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Notre équipe

Nous aidons les étudiants et les familles qui sont touchés par le TDAH et les difficultés de fonctionnement exécutif à réussir académiquement et personnellement en fournissant des stratégies fondées sur des preuves, des plaidoyers, des encouragements et un soutien du cœur. Nous fournissons plus que du coaching — nous changeons des vies :

  • Nous allons au-delà.

  • Nous sommes des acteurs du changement et des pom-pom girls.

  • Nous allons au-delà de l'écoute --- nous entendons avec le cœur.

  • Nous intégrons parfaitement l'intuition et l'action.

  • Nous suivons et le faisons.

  • Nous croyons que le succès est fluide et peut être atteint par tout le monde.

  • Nous croyons en l'équité, l'honnêteté et la responsabilité.

 

Tous nos coachs ont des parcours larges, riches et variés dans des domaines connexes, tels que l'éducation, la psychologie et les relations humaines. Après avoir suivi notre processus d'embauche hautement sélectif et suivi avec succès notre cours de formation Brightside spécialement conçu, notre équipe possède des connaissances approfondies sur le coaching, les fonctions exécutives, le TDAH, les troubles d'apprentissage et l'établissement de relations importantes et percutantes avec les étudiants et les familles. Ils ont également accès à une énorme base de données de stratégies et de supports académiques, ainsi qu'à des opportunités régulières de développement professionnel. 

Meet Our Founder & CEO

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I am a Student Success Specialist and the Founder of Brightside Learning. I hold a B.A from Concordia University, a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa, and a Certificate in ADHD Coaching for teens and college students. Over the past 15+ years, I have put my heart and soul into helping students and families affected by ADHD, executive functioning difficulties and learning disabilities, build academic and executive function skills, develop self-confidence, manage anxiety, and become active and engaged in their own learning and lives through personalized coaching sessions. 

There is absolutely nothing like the feeling of knowing you have helped impact and positively influence the life of a student, it's one of the most rewarding and heartfelt feelings I've ever known. The student success I have personally witnessed has been life-changing, not just for the students and families, but for me as well. I've been told that I have a special gift when working with students and that's why I created Brightside Learning, with its own specialized coach training program, so that more students and families could be reached and supported!

I believe that supporting student development and success encompasses a personalized heartfelt approach. With foundations rooted in attachment theory, emotion coaching and executive skills coaching, best practices for supporting students to achieve success are attained by combining skill-building in executive function development, critical thinking and doing, emotional intelligence, academic strategy and becoming active and engaged participants in their own lives. Brightside has been a labour of love and I am so proud to be able to continue to help make real change in the lives of students and families!

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Meet Our Team

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Abiraam Samithamby

Abiraam (Abi) is a graduate from the Honours Psychology (B.A.) program at Concordia University. He has more than five years of experience working as a math and English tutor and is passionate about guiding students and seeing their eyes light up when they understand a new concept! He believes that every student has unique strengths waiting to be discovered, developed, and celebrated!

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Angie Gjika

Angie is in her final year at McGill University majoring in International Development Studies and Sociology. With a keen understanding of global issues and a commitment to fostering learning, Angie brings a unique perspective to her tutoring, helping students not only excel academically but also develop a broader understanding of the world around them!

Antoine

Antoine Cammalleri

Antoine holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Literature, from Concordia University and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Teaching and Learning at McGill University. Antoine is beginning his journey as a high school teacher and has worked as a sailing coach and instructor for over 5 years, helping youth of all ages achieve their sport and personal goals. Antoine is passionate about learning, creating, and connecting. He loves to work closely with students and equip them with the best tools possible so they can succeed in school and in life.

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Christina Puliatti

Christina holds a B.Ed. from McGill University and has extensive experience in the field of education. She has been working with students with executive functioning difficulties, ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and those struggling with self-confidence, for more than 10 years. A former classroom teacher, Christina began her career in the public school system, where she recognized that many students were in need of individualized support to build crucial skills for personal and academic success; something that is often not addressed in the classroom. Through coaching, Christina aims to deliver comprehensive support through the development and implementation of strategies that enable students to understand, develop and identify their own strengths so that they can unlock their full potential.

Laura

Laura Bondi

Laura is the Administrator at Brightside. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University and has worked for numerous years in the financial services industry. Her extensive background in customer service allows her to efficiently anticipate and respond to the varying needs of the clients she worked with and to ensure that all Brightside's students and families are well taken care of!

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Liam Spears

Liam holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology, from McGill University and is currently pursuing a BFA Honours in Screenwriting at York University. He has many years of experience working with children, teenagers, and young adults with learning disabilities and neurodivergence. He also has experience coordinating camp programs and coaching youth basketball. When working with students, Liam places a strong focus on providing exactly the right amount of support so that they can reach the next level as independently as possible!

Madelynn

Madelynn Hunt

Madelynn completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Honours History, and a minor in English Literature and Indigenous Studies. Currently, she is enrolled in the Masters of Education, program at McGill. She has always loved working with kids and is extremely passionate about the work she is doing at Brightside! 

Melissa

Melissa St. Onge

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University, and is currently pursuing a second degree in psychology. She has more than 13 years of experience working in the fields of education and health, and loves supporting students to better understand the concepts they are learning at school. Melissa is also passionate about finding tools and techniques that work best for each individual student and helping them apply these into their academic and everyday lives!

Reem Abdul Al

Reem Abdul Al

Reem holds a Bachelor of Arts from Grant Macewan University and has many years of dedicated experience supporting children and families with ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum and more.Reem is creative, passionate and takes pride in the work she does. She loves helping students succeed by finding the right tools that work best for them. Reem believes in the importance of finding the strengths of each student and supporting them by understanding their unique needs, learning styles and fostering a supportive learning environment.

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