B.A., B.Ed., Dip. Mus.Ed, A/AOGPE, Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist
Karin Holm graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts and in 1994 she received her Bachelor of Elementary Education. She also has a Diploma in Fine Arts (Music Education) from the University of Calgary. With 27 years experience as a teacher, Karin has a wide range of experience working with children of all ages and abilities.
Karin is currently an associate with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators in the United States and has been designated a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist by the International Dyslexia Association. Karin is currently finishing the certification process with the academy and will be fully trained to teach people of all ages and abilities (child to adult) how to read writing and spell. She has continued her studies by participating in courses on the subject English Morphology and the study of sentence structure and paragraph writing. Karin will complete her Graduate Diploma in Special Education by June 2022 with Queen’s University.
Karin has also participated in the Multisensory Math course with the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Centre which is also based on the Orton-Gillingham philosophy and has successfully completed a program of instruction in Orton-Gillingham Multi-sensory Basic Academic Math.
Karin is passionate about teaching children with learning differences and works hard to ensure her students are feeling success while they build their confidence and self-esteem.
B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed, Dyslexia Specialist in Training
Neil has worked as a teacher since 1998 in a variety of public-school settings. He has experience with all age groups but mainly worked at the Secondary and Post Secondary levels. For the last 10 years Neil has been working at North Island College in the Department of Accessible Learning teaching students with developmental and mental health challenges. In addition, he has also taught in the Department of Human Services at NIC teaching Students who are pursuing careers as Support Workers and Educational Assistants. He has a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Geography (SFU), a Bachelor of Education (UBC). He received his Masters of Education Degree in Administration, Counselling and Curriculum Studies (City University, USA) with a focus on Special Education in 2006.
Recently Neil has participated in the Orton-Gillingham 64 hour coursework to become an Associate with the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators while he completes his practicum.
Neil believes that the multi-sensory approach for teaching children is the most effective way to connect and allow a child to reach their full learning potential. He will accommodate for all learning differences to provide a constructive and positive learning experience.
B.A., B.Ed., Diploma of Special Education
Lana brings over 10 years of experience in a variety of learning support positions working in all levels of public education. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care from Douglas College in 2009 and continued onto Simon Fraser University to complete her Bachelor of Education in 2010. With an interest in Inclusive Education and working with students with learning differences, Lana completed her Special Education Teacher Specialty Post-Degree Diploma at Vancouver Island University in 2015. Currently she is attending VIU and focusing her research on the Orton-Gillingham approach to complete her Graduate Diploma in Inclusive Education. In 2018, Lana completed the 80-hour Orton-Gillingham instructor course. She is now working through her 100-hour Associate practicum while being mentored by a Fellow of the Academy with over 35 years of experience.
Lana is on a continual path of professional growth with a passion for establishing authentic relationships with her students. Along with using the Orton-Gillingham approach she celebrates individualism, uses strengths-based learning, and strives to have her students grow equally in their skills and confidence.
Lorelei received a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has served as a teacher and educational leader in both Public and Independent school systems for the past 25 years. Most notably, her experience has been as a classroom teacher for grades 1, 2, 4, and 6, school French teacher Kindergarten-gr.7, Humanities 9 and English 12 teacher.
During this time her teaching reports were punctuated with statements such as “kind”, “caring”, “has tremendous compassion and love for children” and “a true gift of creativity”. Lorelei’s classroom teaching experience allowed her to develop into a master teacher with a diverse and impressive skill set, knowledge of current BC. curriculum and an impeccable performance record. Her professional growth focused on Literacy Development and multi-sensory strategies using the Orton Gillingham approach and course work in the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD).
After completing her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, Lorelei went on to assume leadership roles as a Learning Resource Teacher and Department Head in 3 Independent Schools of Vancouver where she was responsible for overseeing student IEP’s and support staff of Education Assistants. In her capacity as a Resource Teacher, Lorelei was able to more than double Special Education funding and enhance much needed support and interventions for a number of students with special needs. The aforementioned strong teaching performance record, successful and broad experiences in leadership-oriented pursuits as a Vice Principal, and a desire to grow her competencies as an educational leader, led Lorelei to successfully pursue a position
of Principal at a French Immersion school in Vancouver.
Lorelie has completed the Associate Level Orton-Gillingham Course through the Fraser Academy in Vancouver with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. She has completed one of Marilyn Wardrop’s OG math courses and will continue her studies of multi-sensory math teaching with Maralyn in the Fall by taking her OG Academic Math course.
Lorelei and her husband Eric recently moved to the Comox Valley. Now retired from full time teaching and administration, Lorelei is excited to put her knowledge and experience to good use as a freelance educational consultant and tutor. Her passion has always been in helping students reach their full potential, particularly students who experience barriers or learning challenges.
After 18 years teaching Grades 7 to 9 in Singapore, Katherine is back in Courtenay and excited to be part of the SOS Orton Gillingham tutoring team. She began her teaching career on the island, working for both Courtenay and Campbell River school districts. Her most rewarding experience was being a Language and Literature teacher at the Canadian International School, which is an Inter-Baccalaureate (IB) school. She most recently received certification in teaching students who are bilingual or speak multi-languages. Katherine attended IB professional development conferences in Adelaide and Hong Kong to deepen her understanding of conceptual teaching, which is an IB approach. Katherine co-presented with Dianna Pratt at EARCOS Philippines, a conference for international teachers in Asia-Pacific. Their focus was teaching responsible digital citizenship through Ning, an online platform.
Working one-on-one with students is what Katherine does best. After identifying passions, gaps and weaknesses in a child’s approach to learning, she uses them to develop an educational plan that builds confidence and independence. Her greatest professional joy is turning reluctant readers into excited ones.
Philosophically, she believes all learning comes down to two principles: having good communication skills and the confidence to learn by taking risks. She is in the process of becoming an Orton-Gillingham educator.
Bachelor of Environmental Science
Availability for the 2021/2022 School Year.
Kieran comes to us with an extensive background in math and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences. He has designed and conducted agricultural research work in laboratory and field settings and has a passion for applied science. He has years of experience as a metal fabricator and experience with the application of mathematics. Kieran is familiar with the math curriculum up to grade 9 and has experience working with the atypical student with learning differences and neurological/developmental delays. He has been working with Partners in Education for the last 2 years as a support worker. Kieran has successfully implemented a Multi-Sensory Grammar and Writing program with students who have learning differences, including dyslexia and dysgraphia, and he has a gift for connecting and creating relationships with kids. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys Mountaineering, Skiing, Hiking and Cycling.
Bichon Therapy Dog
Available for hugs and cuddles!!!
Yogi joined SOS Tutoring in December of 2019. He enjoys spending time sleeping while the children are having their tutoring sessions. He helps the kids adjust quickly to our tutoring environment by allowing cuddling sessions before and after lessons. He also helps our clients stay calm and regulated when needed.