Educational Coaching Services

Meet your Educational Coach: Laura Hoevenaars, OCT

I am a creative, passionate individual with a love for learning and a desire to inspire others to have the same. I am a qualified and certified teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers with particular experience in the Primary and Junior divisions and English as a Second Language (ESL) for all ages - from JK to adult. I bring over twelve years of one-on-one teaching experience to my profession and provide educational experiences for each of my students to help foster their growth as learners at school and beyond, enabling your child to see their own potential for academic success!

Please take a look at my resume below for further information on my qualifications and recognitions.

  • Sensitive to the diverse cultural, social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of each student and dedicated to fostering their growth
  • Experienced with twelve consecutive years of teaching in a variety of contexts including: private piano lessons, elementary and adult ESL, mainstream classes, and one-on-one tutoring
  • Respected among colleagues for leadership, organization, and encouraging positive morale
  • Interests: music, reading, camping, cooking, and running
Professional Skills
  • Organization & Flexibility
  • Collaborating & Partnering
  • Strong Oral & Written Communication Skills
  • Creative & Engaging Implementation of Curriculum
  • Positive Work Ethic
Special Recognitions
  • Magna Cum Laude | 2010
  • Tribes Training Certification | 2010
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Academic Achievement List | 2006-2010
  • York University Continuing Student Scholarship Award | 2009
  • Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 9 Honours | 2006

Recent Teaching Experience:

Piano Teacher | 1998 to Present

  • Encourage personal motivation through engaging and individualized lessons
  • Communicate home regularly with parents and help them support their child's progress
  • Develop students' self-assessment abilities and awareness of personal strengths and areas for improvement
  • Uphold Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) standards to prepare students for exams
  • Pursue professional growth opportunities through relevant RCM workshops and seminars
Grade 6 Student Teacher | 2009-2010
  • Upheld a safe and welcoming learning environment and strong rapport with staff and students alike
  • Taught literacy, math, health, physical education, music, visual arts, drama, social studies, science, computers, and library on a weekly basis throughout the year then daily for a month
  • Collaborated with colleagues, parents, and vice-principal to create and implement  the Junior Drama Club
Adult ESL & Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Benchmarks 3-5 Student Teacher | 2009
  • Implemented a wide range of cohesive, fun, and progressive specially-designed units and lesson plans
  • Engaged learners in communicative language learning with authentic tasks and materials
Grade 3 Student Teacher | 2007-2008
  • Comprehensively taught students of various levels with unique learning needs including Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and English Language Learners (ELLs)
  • Helped students academically and socially prepare for EQAO testing
  • Validated and celebrated students' cultural backgrounds within curriculum content for more meaningful learning
  • Initiated and co-led an arts-based extracurricular morning reading program to encourage literacy and creativity

Related Work Experience:

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Designer Intern | Summer 2009

  • Developed a pilot ESL program including initiatives for the growth of its students and administrative maintenance
  • Created supplementary pedagogical material to adapt curriculum for the program's learners

Related Volunteer Experience:

  • Grade 7 Classroom Volunteer | 2010-Present
  • Grades 2-5 Classroom Volunteer | 2010-Present
  • Grades 1-4 Sunday School Teacher | 2002-2007, 2008-2010
  • Youth Leader | 2004-2005, 2008-2010
  • Overseas Kids' Camp Counselor | Summer 2008
  • Women's Shelter Homework Club Mentor | 2006-2007
  • ESL Teacher Assistant | 2003-2006
  • Overseas Kids' Camp Counselor & Manual Labour Project Volunteer | Spring 2005
  • Overseas Kids' Orphanage Camp Counselor | Summers 2000 & 2001


Additional Qualification - English as as Second Language (ESL) Part 1 | July 2010
York University

Bachelor of Education | June 2010
York University

Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (Honours) | June 2010
York University

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate | June 2010
York University

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