Our Tutor Profiles
I have been a special education tutor for over 20 years after an eleven-year stint as a classroom teacher.
I assist individuals from prep to upper secondary school (and sometimes older ones!) by creating structured, systematic and interesting lessons designed to improve their reading, spelling, handwriting, written composition and maths, particularly if they have dyslexia or dyscalculia.
Lessons are informed by best educational practice such as Bruner’s CPA (Concrete Pictorial Analytical) approach and synthetic phonics and are tailored to address specific needs and learning styles.
I have completed many courses, including a post-graduate certificate in Special Education (Flinders University), Brain Gym and Spalding (The Writing Road to Reading). I have also received certification as an Irlen Screener. All have deepened my understanding of my students’ needs, be they visual, auditory or cognitive, and how to address them effectively.
Teaching young people is a privilege and a great joy. You watch their confidence grow, knowing that they are acquiring skills and knowledge that will help them navigate their way through life’s challenges and, more importantly, knowing that they are becoming the people they want to be.
I have been a Breakthrough Tutor for seven years following a teaching career of 38 years as a Primary and Secondary classroom teacher. I have been a relief teacher for four years.
I assist individuals with their specific learning needs in numeracy and literacy from Year 3 to Year 10. Individual programmes are designed and sequentially developed for each student. Depending on the student, the teaching/learning strategies used are based on how best the student learns.
Phonics and multiplication tables remain, for me, important foundation stones. Cracking these codes make harder tasks seem easier.
Over the years, I have attended many seminars and workshops in order to keep up to date with best practices. Some have been useful. All have encouraged me to think.
Teaching has been the profession for which I was born. I have had so much fun. I love tutoring and take great joy from a student's dazzling moments of deeper understanding.
I have had over 40 years of experience in primary and secondary schools, as a classroom and subject teacher and as a Special Education teacher. I have worked as a tutor for over 25 years and with Breakthrough Tutorial Services since it opened in 2000.
My key areas of focus are primary literacy and numeracy and secondary mathematics, with the purpose of developing skills and understanding from Prep to Grade 12 and beyond. Individual programmes are designed for each student to ensure there is a solid foundation of understanding, areas of difficulty are identified, and learning is sequential. These are continually adapted as students master new skills and meet new challenges. I draw upon skills and strategies developed over many years, utilizing each student’s strengths and optimal learning style to ensure effective learning.
Since completing my Bachelor of Education, (University of Birmingham), and also a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education (University of Tasmania), I have continued to attend professional development conferences, seminars and workshops to keep abreast of new theories, approaches and practices so I can use those most suitable to each student.
One-to-one tutoring allows me to build up a strong personal relationship with each student. It is particularly rewarding to observe a student’s developing confidence as they master new skills, develop understanding and experience success.
Many years ago, as a young Kindergarten teacher, I was asked to include the children from the neighbouring School of the Deaf. This first step began my journey to learn and develop my skills in ways to teach children with barriers to access learning. Following such a pathway meant returning to university twice to learn from those who had researched the best ways to allow people with learning difficulties to reach their potential. Continuing to attend seminars yearly and reading research articles, ensures my knowledge is up to date.
After working in primary and secondary schools as a class and special education teacher in both state and private schools, I was encouraged to begin tutoring so I could reach more children who needed help. My greatest satisfaction comes when I see the students gaining confidence and being empowered to step forward and take risks in their learning. My areas of focus are primary and secondary literacy and primary and lower secondary maths.
Discovering each child’s strengths and working towards improving their areas of weaknesses, needs an analytical approach, as every child has a slightly different profile. Initially, in literacy, this requires a phonic foundation to be matched with the various letter combinations, however, as a student matures understanding word building and the roots of English becomes important.
Working with allied professionals in the fields of audiology, kinestheology and visual processing, when observations indicate their expertise is needed, provides a valuable resource. I come from many generations of teachers and the excitement and the satisfaction I derive from being allowed to enjoy my students’ accomplishments, makes a life spent tutoring a privilege and well worthwhile!
I have worked as a tutor at Breakthrough since 2015 offering primary and secondary students educational support – tutoring in mathematics as well as science and English.
After completing a secondary teaching degree, Bachelor of Education (Environmental Science), I taught a range of subjects at both public high and independent schools for over ten years in Victoria.
After finishing a Theology Degree and working in Chaplaincy for a short time, I moved to Tasmania, where for over seven years, I worked as a school chaplain.
Since living here, I have worked in a variety of different roles in the not-for-profit sector focusing on disability and pastoral care, while completing a Masters of Counselling.
I aim to enhance each student’s learning through a variety of educational strategies, concentrating on using practical aids and concrete examples for the younger student. By using creative ideas to enhance learning and completing a series of tasks, each student's program has been designed to meet their individual learning requirements and goals, whether they need extra support or extension.
My focus in mathematics for secondary students is to follow the curriculum requirements in order for them to achieve a sound level of practical application.
My main aim is to encourage and support my students to achieve positive learning outcomes. Building confidence, a sense of purpose, and improving self-esteem, students develop a greater love and appreciation of learning.
I have been privileged to provide tutoring services through Breakthrough since 2017, as well as supporting Ronald Mcdonald House to provide 1:1 support to their learning programme.
I am a qualified Early Education Teacher with a Bachelor of Education degree from UTAS with over 35 years’ experience across a range of ages throughout southern Tasmania.
I particularly enjoyed my role of literacy support teacher which provided many rewarding times, seeing the difference that can be made to struggling students.
I have since retired from The Tasmanian Education Department but cannot help but try to give back to the community and further share the skills and teaching strategies gained over many years.
The relationships built up with my students over the years have given me a lot of satisfaction. It has been wonderful to observe the self-esteem of individual students improve, as they obtain new skills and experience success in their various learning journeys.
I have been tutoring children and young adults in mathematics since 2003 and have been working at Breakthrough Tutorial since 2009. My experience covers primary school maths through to high school and pre-tertiary units.
I completed my Bachelor of Science at the University of Tasmania with a major in Mathematics.
My experience teaching younger people began with my children who have now completed university degrees. During this time, the highlight as a parent help at my local primary and high schools and as a teachers' aide was doing remedial maths with students with additional needs. The changes that occurred with these children was significant, and many of them thanked me after completing their schooling.
I believe in the importance of gaining a strong, positive relationship with an individual student. This means that the student can relax in order to reach their academic potential. Research has shown that stress impacts negatively upon learning. All children work at different rates and need individualised programs to assist them to succeed.
It is important to ensure that the parents are included in this process by providing ongoing practical resources, explaining milestones and celebrating achievements.
I have been a tutor in numeracy and literacy for many years, both privately and for organisations like the Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme, Basic Concern and Kip McGrath. Since 2014 I have worked at Breakthrough Tutorial Management Services in a part-time role. I have taught in classrooms for about 20 years in both private and public schools in a full-time and part-time capacity, both in primary and infant schools.
I tutor children from grade 2 to 7 in English and primary and secondary school children in maths. Based on the child’s assessment, I endeavour to help each child progress to a higher level with a deeper understanding of the subject, particularly with the use of practical aides. In English, I teach phonetic skills to assist young people with their spelling, reading and writing. The children practise reading passages for comprehension at their level and develop in grammatical understanding. Providing an interesting programme, I endeavour to meet each child’s needs. I have worked with many children who have fallen below the grade standard and children who have learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyscalculia.
I have completed three degrees: Bachelor of Education (shared T.E. Doe prize); Graduate Diploma in Special Education and Bachelor of Music (with distinction).
It is very fulfilling to pass on many of the skills I have acquired throughout my educational career, which have benefited the children I tutor. It has been a pleasure to watch them gain confidence and understanding.