Are you looking for a mentor? You are at the right place!

The Education Graduate Students Association launched its mentorship program in September 2020. The aim of the program is to provide graduate students in the Faculty of Education with a peer to peer support network, where academic interests and experiences can be shared. You can peruse the biographies of mentors below to find one that matches your needs and interests.

Please note that we are actively recruiting mentors, so we recommend checking this page throughout September for updated names. 

Found a mentor you are interested in? Or perhaps you have a few more questions? Send an email to one of the administrators to get you started. Thank you!


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Meet our 2022-2023 mentors!

Mentors in a Masters Program

Athourina grew up in Ottawa and completed her undergrad in Biomedical Sciences at University of Ottawa. She is currently enrolled in the graduate program of Counseling Psychology (M.A.). Her research interests include minority cultures and psychotherapeutic processes. She knows the City of Ottawa inside out, as well as the university, and is eager to support new students arriving at the Faculty of Education.
Athourina can mentors peers in French and English.

Maja Greenspon was born in Chelsea, Quebec and later moved to Ottawa. She completed her undergraduate Honours B.A. in Psychology at the University of Ottawa and is now in her final year of the Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology. She is a full-time student and completing her practicum at Carleton University. In her spare time, Maja enjoys travelling, cooking, and music. She currently lives in Ottawa and would love to chat about things to do in the city! She is excited to provide support for students in the faculty in any way that she can.

Maja can mentors peers in English.

Brutelle Audrey C. Kom is an undergraduate degree student at the University of Ottawa. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies in the Master of Education program with an option in Counselling Psychology. Audrey is a bright student who did a good part of her studies in Quebec before coming to Ontario. She is passionate about reading and dancing. She would be delighted to guide you through your many questions to find answers to the best of her knowledge, whether it be by providing you with tips on how to succeed in your studies or by being a source of advice and motivation for you as an example. 

Brutelle can mentor peers in French.

Ange Ndungi has a bachelor’s degree in business communication from the University of Kinshasa. She likes to help others to find the solution to any problem that may worrying them.

Ange can mentor peers in French.

Mentors in a Doctorate Program

Amanda is a French as a Second Language teacher taking some time away from the classroom to complete graduate school. She started her Master of Education at uOttawa in September 2019, and began the PhD program in January 2021. In her previous job as a university recruiter, she helped many students on their journey to post-secondary education. Her research interests include the development and training of Core French teachers. As a mentor, she hopes to share her experience to help others start graduate school on the right foot!
Amanda can mentors peers in French and English.

Béatrice Crettenand Pecorini is currently a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Education, majoring in teaching health professionals. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Ottawa, a Federal Diploma for Professional Education (Adult Education), a Nurse Anesthetist Certificate of Specialization and her nursing education obtained in Switzerland is recognized in Ontario. She also has an advanced paramedic certificate and is specialized in training USAR (Urban Search And Rescue) teams. As an independent consultant, she has carried out many humanitarian missions in response to disasters, but also for the training of health professionals and volunteers. With her atypical profile between health and education, Beatrice is currently researching an innovative educational technique for the psychological well-being of older adults and social inclusion: digital narrative gerontology, which she started during her master’s program. Based on lifelong and intergenerational learning, her research spans pedagogy, andragogy and gerontagogy and uses digital technology to bridge generations. Beatrice also has extensive experience as a research assistant at the University of Ottawa (Faculties of Education, Social Sciences and Arts) as well as mentoring international students, which she herself was not long ago.

Beatrice can mentor her peers preferably in French, but also in English and German.

Elise Guest is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. The focus of her research is on the multiple quality-assurance requirements for Nursing education programs in Canadian post-secondary institutions. She is employed full-time at Engineers Canada on the accreditation team and runs her own consulting firm (Noctua Consulting Services) at the intersection of her professional and academic work. Elise is available to mentor other graduate students who are also navigating their studies and professional employment. She is also available to discuss how to get started in consulting and managing those activities.

Elise can mentors peers in English.

Golshan Mahjoub is an international PhD candidate. She has studied English literature for her Bachelor’s degree and Teaching English as a Second language for her Master’s in her home country, Iran. Three years ago, she moved to Canada for her doctoral program and chose to pursue a different path of study. She is currently studying the representation and inclusion of women in STEM education. Academic life aside, Golshan is a language enthusiast, mother of apartment plants, and a fiction reader. Golshan is eager to share her experience with new students, especially international students, and to support them in their academic path in the Faculty of Education.

Golshan can mentor peers in English and Farsi.

Golshan has reached capacity for the 2023 winter session.

Maryam Mousavi is a current PhD student in Science Education at the University of Ottawa. Maryam most recently worked in the Science Museum for her Ingenium-University of Ottawa Gender, Science, and Technology Fellowship. Moreover, due to her long background in science studies, Maryam’s research interests focus on science teaching/learning, science identity, and female in science.

Maryam can mentor peers in English.

A doctoral student at the University of Ottawa and originally from the DRCongo, Elie is trained as a biology teacher and a former director of youth camps for bilingualism. His research interests include teacher training, socio-professional integration of immigrants and diversity-sensitive pedagogical practices. Otherwise, he currently serves on several advisory committees within the New Brunswick Department of Education, is a research assistant in anti-racism at CIHR, and is a founding member of the Action Group Against Black Racism. His many mentors have helped him find his bearings and he simply wants to give back.

Elie can mentors peers in French.

Monsurat Omobola Raji (she/her) is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate at uOttawa in the Studies in Teaching and Learning concentration. Monsurat currently lives in Ottawa but was born and raised in the North-Western region of Nigeria. Monsurat holds a first degree (Chemistry) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Science/Chemistry Education. She also holds an MSc. Educational Research Methods degree from Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom and MEd (with thesis) from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Monsurat’s research explores educators’ assessment literacy and professional development at all education levels. She is a member of several professional organizations and serves as reviewer/editor to several journals.

Monsurat can mentors peers in English.

Natalie Sadowski (she/they) is a Ph.D. Candidate studying educational programming in science museums. In particular, her doctoral work is centred around the role of disability in the development of these programs. Natalie started her academic career in chemistry before moving to informal education. She is eager to share tips and tricks on transitioning into the social sciences from the physical sciences and mastering APA format. When she is not cringing at the prospect of writing in the third person, she enjoys picking up different hobbies every month only to inevitably discard them. In addition to her hobby of collecting hobbies, Natalie has two cats who like to watch tv with her.

Natalie can mentors peers in English and Polish.

Derya is a second year international PhD student at the Faculty of Education. She is a proud woman of color, a feminist teacher/educator for twelve years, and a former Fulbright scholar. Her research focuses on helping women not only survive but also thrive through difficult circumstances. As a survivor of domestic violence, her research focuses on a phenomenological study of silence and writing as a form of healing. As for her non-academic interests, she likes writing, going on long walks or hikes, spending quality time with her son, reading for pleasure, working on her macrome skills, and procrastinating on what to do next. She has professionally and voluntarily served as a mentor at various university writing centers, international student centers, and higschools. She likes meeting new people and hearing about the exciting journeys that allow their paths to cross. She wishes everyone a smooth academic journey and hopes to be of help if need be.

Derya can mentor peers in English.

Recently Graduated Mentors

Lydie Masengo is in her second year of her Master of Arts (Education) in Counselling Psychology program at the Faculty of Education. She will complete her counselling and psychotherapy internship in April 2022. Her thesis explores the effects of burnout and self-care practises. Lydie is bilingual but feels more comfortable mentoring in English. She is interested in supporting and guiding you as a new graduate student in accessing resources and navigating this journey. She will be providing you with tips and tricks along the way. 

Lydie can mentors peers in English.

Tam was born in Vietnam. He recently graduated from the Masters program with a concentration in Leadership, Curriculum, Evaluation and Policy Studies. Tam has been teaching ESL for adults for over twenty years. He received an MA in TESOL in 2010. Tam loves teaching and doing research. Currently, he is undertaking his MRP, focusing on the relationship between higher education and employability in developing countries. Tam would love to share his valuable experiences with new students at the education faculty.

Tam can mentors peers in English.

Jacquelyn Wingrove (she/her) was born in Sutton, Ontario and speaks English fluently. She has recently completed the M.Ed program in the Health Professions Education stream. Jacquelyn is working full-time at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College as the Coordinator of Clinical Experiences. Her academic areas of interests are in equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education, competency-based education, and mentorship. She enjoys sharing her experience of balancing full-time work and part-time studies with new graduate students.  

Jacquelyn can mentor peers in English. At this time, she is not accepting new mentees.