Be Curious. Be Brave. Laugh A Lot.
Sasha is a first-generation Canadian from Croatian descent born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Curious by nature, she has an academic career spanning over subjects such as architecture, fine arts, dance, elementary education, pilates, yoga, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Her path has not been direct and will never be finished. She is a life long learner and global nomad.
In her youth, Sasha was an active member of the arts community in Winnipeg, a video artist, photographer, and Stott-Pilates instructor. Her videos and photography have been shown in Canada and Europe. She won a number of art grants, one of which changed the direction of her life. After collecting video footage in Spain, Sasha returned to Canada, decided to sell all of her meager belongings and move to the south of Spain to pursue flamenco dance. Sasha is not afraid to take chances and her curiosity has led her to experiences such as 10 days of silence in a Thai monastery, living in a small village in India while seeking a yogi, seeing giant sea turtles mate on the beaches of Oman, seeing Ethiopia’s countryside by microbus, and photographing all of Gaudi’s architectural wonders in Barcelona. These are just a few of Sasha’s international experiences. It is important to note that before traveling around the world, Sasha made sure to see most of Canada, some by train, which she strongly encourages others to do.
Sasha’s interest in education was sparked in Spain where she and another Canadian ex-pat started giving English classes in their home. She decided to get her TESOL certificate and worked as an ESL instructor in Japan and Thailand. Her passion for teaching was confirmed and she returned to Canada to get her post-baccalaureate Education degree at the Vancouver Island University. Sasha’s wanderlust got the better of her and she ended up teaching in El Salvador, Egypt and Ecuador. To date, Sasha has 4 ½ years of ESL teaching experience and over 8 years as an elementary school teacher.
While in Ecuador, Sasha became a Destination Imagination coach. It was an incredibly rewarding experience and one worthy of repeating. Now back in Canada, Sasha has returned to university to finish up her art degree officially – a goal she never thought she would have the opportunity to do. Isn’t life great?!
Sasha is available to tutor kindergarten and grade school students in any subject. As well as older students in ESL & Language Arts (reading and writing).
In Sasha's own words:"The Twist comes into play when students are listened to and educators then can help them achieve whatever goal they have. This causes learning to be enjoyable, engaging and relevant and not just feel like a required task!"