Meet Our Teachers

 
 
 
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Michelle Wyke-Thomas
Native English-speaking teacher/Principal

Some key points in my philosophy of education:

The process must:

  • Teach a person how to think, reason and solve problems
  • Positively influence one’s character
  • Be fostered in a climate that is student-centred
  • Appeal to the learner’s style
  • Encourage the teacher to be reflective

I began my teaching career at Happy Vale Montessori. I then taught at Study Hall working with children with learning difficulties.
My latest position was with Maple Leaf International School, where I have taught in varying classes from JK to Grade 8.

I work with students one-on- one and in small groups offering academic assistance by way of remedial support.

I have taught young adults at Sunday school for many years helping to develop moral excellence and shape sturdy characters.

I count myself blessed to be able to make a career from my passion; to engage a mind, touch a heart, change the world and affect eternity.

Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Education - University of New Brunswick
  • Certificate in NOW Grammar and Writing Program Method Training - Dyslexia Assoc. Trinidad & Tobago
  • Certificate in Teaching of Reading - University of West Indies Open Campus
  • Certificate in Study of In-depth Phonological Awareness and Sequencing (LIPs) - Dyslexia Assoc. Trinidad & Tobago
  • Certificate in Study of Mental Imagery for Language Comprehension, Expression and Reasoning (Visualizing & Verbalizing) -
    Dyslexia Assoc. Trinidad & Tobago
  • Advance Certificate in Methods for Teaching Dyslexics - Dyslexia Assoc. Trinidad & Tobago
  • Dyslexia Institute Mathematics Programme - Dyslexia Institute U.K.
  • Certificate in Methods for Teaching Dyslexics - Dyslexia Assoc. Trinidad & Tobago
  • Pre-school Teaching certificate - University of West Indies Open Campus
  • Certificate in Organisation and Management of a Pre-School - University of West Indies Open Campus
  • Montessori Diploma - Caribbean Montessori Society
 
 
 
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Adriana Tosta
Native Spanish-speaking teacher

My name is Adriana Tosta and teaching has always been my passion from a young age. Shortly after graduating with honours, Cum Laude, from the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), I began my teaching career

During my time as an educator, I have taught Spanish to a wide array of students, ranging from preschoolers to adults at various institutions, including Arbor and Rosewood Schools, Papa Bear Preschool, and Trintica International. However, the one thing that has remained a constant in my career is the love for teaching Spanish to children.

I personally find great satisfaction in playing a role in the success of my students and it brings joy to my heart when I listen to children speak Spanish as their first foreign language.

My teaching philosophy is centred on five fundamental pillars:

1. All students can learn with the right motivation

2. Safe and positive environments support learning

3. Parents and teachers are cooperative educators in a child’s learning journey

4. Learning a second language positively impacts the impressions of other cultures
 

En Español:

Mi nombre es Adriana Tosta y la enseñanza siempre ha sido mi pasión desde muy joven. Poco después de graduarme con honores, Cum Laude, de la Universidad de Trinidad y Tobago (UTT), empecé mi carrera como maestra.

Durante mi tiempo como educadora, he enseñado español a una amplia gama de estudiantes, desde niños hasta adultos en varias instituciones, incluyendo las escuelas Arbor y Rosewood, el Preescolar Papa Bear y Trintica International. Sin embargo, lo único que ha permanecido constante en mi carrera es el amor por enseñar español a niños.

Yo personalmente encuentro una gran satisfacción en desempeñar un papel en el éxito de mis estudiantes y mi corazón se llena de alegría cuando escucho a los niños hablar español como su primera lengua extranjera.

Mi filosofía de enseñanza se centra en cuatro pilares fundamentales:

1. Todos los estudiantes pueden aprender con la motivación adecuada

2. Los ambientes seguros y positivos apoyan el aprendizaje

3. Los padres y maestros son educadores cooperativos en el viaje de aprendizaje de un niño

4. Aprender un segundo idioma influye positivamente en las impresiones de otras culturas

Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Education (B. Ed) - Cum Laude; Specialisation in Primary School Education, University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT), Valsayn Campus, Trinidad, 09/2012 - 05/2016
  • Diploma, English (advanced level), Lenore’s Business School, 14 Woodford St, POS, Trinidad, 12/2010 - 01/2012
  • Diploma, English (upper-intermediate level), Austin Learning Center, 65 Dundonald St., POS, Trinidad, 01/2009 - 02/2010
  • Diploma- Cosmetología, Instituto Educativo De Estética Piel. Av. Bolivar, Valencia, Venezuela, 09/2012 - 07/2004
  • Emergency Care and Safety Institute: Adult and Child CPR and AED Standard First Aid Certificate; June 8th, 2016
  • AC Proyecto Venezuela: Windows 2000 & Office XP; August 2002