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Meet our Courtice Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

Our tutors and staff in Courtice and Clarington consist of passionate educators who love inspiring children to succeed. Warm, caring and great at relating to kids, our tutors in Courtice know how to engage and motivate each child in a personal way—building confidence and smiles, as well as skills and better scores. We selectively choose tutors who know local curriculum and can link Sylvan lessons to what’s being taught in school. Get to know our tutors and staff in Courtice and Clarington!

  • Angela Russell, Executive Director / Owner

    Angela Russell

    Executive Director / Owner

    Angela is the Executive Director and Centre Owner. She has extensive business management expertise in Education and is focused on making all the centres in the area run smoothly. Angela is also responsible for ensuring Sylvan's high operating standards are met and that parents and students enjoy the maximum benefits from their Sylvan experience.
  • Rita Cruickshank, Centre Director, Courtice & Clarington Area and Richmond Hill

    Rita Cruickshank

    Centre Director, Courtice & Clarington Area and Richmond Hill

    As a Centre Director, Rita leads the community outreach and operations for Sylvan Learning, and oversees the educational integrity of our programs in our Oshawa/Courtice location. Rita has been passionate about Sylvan and their services since 1999 because she wants to make a difference in children’s lives. She studied at Sir Sanford Fleming and George Brown College earning a degree in Recreation Services and Human Services Management. When Rita isn’t at Sylvan you’ll find her spending time with her two kids at the ball diamond or watching movies or her favourite drama TV show at home.
  • Pat , Lead Teacher

    Pat

    Lead Teacher

    Pat is the lead teacher with a gift for working with kids. While Pat has many teaching talents, she finds the greatest joy in writing instruction. She studied at Bowling Green State University and University of Toronto, OISE. Pat has been working with children from nursery school age to high school age for over 20 years. She has been with Sylvan Learning of Courtice since 1999. When Pat isn’t tutoring at Sylvan you’ll find her on the baseball diamond or the volleyball court.
  • Chris , Teacher

    Chris

    Teacher

    Chris is an instructor at Sylvan Learning Durham East,with a gift for working with kids. While Chris has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in teaching Mathematics- to see someone understand and grasp a math concept after hard work and trials. While Chris is brilliant with students of all ages, he specializes in assisting our highschool students with high level math. He studied at McMaster University and received an Honours Bachelor of Science, majoring in Life Sciences. When Chris isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him being active; playing basketball/tennis, wherever there is an open court, or cooking/baking; always looking for new and inventive recipes...especially desserts/pies!
  • Noella , Teacher

    Noella

    Teacher

    Noella is a teacher at Sylvan Learning Durham with a gift for working with kids. While Noella has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching language arts and literacy. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor and her Bachelor or Arts from York University . When Noella isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her at the gym and spending time with family and friends.
  • Christine , Teacher

    Christine

    Teacher

    Christine is an instructor with Sylvan Learning Durham East, with a gift for working with kids. While Christine has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Mathematics tutoring. She studied at York University earning her Bachelor of Education.  She is also currently a teacher with the Durham Catholic District School Board. When Christine isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her cooking and taking cooking classes .
  • Liam , Teacher

    Liam

    Teacher

    Liam is a teacher with Sylvan Learning Durham, with a gift for working with kids. While Liam has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in tutoring Mathematics. He studied at York University. When Liam isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him playing video games, going on walks, and reading old textbooks.  .
  • Jessica , Teacher

    Jessica

    Teacher

    Jessica is a teacher with Sylvan Learning Durham, with a gift for working with kids. While Jessica has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching early literacy. She has studied at the University of Ottawa and Trent University . When Jessica isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her hiking with her family or beading/ sewing mukluks and moccasins.  
  • Charles (Chuck), Teacher

    Charles (Chuck)

    Teacher

    Chuck is a Teacher at Sylvan Learning Durham East, with a gift for working with kids. While Chuck has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in Academic Reading tutoring. He studied at  Queen's University and obtained his Ontario Teacher Certificate from Toronto Teachers' College. Chuck has over 33 years of teaching experience with Toronto District School Board. When Chuck isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him working in the vegetable garden or cooking some tasty food on the barbecue.
  • Joanne Kniaz, Teacher

    Joanne Kniaz

    Teacher

    Joanne is a teacher with Sylvan Learning Durham, with a gift for working with kids. While Joanne has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching math and the sciences. She studied at The University of Western Ontario. When Joanne isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her with her husband and sons enjoying the outdoors, playing baseball, tennis or cheering on the Jays! 
  • Tiana , French Teacher

    Tiana

    French Teacher

    Tiana is a French Teacher with Sylvan Learning Durham teaching at our Whitby location, with a gift for working with kids. While Tiana has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching French. She studies at York University--Glendon Campus . When Tiana isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading a good book .
  • Kate Berry, Teacher

    Kate Berry

    Teacher

    Kate is a teacher with Sylvan Durham, with a gift for working with kids. While Kate has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in literacy tutoring. She studied at Queen’s University. When Kate isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her doing visual art or traveling. 
  • Brandon , Teacher

    Brandon

    Teacher

    Brandon is a teacher at Sylvan Learning Durham with a gift for working with kids. While Brandon has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in Math tutoring. He studied at UOIT. When Brandon isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him reading, biking, and playing board games .
  • Kristen Smith, Teacher

    Kristen Smith

    Teacher

    Kristen is a teacher at Sylvan Learning Durham with a gift for working with kids. While Kristen has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Reading and Math tutoring. She studied at The West of Scotland University and Strathcylde University in Glasgow, Scotland. When Kristen isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her family and friends, playing tennis or relaxing by painting and drawing. She enjoys travelling and has life experience living and working abroad.
  • Jessika , Teacher

    Jessika

    Teacher

    Jessika is a teacher at Sylvan Learning Durham with a gift for working with kids. While Jessika has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Mathematics tutoring. She studied at the University of Waterloo & Queens University. When Jessika isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her at the gym, running outdoors, learning how to do a handstand, or learning about new topics. 
  • Jacob, Teacher

    Jacob

    Teacher

    Jacob is a teacher at Sylvan Learning Durham with a gift for working with kids.  While Jacob has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in English tutoring. He studied at Wilfrid Laurier University and Trent University. When Jacob isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him outside taking photos, hiking, or making videos with friends.
  • Jeffrey, French Teacher

    Jeffrey

    French Teacher

    Jeffis a teacher at Sylvan Learning Durham with a gift for working with kids. While Jeff has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in computer science tutoring. He studied at the University of Waterloo. When Jeff isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him computer programming .
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