Our Twisted Tutoring Team

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Amber Scotchburn, founder

Our Twisted Team is passionate and invested in each of our Twisted Learner’s successes and failures. Our Twisted Process is transparent, as are our fees. We go above and beyond for every Learner. This is not just another tutoring business, but it is  also a way of life!

All of our Twisted Tutors have Criminal Record Checks and most are certified teachers. We have specialty tutors for those with specific needs: higher level maths, languages, and special education, to name a few. We are flexible with our locations and scheduling!

Our Twisted Tutors do not work in isolation: therefore, they always have a team behind them to offer support, which means your children have that same team behind them.

We are pleased to introduce the following tutors to our ASTC Tutoring…With A Twist Team. Each of them bring a wealth of knowledge and an amazing amount of energy. You will see by the following biographies and tutors’ own words about “The Twist” that each individual brings their own uniqueness and set of talents!

Get Started today!  We’d love to talk this important decision through with you. Call us at: 1-866-977-4433 or  fill out our detailed form online.

PS:  If you are interested in joining our Twisted Team, we would love to hear from you as we are always looking for Twisted Tutors! Please review this page to see if you are a right fit for us and if we are a right fit for you!


Meet Our Tutors

Sasha Blakeley – Serving Victoria & Beyond as an Online Tutor

Enthusiasm, Creativity & Understanding!


  • Bachelor of Arts: English Literature and Linguistics (McGill University)
  • Stanford Summer Humanities Institute: Literature and Philosophy (EPGY)
  • TEFL Certified (TEFL Fullcircle) 
  • BC Certificate of Graduation: French Immersion (Handsworth Secondary School)

Emily Agopsowicz – Serving Nanaimo & Beyond as an Online Tutor

Be Curious. Be Kind. Be Courageous!



  • Bachelor of Arts in English with a Minor in Professional Writing and Publishing (University of Victoria )
  • Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education With Distinction,  Specialties: English and Technology Innovation in Education (University of Victoria)
  • Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award Recipient 2016 (University of Victoria)
  •  Registered Yoga Teacher (Open Source Yoga)
  • Trauma-Informed Schools Training



Ruby Hopkins – Serving Nanaimo & Beyond as an Online Tutor

Learn for Life - not just for school!


  • BC Certified K-12 Teacher
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts: Honours English with Distinction
  • Published Essayist
  • Former Junior Editor/Copy Editor

Julien Savard – Serving Nanaimo

Teach, Tutor, Coach, Guiding for Success


  • Post-Baccalaureate Education Program at VIU (in progress)
  • Master Instructor Level 1 & 2 Certification
  • Level 2 Coaching Certification
  • Coaching & Mentoring Course
  • Post-Secondary Welding Instructor
  • Leadership Development Certificate
  • Red Seal Welder  “B” Pressure Certified

Tony Ebbs-Canavan – Serving Victoria

Let’s Excel & Thrive...Together!


  • BA in Psychology with Minor in Education (with Distinction) from the University of Victoria
  • TEFL Certificate to teach English as a Second Language, with specialization in Business English and TOEFL Exam Preparation

Alvina McGee – Serving Nanaimo & Beyond as an Online Tutor

Teaching For The Future!


  • BC Certified K-12 Teacher
  • Bachelor of Education (UBC)
  • Bachelor of Arts; English Literature and Creative Writing (UBC)
  • BC Certificate of Graduation: MYP and IB Diplomas

Robert McLean — Serving Nanaimo & Beyond as an Online Tutor

Education...Opening Doors to Your Future!


  • Bachelor of Science, Anatomy & Cell Biology
  • Advanced Certificate Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Education, Secondary Education 

Julie DE PALMA – Serving Victoria & Beyond as an Online Tutor

The Twist is a way of life, not just a way to teach!


  •  CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)
  •  CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  •  CAE (Certificate of Advanced level in English)
  •  FCE (First Certificate in English)
  • BA Hons. in Economic and Social Administration with a specialization in Social & Local Development
  • French Baccalaureat BA in Social and Economic Administration

Chris Bordeleau – Serving Courtenay/Comox & Beyond (as an Online Tutor)

Confidence in the Pursuit of Passion!


  • Bachelor of Engineering (1st Year)
  • BC Science Council Special Recognition
  • Author

Duncan Whiskin — Serving Ladysmith, Duncan & The Westshore

Observe. Reflect. Understand. Learn. Educate!


  • Bachelor of Education
  • Advanced TESOL Certificate

Amanda Rotherham –- Serving Nanaimo

Building a Foundation for a Lifetime of Engaged Learning


  • Bachelor of Arts: French Language and Literature
  • Post Degree Professional Program: French Methodology
  • EDTE 619, Individual Assessment Certification, (Level B testing – Academic Assessment, WIAT ll, Woodcock Johnson lll)

Sandra Pruss – Serving Colwood, Langford, & Saanich, BC

Learning is transformative, it changes lives!


  • Bachelor of Education, French Major
  • Mental Health Training, Specializing in understanding Anxiety and Depression: signs and symptoms, crisis management, techniques for maintaining mental health (such as mindfulness and meditation)
  • Juggling 101 

James E. Baker-taylor — Serving Nanaimo

Education… The Endless Journey



  • Bachelor of  Science, Biology
  • Bachelor of Education, Secondary Education 

Donna Cullon-Lamb — Serving Nanaimo

Let’s Twist those Challenges & Interests into Achievements!


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Earth and Ocean Sciences 
  • Masters of Science, Environment and Management
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology
  • Bachelor of Education, Secondary Education (in progress)

Dale Jensen — Serving Nanaimo & Surrounding Areas

So Many Possibilities....With A Twist!


  • Bachelor of Education 
  • Masters of Education, Leadership and School Improvement

Erin Holmes – Serving Parksville & Beyond (as an Online Tutor)

An Energy & Passion Like No Other!


  • Bachelor of Education, Specializing in Program & Course Development & English as a Second Lanugage (ESL)

Doreen Sayer – Serving Qualicum Beach & Beyond (as an Online Tutor)

A Wealth of Experience!


  • Bachelor of Education
  • Masters of Arts, Curriculum Development

Don Gow — Serving Nanaimo & Surrounding Regions

Building Relationships of Trust!


  • Bachelor of Education, Minor: French
  • Credits also in Statistics, Linear Algebra Pascal Programming and Calculus