardi holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Honours Degree in Family and Child Studies. She has an Advanced Studies Degree in Special Education and a TESOL certificate. Since 2002, Jill has been working as a Teacher and Tutor through private schools, as well as within the school board. She teaches English and Math. She has taught students in Kindergarten through Grade Eight, as well as adult students.

Location: Brampton/Caledon/Mississauga




Sumathi Shanmugasundaram:
Sumathi has a vivid and vast experience as an Educator with international experience in Asia, USA, and Canada. Sumathi holds a Masters degree in Sciences & Education, with certification in Ontario as a Teacher and Child / Youth Worker. She has gained experience and knowledge in Differential Learning Styles working with Children in the School District of Philadelphia, with extensive training with a focus on Special Education and learning disabilities. Sumathi has acquired expertise in creating Individualized Education Plans depending on the needs of the children and is able to teach all subjects (except French) at Elementary Level and Literacy and Sciences for Grades 6-10. She has been associated with the YMCA since 2016 as a Facilitator and Youth Worker teaching Computer Skills, Literacy Programs, providing Learning support and curriculum development. She is currently working with Caledon Community Services as an Employment Specialist serving Youth and Adults, supporting them with resources, mentoring for career exploration and workplace training.

Location: Mississauga


LeHing Tu:

LeHing has over 15 years of teaching experience and is a certified Ontario College of Teachers Intermediate/Senior Teacher of Math and Science (Chemistry). She has worked with children of all ages in various contexts and loves igniting their interest in the wonderful world of Mathematics and Sciences! LeHing especially enjoys working one-on-one with students to get to know each student better whilst helping each child achieve success in their learning goals.

She recently moved back to Canada after teaching Mathematics at renowned non-profit international schools in various countries and multiple curricula (IGCSE, AP, IB, ON.). Prior to moving overseas, she taught with the York Region District School Board.

LeHing continually upgrades her professional qualifications. Recently, she has been completing an Additional Qualification course to better understand the learners at the Junior level (ages 9-11). LeHing has a Masters of Science in Education with an emphasis on the Singapore Math Model, B.Ed. from the University of Toronto and B.Sc. in Biological Chemistry with a minor in Sociology from McMaster University.

When she’s not working, LeHing enjoys spending her free time with her family and giving back to the local and global community. She has volunteered in Toronto, South Africa, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Singapore.

Location: Brampton & Mississauga


Tim Craven:
Tim possesses a Bachelors Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University with a double major in Contemporary Studies and History, paired with a Bachelors of Education from Schulich School of Education with teachables in History and Mathematics. Tim has spent the last two years working as an Educator in London, England, managing his own classroom. Before teaching abroad, Tim was employed with a local tutoring company in which he provided support to students on a one-to-one basis. He has experience working with students with varying needs and capabilities, helping them to harness their strengths and achieve their academic goals. Tim believes that no student should be left behind and strives to see success with those he helps.

Location: Mississauga


Angela Nwosu:

Angela has a Bachelor of Science in Education and Accountancy, an AQ in Mathematics, a Diploma in Montessori Teaching and a certificate in ELL. She has been teaching at different levels for many years in Nigeria, France, South Korea, and Canada. Right now she is studying for an additional qualification in Special Education.

She successfully taught and challenged adults and children with diverse academic background and learning needs, creating a positive learning environment. She has worked as a mentor/teacher for international students traveling for a cross-cultural program. “Every child has the right to learn and get a quality education. I always bring personal integrity, intelligence, and strong work ethics in my profession.”

Location: Mississauga


Shin Arulanantham:

Shin possesses a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMSc) degree with an honours specialization in physiology and a Master of Science (MSc) degree from Western University. As a passionate individual keen on helping her community, she started volunteering as a tutor at the London Region LDA, where she spent about 4 years tutoring elementary and high school students in subjects spanning from English to Math. She has also been employed as a Teaching Assistant at Western University, where she taught upper-year undergraduate students lab skills and physiological concepts. Shin believes that each student can reach their full potential through hard work and perseverance. She strives to help students overcome their challenges and uncover their strengths.

Location: Mississauga

Group Program Facilitators:


Zaleena Ali:

Zaleena has been a Special Education Assistant at the TDSB for 30 years and is an E.C.E. Assistant Supervisor- L.E.F. She also holds a B.A in Sociology. Zaleena believes in demonstrating and modelling a nurturing environment that will encourage students of all cultural backgrounds to develop a positive attitude to learning.
She believes that education, as well as Social Skills, plays an important part in determining each child’s level of success. Her determination and dedication to providing individuals with the ability to function effectively within the schools, communities and family unit, clearly demonstrates her commitment to teaching students with LD/ADHD. Zaleena believes that her enthusiasm, flexibility, organizational skills and sense of humour reflects her uniqueness.


Alexandra Hajas:

Computer Skills






Sahar Gouveia:

Sahar Gouveia is a Child & Youth Counsellor, Social Skills Facilitator and a mother of three.  Sahar holds a diploma in CYW and certificates in Psycho-Social Recovery Mental Health Practitioner, as well as a Crisis Prevention Instructor at the Master’s level with Trauma-informed Care and, is  currently working on completing the Child & Youth Care Practitioner Program at Ryerson.  Sahar has worked with LDAPR since the 1990s and has been part of the early years of being two Peel Chapters to the recent amalgamation. She currently works fulltime for the Public School board with at Risk children & Youth inclusive of their families and educators.  Sahar teaches S.T.A.T.A and is the Social Skills instructor/facilitator year round including the summer camp. 





Rose Attalla:

Social Skills & S.T.A.T.A.






Whitney Afranie:

Social Skills







Mahjabeen Sadik:

Mahjabeen Sadik is a Language and Reading Specialist trained in the use of the Orton-Gillingham Approach. Her services include extensive theory and the practice-based Orton-Gillingham Teacher training program (preparing teachers for AOGPE, USA certification), Orton-Gillingham programs (group and individual) and Educational Diagnostic Assessments. She continues to be an advocate for dyslexic learners, provide educational therapy to individuals with language-based difficulties and empower schools and teachers in the facilitation and execution of the Orton-Gillingham Approach.


Mumtaz Moiz: 

Mumtaz Moiz is trained as a Reading and Language Specialist and believes dyslexic individuals learn differently. Mumtaz has a BA in Psychology, is an O-G Practitioner and has her CARE credentials.

She is a strong advocate of using the Orton-Gillingham approach to empower her students. She believes that all elementary school students should be instructed to read, write, and spell using this conceptual and systematic approach. The O-G methodology ensures that students build a solid foundation for decoding and encoding, and prevents potential struggling readers from falling through the cracks.


Sakina Khan:

Sakina Khan is a Reading and Language Specialist, trained in the use of Orton-Gillingham therapeutic techniques specially designed for individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia). Her skills, dedication, and passion to work with individuals with diverse needs and unique learning styles have brought success to many students over the years.

While working one-on-one, she uses the Orton -Gillingham multisensory approach to help students bridge their learning gaps and master skills in decoding, encoding, writing, and comprehension to acquire grade level fluency. Additionally, she aims to build student’s confidence, self-esteem and helps them create a lifelong love of learning.


Shireen Saamir:







Fiona Tudor: