Who we are

Who we are
Math Plus Tutors is a quality tutoring centre for high school, post-secondary and special-needs students. We also offer Math Plus Junior and High School Prep programs for grade school students. We provide "STEPS", a Program for young adults with special-needs.  Our latest addition to our line of services are an Arabic class, STEM Adventure Club, and ART Classes for children.

 

OUR LOCATION

Our centre is located in the prestigious village of Point Edward, 805 Christina St. N. across from The Sarnia Golf & Curling Club and The Courthouse. We are conveniently located right off the Christina St. exit on the 402 highway.

 

OUR TEAM

Our team includes a large number of professionals ready to meet all your educational needs. We are lucky to have on board many local certified teachers and highly qualified professionals in many areas such as math, science, engineering, languages, humanities etc. We look forward to serving you all!

 

Sahar Nasr; Director

Dr. Nasr has a Ph.D. In Physics from Western University and a Master’s and Bachelor degree in Nuclear Engineering from Alexandria University (Egypt). She has over 10 years’ experience in teaching university students and eight years in tutoring high school and college students. Her areas of expertise are higher math, science and engineering. Dr. Nasr is an advocate for children mental health and individuals with special-needs in general. She is currently a member of the Jump Start Teen transition committee, served on the board of St. Clair Child & Youth Services for many years, and was a founding member of the CMH Advocacy Committee of Sarnia-Lambton. Sahar is well-known in the community through Sarnia Muslim Association’s charitable and outreach activities. She has long experience working with special-needs children as a parent and educator. Through her work she realized the need for identifying special-needs students before engaging them in tutoring services to better serve their needs. She developed a plan to facilitate a working relationship between the tutoring service, the parents and the school. This plan is the foundation of Math Plus Tutors’ work with students with special-needs. Photo (1).

Yvette Gilfoyle; Resource Teacher

My name is Yvette Gilfoyle and I am thrilled to be working with students through Math Plus Tutors.  I have had an illustrious career in education having worked in the field for over 28 years. I graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo and finished with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.  I continued to pursue many other professional development opportunities and have my Special Education Specialist. While teaching both in Oakville and in Sarnia I have had a variety of experiences and opportunities from teaching in the classroom, being a specialist in Math, Science and Physical and Health Education, and working as a Learning Resource Teacher.  I continued to pursue leadership opportunities working on various board level committees in reading and differentiated instruction and finished my career as an elementary school principal. My philosophy is that all students have the potential to success when their learning styles and skills are addressed – no two students are alike. I have a vested interest in student wellbeing and have been actively involved with the CMHA starting the student Ride Don’t Hide event to promote mental health and helping to end the stigma. At Math Plus Tutors; I will be working with students with special-needs, as well as students needing help with math and/or science. Photo (2)

Beth Duchesne; Resource Tutor

Welcome to Math Plus Tutors! My name is Beth Duchesne and I would like to share with you my background in special education, a dynamic field that I have been privileged to be a part of for the past twenty eight years.  I have received certification through both the Geneva Centre for Autism and the W.Ross McDonald School for the Deaf and Blind, and have obtained a B.A. in Psychology (with distinction) from the University of Windsor. My twenty eight years of working with students struggling with learning, behavioural or developmental difficulties have taught me to recognize each child as their own specialist in learning. I believe in taking a holistic approach to tutoring – it is solely by respecting each child’s unique approach to learning that educational goals can be attained. I love working with students looking to build their reading/writing and math skills from both grade school and high school. Planning lessons, integrating games and activities plus searching for resources to better serve my students is my forte. I look forward to helping your child in the near future. Photo (3)

Jordan Tremblay; English/History

I have a Bachelor of Education degree from Western University.  Prior to that, I attended King's University College with honours major in history and a minor in English.  I have also completed several additional qualification courses, including intermediate math and special education.  I have spent the past several years tutoring elementary and high school students, as well as young adults with special-needs through STEPS program. I also volunteer with special-needs classrooms in Petrolia. In my experience, every student has the potential to do well.  If they are struggling, it means that a different method of teaching is required.  I consider myself to be a lifelong learner, and I hope to pass that quality on to my students. My areas of expertise are English, reading/writing, history, math and literacy skills for young adults. Photo (4).

Meghan Reale; Biology, Anatomy & Physiology

Meghan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences with honors in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario (UWO). She further pursued her passion for sciences by completing a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology working in research facilities at both UWO and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since earning her doctorate, Meghan has been a college professor for over 3 years, teaching a broad scope of courses in the health sciences. Meghan believes that one’s education is a life-long process accentuated by emerging technologies and a variety of alternative teaching tools and methods. More than that, a love of learning comes easily when students understand how they best learn. She strives to help her students uncover their individual learning style and abilities, a focus that is integral to her teaching and tutoring style. Meghan's areas of expertise are: biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology. Photo (5)

Nadine Cervi; English

Nadine is joining our team at Math Plus Tutors with a diverse teaching background in the English field. She has taught a wide variety of English courses to students at the university, college, and high school levels. Nadine received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) undergraduate degree and her Masters of Arts in English Literature at the University of Guelph. She then went on to receive her Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. Teaching has been a passion of Nadine’s and being able to work with students has been incredibly rewarding. She believes that helping students become motivated, enthusiastic, and confident in their work (and themselves) is the greatest reward for both teachers and students. At Math Plus Tutors Nadine teaches English for high school courses as well as High School Prep program. Photo(6)

Shiba Raza; Special-Needs/Life-Skills

Shiba Raza completed a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science Degree Program, both in Occupational Therapy through the University of Bombay (Seth G. S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Bombay, India) in 1985 and 1988, respectively.  Since post – graduation, she has practiced Occupational Therapy in various health care settings in India and Canada from 1993 to 2004.  Ms. Raza is a Life Member of the All India Occupational Therapists’ Association and a non – practicing member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists’. Her practice of over 10 years includes physical functional assessments and intervention for various stages of rehabilitation for adult and school-aged children from both public and private sectors including hospital, community based care and auto-insurance.  She has worked on developing STEPS lesson plans and materials to suit learners' need. Shiba works with STEPS learners and helps with office administration. Photo (7)

Seema Shahjahan; Psychology and Behavioural Consultant

Seema Shahjahan has completed her Master of Arts at York University specializing in Experimental Psychology. Her graduate thesis focused on visual shape perception with implications for cognitive neuroscience. More recently she has completed her Master of Education at Western University in the area of Curriculum Studies. She is passionate about teaching especially when it comes to the subject matter of Psychology. She currently teaches psychology courses at Lambton College. At Math Plus Tutors, Seema teaches Geography, Study and Learning Skills and is a Psychology/ Behavioural Consultant for STEPS program. Photo (8)

Sheena Lacroix; English & Art 

Sheena completed an Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts, Specialization in Studio Arts degree from Western University and a Bachelor of Education degree from Nipissing University. She taught in Alberta for two years which included Grade 4 General, Grade 7-9 Language Arts, Fine Arts, Drama and Health.

Sheena is an advocate for art education and believes that the arts should be accessible to everyone. She believes art is essential to education, teaches us to be creative thinkers, is excellent for mental health and leads to many career opportunities.  

She looks forward to teaching even more students at Math Plus Tutors and hopes to see you there! Sheena specializes in Math Plus Junior reading and writing. She also teaches children Art Classes. Photo(9)

Monica Coulas; English/FSL

 Monica graduated with distinction on the Dean’s Honour List from the University of Western Ontario at Althouse with a Bachelor of Education: Junior Intermediate. She is also qualified to teach FSL, Fine Arts and Drama. With over 20 years teaching experience across boards in south-western Ontario, Monica has developed a student centred philosophy, committed to honouring the unlimited potential within each of us. She has also enjoyed a private clinical practice working with students with special needs and exceptionalities. In 2009 Monica was voted one of Canada’s top 10 new artists by Artmajeur.com and has had her work featured in galleries in the GTA, Simcoe and Chatham Kent. At Math Plus Tutors Monica teaches Math Plus Junior and High School Prep students. She also covers English for high school level.Photo (10)

Ghada Mekki; Art Teacher

Hello, my name is Ghada Mekki and my passion since I was young is Art. When it came to university time, my clear choice was Fine Arts. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Helwan University (Egypt) and a Diploma in Graphic Design from YAT-Learning Solutions. I have worked as a graphic designer in both Egypt and Canada for a number of years. I work as an Art Studio Instructor at Judith and Norman ALIX Art Gallery Since 2012. I am, also, an Art Teacher at Sarnia Islamic Academy. I have experience working with students with special-needs through art activities for three years. I believe that Art is another language you can use to express yourself even if you are not an artist! My passion is to work with learners of all ages to use art to express their feelings and improve their artistic skills. At Math Plus Tutors I teach Art classes for children and young adults through STEPS program. Photo (11)

Nada Ibrahim;  Student French Tutor

Salut, je m'appelle Nada! I’m a grade 11 student currently attending Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. I’ve been in French immersion for 13 years. My favorite subjects are Math, French, English, and Spanish. I have experience volunteering with elementary school French and Math teachers in FI classrooms. I am beyond excited to be a part of the Math Plus Tutors team! At Math Plus Tutors I have been working with FI students on their math and French for a year through Math Plus Junior math as well as reading/writing under a teacher's supervision. I look forward to working with your child on improving their math and French language skills. Photo (12)

Asma Zahid; Science and Math Instructor

My name is Asma and I am excited to be part of Math Plus Tutors. I completed my undergraduate education in Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. My specialties are in Chemistry, Biology, and Math at the high school level. I enjoy working with others and tutoring students of all ages. I love solving difficult problems and helping others do so as well. I look forward to teaching you and helping you achieve your maximum potential in science and math. At Math Plus Tutors Asma works with STEM Adventure Club students as well as math and science high school level students. Photo (13)

Halima Diallo-Dent; French

My Name is Halima Diallo-Dent I am excited to be a part of Math Plus Tutors. I completed my High school in French at the Lycee Hoggo Buro Labe Guinea (West Africa). I went on to study for five years at the Lincoln College in Monrovia –Liberia. I graduated with honours in office Administration bilingual. I also had to repeat my Canadian high school diploma when I came to Canada. I have been teaching part time French at the Sarnia Islamic Academy for 3 years. I love teaching French I also work part time at North Lambton Lodge in forest as a personal support worker. I look forward to helping your children achieve their full potential in French reading, writing, speaking, and grammar. Merci j’espere qu’on  va se rencontrer tres bientot. At Math Plus Tutors Halima teaches Math Plus Junior Reading/Writing in French as well as FSL for high school students. Photo (14)

Media Artist/Office Admin - Aly Ibrahim

Born in London Ontario and raised in Sarnia, I have been on a journey full of ups and downs. I've always had a passion for adventure and reading awesome stories, so when I graduated from high school I decided to become a well-known artist and storyteller. I studied 3D Animation Art & Design at Humber College in Toronto. I learned from professional animators like Terry Posthumus, Paul Neal, and Cory Avery. After graduating from Humber College I have begun a new journey: to find employment in art/animation studios and become the artist and storyteller that I'm destined to be. Photo (15)

Areas of Expertise: Life drawing, 2D and 3D Animation, Character Design, Storyboard and Storyteller.

 Math/ English - Gemma Law

Hi everyone! My name is Gemma Law. I am from the UK and love kayaking and horse-riding. I am very passionate about education and helping others.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics (University of Liverpool) and I am a qualified teacher (Bedfordship Teaching Partnership). I have been tutoring for the past ten years and I thoroughly enjoy it. For the last two years I have been teaching English in Shanghai, China. The students I worked with were 3-11 years old. I found this was a very rewarding experience. Before China, I was living in England where I taught math to students aged 11-16 years old.

I look forward to working with your precious child and helping their math and English improve along the way. Photo (16)