Our Team

Brent S.

Brent S.

Head Coach, Debate
Brent's Bio

Brent has been teaching and competing at debate tournaments for more than 7 years. As a debater, Brent competed for Western University and the University of Toronto, achieving multiple speaker awards and tournament victories in different debate styles both in Canada and abroad. Brent has taught and trained debaters of all ages, ranging from students as young as grade 6 to some of the best university debaters in Canada and the United States. As a debater and instructor, Brent has a wide range of experience in debate and is well respected in the high school and university debating circuits throughout North America.

Lily W.

Lily W.

Head, Mathematics

Lily W. graduated from Teacher College majoring in Mathematics. Since then, she has been teaching Mathematics for more than 25 years. Lily is very engaging and holds the attention of students in all discussions. She has thorough knowledge of the school’s curriculum and other standards and she ensures her teaching meets those standards. Lily also has high expectations of their students and encourages everyone to always work at their best level. In Canada alone, many of students Lily taught have won awards in various math contests and have been accepted by top colleges such as Ivy League schools.

Nirupan S.

Nirupan S.

Head Coach, MUN

Nirupan has won many MUN awards in all different levels of competition in Canada and abroad. As the managing director of the Canada-Japan Research Group, Nirupan is charged with the challenge of coordinating students across Canada and Japan with the collective goal of supporting our rural populations.
Nirupan’s areas of interest are in public policy, politics, and community engagement. He was the campaign director for TDSB Trustee Parthi Kandavel, and has represented Scarborough-Agincourt at the City Youth Council of Toronto.

Sam B.

Sam B.

Instructor, DECA

Sam is a business consultant to various businesses who provides strategic advices to executives, makes high-stake decisions on what and how to drive business objectives, and leads business initiatives to add more values to operations. He spent four years as a member of the Innisdale DECA Chapter, serving as a Chapter Vice-President for two of those. As Vice-President, Sam gained experience teaching business concepts and public speaking skills to high school students. Over the course of his DECA career, Sam won a total of thirteen competitive awards, including two podium finishes and six awards for excellent written scores. Sam received a Certificate of DECA Leadership at the 2013 International Career Development Conference, and attended the 2015 ICDC in Orlando as a competitor representing DECA Ontario.

 

 

Doris Z.

Doris Z.

Coach, DECA

Doris has participated in numerous Debate and DECA competitions and has achieved outstanding results; she is the winner of the 2017 International Career Development Conference (ICDC) Franchise Business Plan. She has also accumulated a lot of experience in pre-match training and experience for high school students participating in the DECA competition. Doris is eager to inspire more students to study DECA, and will help students improve their abilities and reach their full potential.

Matt T.

Matt T.

Teacher, SAT, SSAT, Essay

Matt is a product of the University of Toronto’s English, Philosophy, and Sociology programs, he is well versed in multiple writing disciplines and carries a long tradition of high standards and strong results into the classroom. Matt has taught students of all ages and skill levels how to elevate their written work, inspiring a passion for writing that his students carry with them through post secondary education and into their professional lives. His expectations are high but fair, Matt goes to great lengths to adapt his lessons to accommodate the needs of individual students and ensure their success, through patience and persistence he instills in his class not just a love of writing, but also the discipline required to do it well.

Mr. Fu

Mr. Fu

Teacher, Mathematics

Mr. Fu graduated from Nanjing University, and has taught physics and mathematics in various Chinese Universities and high schools. He later obtained undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in physics and mathematics in Canada. Since then, Mr. Fu has taught mathematics and physics at Ontario public schools for more than 20 years. His teaching style has been described as rigorous, yet reasonable and methodical. He is a patient, compassionate, open-minded, and wise individual – a rare teacher and true friend.

Denys L.

Denys L.

Instructor, Innovation Program
Denys' Bio

Denys is an innovation instructor at LinkedKey teaching Computer Fundamentals and Computer Contest classes. He is a third year student at U of T studying computer science.

Programming and Teaching Experience

Denys has previously taught Public Speaking, Debate and Computer Fundamentals at LinkedKey as well as leading his Highschool debate and computer science clubs.
Denys has worked a number of internships building mobile and web applications at companies such as RBC & Geotab.
He’s also built mobile apps and websites for clients and currently leads the student group of Silicon Halton called Tech Under Twenty.
Education

Denys is currently in his third year of Computer Science and Employment relations at U of T. He previously completed the International Baccalaureate at White Oaks Secondary School.
Ms. Zhang

Ms. Zhang

Teacher, Mathematics

Ms. Zhang has majors in mathematics and physics in both her undergraduate and graduate studies. She was a physics professor at Zhengzhou University, and after obtaining an Ontario teaching license from Mc Master University in 2004, she has been teaching AP Calculus and high school mathematics in private high schools ever since. Ms. Zhang’s teaching style is rigorous and simple, easygoing and tolerant, and she encourages an open and understanding classroom environment. She treats students with kindness and is a teacher who radiates brilliance.

Kenny

Kenny

Teacher, Physics & Chemistry

Kenny is an accomplished teacher with a high degree in mathematics and teaching. He is a mathematics and physics teacher in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board and the Peel District School Board.  Additionally, he was a top researcher for the Canadian Space Society at York University. He is often described by students as “one of the most knowledgeable people”, and is known for his clear and informative lectures.

Gavin Z.

Gavin Z.

Teacher, Computer

Gavin graduated with a degree in Software Engineering and has 20 years of professional computer software experience. He has worked as senior engineer, architect, technical lead, and Vice Tech Director in companies such as Tencent, Intel. He has also worked in Chinese universities and colleges and has taught many computer courses, such as C++ programming and computer networking. Gavin is good at conducting computer programming technology interviews, and has served as the main interviewer many times. He is proficient in multiple computer languages including C++, C, Python, Java, C#, and Pascal. He has in-depth knowledge of data structures and algorithms, and has several patents for computer algorithms.

Jenny H.

Jenny H.

Coach, Public Speaking

Jenny is currently a student at McMaster University, majoring in the Health Sciences. As a White Oaks Debate Executive, Jenny has coached students of various age groups through summer workshops and year-round team meetings on various formats of debate and public speaking. She has also advanced to many out-rounds in debate including the Harvard World Schools Invitational and the Hart House High School Debate Tournament at University of Toronto.

Mr.Hu

Mr.Hu

Teacher, Mathematics

Mr. Hu holds a PHD degree of physics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Hu was previously a researcher for the High Energy Physics Institute in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and now he is in Canada working on the design, safety, and maintenance of nuclear reactors, with high attainment in his field of expertise. Dr. Hu loves math, is passionate about teaching, and often tutors students in math and physics outside of work. When teaching, he is good at utilizing many methods to analyze problems and using rigorous logic to attract students’ attention. Students not only become more knowledgeable but they are often influenced and inspired by Dr. Hu’s passion for knowledge and conscientious academic attitude. As such, students learn to calmly and independently think about problems.

Jane L.

Jane L.

Teacher, Mathematics

Mrs. Liu is a mathematics program graduate from a Normal University in China. She has over 10 years of experience teaching middle and high school math in middle schools. Moreover, she was once a district special researcher, where she participated in the writing and development of new teaching material. After immigration, Mrs. Liu did dedicated research into Canadian elementary math teaching material as well as the various types of questions typically seen in math contests. She is also familiar with the IB and AP curriculums. Mrs. Liu compares focus points between Chinese and Canadian math teaching materials and analyzes learning patterns of students from these two countries. This has helped her devise an effective teaching method which she incorporates into her teaching routine. She is proficient at simplifying complicated problems and seeking in-depth extensions to simple problems, training her students’ critical thinking skills and helping them successfully transition into university. Mrs. Liu is passionate about teaching middle and high school math and is an enthusiastic educator who is popular among parents.

Fan W.

Fan W.

Teacher, Mathematics

Fan Wang obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, Master’s degree from National University of Singapore and Ph.D. degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, all in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Wang has years of teaching experience in undergraduate and postgraduate studies, as well as profound understanding of mathematical concepts and their application in practical engineering. His fields of teaching interest are mathematics contests. The pedagogic style of Dr. Wang focuses on interactive approaches that can raise students’ interest in learning, by means of demonstrating the beauty of mathematics. Dr. Wang’s knowledge of multiple languages allows him to collect mathematics contest information from various data sources around the world.

Tian Zhi Y.

Coach, Debate

Tianzhi is currently pursuing her business degree at Schulich School of Business and has been competing in debate tournaments for over 6 years. She was on the White Oak’s Debate executive team and is now the President of York Debate Society. During university, she was the Tournament Director for the 2017 and 2018 York High School Debate Tournament, as well as for the first Canadian High School Women’s Debate Championships.

Jessica W.

Jessica W.

Coach, Model UN

She is currently pursuing her Business degree at the University of Toronto, Rotman Commerce. Jessica is specializing in Finance and Economics. As one of Rotman Commerce’s top students, she has had the pleasure of representing Rotman Commerce and the University of Toronto in multiple finance related competitions. In her most recent competition, she led a team of students in representing Rotman Commerce as well as Ontario in the Canada Learning Bond Champions contest, organized by the Employment and Social Development Canada. Additionally,she has had the pleasure of consulting with non-governmental organizations and micro-enterprises in South Africa, sponsored and organized in part by the University of Toronto. She is incredibly passionate about fostering growth and development in the next generation of adult students interested in communication, business and finance.

Ethan C.

Ethan C.

Coach, VEX-IQ Robotics

Ethan has eight years experience of various robotics competitions. He won the second place of robot coding program in the VEX-IQ competition in the world. And he won the champion of robot design in the world FLL competition. Ethan has multiple years’ experiences in creating curriculums and teaching students in different ages for programming and mechanical.

Brian M.

Brian M.

3D Printing Coach

Brian has been participating in robotics competitions for 7 years in FIRST. He was the design lead for 2 years on his high school robotics team and now oversees the entire robot creation process. He has hundreds of hours of 3D printing experience and is professionally certified in Solidworks. Brian also has experience in software development in eye tracking devices, using C#, Java, and JS

Katrina D.

Katrina D.

Coach, Debate
Katrina's Bio

– Former President of the University of Western Ontario Debate Society
– Finalist at Canadian Parliamentary Championship 2016
– North American Championships 2016; Finals panellist
– Finalist at Canadian BP Championship 2015
– Finals panellist at DCA of Chancellor’s Cup 2015
– Semi-finalist at North American University Debating Championship 2014
– Semi-finalist at Chancellor’s Cup 2014

Julia K.

Julia K.

Coach, Debate
Julia's Bio

– Accepted by Columbia Law School, Columbia University
– President of Queen’s University Debating Union
– Chief Adjudicator, Chancellor’s Cup Debating Tournament at Queen’s University
– 2016 North American Women’s Debate Championship, Second Individual Speaker
– 2015 Canadian British Parliamentary Championships, Champion and Second individual speaker
– 2015 Yale Intervarsity, Second ranked team and Third individual speaker

Angad S.

Angad S.

Teacher, English&Essay

Angad is currently pursuing his Health Sciences degree at McMaster University. At White Oaks Secondary School, he was an International Baccalaureate student and the Vice President of the White Oaks Debate Team. Outside of school, he has experience in creative writing for screenplays and novels. He’s fond of all types of storytelling and has an appreciation of literary techniques in popular literature and media.

Sophie W.

Sophie W.

Coach, DECA

Sophie was president of her high school’s DECA chapter and debate team, where she coached and mentored many younger students. In DECA, she qualified for ICDC four times, and taught many students in a variety of categories throughout her executive positions. As a debater, she volunteered as a debate coach for her elementary school as well as the Hong Kong Parliamentary Debate Society summer camp, and competed in many tournaments at a national and international level.

Miranda B.

Miranda B.

Teacher, French

Miranda Brant is deeply passionate about teaching and sharing her enthusiasm for the French Language to all ages and levels.  While earning her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Education from the University of  Toronto and Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (2009-2015), Miranda spent her summers on university credited-exchange programs in either Quebec or France studying French to build confidence in Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.

Most notably, Miranda participated on a one-year university exchange program studying Music in French and French Linguistics at Université Lumière Lyon 2 in Lyon, France, the gastronomical capital of France.

Additionally, in July of 2017, Miranda travelled to Annecy, located in the heart of the French Alps, to participate on a French course specifically designed for French Teachers at the Institut Français des Alpes.

Currently, Miranda teaches Grade 2 French Immersion at St. Angela Merici Catholic Elementary School in Brampton. Every class, Miranda strives to create a safe learning environment that facilitates French language acquisition through fun and engaging activities and assignments for all types of learners.  Enchantée et A bientôt!

Alice

Alice

Teacher, Mathematics

Alice obtained her Economic Master’s degree from University in France and worked for top international company in Europe for 4 years. After immigrated to Canada, she began to teach mathematics in Québec. She studied the differences and characteristics between mathematics teaching in Canada and China, and summarized many courses in mathematics enlightenment and fun math. She engaged in helping student to develop good habits in learning and use logical and various way to solve the math question. The explanation is full of fun, logical, rigorous and easy to understand. Alice is a lively, patient and responsible teacher who will provide a good starting to younger student.

Chris B.

Chris B.

Coach, Debate

Chris Braithwaite is a long-time member and former president of the University of Waterloo Debate Society. He graduated from UW with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Economics. As a debater, he was a Central Canadian Semifinalist and a North American University Debating Championships quarterfinalist. He broke at numerous other competitions as a competitor as well.
As a judge, he has served on the adjudication cores of Seagram, Leger, and Mac Pro-Am. He has also broken as a judge at HHIV, BP Champs, and numerous other majour North American tournaments.
Chris has experience training and giving feedback to high school and university level debaters for more than 6 years.

DJ

DJ

Coach, Debate

Dj is coach and former assistant coach of Indian Debate Team. As a debater,he has represented Indian Debate Team to attend multiple Debate Tournement around the world in 2016-2018.
He was the first ever English as a Second Language speaker to be adjudged best speaker in the world in 2018.
In 2019,he leaded Indian Debate Team to win The Champion of 2019 WSDC(World School Debate Championship).