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Our Team

We help students and families who are affected by ADHD and executive functioning difficulties achieve academic and personal success by providing evidence-based strategies, advocacy, cheerleading, and support from the heart. We provide more than just coaching — we change lives :

  • We go above and beyond.

  • We are change-makers and cheerleaders.

  • We go beyond listening--- we hear from the heart.

  • We seamlessly integrate intuition and action.

  • We follow through and get it done.

  • We believe that success is fluid and can be achieved by everyone.

  • We believe in fairness, honesty and accountability.

 

All of our Coaches have broad, rich and varied backgrounds in related fields, such as education, psychology and human relations. After navigating our highly selective hiring process and successfully completing our specially-designed Brightside training course, our team holds extensive knowledge about coaching, executive functions, ADHD, learning disabilities, and building important and impactful relationships with students and families. They also gain access to an enormous database of strategies and academics supports, as well as regular opportunities for professional development. 

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Robin Bernstein, CEO & Founder

Robin holds a B.A. from Concordia University, a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa and is also a Certified ADHD Coach for teens and college students. She has over 10 years of experience teaching and coaching students with ADHD, learning disabilities, and Asperger's, as well as working with at-risk youth and students who have difficulty with motivation and self-esteem. After working in the education sector for several years, Robin identified two extremely worrisome trends that she felt would be very important to address: (1) students were becoming lost in the crowd as a result of large class sizes, overworked teachers, and procedural and policy limitations, and (2) youth were increasingly experiencing social issues, had negative self-images, and felt helplessness and hopelessness.  She understood that youth were in great need of guidance and support, and as a result, founded Brightside Learning, its main goal to ensure that students have access to an all-encompassing support service that they help design and are accountable to, thus being able to achieve their greatest potential.

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Abiraam Samithamby

Abiraam (Abi) is a Specialized Tutor at Brightside. He is a recent 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. With his support, he hopes to assist students in recognizing and growing those strengths so they can confidently strive towards reaching their full potential!

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Angie Gjika

Angie is a Specialized Tutor at Brightside. She is in her final year at McGill University majoring in International Development Studies and Sociology. ith 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!

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Christina Puliatti

Christina is a Team Lead and Executive Function Coach at Brightside. She holds a B.Ed. from McGill University and is an ADHD and Executive Function Coach. She has extensive experience in the field of education and has been coaching students with executive functioning difficulties, ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and those struggling with self-confidence, for over 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. Currently, through coaching, Christina aims to deliver comprehensive support to students and families 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.

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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 is an Executive Function Coach at Brighside. He 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!

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Madelynn Hunt

Madelynn is an Executive Function Coach and Specialized Tutor at Brightside. She is originally from BC but has been living in Montreal for the last five years. She recently finished 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! 

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Melissa St. Onge

Melissa is an Executive Function Coach and Specialized Tutor at Brightside. 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!

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