Hello! My name is Octagon (they/he) and I am a British private tutor, nanny and horse trainer. I am a Creative Writing specialist, but also cover the broader curriculum at Elementary level and most humanities at High School level.
I moved to Victoria almost a year and a half ago and have loved discovering life on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean!
In addition to my work with children as a tutor, I am also a fully accredited horse trainer and riding coach. I would absolutely be open to considering equine-facilitated learning with prospective families, and find that incorporating the natural world into learning develops both creativity, compassion and curiosity in students.
When I'm not working with young ones and horses (often both at the same time!), I enjoy exploring the Southern Island (the Sooke Pipeline has been a delightful recent find of mine) and watching the very talented drag performers resident here in Victoria.
I have enjoyed 8 years of experience as a private tutor back in the UK for many children, from providing broader home-schooling education to delivering tailored programmes focussed on fostering specific gifts and talents for students.
While I cover the broader curriculum of humanities, math and science for Elementary schoolers, my specialism is as a creative writing tutor for learners up to and including undergraduate level. I have a Masters degree in Creative Writing (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK), and have previously facilitated group creative writing workshops for the prestigious Chelsea Young Writers group in London. I am comfortable and confident in delivering creative writing tutoring in home and school settings, for individuals and groups of all ages.
The heart of all my sessions - regardless of subject or context - is to nurture a sense of curiosity, fun and self-belief in my students by exploring the expanses of their own creativity!