The Better Team

We understand you have concerns as both a parent and a student. We believe a good education starts with a good educator who is capable of presenting complex problems in a simplified manner. We want to educate students and show them how success in the classroom creates greater success in the future. Once students themselves, our educators understand the thoughts of students.



Menelek Luke
BHSc., RKin
Founder, Academic Coordinator, & Durham District Manager

The founder of Luke's Tailored Tutoring, Menelek has been operating this tutoring service since 2011, offering a wide range of academic services to students with a variety of educational needs. Menelek strongly believes in the benefits of multidisciplinary education by using specialists to tutor specific subjects.      

His interest and expertise in education have helped him provide students with the tools they need to succeed. In addition to his educational practice, Menelek also lends his experience to various libraries and web-based educational sessions that highlight the most up-to-date educational learning methods in Canada. 

At the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Menelek serves as a data analysis contributor for the neck pain and multi-sensory integration study. He is an active member of the school's men's soccer team and has also spoken to elementary students on behalf of the university.

Menelek has trained over a dozen educators while tutoring over 150 students in math, science and English.

Justin Gordon
BHSc., BKin Hons., BEd
Academic Coordinator & Toronto District Manager

As a certified Ontario teacher, Justin has gained professional experience tutoring students one-on-one in addition to instructing larger groups within a classroom setting. He understands the importance of meeting each student’s unique needs while challenging them to achieve their greatest academic potential. With a modern approach to education, Justin will often integrate technology into his lessons to enhance student learning and increase content retention.

Before completing his bachelor of education in 2015, Justin received his bachelor of health science in kinesiology from UOIT. During the course of his studies he captained the varsity soccer team and organized many sport-related charity initiatives in the Durham region and beyond. Most notably, he took part in a mission’s trip where he travelled to Jamaica, alongside the Toronto Regional Police, to run soccer camps, workshops and provide soccer gear for underprivileged youth.

Justin continues to mentor youth as a professional spoken word artist by facilitating workshops and visiting schools in the Toronto area.

Academic Specialists


Kelly Nelson
BEd., BSc
Academic Math & Chemistry Specialist

Kelly enjoys tutoring because it gives her the opportunity to help others gain a better understanding of different subjects. She loves meeting new students and learning what works for them. 

She completed her bachelor of science degree with an advanced major in mathematics at St. Francis Xavier University and will graduate with her bachelor of education. 

During her time as a student at St. Francis Xavier University, Kelly took part in many extracurricular activities; she was co-president of the Mathematics Society, organized a breakfast program, served as vice president of Student Relations and was president of Education Society.

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Cathlin Martin
Academic French Specialist

Cathlin has been tutoring students of all ages for over four years. Her focus for her students is to create a learning environment where they feel comfortable and engaged in the sessions. Each session is tailored specific to their needs, and Cathlin looks for ways to encourage and challenge her students.

Her love of the English language led her to teach at the high school level in Québec and she participated in leading English Conversation classes throughout her years in the school system.

Her love of French led her to make the move to Quebec in order to live a true Québécois experience and fine tune her french. Cathlin's friendly and open attitude with students has been recognized by students and parents. She looks forward to continue tutoring in both languages with Luke's Tailored Tutoring.

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Bridve Sivakumar
Academic Math and Science Specialist

Bridve enjoys tutoring because it gives her the opportunity to help students reach their full academic potential. She understands that every student is unique in their learning capabilities and is able to provide personalized tutoring services. 

She graduated from A.Y. Jackson Secondary School in 2013 and is now a third year Health Science Student specializing in Human Health at the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology (UOIT). 

As an undergraduate at UOIT, Bridve is heavily involved in extracurricular activities. She co-founded MEDLIFE UOIT-DC, is an Event Coordinator for the Premedical Association and was previously the Social Coordinator for UOIT Model United Nations.

Nicole D'Cunha
Academic Math & Science Specialist

Nicole is passionate for tutoring because it provides the opportunity for her to use her knowledge and experience to help others. She loves tailoring her method towards each unique student to help them learn in the best way possible. 

Nicole is a graduate of McMaster University with a honours bachelor of science degree and a double major in biology and psychology. During her undergraduate career, Nicole volunteered with several student run services on campus. 

Nicole has experience tutoring students as young as three years old, and up to a university level, through both professional and volunteer experience. She specializes in math and biology. 


Akash Bedi
Academic Math Specialist

Akash Bedi is a senior student at Sinclair Secondary School. He has over a year of tutoring experience with students of all ages. Akash analyses the needs of the student and makes sure the needs are met to assure student success and that the student understands all concepts. Additionally, has a deep passion for mathematics and sciences and; is planning to pursue the mathematics of risk management in university.

Outside of school, Akash has joined DECA which is a business competition that takes place on a regional, provincial and international level. Along with this business club, he tutors other students in mathematics and reading at Kumon. Some of his hobbies include bicycling, badminton, tinkering with technology and various other activities.


Kristen Urquhart
Honours B.Com
Math Academic Specialist

Kristen is a third year business student at McMaster University DeGroote School of Business, majoring in Finance and minoring in Mathematics. She has a passion for numbers which can be proven by her elective choices which are rooted in math or finance, as well as her 3 years experience as a math tutor.

She enjoys working with students to customize work plans that will improve their understanding and application of concept and methods. 

During her undergraduate years, Kristen has worked part time with the Master of Finance program, been a member of the DeGroote Finance Association and been involved in many intramural sports. 

Richard Leone – BHSc;

Academic Science Specialist 

Richard is an Ontario Certified Teacher in the Intermediate/Senior division, which include Biology and Health & Physical Education for his teachables. Richard also contains an undergraduate background in Health Sciences with a focus in Kinesiology.

Richard is currently working as a part-time faculty instructor for the School of Business, IT & Management at Durham College and is currently a secondary school supply teacher for the Durham District School Board. Although Richard primarily contains a science background, he has taught and tutored a variety of courses, which includes math, office professionalism, keyboarding, Microsoft Excel and medical transcription.

Richard contains a strong passion for teaching and helping others to succeed. He is never satisfied unless he sees results and success from the students he works with.

Alycia Oostinga
BHSc in Kinesiology
Registered Kinesiologist
Academic Math, Science & English

Alycia graduated from UOIT with a degree in kinesiology. She is a registered kinesiologist and is currently working in a clinic as a Kin.

She has experience in peer tutoring physcial education and health classes. She hopes to attend teachers college next year. She loves tutoring because she wants to help other children achieve their dream and attend the school of their choice.



Joseph Kiyoshi Alcantara
2nd Year Practical Nursing Student

Joseph is a student in the Practical Nursing program in Durham College. He graduated from All Saints Catholic Secondary School in 2012. 

Joseph loves tutoring math to students because math was his favourite subject in high school. He enjoys helping students understand concepts that were initially difficult. He wants students to challenge themselves and find math fun and interesting at the same time. His goals for students are to always improve themselves and help them get into the college/university program they wish to study.