Founder, Director, & Lead Instructor of Brain Power Enrichment Programs Ltd.
Karine Rashkovsky, Honours B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D. (Education Policy)
Karine is well-known for her passionate, quirky, and inspiring teaching from the heart, as well as her extensive knowledge in a variety of academic fields. At Brain Power, Karine brings her passion for writing, public speaking, literature, textual analysis, philosophy, and the humanities to our programs, where she sees it her duty to inspire a love of learning, especially in terms of critical thinking.
Karine has co-authored Brain Power’s math and problem solving textbooks, an advanced grammar and classical literature textbook, and research that has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Educational Leadership and Urban Education. Karine’s research interests include education policy, critical thinking education, and curriculum, teaching, and social justice. She is often a key-note speaker at local, and international education events and conferences, including the Association for Bright Children of Ontario. Additionally, Karine is part of an ongoing research collaboration with York University’s Faculty of Education: Using Place-Referenced Approaches to Extend Youths’ Problem-Solving Abilities and Literacy Engagement (a project which explores a pedagogical response that can provide relevant academic support to students) – the results of which were recently presented at a symposium with the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. As an experienced and expert teacher, Karine has taught teacher-training courses at York University’s Faculty of Education and has provided professional development training for private school educators.
In addition to her above contributions, Karine is also the official Education Expert for Vaughan’s SRC community and an Ontario Mentor for select top youth startups through the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre (VBEC). As well, Karine has received multiple awards and nominations for her work at Brain Power from organizations such as the Royal Bank of Canada’s Women of Influence, Notable’s Social Entrepreneur of Ontario, the Stevie Awards (National & International), and the Order of Vaughan.
Besides specializing in preparing Brain Power students for various gifted programs and entrance examinations, Karine also encourages her students (and their parents, too!) to participate in Brain Power’s social-justice book club, as well as extra-curricular opportunities such as essay and poetry writing contests, theatre experiences, guest speakers, and CBC radio events. Finally, Karine ensures that Brain Power’s brilliant students continue to network and remain in meaningful contact post-graduation through alumni events.
Associate Instructor & Operations Manager
Jason Boulet, Honours B.A. (Minor in Classics), M.A. , Ph.D. (English Language and Literature)
Jason completed his undergraduate degree at Mount Allison University and his master’s degree at Queen’s University. He then completed his doctoral studies at Queen’s, where his research was funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship. For his graduate studies, Jason chose to specialize in Victorian literature (c. 1832-1901), with an emphasis on poetry, Pre-Raphaelitism, aestheticism, and decadence. Jason has published academic articles and book reviews in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, Victorian Poetry, and the University of Toronto Quarterly. In his time at Queen’s University as a teaching assistant and instructor, Jason acted as full instructor in courses at the first-, second-, and fourth-year levels, in areas including British literature from 1790 to the present, Romantic poetry and poetics (c. 1790-1832), Victorian literature and culture (c. 1832-1901), nineteenth-century constructions of selfhood, Gothic fiction and monstrosity, fin-de-siècle literature and culture (c. 1885-1900), and gender studies.
Jason is a dedicated and passionate teacher, who believes in taking an interdisciplinary approach that connects the cultural riches of the past to the everyday experiences and concerns of his students. He encourages them to develop (or simply to deepen) a genuine enthusiasm for the arts and humanities, improving their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills in the process.
Joel Benabu, Honours B.A. (English and Theatre), Ph.D. (Renaissance Theatre in England – Shakespeare)*
Dr. Joel Benabu is a Lecturer at the Department of Theatre at the University of Ottawa, Canada. His research interests include English Renaissance drama (Shakespeare’s stagecraft, specifically), theory of drama and performance, and Ancient rhetoric. Recently he has been researching Jewish Canadian Theatre as well as Israeli/Palestinian Theatre. Among his publications are: “’Shakespeare’s Technique of Opening: ‘Strands of Action’”, Theatre Topics, The Johns Hopkins University Press; “Shakespeare and the Rhetorical Tradition: Towards Defining the Concept of an “Opening”, Rhetoric Review, Routledge; “Shakespeare’s Stagecraft in Constructing an Opening: Macbeth”, The Shakespeare Newsletter; and “Shakespeare’s Macbeth: The Challenge of Reading a Theatrical Opening”, Mediaevalia. Joel’s book manuscript, A Playwright at Work: Shakespeare and the Construction of Openings, has recently been prepared for press review. Joel has acted in and directed for the theatre.
Over the years, Joel has taught a broad variety of university courses in the humanities as well as courses in academic writing, critical thinking, and oral presentation. Closely aligned with Brain Power’s mandate, Joel’s pedagogical philosophy maintains that students thrive best in a learning environment that challenges and empowers them. Consequently, his teaching method is less about imparting information and more about giving students the tools to forge their own pathways of knowledge. This can be achieved most effectively by helping students build a diverse skill set and confidence over time. In order to do so, all of Joel’s courses at Brain Power will work with creative pedagogical tools (developing new ways of engaging students) and assess the pedagogical tools developed in order to improve learning objectives over time. Joel’s overarching goal as an instructor at Brain Power is to make students realize their full potential to make a difference in their own lives as well as the lives of others in their community.
*This is a unique stream of direct-entry to Ph.D. (post B.A.) for the top 2% of students in the country.
Oscar Jarzmik, Honors B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (History – Middle East Studies)
Oscar earned his undergraduate degree from York University (Toronto, ON) and his M.A. and Ph.D from the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. As a graduate student, Oscar specialized in the history and politics of the modern Middle East (Eastern Mediterranean). More specifically, he concentrated his studies in the Humanities on: a) the intellectual formations of state/colonial rule in the Middle East; b) how “power” is inscribed into the built and cultural environment of cities.
As a graduate student, Oscar lectured and instructed sessions at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. Over the years, he has also been involved in several social justice, educational, and community-building initiatives both locally and internationally. Oscar is an enthusiastic educator who believes in using an interdisciplinary, interactive approach to help students develop their interpersonal and critical thinking skills. Brain Power is so fortunate to have a brilliant language arts instructor who places great value in conscientious learning coupled with inspiring bright students to exceed their potential.
Jessica Elaine Wright, Honours B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Cand.) Philosophy of Education/Social Justice Education
Jessica is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her current research is funded by a prestigious Ontario Graduate Scholarship and she has received numerous grants and awards to pursue her graduate research. Jessica is published in academic journals and she has been invited to give presentations about her work at conferences in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. She earned her Masters of Arts degree in Political Science at York University, and completed an Honours BA with a Double Major in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies from York University.
Passionate about addressing issues of social inequity, Jessica works with various not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). She has taught workshops and seminars at organizations and schools across the Greater Toronto Area. As a life-long learner, Jessica continues to research innovative pedagogical approaches to inspire her students to think critically and passionately, believe in their strengths and talents, and learn from each other to lead positive change in the world.
Karun Pathak, Honours B.A., Pg.Dip. (Law), Ph.D. (Philosophy of Moral Psychology)
Karun earned his B.A. from the University of Toronto (Specialist Philosophy and Minor Psychology), going on to earn a Postgraduate Diploma in Biotechnological Law and Ethics from the University of Sheffield and a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Moral Psychology from the University of Bristol. He has extensive teaching experience; he has not only taught at the primary and junior levels (Victoria Park Primary School), but also at the post-secondary level in subjects that range from philosophy, psychology, business and law (University of Bristol, University of the West of England, University of Guelph-Humber, and Humber College).
Karun is a passionate individual who takes a creative, comical, and philosophical approach to teaching. He believes that life is about endless learning, and teaching is about awakening the natural learner and seeker within the minds of students. In order to do so, he presents course material in the context of thought experiments that compel each student to confront their deepest convictions about a range of personal issues typical of self-discovery. When Karun is not teaching, he pursues his passion for the martial arts (Shotokan Karate, Silat, and Tae Kwon Do), combative and stunt acting, meditation, dance, and music.
Cassandra Chapman, Honours B.A., M.A. (Linguistics), Ph.D. (Cognitive Science of Language)
Cassandra earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa where she majored in Linguistics and Spanish. She then completed a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa. The results of her M.A. Major Research Paper were published in the Canadian Journal of Linguistics.
Cassandra earned her Ph.D. from McMaster University, and the focus of her doctoral studies was on the Cognitive Science of Language. Her doctoral degree was funded by a prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship. Cassandra’s dissertation investigated how sentence structure (syntax) and sentence meaning (semantics) affect reading times in language processing. She has presented the results of her doctoral work at both national and international conferences.
Cassandra has taught undergraduate linguistic courses at McMaster University and communication courses at Sheridan College. During her Ph.D. studies, she took courses on teaching through the MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching at McMaster. In 2017, she completed the Teaching and Learning Foundations Certificate of Completion offered by the MacPherson Institute. As an educator, Cassandra recognizes that all students enter the classroom with unique backgrounds, experiences, and learning styles. She embraces this diversity in her teaching and utilizes a variety of teaching methods in order to make the material accessible to as many students as possible. In the classroom, Cassandra aims to inspire her students to improve on their writing each week. Cassandra is thrilled to be joining the dynamic and enthusiastic team of educators at Brain Power!
Associate Instructor & Admissions Ambassador
Jenn Chenkin, Honours B.A. (Minor in History), M.A., Ph.D. (English Literature)
Jenn completed her Honours B.A. in English and History at the University of Toronto before relocating to England to complete her M.A. and Ph.D at Queen Mary, University of London. Her dissertation was fully funded by a Queen Mary Overseas Research Student Award and a Queen Mary Principal’s Studentship. As a course convenor, lecturer, and teaching assistant for undergraduate and graduate students, Jenn has over 10 years’ experience at the university level, teaching at both Queen Mary and Goldsmiths Colleges at the University of London. Her research interests include book history, the theatre, letter-writing, satire and rhetoric, Romanticism, the Gothic, the Victorian novel, literary coteries, and spectatorship. A versatile and knowledgeable teacher, she has taught literature ranging from the medieval period to the 20th century, as well as critical theory and research methodology. Jenn has published reviews and done peer review for journals such as The London Journal and The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, as well as organized an international conference called “Text and Trade: Book History Perspectives on Eighteenth-Century Literature” in 2012.]
Jenn believes that a teacher should be caring, invested, and enthusiastic and brings this attitude with her every day to the classroom. She has always been interested in promoting student engagement and fostering a lifelong love of learning, and she has been known to organize reading groups and scholarly outings for her students, broadening the scope of education to make it fun and accessible. For this reason, Jenn has also participated in student outreach programs designed to make higher education more accessible to youth from less privileged backgrounds.
Ana-Maria Jerca, Honours B.A., B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D. (Cand.) Linguistics
Ana-Maria is a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics at York University, where she also completed her M.A. and B.A. She has presented sections from her Major Research Paper (the capstone of her Master’s degree) at academic conferences in three countries. Currently she is in the process of publishing more of her doctoral work in academic journals and applying for scholarships with which to fund her research.
Besides her research, she is deeply passionate about teaching! Thanks to her bachelor’s degrees, Ana-Maria has taught at multiple levels in a variety of settings (from day cares to university classrooms and almost everywhere in between) since she was 18. She loves opening her students’ minds and helping them understand the material in new ways. Her teaching philosophy can be summed up in a simple quotation whose origins remain debated: “Education is about inspiring one’s mind, not just filling their head.”
Associate Instructor & Admissions Ambassador
Elena Sukovati, Honours B.A., B.Ed.
Elena received her degrees at York University, Toronto. She has worked in both the private and public (YRDSB) fields of education as a teacher in the primary and junior divisions as well as an International Language Instructor. Elena is also certified in Pedagogical Documentation to Enhance Formative Assessment, Tribes, Special Education, and ESL (York University).
Over the years she has refined and honed her pedagogical practices. She has been working with students of diverse backgrounds and abilities, creating and developing unique, inclusive, critical, and inquiry-based lessons through careful lesson planning and by employing relevant pedagogy. She has witnessed the dividends of her lessons, seeing the students learn, apply the learned material and enjoying education. Her goal as a teacher is three-fold: The first goal is to provide the students with a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment, where sensitivity to and caring for our society are as important as academic learning. The second goal is to help students develop discipline, self-esteem, character and perseverance so that they can become productive, mature, responsible and influential members of society. The third goal is to model excellence of character by fostering principals of empathy, responsibility, and fairness for her students.
Kaitlin Ruether, Honours B.A., M.F.A. (Creative Writing)
Kaitlin earned her B.A. from the University of Victoria and an M.F.A. from the University of Guelph’s competitive Creative Writing program, where she focused on fiction and playwriting and completed a novel as her thesis. Her writing addresses themes of environmental impact, Canadian identity, and nostalgia in our era of the internet. Kaitlin’s work has been published in literary journals across Canada and the United States, and her plays have been produced in Victoria, British Columbia. In her spare time she works as a freelance journalist for the Canadian media publication, Exclaim!
When teaching, Kaitlin believes in creating an environment where students feel safe and excited to share their ideas. She fosters enthusiasm about the material and works to see inspiration thrive. As a life-long learner, Kaitlin is thrilled to be a part of the stellar team at Brain Power and to be working with the incredible students!
Sarah Deller, Honours B.A. (Acting & English), M.A. (English)
Sarah Deller earned her M.A. in English at Dalhousie University, where she also earned her B.A. (Combined Honours, First Class Honours) in Acting and English. Sarah’s M.A. thesis examined seventeenth-century women poets, Aphra Behn and Katherine Philips. Her academic interests are wide-ranging and include critical theory, Jacobean revenge tragedy, representations of motherhood, and novels by the Brontës. Sarah’s work has been accepted to conferences in Canada and internationally. Sarah is also a professional actor who has appeared onstage in Toronto and Halifax! She is currently working on a theatre project investigating the role technology plays in personal relationships, and on an adaptation of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.
Sarah’s has worked as a Teaching Assistant in Dalhousie University’s English Department and in the Fountain School of Performing Arts. As a teacher Sarah believes believes in challenging her students and asking them lots of questions. Sarah brings a dynamic and caring approach to her teaching and is thrilled to be working with our bright Brain Power students!
Vivi Shi, Honours B.A (Minor in Geography), M.A. (English Language and Literature), B.Ed, OCT
Vivi completed her Concurrent Education degree and Master of Arts in English Language and Literature at Queen’s University. During her studies at Queen’s, Vivi was a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course on Renaissance poetry and prose. Vivi’s interests include Social Justice Education, supporting English Language Learners, Renaissance Literature, Romantic Literature, Children’s Literature, Chinese Canadian Literature, and Contemporary Literature. Vivi currently teaches for both York Catholic and Toronto Catholic District School Boards.
Vivi aims to foster student curiosity and bolster growth mindsets. Vivi believes in the importance of listening to her students, using their interests as a means to fuel their appreciation for learning, as well as their sense of responsibility and ownership of their own education. Vivi’s goal as an educator is to build enriching learning communities where students experience continuous achievement through discourse, feedback, individual work, group work, and hands-on experiential learning. Fun fact: Vivi is a Brain Power alum!
Sasha Ioffine, Honours B.B.A, M.A. (English), M.I. (Cand.)
Sasha completed his undergraduate degree at the Schulich School of Business at York University before pursuing an M.A. in English at the same institution. In the program, he studied modernism and contemporary literature and won a prestigious essay prize. He is currently pursuing a Master of Information at the University of Toronto.
Sasha has extensive experience in a variety of pedagogical settings — both one-on-one and in a classroom environment. He has particular expertise in gifted testing programs, namely the John Hopkins University SCAT test for gifted youth.
Sasha believes that a teacher should inspire critical thinking and cultivate students’ imagination. By these means, Sasha works to improve his students’ mathematical reasoning, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar.
Miriam Selick, Honours B.A. (English and History), B.Ed., M.A. (English)
Miriam completed her undergraduate degree in English and History at Queen’s University. She went on to receive her Master’s degree in English Literature from York University, where she focussed on post-WWII feminist poetry and completed her Bachelor of Education at University of Toronto, with a focus on Intermediate/Senior English and History.
Miriam has worked in a range of positions as an educator, writer, curriculum developer, business innovator and artist, and is committed to creating engaging and supportive opportunities for youth development. Miriam’s passion for education has fueled her drive to pursue opportunities for professional development, ensuring that her pedagogical toolkit is always up-to-date. She has taught for 5 years with private schools in Toronto and Kingston, working with students in grades 1-7, and has also worked as a tutor in math and literacy for students in elementary through middle school. Outside of the classroom, Miriam is the co-founder of CANVAS, an organization that leads arts-based programming for youth in camps, schools and community centres on the topics of bullying, body image, and self-esteem. She also works as an educator for international teachers at University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Miriam is committed to supporting each student to reach his/her full potential by providing them with a sound knowledge-base, critical thinking skills, and (most importantly!) a life-long love of learning.
Executive Administrator, Associate Instructor, & Admissions Ambassador
Hannah Merchant, Dip. E.C.E., Honours B.C.D., M.Ed.
Hannah completed her Masters degree in Education at York University, also obtaining a graduate diploma in early-childhood education. She has been a keynote speaker for the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario on the topic of “Practitioner Self-Image and Advocacy for the Field.” She has also traveled to a developing country, where she provided workshops for teachers and educators who live and work in marginalized communities. Most recently, Hannah has provided workshops on pedagogical documentation for childcare programs in York Region. Over the last decade, Hannah has also organized and participated in various fundraising events that have benefitted the York Region Community, such as those for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Markham Stouffville Hospital.
Pairing her love for learning with her passion for teaching, Hannah utilizes a “strength-based” approach when working with children and their families. She believes strongly that each child and family bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom, and that these strengths should be recognized, celebrated, and respected. Outside the classroom, Hannah has many years of experience working with domesticated animals. She enjoys reading and writing, travelling, scuba diving, and is learning how to paint.
Associate Instructor & Admissions Ambassador
Maria Gorelik, Honours B.A. (French Studies), B.Ed, M.Ed. (Cand.)
Maria Gorelik is both a French Immersion teacher in YRDSB and a passionate polyglot. She completed her Honours Bachelor of French Studies and Bachelor of Education at Glendon, York University, specializing in teaching intermediate and senior grades. Maria speaks Russian, English, French, and Spanish and loves learning, teaching (with zest!), and analyzing grammar and literature in all four languages. She has extensive experience in formal education and has taught theatre, journalism, and media in summer camps and in various conferences. Aside from teaching and languages, her hobbies include volunteering with animals, cinema, hiking, and cooking.
Founder – Math & Problem Solving Program
Reuven Rashkovsky, B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Ed., Ph.D. (Mathematics)
Dr. Reuven Rashkovsky received his Masters degrees in Mathematics and Teaching from the University of Odessa, former USSR. Reuven worked on post-graduate studies and Ph.D. research in Mathematics at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, and at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Reuven has been a successful and sought-after teacher of Mathematics in four countries around the world as well as in Canada, specializing in math olympiad training and working with bright and gifted students. Reuven is well-known as Brain Power’s originator, as well as for his unique old-school-meets-new-school teaching style. Reuven has also been the driving force behind Brain Power Enrichment’s math workbook
Associate Instructor & Admissions Ambassador
Ron Heichman, B.Sc. (Engineering & Mathematics), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Cand.) Aerospace Engineering
Ron’s area of expertise and passion is aerospace engineering, with a focus on applied math and uncertainty quantification in structures. His degrees include aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, and mathematics. In academia, and as president of a professional engineering club, Ron has fostered a learning community focused on pursuing academic excellence through research and professional development. Ron has also been actively involved in educational outreach (via university institutions), with a focus on encouraging youth to enrol in university and pursue science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics-oriented careers.
Ron has extensive teaching experience in math, physics, computer programming, and engineering. As part of his teaching philosophy and vision, Ron focuses on cultivating a deeper understanding of mathematics with the hopes of motivating students to explore, learn about, and solve complex problems with elegance and rigour. Outside of the classroom, Ron is an avid rock climber and outdoor enthusiast. In the kitchen, he likes to apply his engineering and math acumen towards making the best food he can!
Associate Instructor & Admissions Ambassador
Samuel Tougas, B.Sc., B.Ed., MMAT
Samuel earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the University of Manitoba and continued on to complete his Bachelor of Education at the University of St-Boniface in Winnipeg, followed by a Master of Mathematics for Teachers at the University of Waterloo. Samuel has been teaching mathematics at the high-school level in both French and English for the past 13 years.
Over the years, Samuel has contributed to Manitoba Education by writing standard provincial exams and assisting with developing a new curriculum for an advanced math course. In the classroom, he strives to introduce innovative ways to connect with his students, including a “flipped classroom” model that holds students accountable to learning before and after class. This model encourages students to work, collaborate and ask questions, strengthening their knowledge of the material. This method also allows for plenty of 1-on-1 time with the teacher.
In his spare time, you will find Samuel travelling the world in the summer and playing and coaching hockey in the winter.
Ariel Sosnovsky, B.A (Actuarial Mathematics), MBAN (Business Analyst)
Ari completed his undergraduate degree in Actuarial Mathematics at York University, and his Masters in Business Analytics from Schulich school of business. During his undergraduate program he has been an active member of the university, taking part in mathematical modelling competitions (MCM Meritorious Winner, Top 8%), becoming the president of the Actuarial Society, and running Actuarial Exam Preparation classrooms for his fellow classmates.
Ari has worked with students for over 9 years, assisting them to do better in doing better in their classrooms, succeeding in their standardized exams, and learning programming languages. He is a passionate teacher who uses his experience and expertise in applied mathematics to bring new ideas and ignite interest in his students that will push them forward to success.
Michelle Stone, Honours B.Sc., B.Ed., M.A. (Mathematics)
Michelle has completed an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics along with her Bachelors of Education in Intermediate/Senior Mathematics and Science (with a specialization in Biology) from York University. Michelle has recently completed her Masters in Mathematics and currently holds a full-time, permanent, secondary teaching position with the Toronto District School Board. She has worked with a variety of students, ranging from those in a Pre-International Baccalaureate program to those with Special Education needs.
Over the years, Michelle has attained a broad range of skills which she applies daily in her teaching. She has worked extensively with students from diverse learning and cultural backgrounds. Through these experiences, she has been able to appreciate the uniqueness that exists within each school and community. Michelle creates a classroom environment that promotes and encourages students to respect themselves, their classmates, and the learning process. Outside of the classroom, she has many years of tutoring experience, and has provided both one-to-one ongoing/remedial assistance and taught students who required home schooling.
Olga Fridman, B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed., M.Sc. (Mathematics – Differential Geometry)
Olga Fridman holds Masters degrees in Mathematics and Education (Honours Specialist in Gifted Education) from the University of Toronto. She is an experienced mathematics teacher with nearly three decades of teaching in the Toronto District School Board.
Olga’s love of educating bright young minds is evident in her student-centred and inspiring approach to teaching; she is excited by critical thinking and creative problem-solving techniques, and shares her passion for mathematics with gusto. Olga is thrilled to bring her expertise in both teaching and mathematics to Brain Power.
Ella Gutin, B.Ed., M.Ed. (Mathematics)
Ella Gutin has a B.Ed, M.Ed and Mathematics Degree, she has taught in three different countries where she received many teaching certifications. Ella began her career in Russia, where she taught in an elementary school. Later she moved to Israel, where she taught mathematics in grades 1-10 and received teaching certificates from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Israel. She has also received training and implemented special education programs for gifted children and for children with learning disabilities. Upon coming to Canada she received her teaching certification and has been teaching continuously. She experienced all three-education systems and gained great knowledge and experience dealing with different students, situations, expectations, and curriculums. She is passionate about math and her goal is to inspire young minds to see the beauty of math.
While working in all three countries she always tried to develop and implant programs and methodologies to students of different levels, she strengthen her expertise in classroom management, student relations and learner retention as well as gaining in depth knowledge of children’s developmental psychology. Ella is always researching and implementing new techniques and methods to create better and more effective lesson plans.
Inna Dobrov, B.Ed., M.Ed. (Mathematics)
Inna pursued and received a degree in mathematics and education in Russia, where she began her career 35 years ago. Her experience is wide and diverse, spanning three countries and languages, and many courses. She taught in middle to high school in Russia for six years, elementary school in Israel for five years.
Inna is talented in adjusting her teaching style to the best understanding of each student and class. Her goal is to teach students to solve problems creatively and never give up. Even in math, there is often more than one path to the best solution, and that journey starts with being able to see a problem from many different angles. Inna loves seeing her students grow and succeed as they gain new skills and boost their self-confidence, accomplishing goals that seemed out of reach at first.
Associate Instructor & Admissions Ambassador
Ilya Kreynin, BASc (Industrial Engineering/Bioengineering)
Ilya received his degree from the University of Toronto, having previously attended the University of Toronto Schools (UTS). He has engineering design experience in a wide variety of fields and for many different companies, including Disney, Arup, and RBC. He teaches problem solving to individuals and teams, and he has extensive public speaking experience, including national debate championships, leadership training, 1000+ person audiences, and a TEDx talk. His love of math has been consistent from his time as a Brain Power student, through his national placement in high-school math contests, to his honours performance in a top engineering school and his work in professional settings.
Ilya’s teaching methodology is focused on taking students from first principles to independent application. He believes that true learning comes from answering two questions: “Why does this work?” and “How do I use this?” He employs an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, using links between different fields to strengthen connections and make the process fun. Whether he is teaching leadership, design, public speaking, or math, both Ilya and his students enjoy it from start to finish. Outside of teaching, Ilya enjoys many hobbies, including wrestling, reading, running, urban exploration, rugby, and programming.
Associate Instructor, Logics Facilitator
Paul Giampuzzi B.ASc. (Mechanical Engineering – Robotics)
Paul graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics Specialty) and worked in research, design, and development of custom robotic devices for different industries before realizing that he wanted to have a greater impact on today’s society and dedicated his life to education. Paul founded the University of Toronto Robotics Association, which has grown to one of the largest design clubs at the University of Toronto Engineering Department. Paul’s intrinsic design capability and leadership has led the organization to receiving many gold medals at international competitions. The organization has grown to provide design resources, software and hardware educational tutorials, high-school mentorship programs and much more. Paul’s unique blend of skills honed through his education and experience along with his enthusiastic and driven personality makes him invaluable to the Logics Academy Team.