Our team has been hand-picked by our Principal and Founder. We offer you qualified teachers who are experts in their area. Each one of our teachers has been specifically selected for their love of their subject, their ability to explain this material to another individual and more importantly, for their desire to empower the next generation.
Amelia – Primary & Secondary Mathematics Teacher (Waverley)
Amelia currently has a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from the University of Sydney and is looking to commence a Masters of Secondary Teaching in 2020. She has been tutoring both primary and secondary mathematics for a number of years. She believes that helping her students to think critically and really understand the logic behind the content is the best way to unlock their potential. She holds the view that with a good teacher, all students have the potential to enjoy maths and then translate those problem solving skills into the real world.“I think it’s a matter of confidence. It’s not just about learning the procedures but how and why we do them. Once you really understand something, it’s hard to forget.”
Andreas – Secondary Mathematics Teacher (Caringbah)
Andreas has a Bachelor in Mathematics and Finance and is currently completing a Masters in Secondary Teaching. Andreas is an advocate of discovery learning. He enjoys helping students recognise their strengths and understands their personal learning styles so that they can gain the confidence they need to learn independently and collaboratively. He focuses on questioning with the goal of leading the student to discover the solution and develop their critical thinking skills. “I love to challenge my students academically and do my best to boost their confidence level at the same time. I love that Maths Words Not Squiggles gives me the opportunity to work with students on a personal level so that we can focus on their unique strengths and learning needs. I am happy to have the opportunity to adapt my lessons for each individual in a way that allows them to enjoy their learning experience."
Anita – Secondary Maths Teacher (Rosebery)
Anita completed a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Chemistry) followed by a Master of Teaching (Secondary) degree at the University of Sydney. An interest in the social, emotional and cognitive aspects of human development led her to complete a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Anita has experience teaching across various schools in NSW and has been with Maths Words not Squiggles since January 2016. “I believe all students should be given the opportunity to reach their personal best. I use a range of resources such as technology and concrete materials in order to improve the learning experience for students.”
Annabelle – Primary Teacher (Brookvale)
Hi, my name's Annabelle. After many years in the marketing world, I jumped ship to a new career in teaching, and I haven't looked back since! Currently, I am completing my masters in Primary School teaching at UNSW, which means I teach at different schools each term. In the meantime, I tutor primary maths at MWNS, where I see the results of my degree in practice in the many students I tutor. Being a maths tutor is challenging but thoroughly rewarding, and like your students, you never stop learning.
Brigettte – Primary Teacher (Brookvale)
Brigette is currently a student at Macquarie University studying a Bachelor of Arts together with a degree of Bachelor of Education (Primary). She has always loved being with children and is especially fascinated by the way they think. To pursue her goal of becoming a primary school teacher, Brigette has gained experience working with children in both childcare and tutoring centres. As Brigette believes that every student is an individual, she is determined to provide learning opportunities that are unique to their own academic capabilities, which allows each student to engage and understand the material better. “I believe that teaching children is one of the most rewarding things a person can do. I love seeing a child reach their fullest potential by embracing their knowledge and imagination, both of which are essential tools for their future.”
Celestina – Secondary English Teacher (Waverley)
Celestina has been teaching for over 30 years. She has a Masters degree and most recently taught at Rose Bay Secondary College in English at all levels specialising in HSC Advanced and Extension 1 English. Celestina has returned to teaching at MWNS because she loves the one to one contact, which provides so much more satisfaction than teaching to a class of 30. Celestina’s strength is responding to student’s needs such as NAPLAN preparation, assessment tasks and the HSC. If students do not have a pressing task, Celestina chooses to focus on essay writing, as it is vital to all areas in English.
Claire – Primary Teacher (Waverley)
Claire has a First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Education (Primary) with Mathematics from St Mary’s University, College Belfast. Claire has been teaching and tutoring for eight years at home in Northern Ireland. She has strong subject knowledge and the ability to continually break down difficult concepts and model strategies to ensure the children have a solid understanding of what was being taught. “I chose to teach because I am passionate about teaching and working with children. I make all the children, appropriate to their level of ability, feel comfortable in the learning environment as I develop a relationship with each child, understanding their personality, strengths, weaknesses and I allow them to get to know my personality at the same time. I have high expectations and encourage each child to reach their full potential.”
Clarissa – Primary Teacher (Rosebery & Waverley)
Clarissa is currently completing her Bachelor of Education (Primary) from UNE in Armidale NSW. Clarissa is in her final year and is very much looking forward to having her own class in the near future. She is able to teach all areas of the Primary Curriculum and in particular Maths and English. She has been around children for the last 20 years in various roles such as a Nanny, a Swimming Teacher as well as a kids yoga instructor. Clarissa has a constructivist view of teaching where she encourages children to become activists in their own learning. She does this by structuring lessons to suit the learning styles of each child to ensure they are working to their fullest potential. "I chose to become a teacher to make a difference in a child’s life and help them become the best version of themselves not only in the classroom but in every aspect of their lives. Tutoring at Maths Words not Squiggles gives me this opportunity and I look forward to it every week."
Denise – Primary Teacher (Caringbah)
Denise has a Bachelor of Education degree and has been a dedicated teacher in the Catholic School system for 32 years. Denise loves teaching children and has taught students from Kindergarten to Year 6, including some composite classes. She has proven to be a competent and professional teacher with an array of experience. Her teaching experience includes one year as a teacher-librarian, six years as a Performing Arts teacher in a Primary School, experience with intervention groups at schools and as a tutor. Throughout her teaching career she has always implemented current teaching practices in her classrooms and always tries to create relevant learning experiences for the students to cater for the individual student differences. Denise creates a learning environment where students feel safe to take risks with their learning; where explicit teaching is practiced and where students are encouraged to reach their full potential. She believes that students learn best when concepts are explicitly taught and when students engage in work that is relevant, purposeful and fun. “I enjoy supporting and encouraging students to achieve their very best in a positive and nurturing environment.”
Edna – Primary Teacher (Caringbah)
Edna is currently studying at the University of Sydney to complete a Bachelor of Education for primary schooling, including a Leaders in Maths Education (LiME) specialisation. Edna strongly believes in student-centred pedagogy and creating genuine relationships with students. She maintains that this is what allowed her students from her previous tutoring experiences to be more confident and motivated to learn. Edna also strives to make learning experiences relevant and meaningful to students to ensure that they understand what they are learning and find it to be purposeful. "I want to teach because I want to help students develop and overcome their struggles. I especially enjoy teaching at Maths Words not Squiggles because it allows the opportunity for me to personally engage with students and to provide my full support."
Ehab – Primary & Secondary Mathematics Teacher (Rosebery)
Although I have changed careers a number of times, I have always loved working with people and numbers. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Macquarie University with a double major in mathematics and statistics, I taught high school mathematics at De La Salle college in Ashfield. I then moved to Chicago, USA, to pursue my career as an Actuary. I worked as an Actuary for 14 years then switched to Financial Planning where I was number one in my company for 5 consecutive years. In 2012, I decided to come back to Australia and returned to my teaching career. I love working at MWNS because I enjoy seeing the improvement and the life changing attitudes in the students I teach day after day and week after week.
Gloria – Primary Teacher (Rosebery)
Gloria is studying a double degree in a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at the University of New South Wales. For more than two years, she has mentored students via private tutoring in both primary and secondary Mathematics. She believes all students embody individual learning styles. Gloria actively incorporates various teaching methods to assist students to reach their maximum potential. In developing an engaging and comfortable learning environment, she integrates both fun and challenges into students’ work to best stimulate their learning. “I love tutoring at Maths Words not Squiggles because the small classes and individual sessions allow me as an educator, to best tailor and target the needs of my students.”
Imogen – Secondary English Teacher (Brookvale)
Imogen is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts together with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) majoring in English at Macquarie University. Imogen is new to tutoring and loves interacting with all her students at Maths Words not Squiggles. Imogen’s strength is to focus on the pre-existing understanding that her students possess. She is then able to best understand their learning preferences and in which areas they would like extra assistance or a different style of explanation. By tailoring lessons to best address the student’s capabilities and strengths, Imogen focuses on both the specific assessment areas that the student is studying at school and the broader English skills concerned with application across modules and areas of study.
Jacqui – Secondary English Teacher (Rosebery & Waverley)
Jacqui has completed a Bachelor of Arts with a Diploma of Education. Jacqui has been teaching for over 20 years and is our consultant for Senior English students. Jacqui specialises in preparing Years 11 and 12 for the HSC and her preference is teaching students on an individual basis rather than in a school classroom setting. Jacqui’s expertise is in teaching text analysis and essay writing skills and over the past few years of her involvement with Maths Words not Squiggles her students have excelled in their final exams.
June – Primary Teacher (Rosebery)
June has a Bachelor of Social Science (Communication) with a Master of Arts in English Language Teaching from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has been teaching English for several years and has been tutoring in Sydney since she’s been here. June believes that each child is unique and has a different way of learning. Therefore as a teacher, she believes her role is to facilitate children in their learning and encourage them along the way, making sure they are able to stand strong and be confident. "I love teaching because I love seeing the students’ smiles and the twinkle in their eyes when they see themselves excelling. I love working at Maths Words not Squiggles because I could really tailor the lessons to suit the students learning style, which would release their full potential."
Kate – Primary Teacher (Rosebery)
Kate has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainable Built Environment from the University of Nottingham and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from St Mary’s University. Kate is a UK trained Primary School teacher with three and a half years of experience teaching in the inner City of London primary schools. Kate is extremely passionate about teaching Maths and English to young children. She has experienced many different learners and continued to develop and tailor her teaching to their individual needs. She is trained in teaching Maths through the ‘Mathematics Mastery’ approach, which allows children to grasp a concept before moving on with their learning. A variety of different hands-on manipulatives are used to help the child visualise the learning and to support their understanding. This approach encourages the child to understand there is more than one way of representing and visualising a mathematical concept and allows them to choose the best method which suits their preferred learning style. She is also trained in the ‘Story-telling’ approach for teaching English. This approach begins with an engaging and exciting story telling session where the children hear a story first either fiction or non-fiction. This draws the child’s attention in and excites them for the learning ahead. They immerse themselves in the story using drama and art before engaging in writing activities. This really helps to improve the children’s writing and gives confidence to reluctant writers. Kate is a team player and understands that teamwork and strong communication skills are paramount to the successful running of a classroom and ultimately the progress a child makes.
Louise – Primary Teacher (Rosebery)
Louise is in her fourth and final year studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the Australian Catholic University. As she is growing with her qualification, Louise embeds her study of children aged between 0 to 15 to develop the minds of students working both above and below grade level. She prides her work on creating collaborative partnerships with her students. She believes each student is capable of immersing their own experiences into their learning and through this she strives to create a personal and engaging environment. Having worked with children for 5 years, Louise draws knowledge from sport coaching, tutoring and early childhood teaching to create a learning environment that produces motivated students. Thus enabling both Maths and English to transform from squiggles to quality education.
Marcus – Secondary Mathematics & English Teacher (Waverley)
Marcus has completed a combined Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English and French. As well as this, Marcus has completed the Extension 1 and Extension 2 Mathematics courses in the HSC and has been teaching mathematics across all age groups for over 4 years. Marcus has chosen to teach because he has a passion for helping others, for the content, and enjoys getting to know students and helping them achieve their best. He has tutored Mathematics, English, French and Latin for many years to students from different backgrounds and age groups, spanning from Year 4 to Year 12 “Maths has been the subject I have tutored the most extensively, and I love covering a vast range of topics with the different students I tutor. I see Maths Words not Squiggles as a fantastic opportunity to challenge myself and build experience teaching in a different environment. I love the atmosphere at the Waverley Centre and I love being able to teach students in both individual and small group lessons, because I feel like I can really help them in the one hour lessons to understand their current topics, clear up any misunderstandings or errors, and ultimately work towards improving exam results.”
Marianna – Primary Teacher (Brookvale)
Marianna has a Bachelor of Social Science (Social Psychology) with a Masters of Teaching (Primary) from the University of Western Sydney. Marianna also has various qualifications in Singing and Music Theory. Marianna has been tutoring for several years and continues to teach at various primary schools around the Northern Beaches. Marianna has a constructivist view of teaching where students become the centre of their learning and teachers are the facilitators. Lessons are tailored to suit the student’s learning style to ensure that the student is learning at their fullest potential. “I chose to teach because of the smiles and confidence that quality education gives a child. I love tutoring Maths and English at Maths Words not Squiggles because I can see first hand the positive effects it has on each student.”
Mehreen – Primary & Secondary Mathematics Teacher (Brookvale)
Mehreen holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Building Services Engineering from Brunel University, London. She has been engaged in engineering related tasks and fully comprehends the necessity of teaching mathematics in such a way that it is not only interesting but also opens children’s mind to grasp the fundamental principles and basic concepts of the subject. "I take teaching mathematics as a privilege where I can transfer the basic understanding and techniques to young brains. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of developing mathematical skills from an early age. It gives me immense satisfaction to see kids learn and enjoy mathematics as I enjoy teaching them."
Mike – Secondary Mathematics Teacher (Rosebery)
Mike has a Bachelor of Commerce - Actuarial Studies and a Bachelor of Science Mathematics with a Graduate Diploma in Education from Macquarie University. Mike has taught mainly secondary mathematics at various tuition colleges and high schools. Mike believes that practice and understanding of the ideas behind formulas are critical to success in mathematic lessons and are designed with practice questions tailored to the students needs and level of ability. Explanations aim to relate unfamiliar content with what the student knows already in order to aid understanding and memory.
“I chose to teach because of the positive and life changing effect it can have on a child. It is a wonderful feeling when a struggling student finally understands a concept and can tackle questions based on it confidently. I believe that Maths Words not Squiggles’ tailored approach ensures that each student learns at the appropriate level.”
Mohammad – Secondary Maths Teacher (Rosbery & Waverley)
Mohammad Rafey is currently studying a Bachelor of Science with a major in Computing at Macquarie University. He developed a passion for teaching in his high school and since then he has taught Mathematics at different levels. Rafey believes that every student possesses a different set of capabilities which can enhance only if the child receives instructions in a way that suits his/her learning. Rafey tailors his lessons in a way that suits the learning style of each student and ensures that his students perform up to their maximum potential. “The reason for the passion I have for teaching is due to the joy and satisfaction I feel when my students achieve their academic goals after a long enduring journey which might have been made easy with my help.“
Monica – Primary Teacher (Rosebery)
Monica has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Masters of Teaching (Primary) from Western Sydney University. She is currently teaching at various schools around Sydney and has been tutoring primary school students for several years. She strongly believes in student based learning where the student’s lead their learning and the teachers are there to guide the students and give them the tools they need to excel. This ensures that each lesson is perfectly catered to each individual child's needs and students can progress at their own pace. "I enjoy working with children and love seeing them have their light-bulb moment, where they grasp a concept that they may have struggled with in the past. Maths Words not Squiggles offers a positive environment for students to work at their own pace, without the pressure of a timeline".
Natalie – Primary Teacher (Waverley)
Natalie has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and has worked in the independent school system for the last 6 years. She has a passion for helping children work towards achieving their best. She loves seeing her students have that “lightbulb moment” when they are learning a new concept and endeavours to pass on her love of learning onto all the students she teaches.
Natalie says “I chose to take a break from classroom teaching so that I could focus on those students who may need a little extra encouragement and help fine-tuning the skills needed to extend their abilities. Working in micro groups & with individual students allows me to do this. I look forward to working with your child at Maths Words not Squiggles and can’t wait to see what they achieve”
Neha – Primary Teacher (Rosebery)
Neha was born in Singapore and moved to Australia many years ago to pursue her Bachelor of Education at the University of Melbourne. Since graduating in 2007, Neha has taught primary students at numerous schools throughout NSW and Victoria. Part of her experience is developing the curriculum for the Bachelor degree at Swinburne online. Neha teaches primary Maths and English at Maths Words not Squiggles. Neha is proficient and multi-lingual in English, Hindi and Punjabi. She absolutely enjoys education, being part of it and making learning fun.
Paige – Primary & Secondary English Teacher (Rosebery & Caringbah)
Paige has a Bachelor of Arts (Literature and Composition) from Griffith University in Brisbane. This year she has started studying for a Master of Information Studies (Children’s Librarianship) from Charles Sturt University. Paige has been working in education for the last few years and is passionate about helping children and young people learn. She believes that a good education empowers people to change lives and wants to be part of that process. Her teaching approach is a constructivist one whereby lessons centre around students, their learning goals and their needs. Lessons are tailored to each student or group to ensure they can get the best out of their experience with her.
Pinki – Primary Teacher (Rosebery & Waverley)
Pinki has a Masters in Sciences with Mathematics as well as a Bachelor in Education. She has over 7 years experience in teaching and tutoring in the Western Suburbs. Pinki has a pragmatic view of teaching where students are the main focus and their learning preferences are given priority and teachers are the facilitators. Lessons are designed to include practical approaches to make learning simple and fun so that students meet their learning goals. “I chose teaching as a profession as it is my passion and I love to work with children. It is the most constructive way for me to contribute to society and it fills me with a sense of internal happiness when students whom I teach achieve their goals. I love tutoring Maths and English at Maths Words not Squiggles because I can see first hand the positive effects it has on each student.”
Rachael – Primary & Secondary English Teacher (Rosebery & Brookvale)
Rachael has a Bachelor of Psychology with a Diploma of Education from Macquarie University. She is also currently completing a Masters in Criminology. Rachael has been a school teacher for over six years and mainly specialised in teaching English as a second language for new arrivals to Australia. She has also spent time as teacher librarian, classroom teacher and tutor of high school English. Rachael's passion is language, psychology and communication and this is reflected in the way she teaches. Her lessons are engaging and tailored to the individual needs and interests of her students."I chose teaching because I am fascinated with how people learn and thrive. I believe good teachers also need to be good learners and that is why I'm still studying. I will create a context where my students are interested, constructive, interactive and focused."
Rachel – Primary Teacher (Brookvale)
Rachel is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts/Education (Primary) and Psychology at Macquarie University. Rachel has over 5 years of high level, competitive children’s sports mentoring and coaching experience. She believes in the responsibility of providing a safe and positive environment for learning whilst assisting children to reach their potential. Rachel understands that reducing the stress around school and learning will improve education by catering to individual needs and learning styles. The rewarding nature of educating children is what drives Rachel to persevere and scaffold students’ learning.
Romani – Secondary Mathematics Teacher (Rosebery)
Romani is currently studying Actuarial studies with data science as a double degree at Macquarie University. In year 7, Mathematics was one of his weakest subjects and it wasn’t until he had a tutor who helped him understand and enjoy Mathematics, that he began to advance. His passion for Mathematics grew and he excelled and received awards each year throughout high school and finished Mathematics Extension 1 & 2 in year 11. "I became a tutor so I can pay forward the passion and understanding that encouraged me to excel in Mathematics and I hope that my students will advance and be motivated to reach their fullest potential with my help"
Rupa – Secondary Mathematics Teacher (Rosebery & Brookvale)
Through her love and passion for teaching, Rupa is an innovative and enthusiastic person with a strong background in mathematics and she strives to be an inspiration in children’s lives. She has already displayed success and is on track in completing her Master of Science in Secondary Mathematics from Western Sydney University. Rupa, certified in both Bachelor and Masters in Science in Mathematics from a previous institution, has also earned experience during her professional training in different western Sydney high schools. Her focus areas have been predominantly the ability to “understand, relate and solve” problems. Along with being a mother of three (including twins), she has demonstrated extended patience and success in being a responsible parent, teacher and friend. “The love for my children has helped me realise the potential in each child, with each child being different and the several opportunities that they can explore during their school ages. I want to share the wonderful ways of learning maths and making them a better person both personally and as a professional. Maths is part of everyone’s life, and it gives me great pleasure to invest and enjoy the time with children.”
Salman – Secondary Mathematics Teacher (Brookvale)
Salman has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with a Master of Business Administration from Sharif University of Technology. Salman has been tutoring for several years in different high schools and private institutions and has a successful outcome in teaching mathematics and also in training students for university entrance exams. Salman is known for helping students using different and creative methods of teaching and creating a sense of friendship and comfort with them so that they can share their concerns and ask for solutions to improve their study results. Salman loves mathematics and believes that mathematics helps people think better and make wiser decisions. He also loves teaching, sharing concepts to students, as well as seeing them feel comfortable and engaged with mathematic problems, which makes him feel satisfied and happy. Salman: “I love tutoring mathematics at MWNS because I can help students learn easy ways of solving problems and have a better understanding.”
Sarah – Primary Teacher (Brookvale)
Sarah-Louise Hopkins is a trained primary teacher with a Bachelor of Education. Sarah teaches both Maths and English and has always wanted to work with children as she finds teaching a rewarding career. Sarah has worked in and out of schools, however enjoys the nature of individual teaching. When she is not teaching, Sarah enjoys reading sci-fi, playing the guitar and baking. “My favourite week is at the end of each term when students look back at all of the areas they have accomplished through their efforts. It’s not just rewarding for my students, but for me also.”
Stephen – Secondary English Teacher (Brookvale)
Stephen has been teaching for over 30 years. He graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor/Diploma of Education majoring in English, History and Drama. Stephen has taught at a variety of schools, both in Australia and overseas and has been working in the Northern Beaches area since 2002. He has worked as acting Head Teacher of English and as a freelance writer where his work has been published in a variety of publications. His writing has included movie and theatre criticisms, celebrity interviews, travel articles and astrology columns. Stephen has also had extensive experience marking the HSC papers in both Standard and Advance English. He is passionate about his subject and knows what contributes an excellent response in English, especially for the HSC. He likes working with children and helping them to achieve their best.
Yiannis – Secondary Maths Teacher (Rosebery)
Yiannis has a Bachelor Science with a Major in Mathematics that was completed at the University of Patras. Yiannis has taught in public schools and tutoring centres overseas for 10 years and has been tutoring since 2004 in Sydney. Yiannis is interested and willing to implement new teaching strategies and methods that will benefit his students the most and help them to work to their full potential. His experience and knowledge in mathematics can be seen even from the first lesson. “The most satisfying and rewarding moments in the teaching profession is definitely when I see students understanding a concept and then them being able to use it in other areas of Mathematics or science.”
Zarnab – Secondary Maths Teacher (Brookvale)
Zarnab completed her Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering with a Major in Mathematics. Zarnab developed a passion for teaching in high school and has been teaching ever since. Zarnab enjoys helping students as she has a positive attitude and a passion to assist and motivate struggling learners. She drives students to develop a thorough understanding of mathematical concepts. “I believe that generating interest in a subject is the most important thing for a teacher and I try to make learning maths fun for all students."
WORKING WITH CHILDREN
A Working With Children Check is a requirement for people who work or volunteer in child related employment. It involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.
All our staff at MWNS must have completed a “Working With Children Check” allowing them to work with children of all ages. A Working With Children Check is a prerequisite for child-related work in NSW. Anyone who works face-to-face with your child must have a valid Working With Children Check. It does not matter whether they are paid or unpaid, supervised or unsupervised.
This includes, but is not limited to:
Au pairs and nannies (except privately arranged babysitting)
So you can rest assured that your child is in safe hands when they are with us.
JOIN THE TEAM
MWNS is always on the lookout for inspiring teachers who are dedicated to making a difference in education. If you have a passion for teaching and would like to be part of our growing and dynamic team, we would love to hear from you.
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