Alessandra Agostini is the President of “For the Love of Kids”. She created this company because she recognized the need for in home support for families with children who have behavioral issues. Alessandra is a teacher with the TCDSB. She is a Student Support Resource Teacher. Alessandra is a registered teacher with OCT and has her specialist in Special Education. Alessandra began her career as a Child and Youth Worker. Through her varied experiences and expertise in the field, she brings a holistic approach to education. Alessandra believes that teaching is not about filling a bucket, but rather, to light a fire. She is a firm believer that if a child could behave, then they would. We are all capable of success, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.
On her “free time” Alessandra is a personal trainer and fitness instructor, Additional Teacher Qualification Instructor through Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association and a Scoring Supervisor with EQAO.
Antonietta Bucciarelli ~ Social Worker
Registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Antonietta Bucciarelli is a registered Social Worker as a member of the Ontario College of Social workers with 10 years of experience working in the school board system.She graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work in 2014 and received her masters of Social Work in 2017. Antonietta received her early childhood education diploma in 2004, along with graduating with her Child and Youth Work diploma in 2009. Antonietta’s holistic approach addresses the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual dimensions that make up the total system of an individual client. With many years’ experience, working with children and youth, Antonietta uses her techniques to get to the root of the causes of a client’s concern to help foster appropriate change in all levels of an individual’s well-being.
Christine Barnett is a certified Child and Youth Worker, through Centennial College.. She has worked in the field for 9+ years and has gained a wide range of knowledge and experience.
Christine has worked with children and youth diagnosed with or displaying characteristics in varying degrees of needs, behaviours, disorders, mental health, and autism. She is professionally trained in many social skills programs, including but not limited to: The Zones of Regulation, SNAP and Second Step.
Christine has worked in a variety of settings such as Enterphase Treatment Residential facility (group home) for 3 years until she was hired as a CYW for the Toronto Catholic District School Board 6 years ago. This is where she met and worked with Sandra Agostini, founder of “For the Love of Kids” behaviour consulting agency.
Being a Child and Youth Worker and helping individuals learn how to function, cope, and manage their day to day activities is her passion. Christine feels this profession has allowed her to never work a day in her life…because it isn’t work when you do what you love.
Greg D’Cruz has a BSc from Ryerson in Food, Nutrition, Consumer and Family Studies. His passion has always been Food and Nutrition and its effects on the person as a whole. Greg has over 20 years experience in his field.
What, when and how much we eat plays a significant role in our moods and affects how we interact with each other on a daily basis. Greg can assist the family by helping to create a balanced diet. Researchers are finding that a nutritious diet isn’t just good for the body; it’s great for the brain too. Diet is a powerful tool we can use as part of a holistic approach to behavior interventions.
Megan Monaghan is a teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board on the Student Support Response Team. She graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009. Megan completed her Teaching Degree through Niagara University in Ontario in 2011. She later received her Master of Education with a specialization in Critical Literacy in 2016. Megan has taken many Additional Qualification courses throughout her teaching career, including a specialist in Special Education. She taught a Behaviour Intensive Support Program for 5 years. This is where Megan learned that she had a passion for helping students achieve both academic and social goals. She believes that all students want to be successful and that it is possible. Megan trusts that as a team: students, parents and teacher, we can create individualized plans on how to successfully achieve our goals.
I have worked with young children for 32 years as a registered Early Childhood Educator. Over the years, I have developed skills in working with children and families. I believe that parents are the experts when it comes to their children. In addition, I value and embrace a strong belief in children’s rights. This means every child has the right to be valued and regarded as citizens in society. Children have their own unique “spark”. It is the role of adults and caregivers to find the “spark” in each child and to foster the child’s unique traits and interests in order to assist them in reaching their full potential.