Tracey Karsten - 


Meet Our Team

Hello, my name is Nuren Saif and I am a Psychology graduate from York University. I aim to do my masters in counselling Psychology and hope to become an aspiring Psychologist some day!  I have always had the passion for psychology and have volunteered at the largest Psychology capacities in Canada. I am so happy to be able to join the Beaches Reading Clinic team. I loved the history behind the clinic and feel like the clinic’s thoughts and goals very much align with my own thoughts and morals. Hence I am very excited to be working with you all and explore together the interesting journey called “learning”. Hope to see you all soon  😄


Nelly Al Haddad


Kalisa Young

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.

Monica Hough



Lara Jeftic

As a Certified, Elementary/Secondary teacher (with Dyslexia myself) with the TDSB for 17 years (I resigned in 2019) & 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 diagnosed in October of 2017 with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia as well, 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.


Born in Kingston, Jamaica, raised in Fort Myers, Florida, lived in Hiroshima, Japan and for the past 5 years I lived in beautiful Vancouver, where I worked at the prestigious Fraser Academy in Vancouver for the past academic year as a Language Specialist and during that time I received training in the Orton Gillingham approach while being mentored by trained Fellows. 

I thoroughly enjoy teaching, it is my passion, it is ever changing and evolving. I believe in nurturing of the child and in building relationships of trust and security.  

I have a Masters in Early Childhood attained from University of Walden, Massachusetts and an Assistant ECE license. I look forward to working with families, and will always strive to find some common ground.   
In my free time, I love cooking, being outdoors and doing floral arrangements. 

Guy Heritage

Special Needs Assistant with the TDSB for 14 years. Extensive experience in the Arts. Love of reading, gardening and art.

Hello! My name is Jacqui and I have a 13 year old daughter with ADHD and became very interested in the Barton Program and all it has to offer to children. I did complete my Early Childhood Education. I work for the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. When I’m not working, I love to garden, cook, travel and of course spend time with my family.

“Education is the passport to the future.” This is the main reason why I’m passionate about being an educator. My name is Aarthi and I recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Psychology and Linguistics. When I’m not working, I am at the gym or binge watching the most recent trending show on Netflix. I also love to travel and learn about the different cultures around the world. I am excited to start my journey at the Beaches Reading Clinic and help intellectual young kids with immense potential to venture on their respective journeys!

Hello! My name is Lara and I’m very excited to be a part of the Beaches Reading Clinic. I have 4 years experience tutoring students with learning disabilities - I find it so rewarding to witness them develop the confidence to learn and tackle new skills and challenges. I also work with kids in a variety of other settings, such as teaching tech workshops at elementary schools and in the arts industry. Outside of tutoring and working with kids, I am involved in the software industry and in the circus arts. I look forward to sharing my passion for teaching and growing together!

Paula Devitt

Hello! My name is Misty, and I just graduated with a Master's 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!

Nuren Saif


Beaches Reading Clinic began 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 an effective solution to support her. She is now 14 and can read and spell like a rock star and has just completed Level 10!

    Maria Turic - ONLINE ONLY 

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Hello! My name is Nelly, and my passion is working with children with special
needs. I truly believe everyone can reach their maximum potential and become a
better version of themselves with proper guidance and support. I have a
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and have been working
with children from K-12 for the past 7 years. I started my career as a special
educator and moved to counseling in the past few years. In my free time, I enjoy
being in nature, hiking, baking, and photography.

Joanne Hovey

Jacqui Forgeard

Caitlin Herckenrath - 


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.  

Aarthi Muthurajah

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! 

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.

Emma Heaton - 


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.

Hi! I’m Emma, a second-year university student who studies music and psychology. I’ve loved reading from a very early age, and that love of reading has led to a passion for learning and for sharing my learning with others. During my high school years, I was lucky to have many opportunities to tutor others in a variety of subjects, and I’m excited to now be a tutor at the Beaches Reading Clinic. I know that being a confident reader opens up many doors in the world, and I can’t wait to help you reach your reading goals and unlock those doors for yourself.

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 of 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.

On the road to an A+ and

mostly importantly, Success!

Misty Chang


​​Dyslexic mom of two amazing dyslexic daughters, a former teacher specializing in Special Education for 17 years with the Toronto District School Board, member 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.

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!

The Beaches Reading Clinic

2034 Queen St E, 2nd Floor

Toronto, Ontario

M4L 1J4, Canada

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