Special Needs Assistant with the TDSB for 14 years. Extensive experience in the Arts. Love of reading, gardening and art.
My name is Jay Arrington. I am a semi-retired Special Education Teacher and Administrator, who worked for 27 years in Special Education. My last 19 years were at Monarch Park Collegiate, where I founded, built and led a Special Education Department for students with Developmental and Physical Challenges. But my career began in Elementary. I switched over to Secondary, for the last 19 years, so my very extensive experience covers curriculum from pre-kindergarten, to grade 12.
I work, privately, now, consulting for families and associations in the city, to assist them with better meeting the needs of their special needs children, or clients. My focus is on improving communication with the schools and the boards.
I am very excited to work at the Beaches Reading Clinic. It is a very well organized, well coordinated and especially caring environment.
I also love art, horticulture, playing the clarinet and writing. Looking forward to meeting you all.
Beaches Reading Clinic was launched as an outcome of my experience supporting my own daughter who was diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia & Dysclaculia in late Gr. 2, in 2014. I spent countless hours researching, learning and understanding more about Dyslexia in order to find a effective solution to support my daughter.
Dyslexic mom of two amazing dyslexic daughters, a former teacher specializing in Special Education for 17 years with the Toronto District School Board, Executive Director of Decoding Dyslexia Ontario.
My promise is to spread awareness around Dyslexia and other Learning Disabilities that affect so many of our children and to provide early intervention and intensive educational support for my students and clients.
In my spare time I love reading, gardening, cooking, traveling, yoga & running! I hold a Bachelor Arts Honours degree in French & Spanish from the University of Western Ontario, Certificate of Modern Languages from the University of Granada, Spain and a Bachelor of Education from York University.
The Beaches Reading Clinic
2034 Queen St E, 2nd Floor
M4L 1J4, Canada
Paula has worked as an elementary school teacher for over ten years in a variety of roles. Her expertise in Special Education has cemented her enthusiasm for teaching the whole child. Her work with Mindfulness based stress reduction in the school along with her experience in outdoor education has offered her valuable insight into student engagement. She was proud to receive an Exemplary Practice Award for the TCDSB for her involvement with Shakespeare in the School. Her work with Scientists in the School, as well as her experience with an international theatre company for young audiences has enhanced her teaching practice. She welcomes the opportunity to work in a one on one learning environment with your child.
Hello! My name is Caitlin, and I am an educator working with a variety of schools in the non-profit sector. With a background in outdoor and experiential education, I value activities that make learning enjoyable while helping students develop and recognize their own innate skills and abilities. In the past, I have worked with everyone from young English language learners to students seeking help with university preparation. When I am not working with students, I love making music, browsing farmer’s markets, and baking!
Hi! My name is Maria and I have my undergrad in Child and Youth Care from Ryerson University. For the past 3 years I have been working with and teaching children with special needs in various settings. I spent the last year working as an Educational Assistant at Bayview Glen School. The student I worked with was diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, and Anxiety. I absolutely loved working one-on-one because throughout the year I was able to see a significant amount of growth with the student’s academics, social skills and life skills, such as independence. I decided to move on from this position, so that I could gain more experience within the field and hopefully have an impact on more children.
My name is Guy and I am a certified Ontario teacher and special education specialist. I teach children from grade 3 to 8 with a variety of learning needs. I have over 15 years of teaching experience working in group and one-to-one settings. I enjoy seeing my students start to love learning as they gain confidence and new skills. I have worked with a number of reading remediation programs in my career, but Barton is the one I am most impressed with having seen such excellent results with my own son in the Program. I am excited to be able to bring my teaching experience and the benefits of this program to new students.
Hello! My name is Misty, and I am currently acquiring my Master of Teaching at the University of Toronto (OISE). I previously taught English as a second language in South Korea for four and a half years. During my tenure there I awakened my passion for teaching and education. I love interacting with people, reading, music, art, and laughter!
I look forward to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for you to prosper. Cheers to our growth together!
On the road to an A+ and
mostly importantly, Success!
"My name is Bryna and I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator with over five years experience in early education and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies. As an ECE, I have seen first hand the importance of teaching language and literacy to children as a key tool in how they form relationships, express themselves and gain confidence in daily tasks needed for success later in life. I am so passionate about helping children feel confident, excited and motivated to learn and I hope to pass on my knowledge of child development and create lasting relationships with families in the community. My priority is to make you feel comfortable through any challenges and create a space where open communication, acceptance and FUN takes place! When I am not working, I love crafting, cooking and taking walks in nature with my loved ones."
Hello! My name is Ben and I have been teaching English for the past 4 years. I’m currently studying Philosophy at the University of Toronto and attribute much of my academic success to developing an interest in reading at an early age. Reading improved my ability to communicate which gave me so much confidence in the classroom! My favourite part about teaching is seeing my students gain confidence in themselves and their abilities. I am proud to be a part of the Beaches Reading Clinic team and look forward to meeting you!
Ahadia Hariq is a philomath and student who studies Psychology and Health studies at the University of Toronto. She has five years of experience working with children in both one-on-one and group tutoring and counselling. Ahadia is keen on attending grad school to further gain education in disability studies. Until then, she is fully dedicated to providing support and academic guidance at the Beaches Reading Clinic. In-between occupations, she enjoys conducting research, watching documentaries and fashion blogging.
More than just literacy & numeracy tutoring/remediation and skill building workshops, the Beaches Reading Clinic aims to offer a wide range of programs and services designed to meet the diverse needs of people living with Dyslexia. Utilizing a holistic approach, the Clinic is committed to providing innovative programs that are designed to impact and improve the lives people living with Dyslexia and their families.
The DSM-5, now considers a Specific Learning Disability to be a type of Neurodevelopmental Disorder that impedes the ability to learn or use specific academic skills (e.g., reading, writing, or arithmetic), which are the foundation for other academic learning. This will provide children in Canada with the accurate diagnosis of their neurobiological learning difference.
Meet Our Teachers
As a Certified, Elementary/Secondary teacher (with Dyslexia) with the TDSB for 17 years, my heart broke knowing that my daughter would not receive access to her basic human right, to become literate in our school system. My youngest daughter in Grade 3 was just diagnosed in October with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, and in addition she will require Speech & Language therapy for her oral/auditory language deficits.
We know that children should be screened for Dyslexia in kindergarten. We know that all primary age school children deserve Best Practice evidence-based reading instruction, methods which were studied and laid out in the US National Read Panel Report of 2000. We know when some children fail to read even after using scientifically tested teaching methods, these children need to be quickly identified and provided with systematic and explicit structured literacy-based reading instruction as promoted by the International Dyslexia Association.
WAITING TO FAIL IS NO LONGER AN OPTION.
My name is Tracey. My background is in the area of speech and language but in recent years I have specialized in the area of literacy. I have many years of working with children with diverse needs. When I am not reading or playing games , I can be found outdoors hiking or hunting for treasures at local markets. I look forward to working with you.