DICKSON MENTORING, TUTORING AND HOMEWORK EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” (B.B. King)
Dickson Mentoring, Tutoring and Homework services (DMTHS) is a leading provider of academic support for students from grades 7 to 12 and on to the completion of university; for adults wanting to refresh their skills or go for a GED. AND, we do not stop there – we offer top score mentoring services where we help you to realize your inner genius. We establish and maintain realistic levels of excellence. We are committed to assisting each person to reach his or her desired life goal(s) by finding the best fit for your individual learning style.
GRADES 7-12 AND POST-SECONDARY TUTORING SERVICES: English, Dramatic Arts (individual coaching), History, Humanities, Native Studies, Philosophy, all Social Sciences. Individual, In-Home Tutoring across the Ontario curriculum, including: Organization, Time Management and Study Skills.
ADULTS: Improve literacy and the art of conversation, GED Tutoring.
SATURDAY MORNING HOMEWORK GROUPS: Bring your homework. Lets figure out what needs to be done and how to get started. 2-6 students.
MENTORING: Guidance in increasing self-esteem to help build realistic educational objectives and find the joy in life-long learning.
FIRST NATIONS: Kate Dickson is also a First Nations Traditional Teacher, and provides First Nations Cultural Enhancement and Recovery.
ABOUT KATE DICKSON
KATE'S OWN WORDS:
I am a retired
twenty-seven year veteran
from the teaching profession in
In the former school, I was a teacher, vice-principal (student liaison), and guidance counsellor. I was responsible for hiring, training and monitoring teachers; supervision of support staff; professional development; financial considerations; recruitment and marketing; a myriad of other jobs as they arose and taught courses per semester (the list of courses is on my resume).
I have worked with every 'kind' of student from those needing some basic organizational structure, to those with major setbacks in education, to those out of the gifted program but who need motivational coaching.
I teach young people how to identify what they need to succeed and then set practical ways to go about achieving it. We do this by finding the courage to frame the questions that make answers possible. What is vital to the end result is that young people learn how to appreciate their capabilities that lie within and remain willing to allow them to be realized. We set goals (daily, short-term and long-term) and reach them. We set the bar high but not so high that students cannot reach it.
I mentor of young people and my personal goal is to help them through the murky waters of their teenage years. I provide a safe and nurturing environment where I can be a sounding board for my young clients. I take the fear out of learning by teaching skills in time management, organization, motivation, and organization.
also First Nations with tribal affiliation to Coast Tsimshian,
Over the years, I have not only worked with
people of all backgrounds and levels of academic attainment
(including Adults), I volunteer in the community to broaden peoples’ thinking regarding
diversity. It has been a privilege and joy for me to be involved with Teya Peya Productions
for so many years because of the vital work it does in bringing
people of all ages, economies and cultural affiliations together.
It has been a privilege and joy for me to be involved with Teya Peya Productions for so many years because of the vital work it does in bringing people of all ages, economies and cultural affiliations together.
"Kate Dickson has been transforming the lives of Canada's youth for
nearly thirty years. She is a skilled motivator, and engages in "teen
speak" with ease. She creates a safe, warm environment for young people
to relax and allow the free flow of their thoughts and concerns.
I am honoured to have her as part of the Teya Peya Productions
team of skilled life workshop facilitators."
"Kate has the ability to "think outside the box" and is able to achieve totally remarkable results with the students in her classes. She is an excellent tutor, teacher, counsellor, motivator and can navigate very difficult situations with tremendous ease and resiliency. She consistently and patiently inspires students to move beyond their "comfort zones" and in so doing, she makes learning a "fun experience." My son truly benefited from her devotion, her wisdom, her superb teaching skills, her confidence in his ability even when he doubted himself, and her faith and commitment in the belief that all students are able to learn and move beyond their limitations, if given the right kind of support." (A. Rosenblum)
"During the time that Kate was my teacher, she was not only meticulous and organized in creating lesson plans, but also outwardly passionate about the work she did and the lessons she taught. She not only ensured that her students learned what was required of the curriculum, but also what was necessary for them to become well-rounded adults and contributing members of society.
Kate had an eye for when someone was having some trouble at home or socially, and while she would never push the student to feel pressured to talk about it, she would let them know that they could talk to her at any time. Several of my friends from the school and I acted upon that consideration, and she was supportive and helpful at our respective low points. When I needed someone to talk through my university options, I went to Kate.
Kate’s determination to go above and beyond carried over to my
schoolwork. When I wanted to channel some of my creativity into my
schoolwork, she had me co-direct our school play, and allowed me to work
towards a final project for Aboriginal Studies that was musically
centred. Those opportunities helped shape my educational experience and
were the best part of attending
"Dear Kate, I would like to thank you for a wonderful first semester in English. I feel it would also be appropriate to thank you for welcoming me into your office that first week of school when I most definitely lack confidence. You are a wonder, passionate teacher and I am honoured that I got to be your student" (A. P. M.)
"My son, Sam...became a student of Kate Dickson in two courses: 12 English and 12 Aboriginal Governance: Emerging Directions. Kate displayed an extraordinary ability to make a solid connection with him, something that was essential where the cultivation of a relationship of trust and a sense of humour is the key to ensuring student success.
Kate understands deeply the concerns of youth today and, as such, brings a fair-minded, warm, creative and funny approach which immediately engages their hearts and minds.
Sam became very engaged in the content of the Native Studies course and not only participated in ceremonies but also became an advocate for Native social justice through Kate’s careful and balanced approach to the First Nations situation in Canada, which allowed students to understand the truth of the issues.
Kate possesses the sensitivity to aid students who experience difficulties, and the creativity to motivate students to reach their potential. Her focus on improving students’ written expression led her to organize grammar workshops, coaching sessions for research and essay writing techniques along with individual tutorial sessions.
We turned to Kate for guidance, when Sam was experiencing difficulties staying focused; she was able to reach Sam on a variety of levels to get him back to class, functioning at his capacity and indeed, he graduated as an Ontario Scholar.
Sam calls Kate “his mentor and friend” as she has continued to take an interest in his life. She encouraged his post-secondary pursuits and assisted him in discovering programs and institutions that would best serve his talents."
KATE AT VARIOUS
TEYA PEYA EVENTS - HER PRINCIPAL ROLE IS THAT OF SHOW HOST/NARRATOR
(Teya Peya refers to her as the "Goddess of Ceremonies"!)
Thunderbird Native Theatre, Grand Entry and Performance - National Culture Days 2012
From Left: GOC, Roberta Bondar PS, Dancing during opening at Bondar, GOC, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Visionfair, Stratford, York University, Kate on field trip with students to Six Nations Reserve.
From left: Posing with her kids after a fabulous performance of a comedy version of Cinderella which Kate wrote = she is very gifted comedic writer; Posing as Mother Earth at one of my Medicine Wheel presentations at her school; Kate and I officiating at a ceremony; Kate with a student after she has been given her name; Kate in repose.
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