I nominate Janyce Lastman as a Community Builder of the highest order: one who recognizes strengths in others, fosters them and helps them grow, so that they, in turn, can contribute most effectively. As Director of the Tutor Group, advocate for children, author, case manager and consultant, Janyce Lastman has helped countless special-needs children realize their potential.
Families like mine with special-needs children often struggle to access appropriate services, care, education and/or treatment. Yet these children, whether they have learning disabilities, ADHD or autism, have so much to offer their respective communities.
Janyce’s vast knowledge of law, special education, public and private education systems, child and adolescent mental health, and community services is best described as “dizzying.”
Armed with such expertise, Janyce works every day, and many nights, to keep these children from falling through the cracks. She coaches. She counsels. She networks. She advocates. She educates. She cares. The community of learning-disabled and special-needs children and their families could do with a thousand more like her.
For decades, Janyce has helped Toronto children and their families. It would mean so much to me, and to all of us whom she has helped, to see her honoured for the vital work she does.
We have seen a couple [of education consultants] but the best by far is Janyce Lastman (416-221-0018). She really tried to get a full picture of the child: personality, academically, socially, etc. She knows the juicy tidbits about the schools and she'll give you the straight goods. She's not afraid to steer you away from schools you thought were great and point you to other schools you never would have considered. She is a delightful person to speak to and definitely knows her stuff. She spent some time with our daughter, who just loved her. She'll also come to your home in the evening for the consultation which was great for us. She is very good at what she does and therefore is in a position to be on the higher end of the cost spectrum. My dear husband (who was reluctant to see her) was very impressed and now really considers what she had said. We were looking at private schools at the time but she did know about the public schools as well. You won't be disappointed!
I know Janyce Lastman quite well; it has got to be going on 10 years now. She is a wealth of information and I feel the money (to have her consult to our marketing cooperative of north-eastern US schools) would be well spent...
Canada holds its own unique marketing opportunity and we should utilize her knowledge in this regard.
Thank you Janyce! And for the record, before (my husband) arrived at the meeting, I had already told Dr I [sic] that I wanted to be more like 'you' because you were so smart, so together and you never back down! Thanks for your continued help!
Hi Janyce, I got my SAT scores today! I improved like you said I would, here are my scores:
My last ones were:
- Reading - 680
- Math - 790
- Writing - 770
- Total - 2210
I'm so happy! Thanks so much for all of your help!!
- Reading - 650
- Math - 760
- Writing - 690
- Total - 2240
Thank you Janyce - we are thrilled with the results.
Janyce Lastman and The Tutor Group have been an invaluable resource to us over the years helping us navigate the education system with our three daughters, identifying ways to support their individual learning styles, assisting with course selections, and providing insights about alternatives. Most recently, we turned to Janyce for advice on university course selections, and again her knowledge of post secondary institutions was brilliant! Trying to make sure our children make the right choices and have all the best opportunities can be complicated and time-consuming. We count ourselves fortunate to be able to turn to Janyce and The Tutor Group for real expertise.
Delighted that this family followed my recommendation to see you. You’re the best – and therefore give the best advice on everything from ACT vs. SAT to how to score higher on standardized exams of all kinds. Don’t know where I or my students would be without you. I am a great fan of your practice and of you personally!
I think you stand alone in the land of Educational Consultants. I have always been impressed with your professionalism, inspired by your REAL understanding of children and their issues, and respectful of your commitment of the lives of these kids, even long after they leave your orbit.
Janyce Lastman is one of the most ethical and compassionate people I know. Her dedication to education, in the most comprehensive sense of the word, and to the very diverse field of "alternative" forms of public education (not all teachers are in classrooms!) is also proof positive that she is committed to creating a healthier society through her grassroots approach. I have known her in both of our various incarnations; I was her Grade 13 French teacher at the Alternative and Independent Study Program where it first came to my attention that she is the kind of enlightened and compassionate individual who is committed to the ideal of helping people achieve their full potential.
Good news! K is finally fully recovered… now she can start re-ramping her fitness back to “athlete” level. Even better news, she has been accepted at one of the top US Prep Boarding schools where she can continue her training… we are delighted and so is she! She will be there for two years, then on to university.
K’s teacher says her Economics make-up course is going extremely well… she is loving it… so I think she will not require our tutor’s help in the final term.
Before you close her file, I just wanted to say that The Tutor Group (you, Ziny and all her tutors) have been an exceptional service for us over the years… all our friends using your company agree… keep up the great work… and of course we will continue to recommend you.
Janyce, you are always doing your job in the best way possible. You are always on top of things, and that is what we pay you to do.
Thank YOU for doing such a good job always for our son and our family!
I will be sure to keep you posted once he begins university.
Thank you for your insights into this new student and her experiences before coming to us. I absolutely appreciate and value your insight and expertise. In my opinion, you are the most prepared, informed and professional of any of our referring professionals.
Hi Janyce, I just received my AP Calculus Score Reports and I PASSED!!! I even got a 4! Which is just so amazing (given my math background)! I am so happy and proud. Thanks again for all the help and advice. …So now you have a client like me that done the AP Calc (sic) on her own, and PASSED! …Honestly, I am just so happy and surprised in myself.
Janyce and Ziny - Our child just made the Dean’s List at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. Thought you’d like to know. Needless to say, we were are thrilled!
Hi Janyce! A lot has happened (all good!) since we last spoke! I trimmed my list to 15 schools in the US plus 4 in Canada (at your recommendation). Good news so far: I’m already accepted to McGill BioMed and PoliSci and got early acceptance to SUNY and Tulane in the US. In fact, I’ve been awarded a US$ 88,000 [sic] scholarship for my undergrad career! Still waiting on the other schools, so my fingers will stay crossed till early April. Once I have all my offers, I would appreciate any final advice about which direction may be best.
This summer, I’ve been invited to do a special program in Spain with my Spanish teacher and some other students. Really looking forward to it as I’ve always wanting to visit there and it’s a great chance to improve my Spanish. As soon as more news arrives, I will definitely be in touch.
Hi Ziny and Janyce, I know that you didn’t ask for this since it’s been a couple of years since you helped us make the decision to switch our son over to his current school. But we were so pleased with his last term that I thought I’d pass it on anyway. What a difference from past report cards from his former school and all his negative school experiences! Hope all is well with both of you. We remain eternally grateful for the work you do there.
I’m very happy to provide this testimonial as we really appreciated Janyce’s assistance with the process of school selection, applications and testing. We may not have had many choices without your guidance and likely would not have chosen this school.
… He’s had an excellent transition so far… really enjoying himself, and doing very well academically and in extra-curriculars. His first report card was all 4’s (highest possible grade) and one 3+ in Math. When he approached the teacher to ask how to improve, he was reassured that no-one else had 4’s in math yet so just keep working, and he was ok with that. His French teacher says will soon be at the top of her class and is considering him for Enriched French next year.
He was elected Community Service Leader by his Form peers. Though disappointed he missed the final cut on the school hockey team, he’s now got time to continue playing locally, and his old team was thrilled he was back. He did make the school swim team and is also an Eco-Ambassador. Plus he’s made new friends from school who he sees outside of school time as well.
So all and all, we feel he’s adjusted very well and is thriving so far. Thanks again for all your assistance with the admissions process and the final decision. We are very glad the process went so well for him in the end.
Thank you for your ongoing understanding and support of our program, our approach and our faculty. Few educators have your expertise, instinct and investment! … and yes, you may absolutely quote me on your Testimonials page.
The following comes from the parents of a very bright but troubled son with complex emotional, behavioural and learning challenges, and developing mental health concerns. His level of conflict with the family members was extreme at the time of his placement. He attended therapeutic wilderness, followed by a specialized American residential treatment program. He graduated from high school from within his RTC after several challenging years of individual and family work, then returned to his home community for post-secondary studies. These updates cover a 6+ year period after completion of the specialized residential program.