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Joanne Sallay

Educator, Entrepreneur, Blogger

Joanne Sallay is the President of Teachers on Call, a personalized home tutoring service in the Greater Toronto Area, which provides one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades. With a background in commercial banking, Joanne's experience working with entrepreneurs coupled with her passion for learning led her to her most recent role in the education field.

In addition to regularly blogging about educational news, learning strategies and the latest in student books, Joanne focuses a significant amount of time on supporting the local community. She is a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient and Co-Chair of the Corsage Project, a non-profit organization in partnership with the Children's Aid Foundation.

While she figuratively carries the torch for education, Joanne was an Olympic Torchbearer for the Vancouver Olympics.
5 Father's Day Gifts With Canadian

5 Father's Day Gifts With Canadian Flair

As an advocate for connecting teachable moments with special occasions, I recommend selecting gifts for Father's Day that have Canadian flair. It's a great way for the entire family to celebrate dad and commemorate Canada 150 simultaneously.
06/14/2017 03:11 EDT
Help Your Teens Thrive And Avoid The Summer

Help Your Teens Thrive And Avoid The Summer Slide

Although students deserve a vacation, the entire summer is a long time to go without educational activities and stimulation. While this impacts a wide range of children, it can be particularly challenging for students of high-school age. What is the solution?
05/31/2017 12:25 EDT
11 Last-Minute Mother's Day

11 Last-Minute Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day is almost here, and many of us are still scrambling for a meaningful gift. It's not an easy task to pick out an original present for the special ladies in our lives. So for everyone still searching, I recommend putting multiple heads together and making this a family activity by involving the kiddies in the process.
05/10/2017 04:16 EDT
10 Holiday Gifts For Kids Who Love To

10 Holiday Gifts For Kids Who Love To Learn

Gifts connected to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are also very popular this season. Many modern tech toys help kids interact with technology without losing hands-on play. These gadgets can come at higher price points, so family members may want to pool their resources for one big present.
12/14/2016 07:01 EST
10 School Trends Changing The Classroom This

10 School Trends Changing The Classroom This Fall

To get an academic head start, here are some of the latest educational trends to hit the classroom this fall for students of all ages. They cover a range of categories including innovative lunches, jazzy school supplies, cool technology, and grassroots philanthropy.
09/30/2016 10:55 EDT
Kid-Friendly Ways To Paint The Town Red On Canada

Kid-Friendly Ways To Paint The Town Red On Canada Day

Although the classrooms will be empty for two months, who says the learning has to stop? Taking advantage of holidays, celebrations and festivals presents great opportunities to reinforce teachable moments. And what better summer learning opportunity is there than the biggest birthday party in town on July 1?
06/29/2016 05:49 EDT
Mother's Day Gifts That Fathers Secretly

Mother's Day Gifts That Fathers Secretly Want

Mother's Day is the perfect opportunity to express appreciation for the special women in our lives by spoiling them with love and trinkets. With time ticking away, you may still be looking for that coveted perfect gift. While flowers, accessories and beauty products may seem like obvious choices, in my opinion, experiences and items that can be shared are the most special.
04/29/2016 02:32 EDT
A Book For Kids Who Battle Bedtime (And Their Tired

A Book For Kids Who Battle Bedtime (And Their Tired Parents)

The story is less about the pictures and more about the words. It contains methodically picked vocabulary with a psychological purpose. One recommendation is to concentrate on listening instead of the pictures, however the pages are filled with soft subdued colours to keep readers in a peaceful and calm place.
02/12/2016 02:11 EST
10 Educational Toys To Buy During Boxing

10 Educational Toys To Buy During Boxing Week

Boxing week sales present good opportunities to snap up the coolest games, gadgets and gizmos of 2015. The discounts have already started, so it's time to search for the best deals. Here are 10 educational toys that encourage learning opportunities and growth through play. Students will develop vital skills and have a great time in the process!
12/29/2015 02:33 EST
Explore The World This Holiday Season With Children's

Explore The World This Holiday Season With Children's Books

Whether you're heading out of town to a holiday destination or enjoying a relaxing staycation at home, reading is a great activity for children to escape and explore the world. Here are four children's books that will bring adventure, culture and delight to the entire family.
12/10/2015 06:02 EST
12 Study Tips To Help Your Child Survive Exam

12 Study Tips To Help Your Child Survive Exam Season

Exam time is a major moment of anxiety for young learners -- and the adults who love them. While the holiday season is on the minds of many, for others, it means that exam period is just around the corner. A common school-related question from parents is how to best prepare students for these super-stressful tests.
12/03/2015 02:18 EST
Stand Up To Bullying With These Children's

Stand Up To Bullying With These Children's Books

Books often act as our friends, companions and teachers. They can entertain, educate and impart life lessons. Stories can also be introduced to students from a very young age and many of these stories carry meaning for years to come.
11/18/2015 02:22 EST
Back-to-School Trends Parents Need to

Back-to-School Trends Parents Need to Know

With students returning to the classroom, summer is officially coming to an end. Families are frantically shopping for new supplies, clothes and gadgets to guarantee a great year, and there's a lot of information circulating in cyberspace on the latest must-have back-to-school gear. With the help of some industry experts, my mission is to shed light on the latest trends in the education space for students of all ages.
09/01/2015 05:22 EDT
An Entrepreneurial Reality TV Shopping Guide for Buying Baby

An Entrepreneurial Reality TV Shopping Guide for Buying Baby Gear

When entrepreneurial reality shows first hit the networks, I was totally hooked. Many of the inventions featured are family focused, unique to the market, and solve problems for parents. Here are three companies whose baby gear caught my eye and ended up in my online shopping cart because of reality television.
08/17/2015 05:01 EDT
Turning the Pan Am Games Into a Learning

Turning the Pan Am Games Into a Learning Opportunity

The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games provide great teaching opportunities this summer. Whether you attend events live or watch from afar, they foster important messages of courage, determination and diversity -- just to name a few.
07/25/2015 10:28 EDT
When Women Are CEOs at Home and at

When Women Are CEOs at Home and at Work

These past few months I have learned there are many similarities between being a mother and entrepreneur. Common skills are drawn upon to run a growing home and business. It takes strong leadership, decision-making and communication skills -- just to name a few.
05/07/2015 12:14 EDT