The Gleaner

Learning centre offers an alternative to summer school

School is out for the summer, but some students may benefit from a little help during the break. Parents looking for a way to ensure their children do not fall behind can now turn to the PureZen Learning Centre in Ormstown, which is currently registering students for the summer.

Teacher Annick Choquette launched the new learning centre located on Bridge Street in mid-June. With over 20 years of experience as a French teacher, most recently at Chateauguay Valley Regional High School, she found herself dreaming of a change while on sabbatical this past year.


A large table sits in the middle of the classroom at the PureZen Learning Centre in Ormstown It faces a white board that has been quality tested by owner Annick Choquettes children PHOTO PureZen Learning Centre


Certain that it was time to move beyond the public education system, she had originally planned on offering proof-reading, editing, and translation services while working from home, but she found that something was missing. “And then I realized that yes, the last few years have been hard, but I still love teaching,” she says.

Choquette’s plans quickly evolved from there. The demand for tutoring and teaching services in the area is high, and there is definitely a need following the pandemic. The idea of a learning centre began forming in her mind after one of her three children was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD).

“As a teacher, you don’t have much time. On Saturdays, I was cleaning our house, and on Sundays I was travelling to help my daughter,” she says. “The price to pay was expensive!” – and not just financially.

“It started as an idea that became a dream. And, now here we are,” Choquette says, looking around her modern one-room classroom and teaching space. The centre is bright and welcoming, with lots of sunlight and warm features. She plans to grow the learning centre and her services slowly, but it is open to elementary and high school students, and it is offering francisation courses for new arrivals to the region as well.


Annick Choquette is the owner and teacher at the new PureZen Learning Centre in Ormstown PHOTO PureZen Learning Centre


Choquette, who specializes in teaching all levels of French, has assembled a team of certified and experienced collaborators to offer support classes in both languages and a variety of other subject areas, including math. The space will also be available for rent. She says she is going to miss her colleagues and being in a classroom, “But I will be helping in another way.”

The first session of summer classes will start on July 2. There are still a limited number of places available for private and semi-private teaching sessions, as well as in-person and virtual tutoring sessions. For more information, contact Choquette by email at or by phone at 514-774-4467.

Latest stories

Four public pianos open in the region

Callan Forrester

Ormstown council welcomes new Generations’ Chair

Sarah Rennie - LJI Reporter

Scouts to celebrate 70 years at Dunn Memorial Camp

Sarah Rennie

Leave a comment

* By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website.

Follow by Email