About:Christi has a lifelong love of learning, and enjoys instilling that same love of learning in the students that she supports. She received a Bachelor of Political Science and a Bachelor of English from McMaster University. It was working at day camp programs in university that Christi discovered her passion for teaching and supporting learners with special needs. She earned her Bachelor of Education from OISE at the University of Toronto, with qualifications in the primary, junior, intermediate, and senior English divisions. Additionally, she holds a Specialist Qualification in Special Education. Christi is TRIBES certified, and trained in the Handwriting Without Tears method. She has incorporated the Oelwein Approach to Reading when working with students with developmental delays when focusing on attaining early literacy skills.
Christi is an experienced educator that has taught from primary grades to high school College Level English for adult continuing education learners. She has worked with students in the mainstream class setting from Junior Kindergarten to 21 years of age, in addition to a contained developmental disabilities class program. Christi has had extensive experience working with learners with Autism, developmental delays, Acquired Brain Injuries, behavioural concerns, and multiple learning exceptionalities. She has also taught remedial literacy and numeracy to students in grades 6 to 8. Furthermore, Christi has tutored students in a one-to-one setting for many years.
Christi’s solid background in supporting struggling learners, her extensive knowledge of IEPs and IEP development, her ability to build a rapport and connect to students, and her commitment to students and student learning makes her well suited to supporting the unique learning needs of all her students. She believes that it is vital that both educators and parents must collaborate together to ensure the success of the child. Additionally, Christi feels that it is important to constantly set goals and reflect upon these goals with both parent and child. She incorporate students’ interests along with their strengths and needs when planning activities and lessons.
When not supporting students with their educational goals, Christi is a pop culture enthusiast who enjoys reading, yoga, high intensity interval training, crafting, and challenging herself through new activities.