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Sara D.

CAD $60/hr

Ontario Certified Teacher - English Conversation & Writing

Tutor Information


My teaching style is strategy-based. I work with students to help them become more confident, articulate, and specific in their use of language. I’m different from other tutors because I will NOT waste your time by giving you worksheets and rote homework that won’t help you improve— during our sessions, you will receive 100% of my full, collaborative and undivided attention. About me: I am the proud daughter of a life-long entrepreneur with a passion for storytelling, communication, and bringing ideas to life. Relationship-building comes naturally to me because I treat every exchange as an opportunity for learning and growth. I often rely on my knack for scaffolding concepts to effectively communicate with students, clients, colleagues, and shareholders alike. I exude strong ambassadorship, adaptive thinking, and an experience-driven approach to self-, copy, and business development. I have also been published across several platforms including, the Seattle NFT Museum, and FELA tv.


Montreal, Quebec, Canada


English, French, Farsi




High School


University of Ottawa

2018 - 2020
Bachelor of Education, Teacher's Education
Teachable Subject: English - Language Arts Professional Focus: Emphasis on developing Socratic classroom principals, performances of understanding, project-based learning, media critique, and philosophy. My approach is largely focused on encouraging the development of students' communication skills overall. I practice ongoing assessment and enjoy conferencing with the student to provide feedback and support.

Carleton University

2007 - 2014
Bachelor of Honours in the Arts, Communications & Psychology
My degree in Communications held a focus on branding, political thought, and the art of persuasion through rhetoric. Throughout my time at university, I also maintained a very strong interest in psychology and in particular, language development. These interests shifted my studies towards a multi-disciplinary approach, which led me to pursue coursework in English literature, creative writing, and linguistics.

Work Experience

Elmwood School for Girls

October 2020 - present
Professional Tutor

Ashbury College

January 2020 - February 2020
Debate Judge at the Third Annual Churchill Debate
- Invited to serve as an official debate judge at the Third Annual Churchill Debate, Grade 9-12 - Judged 4 separate, formal debates for an event that included 6 competing high schools from Ottawa area *Please note* - the date range function of this website only enables me to specify month-to-month employment. The official debate took place on one day.

Earl of March Secondary School – Grade 8

September 2019 - January 2020
Student Teacher
- Completed over 150 hours during Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 Practicum - Developed & successfully executed PBL-inspired project for Cells & Organ Systems unit (Grade 8 Science) - Implemented a weekly media module entitled ‘Media Module Wednesdays’ to support the development of critical media literacy skills and digital democracy among students (Grade 8 English-Language Arts)

Alta Vista Public School – Grade 3/4

September 2018 - April 2019
Student Teacher
- Completed over 150 hours during Practicum and Community Service Learning placements - Provided French-language support to students in Grade 1 and 2; one-to-one support for ELL learners - Created and implemented weekly Math module sessions to encourage students’ innovative thinking & problem solving, designed and executed a “Create Your Own Math Module” project (Grade 3/4 Math)

West Ottawa Tutoring

October 2015 - present
English - Language Arts Tutor ((Grade 9-12)
- Worked with students to assess their current skill level, collaborated with parents to design appropriate strategies for improvement - Emphasis on Socratic reasoning to enhance close-reading analysis & develop strong essay writing strategies

Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA)

October 2015 - May 2016
Programming Commissioner for Clubs & Societies
- Reported to Vice President Internal, acted as liaison between club executives and bank officials - Co-coordinated launch of CUSA Hub database, in collaboration with Ottawa-based tech startup CampusVibe - Successfully planned and hosted the 2016 Awards Gala for Clubs and Societies for over 200 attendees - Oversaw club bank accounts, budgets, funding, and operations of over 300 unique student clubs - Mentored club executives and mediated conflict resolution between members on a daily basis *Please note* - this is the only un-elected position within the CUSA administration. There was no campaign leading up to my employment, and I secured this position via traditional means of hire (i.e.: submitting an application and going through a merit-based interview process)


August 2012 - present
Freelance Copywriter
- Developed copy for a multitude of projects including short films, print advertisements, press releases, digital bios, social media posts, blogs, and other digital content. - Executed projects from conceptual infancy to their final, deliverable state: polished, ready to be shared, and ready to be purchased. - Collaborated with engineers, art directors, small business owners, and professionals of all designations to determine the best project strategy. - Conducted thorough research to understand every project’s target demographic - Produced strategic and persuasive copy that considers market and cultural trends. - Edited and thoroughly proofread all work to ensure accuracy, consistency, and cohesion with brand voice, vision, and objective. - Always followed up with clients to ensure their continued success and satisfaction, which often led to further collaboration and longterm business relationships. - Lead Script Writer for "Defining Brave" (2021) short film by FELA tv. - Banner Writer for Sage Sarvie exhibit; Pioneering Women showcase at the Seattle NFT Museum, March 2022. Client Shortlist:, Seattle NFT Museum, The Urban Writers Publishing Co., Oola™ Baby Blog and Merchandise. Project Niches: - Email, Invoice, and Budget templates - Summaries of key market-moving events - Synopsis for artwork, Social Media posts - Memoir - Fiction - Grant/Proposal Writing - Essays - Scriptwriting


Extremely Helpful and Incredibly Kind

I had the pleasure of receiving help from Sara, who is a wonderful tutor. She helped me with my university literature essay and gave me lots of great feedback. I highly suggest Sara, she will definitely help you bring out your inner academic.
By: Jay