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JOHNNY CASSELS

About Johnny:

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

I have trouble conjuring up a quote that better captures my experience as a secondary and post-secondary student. For my grade 7 school year, I enrolled at Upper Canada College (UCC) while playing GTHL ‘AAA’ hockey. Known for its incredibly challenging curriculum, UCC came very close to breaking me.

I nearly failed out during my first year, as I could not meet my academic and athletic obligations. I was conditionally allowed to remain for grade 8. From that point on, I very gradually improved my grades, finally realizing my potential halfway through my IB1 (grade 11) year.

 

I needed four and a half years to decipher my methodology for success on the ice and in the classroom. Once fine-tuned, I never looked back. I graduated from Upper Canada with a average that was almost 40% higher than when I had started.

 

After two years of playing Provincial Junior ‘A’ Hockey in Ontario, I enrolled at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. I applied my lessons from UCC and graduated on the Dean’s Honour List with a major in Economics and a minor in History.

I started tutoring during my years of junior hockey for the simple reason that I liked explaining things to people. Whether it was helping one of my peers differentiate a trig function in high school or showing my dad how to get the microwave to stop flashing "12:00", I derived a genuine sense of emotional satisfaction from helping people learn. 

The other element of my being is my love of levity and emphasis on accountability. Though it may seem challenging to have those two co-exist, it's been my goal to create a space that's not only fun but also rooted in an awareness that the task at hand is ours to accomplish.

I love '80s hair metal (Whitesnake, Dokken, Ratt, Winger, Motley Crue, etc.), I ride a bicycle 12 months out of the year - mixing in the occasional drive, and have always found physical fitness to be an integral part of my life routine.

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