Monica graduated from the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning with an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Work with Honours. She then attended Ryerson University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care with Honours. While attending Ryerson University, Monica began working for the Toronto District School Board as a Child and Youth Worker. She worked one-to-one with students with special needs, developmental and intellectual exceptionalities, and behavioural challenges in different classroom settings.
She has experience working with special needs children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Monica currently attends OISE as a Primary/Junior Teacher Candidate. So far, she has completed her Junior Practicum in a Grade 4 classroom where she gained experience teaching a mathematics unit on Data Management. She also had the opportunity to unleash her creativity in adapting Visual Arts les sons as well as Science,Physical Education, Health, and Religion. She enjoys teaching students how to strengthen their reading and writing skills.
Monica has a special interest in ‘adapting and differentiating instruction for students experiencing learning difficulties in inclusive classrooms,’ which is also the name of a course she recently took while attending OISE. Her interests include teaching students social skills as well as building self-esteem and self-image. She believes that great teachers provide encouragement and support to each student, along with clear expectations and reasonable goals for all learners. Monica’s hobbies include attending yoga classes, reading, and travelling.