Meet the Team 

Billy Francis, B.Eng

Founder and CEO

Billy graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2017. His main experience involved courses in material performance, aerospace, and rocket propulsion. Billy currently works full-time as an Aerospace Engineer for the Department of National Defence and supports the company on his spare time.

Billy started as a tutor in Grade 12, teaching younger grades the principles of Math and Science as well as helping them with their homework. He enjoyed this so much that he pursued more students on a weekly basis throughout his university career. In university, Billy acquired a position as a teaching assistant for the second year engineering graphical design course at Carleton University teaching the fundamentals of 3D modelling using computer software. He now has more than 11 years of tutoring experience under his belt, ensuring that his students succeed in their courses.

Billy runs the company to ensure every student's needs are met and that they have the perfect mentor to help them succeed. 

Areas of Expertise: Math, Calculus, Science, Physics, Aerospace Propulsion, Aerodynamics

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Juan Posada, B.Eng, M.A.Sc

Tutor and Administrator

Juan graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a Master of Applied Science in Aerospace Engineering. His research involved the testing of specialized equipment for cooling geostationary satellites while also developing a mathematical model to predict test results. Juan obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with a concentration in Space Systems Design from Carleton where he worked on the design of a CubeSat, taking the role of lead systems integrator for the project. On the side, Juan also founded the Carleton Planetary Robotics Team which builds mars rovers to participate in competitions worldwide. Juan currently works as an Aerospace Engineer for the Department of National Defence.

Juan worked as a tutor for IB schools through his senior year in high school for Math, Physics and Biology. Since starting university, Juan has worked as a teaching assistant in various math, physics and engineering courses, providing him with over 8 years of experience supporting students.

Areas of Expertise: Math, Calculus, Science, Physics, Heat Transfer, Orbital Mechanics, Satellite Design, Thermodynamics 

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Bronwyn Skelley, B.Eng

Tutor

Bronwyn graduated from Carleton University in 2018 with a Bachelors degree in Software Engineering with a Minor in Industrial Economics. Bronwyn is passionate about sharing her love of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) with others, and has been a part of initiatives such as Go Code Girl and Go Eng Girl, which introduce young girls to the fun of STEM!

Throughout university she was a Teacher's Assistant for linear algebra and computer programming, helping students learn problem solving and analytical skills.

Areas of Expertise: Math, Computer Science, Calculus, Vectors, Advanced Functions, Physics, Science

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Ben Campbell, B.Sc

Tutor

Ben is a graduate of Carleton University where he completed a Bachelors of Computer Science. Ben enjoys working in both software development and teaching. He's worked two software developer jobs over the course of his degree that bolstered his skills in solving problems through code. Ben graduated high school having gone through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program which helped form a solid understanding in a number of school subjects.

Ben strives to teach lesson concepts in a way that all students can understand. He's excited to help every student he works with to succeed! 

Areas of Expertise: Math, Calculus, Vectors, Computer Science, Advanced Functions, Science
 

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Holly Reis, B.Sc

Tutor

Holly graduated from Queen’s university in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and is currently in her first year of a second bachelor’s degree at the faculty of education at Western University. Throughout her undergraduate degree she supported numerous students with a wide range of abilities at the university level following her high school tutoring experience. She has been a tutor in numerous subjects for all ages since the 10th grade and her passion for helping students has translated to her seeking out a teaching career. Additionally, she spent her time in university volunteering with Students 4 Special Olympics as the co-president which runs a free soccer program for students with disabilities in the community.

Holly grew up actively being a competitive ringette and lacrosse player even winning provincials with her teams in both sports. She understands the importance of balancing time between academics and extracurriculars while continuing to be an advocate for the importance of physical activity within the community.

She is passionate about helping students meet and exceed their own expectations and experience a successful academic career. She has always loved school and enjoys passing along her love of academics to the younger generation!

Areas of Expertise: English/ Language arts, Math, French, Biology, Essay and paper writing/editing, Anatomy, Science

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Marcie van Weerdhuizen, B.ASc, M.Eng

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Marcie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering (2016) from the University of Waterloo, and a Master of Engineering Science (2019) from Western University. Her research was focused on how to make decisions about rehabilitation in existing concrete buildings in ways that improve current building code approaches. She has always loved buildings and design and has spent the past few years working in at a structural engineering firm in London, ON. She loves that math and science help us understand how things work in the real world and hopes to learn more as she trains to become a teacher at Western University.

During her graduate studies, Marcie was a teaching assistant for courses in statics and structural steel design. Over the years she has volunteered at a number of after-school programs, sports teams, and camps. In her free time, Marcie likes creating and exploring the world by sewing, cooking, cycling, and camping.

Areas of Expertise: Math, Calculus, Vectors, Advanced Functions, Physics, Science

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Marianne Jeffery, OCT Certified Teacher, B.Ed

Tutor

Marianne graduated from the University of Ottawa twice, with an Honours Bachelor in Psychology and a Bachelor of Education. She has also completed a diploma in Child and Youth Work and has worked with children and youth for over 15 years. As a new teacher, Marianne is committed to helping inspire students to find their own love of learning. She invites you to visit her website to learn more about her teaching style and values. http://betteryourlearning.com/

Marianne grew up in the Ottawa Valley and has lived in various places across Ontario and B.C. As a person and a teacher, she believes in and advocates for social justice for minority groups, the environment and equitable education for every student. Marianne is also a lifelong learner herself and is always learning how to teach something better and with fun and variety in her lessons. Sometimes, you just need to take a lesson outside.

Areas of Expertise: Primary and Junior level Mathematics, Language and Science

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Alia Nichol

Tutor

Alia is a fourth-year Biomedical Mechanical Engineering student at Carleton University. She is currently completing her co-op at Gastops as a Test Engineer where she supports the design and improvement of oil debris monitoring devices for aerospace and defence applications. For many years, Alia worked for the UOttawa Adventures in Science and Engineering program where she organized various activities for youth involving Python programming, robotics, 3D modelling, laser cutting, and chemistry experiments. She currently works for a similar program called Virtual Ventures. Virtual Ventures is a not-for-profit organization run under the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University. Alia is a Program Assistant for Technovation Girls – the world’s largest global tech entrepreneurship competition for girls that teaches creative thinking, design prototyping, marketing, and computer programming.

Alia also loves volunteering for the engineering community and has been heavily involved in Engineers Without Borders and the Carleton University Biomedical Engineering Society. She has taken on Vice-President roles where she organized outreach events, design competitions, and conferences for first-year students and high school students.

Alia has 6+ years of tutoring experience and has worked with youth and children for over 10 years now. With each student, she aims to develop a personalized study program which fits the student’s needs and learning style. She is passionate about building confidence in her students and working with them to achieve their academic goals. She also aims to integrate academic coaching and study skills into her sessions which include strengthening time management, goal setting, memory techniques, study strategies, organizational skills, test preparation, and test taking strategies – all of which improve academic performance and enable student success!

Areas of expertise: Math, Calculus and Vectors, Advanced Functions, Science

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Tim Hadjis, B.Sc

Tutor

Tim has over 8 years of experience tutoring high school students in math and science. His teaching approach focuses on instilling confidence in students and delivering practical solutions that address students’ needs. He also helps students achieve their academic goals by creating personalized study plans.

Tim graduated from McGill University with a MSc in neuropsychiatric sciences and has published his research in peer-reviewed journals.

Areas of Expertise: Math, Calculus, Chemistry, Biology, Science

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Salih Abouassali, B.ASc, P.Eng

Tutor

Salih graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2018 with a Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Manufacturing and Design. Prior to that, Salih completed an advanced diploma in Marine Engineering Technology at Georgian College. He currently works as a Project engineer for the Victoria Class Submarines at the Department of National Defence. Salih is a certified Professional Engineer with Professional Engineers of Ontario.Salih has over 7 years of tutoring experience in STEM courses a the high school and university level.

  Salih’s main focus is to ensure that the student gets a fundamental understanding of the problem/homework and gain analytical skills to tackle them. 

Areas of Expertise: Mathematics, Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Physics, Ordinary Differential Equations and Numerical Methods, Engineering Mechanics, SOLIDWORKS & CAD, Engineering Materials, Machine Design, Fluid Mechanics, Manufacturing 

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Aleksandra Bushueva, B.Sc

Tutor

Aleksandra graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry with a Minor in Food Science in 2022. Currently she is pursuing a Master of Applied Science degree in Biological Engineering at the University of Guelph, where her research will involve pasteurization of foodstuffs with a high voltage atmospheric cold plasma. During her studies at Carleton University, she has completed a 16-month co-op term with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in a position of Assistant Risk Evaluator, where as a part of a team she has performed ecological risk assessments of various new chemicals and polymers being imported or manufactured in Canada.
 
Aleksandra has acquired teaching experience from working as a Teaching Assistant for second year analytical and organic chemistry laboratories at Carleton University. She has also worked as a Research Assistant to aid in the development of an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) program for the undergraduate Chemistry students. Aleksandra started helping her peers with chemistry courses since high school and found a tremendous personal motivation from seeing their improvement of grades and development of a pure interest for the subject just after a few studying sessions. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with students to help them find the right path through a tough academic journey.

Areas of Expertise: Science, Chemistry, Food Science and Nutrition, Microbiology, Toxicology, Math, Calculus, Advanced Functions

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Melissa Bonilla

Tutor

Melissa is a professional in Chemical Engineering who graduated from Universidad de Costa Rica (one of the top Universities in Costa Rica and Latin America). During her undergrad, she participated in Science contests where she won awards and she published an article about how to awaken the interest in Science Learning with cost-effective materials in the Journal of Chemical Education. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University doing research in Polymerization.

She has five years of hands-on experience as an Engineer in different industries but also as a Lecturer teaching about Mass transfer and General Chemistry. Her journey as a tutor started in 2015 and hasn’t stopped since then because she discovered her passion for helping students acquire analytical techniques to thrive in their STEM courses to achieve their academic and professional goals. She understands that every person learns differently which is why she always adapts her lessons to the student’s needs. Finally, she wants her students to feel safe and comfortable asking as many questions as they need because that curiosity will improve their learning experience.

She is an outgoing and friendly person that enjoys dancing, watching movies and good food.

Areas of Expertise: Polymers, Mass Transfer, Materials Science, Research and Product Development, Design of Experiments, Project Management, Renewable Resources, and Science. 

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Kiven Vuong

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Kiven is currently an undergraduate student at Western University. He is completing his Bachelor of Science in Medical Science. Throughout his undergraduate degree, he founded an organization dedicated to creating open-access education resources reducing financial barriers for university students. Kiven has several publications in peer-reviewed medical journals dedicated to researching neurological and cardiological problems. Kiven has founded a non-profit initiative to teach first-year university students how to build their careers in biological research.

Kiven has worked with youths from age 6 to 17 during his undergraduate time. He volunteered with several organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Swimming with a Mission.

Kiven’s goal is to help students thoroughly understand a concept and teach them how to approach problems from a conceptual perspective rather than memorization.

Areas of Expertise: Calculus, primary and junior level mathematics, algebra, biology, history, geography and high school science

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