Snowy Mountain Sunset

                Our Team

 

Drew Thompson

Owner, director, Executive Function tutor

Drew Thompson draws on years of experience supporting individuals with special needs—including himself! His expertise combines his work as an educator with his firsthand experience of living with learning challenges.


Read Drew Thompson’s bio.

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Lara Sponagle

Manager, Executive Function Tutor

Lara has a special gift for helping to sort scattered minds. With lighthearted humour and extensive experience, she combines organizational strategies with practical solutions. Lara helps students stay on top of their tasks while teaching them how to do it for themselves independently.

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Deena Hymowitz

Executive Function Tutor

Deena balances a warm and inviting approach to students while holding them accountable. As a patient and clear communicator with students and parents alike, Deena uses creative approaches to build strong connections.

 
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Math and Science tutor

Thomas Towers

Thomas' gentle patience comes from his own experiences and his innate capability to relate to so many different types of people. He has a remarkable ability to explain concepts in ways suited to the needs of the learner. As a tutor, Thomas helps students understand and appreciate the sciences while making it easier and more enjoyable to get through tough material.

 
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Findlay Ironside

Executive Function Tutor

Findlay’s drive to help others with executive function originates from her own struggles with, and triumphs over, executive dysfunction. Findlay has been actively working with peers and students for close to ten years. She applies these learned skills to her interactions with others, and uses her own experiences to connect with students on a personal level. As a result, Findlay is a patient, outgoing, and understanding tutor, sensitive to each students’ needs and goals.

 
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Claire Debleu

Admin Assistant

Claire is a dedicated and kind addition to our team, originally from France. She worked for 10 years in London, UK, mostly as an Executive Assistant, before traveling and landing in Canada where she has now settled down. She has been working at Organized Minds since August 2020.


She says "I enjoy greatly being part of a company that helps students improve their work and feel better about themselves." 

 
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How our staff can help

We help students understand themselves better and encourage tools to help them self-direct. We help parents understand their child’s learning process. Greater understanding leads to effective self-management strategies and supports harmonious parent-child relationships.

The last thing that anyone wants is to be lectured. Instead, we work to combat procrastination on personal terms: 

  • We never say “do your work.”

  • We do present choices.

  • We describe the likely consequences of decisions. 

Understanding the relationship between actions and their effects reframes effort as a step toward a goal rather than as an inconvenience. Connecting the effort of work and daily life with personal goals builds intrinsic motivation. Motivation promotes action, which aids in overcoming procrastination. This reduces stress and preserves relationships:

  • Our students experience less stress when they avoid leaving work until the last minute.

  • Our students set to work sooner when they understand that their actions today build toward their larger goals.

  • Parents of our students rely less on coercion methods when students feel self-motivated. 

Note: Speak with us by emailing info@organizedminds.org. We will set up a zoom intake meeting where Drew can discuss your challenges, concerns, and share more about what we can offer you or your child. We think you’ll find a conversation even more informative than just reading this write-up! 

Get in touch.