About:Erica completed her undergraduate degree at York University in Sociology and Religious Studies. She recently graduated from the Master of Teaching program from the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in June of 2017. She wrote her thesis on the integration and benefits of play-based learning beyond the Kindergarten level. Erica is qualified to teach Kindergarten to Grade 10 and has had extensive experience at each of these grade and subject levels. Erica is also able to teach English and Italian up to Grade 12.
As a volunteer at SickKids hospital, this experience has taught Erica about the importance of consistently accommodating the needs of diverse children. She has learned to be versatile and to adapt her teaching practices in accordance with students learning needs and styles. Erica believes that teaching needs to be a collaborative process between teachers and students. She believes that students should be given ample opportunities to be creative, critical thinkers, to wonder, to explore, and to ask questions in an attempt for students to be motivated and inspired to learn.
Erica is a strong believer in ongoing professional learning and has recently obtained her Intermediate qualification in Health and Physical Education, and is currently working towards obtaining her Special Education qualification. She looks forward to mentoring and developing new relationships with students and providing them with the necessary tools in order to achieve academic success.
Outside the realm of education, Erica's interests include baking, playing soccer and spending time outdoors.