Take Chances. Make Miss takes. Get Messy!
Maxine is an adventurer!
Born in Richmond, BC, she moved to Westbank as a toddler and grew up all over the Okanagan. At 18 she moved to Victoria to attend UVIC where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology. Immediately after graduation she moved to Fort St. John where she worked as an archaeologist in northern BC and Alberta before entering the workplace health and safety industry. This new career path enabled her to move back to Kelowna but she always wanted to return to Victoria.
Working in the workplace health and safety industry meant being part of a team that supported an individual through a difficult time in their world, many of whom would have to go for re-training. Re-training is akin to tutoring as you are essentially coaching one to learn new skills or sharpen an old skill, as you do when you are tutoring! This also invovled working with those of all ability levels and putting supports in place for all.
Maxine finally made her way back to Victoria in 2017 and has been there ever since…except for a brief stint in 2019 when she went to Scotland to get her Masters of Science in Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh. In completing her Masters, with Distinction we might add, Maxine’s courses involved in-depth research, presentation, academic writing, and critical analysis skills in the form of podium and poster presentations, essays, book reviews, and lab reports.
Maxine’s parents have a cabin on a small ski hill in Oliver called Mt. Baldy, where Maxine learned to ski as soon as she could walk. She raced competitively as a child, and when she retired at the age of 15 she became a certified ski instructor and race coach. Maxine then taught herself to snowboard and became a certified snowboard instructor. Her triple certification allowed her to teach all ages and abilities which inspired Maxine to become a teacher. In fact, that was her initial plan when she attended UVIC but she became swept up in the world of artefacts and skeletons and pursued a different career track. A few years ago, Maxine took a TEFL certificate course at UVIC and this reignited her passion for teaching. We are super fortunate to have a career student return to her roots of teaching!
In addition to moving all over BC, Maxine has also traveled the world. She has been to 5 (Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania) of the 7 continents and has participated in archaeological excavations in 3 of them! One of her personal goals is to travel to every continent. She is an avid reader who aspires to have a personal library one day. She enjoys baking and photography as a way to express her creativity. In her free time, Maxine can be found skiing, reading, crocheting, challenging her partner Josh to board games, and loving her puppy, Clover. You may also find her playing with her various Harry Potter lego special editions!
She is very excited to return to education and is looking forward to putting a Twist on tutoring with your child!
- Social Studies K-Grade 12
- History Grade 11-University Level
- Anthropology/Archaeology-University Level
- Science K-Grade 10
- Biology Grade 11-12
- French K-Grade 12
- Math K-Grade 6
- English K-12
- University Level Reading and Writing
- Business Writing
- ESL Tutoring
- Homeschoolers & Special Education
In Maxine's own words:"My understanding of The Twist is that it means teaching using inspiration, encouragement, creativity, flexibility, adaptability, and incorporating the student in their learning. Each student has a different learning style and it is important that the teacher is able to encompass all varieties of learners. By involving the student in the learning process using things/people/ideas important to them, it can make them more excited and engaged (thus building their confidence). I like to make the lessons relatable or connected to something the student is passionate about. My inspiration was my Grade 12 History teacher who would play songs connected to historical people or events to get us inspired (my personal favourite was Rasputin by Boney M when we were learning about the Russian Revolution)."