At MakerKids, our Maker-Mentors (aka Instructors) are world-class, highly-trained, and experienced teachers. They teach our students technical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills in robotics, Minecraft, and coding as well as social skills like self-confidence, leadership, and communication. Each Maker-Mentor comes to MakerKids with a different background of knowledge and experience, bringing something new and exciting to the classroom each day.
Thomas is a passionate Minecrafter with a deep love of sci-fi, fantasy, puns and music! With 8 years of camp counselor experience and a lifetime of theatre, he always leads his sessions with an enthusiasm that is rivaled only by his students. After studying music in the Bachelor of Arts program at the University of Guelph he taught singing and piano for two years at Guelph’s largest private music school, started building his own Minecraft servers and coded his own band website.
Thomas is all about game design, fairness and fun. If you need help with balancing your video game or concepts for a project he is always on board to assist you. Thomas can also be frequently found on the MakerKids Minecraft server keeping the Makers safe and adding his own little details.
Achievements: 8+ years of camp experience, Bachelor’s of Arts (Music)
Specialties: Minecraft, coding, servers and networks
Ariel enjoys playing board games, doing nail art and teaching children. She's spent a lot of time learning and teaching in a variety of different learning environments. She worked for the YMCA, volunteered for day camps and had a number of placements in other learning spaces such as TDSB classrooms and the Boys and Girls Club.
Achievements: Bachelor of Arts (Early Childhood Education), Bachelor of Education with highest distinction
Specialties: Teaching children with unique skills and abilities, meeting diverse learning needs and optimism!!
Andrew is an Ontario College of Teachers certified teacher with a passion for video games and fitness. Andrew has 6+ years of experience working with kids of all age groups in both the classroom and after-school programs. Andrew’s passion for teaching began when working with special education students as a high school student. This experience led him to further explore the realm of education by attending York University’s Faculty of Education.
Achievements: Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), Bachelor of Education (Education)
Specialties: special education