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Aliah Lawrence-Carter

Managing Director & Head Teacher

“¡Saludos a todos! Teaching has always been an important part of my life, largely because I am the eldest of four siblings and I have always strived to be role models for them. I have been teaching foreign languages for almost a decade both at the primary and secondary school levels. I believe that this profession is much more than imparting knowledge, but building students’ confidence, creativity, and expertise… especially in foreign languages. I always encourage students to think outside the box. For example, the average person will ask you ¿Cómo estás? which is a common phrase to mean How are you? However, my students use the phrase ¿Que hay de nuevo contigo? Which means what’s new with you? And instead of responding with the generic Muy bien, they, therefore, use a phrase such as Nada de nuevo or estoy fenomenal, which means nothing’s new or, I am phenomenal respectively.

With respect to my educational experience, I graduated from the University of the West Indies (UWI) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics which allows me to teach foreign languages more holistically. I had the privilege of spending one semester at the UWI Mona campus as part of a student exchange programme, which assisted in improving my cultural awareness and sensitivity as I interacted daily with persons from diverse Caribbean cultures. This is especially important to me as our classes are open to persons from across the CARICOM region. I also hold a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology. I am bursting with excitement to serve persons in need of speech and language rehabilitation and intervention, and plan to use this company as a major avenue to reach out to those in need of these services.

One of my most recent accomplishments is hearing the excitement from one of my student’s mother, informing me that her Spanish grade improved from 55% to 96% after the first term of classes with me. It was a priceless feeling because I know the hard work that both that student and I would have put in to achieve such an accomplishment. It fills me with joy to contribute to one’s academic success.”

Mikaela Garnette

Primary School Spanish Teacher

“I am a newly graduated student who has always loved studying languages. I enjoy both learning about new cultures and the idea of being able to communicate with more people. I was able to gain grade ones in both CSEC level and CAPE level Spanish and I am currently embarking on completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish.

In addition to this, I was chosen to be a volunteer translator for francophone and hispanophone visitors at the Cruise Ship Complex for Tourism Trinidad Limited. Having learnt Spanish through the school system allows me to understand the perspective of new learners and what techniques may work best for them to grasp the material being taught.”

Ann Fortuné

French Instructor

“Bonjour! I’m Madame Fortuné and I have been teaching for the past four years. I spent two years teaching English to secondary school students in France and two years teaching French in Trinidad. I have also spent some time working with the Alliance Française of Trinidad and Tobago as a French tutor.

I am a proud alumnus of St George’s College and St. Joseph’s Convent Port of Spain. I got my bachelor’s degree with a double major in French and Spanish from the University of the West Indies, where I also starred in the foreign language theatre festival. I take my role as an educator very seriously and I currently hold a 100% pass rate among my CSEC French students. I love teaching languages because they are unlike every other subject as you get to learn about unique cultures and different ways of life.”

Timothy Henry

French Instructor

“Bonjour à tous! My name is Timothy Henry, I have a passion for languages and exploring different cultures. I have a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish and I had the privilege of living in France for eight months. I have also been blessed to visit several other French and Spanish speaking countries!

I can accommodate students of all levels, from form 1 to form 6. What I love most about teaching is seeing my students improve and gain confidence in the language. I am patient and willing to go the extra mile to see my students succeed.”

Ashida Ali

Form 4 & Form 5 Information Technology Teacher

“ My name is Ashida Ali and I have been private tutoring Information Technology amongst other subjects for approximately ten years. I studied at Bishop Anstey High School East and then pursued my degree in Information Technology at The University of the West Indies.

My greatest success as a tutor occurred in 2016, where I took on SEA students and in the very first term, the first student that I tutored improved from scoring approximately 30% in Mathematics to 80%! This achievement made me so in incredibly proud. I love building a connection with my students since this allows me to understand their mindset and how they learn best. This plays a great part in them understanding the curriculum when it is taught.”

Nicole Nelson

S.E.A Language Arts & Creative Writing Teacher

“My name is Nicole Nelson and teaching is my passion; it’s my first love! I love my job as a teacher, and it definitely fulfills me as an individual. I remember as a little girl, I would often have my three brothers sit and I would play teacher games with them, me being the teacher of course. The satisfaction of being able to assist; support; be a part of; encourage; give confidence to; uplift; build self-esteem and put a smile on a child’s face is simply priceless.

Before I did my Bachelor’s Degree in Education at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, I had extra classes at my home for students of standards 3, 4, and 5. This encouraged me to pursue my love for teaching, hence the reason I decided to pursue the Degree. I gave myself the challenge of breaking down challenging topics for my students to easily grasp. This brought smiles on their faces after solving the problem. As the saying goes: “it’s not what you do or say it HOW you do or say.”

This saying has left an indelible impression on my heart, and I will strive to implement such to the best of my ability. I will not have all the answers, but I will aspire to become the best teacher I possibly can be, and I know that this is achievable because of my passion and enthusiasm for what I do.

Notwithstanding, my love for Jesus Christ who said: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

Donnika Paul

Adult CSEC and Lower School Mathematics Instructor

“I am Donnika Paul, a dedicated educator that hails from La Brea. I attended the University of the West Indies St Augustine where I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics and Economics. I am currently pursuing my Master of Sciences in Statistics. I am passionate about Mathematics, and I am driven to help individuals not only to understand but to excel in this subject. My love for tutoring was honed at secondary school when I would help my classmates after school with topics they found to be challenging.

While completing my degree I tutored students one on one and in small groups that were either preparing for SEA or CSEC Mathematics. I have enabled students to climb from failing or a bare pass to getting no less than 80% within a short period of time. My desire is to always be able to see the excitement and satisfaction on a student’s face when they finally understand a topic that seemed difficult at first.

I believe that Mathematics is very simple once the correct method and examples are used. Alternative methods are always used since there is no one method with Mathematics.

I am excited to help each student improve and become successful not just in Mathematics but also in their future endeavors.

My moto is “I teach, you PRACTICE, I correct, repeat”

Kyle Mottley

Form 4 & Form 5 Mathematics Teacher

“My name is Kyle Mottley and I have a passion for teaching students new topics. I attended St. Mary’s College and completed my tertiary education at the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics and Economics. Throughout my academic life I have always had study groups with my peers and from this I recognized my talents of teaching people around me. In 2019, I embarked on a journey to help those who sought additional classes to prepare them for CSEC Mathematics exams. This became a class of 5 talented students who all earned grade ones in their examinations.

Unfortunately, the pandemic came and in 2020 I was unable to continue my efforts to help aspiring students. However, from my year of experience I have noticed that there is nothing I love more than giving someone a chance at quality education and as a result empowering them for greatness for the rest of their life.”

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” – B.B. King

Rachel Lee-Him

Adult Information Technology Instructor

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Management from the University of London and have worked in the Telecommunications Industry for over 21 years leading, coaching and mentoring staff at various levels. These include both junior and senior staff; professional and management staff. My work experience has afforded me the opportunity to work individually and as part of a team on major IT and telecommunication projects in both the private and public sectors.

 

I am also a mother of two secondary school students, one of which I was able to assist in attainment of grade 1 in IT at the CSEC level. I am passionate about assisting students in the attainment of their educational goals and will always ensure to keep and maintain an open and friendly environment for facilitation of both active and passive learning.