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Ms. Alisha Grech
Alisha Grech is a writer, performer, and academic based out of Toronto, Ontario. For the past several years, Alisha has instructed students in the arts and served as the educational lead for a children’s live entertainment company, working with brands such as Treehouse, Nickelodeon, and YTV.
Alisha graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Drama and Philosophy, as well, she is the recipient of a certificate in Theatre Direction from Yale University. Most recently, she has completed her Master's at the University of Toronto in Performance Studies and is currently completing her Ph.D., as well, at the University of Toronto. Alisha is also the recipient of the Shane Baghai Fellowship in English Literature.
Alisha considers herself to be a lifelong learner and enjoys learning alongside her students. To her, reading and writing are some of the most foundational ways that we can connect with the world around us.
Ms. Ifra Jaffri
Ms. Ifrah Jaffri received her Bachelor of Engineering degree from NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan in 2014 and masters in applied sciences degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 2020. Ifrah is a passionate educator by profession and has nearly 8 years of STEM teaching experience. She is always excited about working with kids, especially about girls getting into coding and STEM-related careers. She has very much enjoyed her engineering career and hopes that with her STEM teaching, she can encourage more kids to learn and enjoy computer science and engineering.
The idea of creating an easy, visual way of learning the basics of computer science came to her when her young cousins were in elementary school. She noticed that like many other kids their age, they were not keen on technology-related matters. The school curriculum lacked a structured discipline for teaching computer science-related topics unlike other subjects such as Math, Science, or History.
Dr. Wil Friesen
Dr. Wil Friesen has been teaching for over 20 years at the university, college and high school levels, teaching everything from ancient history and literature right through to cutting edge Science Fiction and Fantasy, though he earned his Ph.D. in medieval literatures. He has also taught various writing, university preparation and public speaking courses. In addition, he has served as Vice President of an academy, Director of a university writing centre, and Chair of a university academic standards committee. He loves spending time with his wife and three daughters, teaching, reading, hiking, camping, traveling and fishing.
Mr. Andrew Wood
Mr. Andrew Wood is a teacher with decades spent in front of students, having taught young people from Kindergarten to Grade 12. He retired from the TDSB in 2019 after many years of teaching a wide range of subjects at all elementary grades, including extensive experience as both an Immersion and Core French teacher.
Mr. Wood’s qualifications include an Honours B.A. (University of Ottawa); a Master of Fine Arts (New York University) and a Bachelor of Education (University of Toronto). In addition to these academic degrees he is also a longtime member of Toastmasters International, spending many years in leadership positions and holding the title of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).
Mr. Wood has had a close association with Wells Academy since its start-up. Among the many courses he has taught at Wells Academy are Critical Reading and Creative Writing for Gr.3-4, Gr.5-6 and Gr.7-9 students; French for Beginner and Intermediate students; Public Speaking; “Write Right in English” and “Boost Your Speaking Power” for adult learners.
Mr. Wood believes in actively engaging his students as much as possible, as well as in using a variety of education technologies, with the goal to promote among his students both a love of learning and a commitment to try their best.
Dr. Neil Stanley
Dr. Neil Stanley is a passionate educator with nearly a decade of classroom experience. Whether leading seminars and lectures in University, discussing literature and writing techniques with primary age children or providing one on one tutoring, Dr. Stanley is comfortable in a wide range of academic settings.
Dr. Stanley received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Guelph in 2011, his Master of Arts in History from Western University in 2012 and his Doctor of Philosophy in History from Western University in 2017. His research deals with sports, communal identity and the legacy of deindustrialization.
Dr. Stanley has been working at Wells Academy since 2018. He currently teaches Critical Reading and writing courses for Grade 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending long hours researching film history, snuggling with his dogs Buddy and Daisy, and composing songs on his guitar.
Miss Ashley Costa
Ashley is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying Peace, Conflict and Justice, which is an interdisciplinary look at various global issues through the lens of political science and sociology. At Wells Academy, she offers courses in Debate strategies and skills. Over the past six years, she has been involved in debate at both the high school and university level. In high school, she helped co-head her school’s debate team. She continued on and joined the Hart House debate team at UofT, giving her experience both debating and judging university competitions. Currently, she is on the Hart House debate executive. She runs weekly meetings and mentors new debaters joining for the first time, or transitioning from high school debate. Furthermore, she helps to run volunteer debating outreach through her school with members of the community and enjoys helping to spread her love of debating.
Miss Kathryn Malek
Kathryn Malek is an Ontario Certified Teacher and is certified as a Primary Junior Instructor. Kathryn has also instructed students in the arts. She has taught students at Young Peoples Theatre, Little Fingers Music and Theatre Aurora.
Miss Malek’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education degree from Queens University. She also studied drama at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and Film Production at Ryerson University. Miss Malek has written two plays and is a published author. She is also a Certified Life Coach.
Since joining Wells Academy in 2020, Miss Malek has instructed the Level 1/2 Speaking and Writing Courses and the Level 3/4 Speaking and Writing Courses.
Miss Malek enjoys encouraging her students to express themselves through writing and speaking. Being able to express oneself is an extraordinary gift and skill that will benefit students for their entire lives.