About Us

All staff have an education background to ensure that only the best quality tutors are employed to teach the students.  Each tutor has a specialty area and age group.  Tutors are regularly observed and lessons monitored by owner, Claire Howarth, to maintain a consistently high standard of teaching. All tutors have been police vetted.

Claire Howarth – Owner – Tutor for all year levels 

claire-circleBSocSci, GradDip(Mrkt), GDipTchg(Primary), MEd

Prior to starting Mindfull Tutoring I was full time classroom teaching in state schools.  During this time, I taught students from New Entrants to Year 11, held management responsibilities and continued my part-time study towards my Masters of Education, gaining this in 2014.  Once I was on maternity leave with our first son, I was approached by former colleagues to tutor their children and from here my tutoring business grew and grew.

I personally have a lifelong love for learning and continue to challenge myself to learn new skills, as I believe that part of being a good teacher is understanding how people learn.   I particularly enjoy seeing students grasp new concepts and come back to tutoring feeling proud of how they applied this new learning to the classroom setting, and/or achieved pleasing results in assessments and exams.  Building a positive relationship with each of my students and their families is key to the students’ tutoring successes.  It is through these positive relationships that students feel comfortable asking questions and strive to reach their full-potential.  Nothing gives me more pleasure than hearing how a student has reached a personal goal, after a lot of hard work and dedication.  I believe that anything is possible if you are determined to succeed and have the right people helping you along the way.

Kimmy Crampton – Manager – Tutor for all year levels

B Ed (Primary)

After attaining my degree at Massey University, I began teaching in 2006 at a rural school in the South Waikato/Waipa area.  Since then I have spent 6 years teaching students in Full Primary schools (Yr 0-8) throughout the Waikato region.  When my first child was born in 2012, I began my journey teaching in the Early Childhood sector, gaining more knowledge about children and their developmental stages and needs.

I have a love of learning and I constantly challenge myself to learn new skills.  This enhances my teaching, allowing me to relate to my students and offer them a programme tailored to their learning needs.  Teaching is my passion and I know that all children, equipped with the right skills, knowledge, and strategies, can achieve amazing things.  I can’t wait to help your children on this amazing journey.



Moira Fraser – Junior and Senior Mathematics

M.A.(Glasgow University) Graduate Teaching Certificate (Jordanhill College of Education) Registered New Zealand teacher.

As you can see, I was educated in Scotland. I arrived in New Zealand in 1983 and have taught here in both co-educational schools and a single-sex girls’ school. I have had responsibility for pastoral care at Year 12 at the girls’ school and from Years 9 to Year 13 at a co-educational school. I took on the role of acting deputy principal while they were on a leave of absence.

While these roles were very challenging and enjoyable, they did serve to reinforce for me that helping students to understand the thinking involved in solving mathematical problems is my passion. I am now retired from full-time classroom teaching, having spent the last 15 years of teaching as Head of Mathematics and also being involved in the facilitation of the new curriculum with teachers in Waikato and the Bay of Plenty. I have been involved in the secondary numeracy project and also in writing assessments for the NCEA external examinations.

I have found working with the team at Mindfull Tutoring to be refreshing and positive with everyone having a genuine interest in helping students grow in confidence to reach their goals. The tutors are professional and enthusiastic about their students. It is a pleasure to work in such a caring and student-oriented organisation. Students, their families and their tutors are all involved in working to set goals by having strong lines of communication. We are all mindful of the students’ needs and starting points rather than merely teaching the subject matter.

Taryn Surgison – Junior Mathematics and Junior/Senior English

GDipTchg (Primary), BA (English), Dip Freelance Journalism

I am a New Zealand trained teacher who aims to deliver excellence when it comes to tutoring children. Brought up in a teaching household, I have been exposed to teaching and the classroom environment my whole life. From this, and my own experiences as a student, I learned first-hand the difference that one passionate teacher can make to a child’s life.

I still vividly remember the moment that a teacher really took an interest in my writing. That moment was so powerful it inspired me to gain a degree in this area, work as a journalist and copywriter and later to go on to train in teaching. Now, through my own passion for English, I hope to ignite in other children the same enthusiasm for literacy that I have.

In maths, I believe teachers make a difference through effective scaffolding and building understanding of knowledge and strategies that children can use to solve problems. Part of what makes tutoring so fulfilling is seeing a child’s face light up as they become more confident and successful in their learning endeavours, developing their own love of lifelong learning.

I look forward to meeting your child and being a passionate teacher in their life.


Vanessa Belsham – Junior English and Mathematics

B Ed (Primary)

Hi my name is Vanessa and I am a qualified Primary School Teacher. I attained my degree in 2010 from the University of Waikato after studying firstly at AUT on the North Shore and then finishing my degree in the Waikato. My first teaching job was at Piopio Primary School just south of Te Kuiti teaching Year 2/3. After a year I gained a position at Glen Massey School teaching Year 4/5/6 and stayed on at Glen Massey until the birth of my son in March 2015. While at Glen Massey School I had the opportunity to work with the Writing Guru Gaye Byers, and lead literacy while implementing her programme into the school. Since then I have been a stay at home Mum and welcomed a baby girl in 2016.

I am passionate about teaching because I enjoy scaffolding children to gain new knowledge and understandings and also build on the ones they already have. The moment that learning clicks for a student is absolute gold. I strive to plan and prepare lessons which are based around your child’s specific needs, and will encourage your child to move forward with their learning.

I am looking forward to getting back in to teaching after 4 years off and cannot wait to work with both you and your child to achieve their learning goals.


Melanie Delport – Tutor for all year levels  

BB.Commerce, Post Grad Higher Teaching Dip,Grad Cert TESOL, Cert IT in Education

New Zealand became my home more than twenty years ago when we immigrated from South Africa. I gained my business degree and senior teaching qualifications over there, but did a refresher course at Waikato to learn the kiwi way. After that I completed my TESOL qualifications through WINTEC and began teaching again when my youngest daughter started school. I taught mathematics, accounting, enterprise studies, computer technology and ESOL in single-sex girls’ schools and co-education high schools. To keep on track with changes I did a certificate course on Computer and Information Technology in Education through WINTEC a few years ago.

I have a husband and three adult children (and a new son-in-law) who are all currently studying either part or full-time. We all treasure education in my household and everyone here at Mindful Tutoring do too. We, therefore, appreciate how you want to support your child to gain good understanding or excel in the work he/she is currently learning. I am delighted to be part of this learning journey and will do my best to support your child to achieve his/her goal.


Carol Jarman – Junior and Senior English

I am an experienced secondary teacher who has also worked on contracts for the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. I have worked as a facilitator and have been involved at a national level developing resources. In 2016 I worked on a contract with the University of Auckland that focused on raising achievement levels in schools in the Central North Island.









Sajeela Ali – Senior Mathematics

I hold a degree in Applied Mathematics from US Presbyterian Forman Christian College in Lahore.  Along with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) from Auckland University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education from Massey University.  I have taught both in New Zealand and at international schools.  I bring with me a strong understanding of mathematics education and a passion to see children succeed.  When working with students, it is important to me that I discover what prior understanding they bring with them to ensure that new learning builds on these foundation blocks.  I look forward working with your child/children to help them love and understand mathematics.







Arihia Waikari – Junior Literacy

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) with Honours, Master of Education

I completed my teaching degree at Waikato University in 2006 and quickly secured my first teaching position in Matamata. During the four years I taught in Matamata, I also studied part time in order to gain an Honours degree. However, my passion for learning is strong and in 2010 I was awarded a full time study award which enabled me to pursue a Masters degree in education. Since then I have taught in Hamilton, mainly in the junior school, and have also been part of the management team as Junior Team Leader.

I consider myself a life-long learner and encourage this in my students. I believe in building strong relationships with the students, getting to know their interests and how they learn, identifying what motivates them and helps them to engage with the learning. I look forward to helping your children ignite and maintain their own passion for life-long learning.


Brittany Rose – Junior and Senior English

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English & Sociology), Diploma of Design

Following four years of undergraduate study of education at University of Waikato, I completed my full teacher’s registration while employed as an English teacher in a small rural school (Years 9-13). As a current Master of Arts student, I am “living the dream” of lifelong learning, with the support of my wonderful partner of 12 years.

In my time as a classroom teacher, I ran Writer’s Club, taught NCEA Levels 1-3, and worked to accelerate literacy learning in the junior school. I am particularly interested in contemporary poetry and literary fiction, and love to write. I seek to encourage a love of language, literature and learning within those I teach.


Anja Steyn – Junior and Senior Mathematics

Bachelor of Education (Hons)

Hi, I’m Anja. We fell in love with New Zealand two years ago when my family and I immigrated from South Africa. I gained my Bachelor of Education Degree 12 years ago and completed my Honours Degree in Education shortly after. I recently enrolled for a Postgraduate Diploma in ECE. I’ve been teaching for 12 years, locally and internationally, and I’m delighted to share my experience and knowledge with the Mindful Tutoring team. I’m excited to be part of this educational journey and I look forward to working with your child and getting to know them and see them grow.

I have a husband and 10-year-old twin boys. We value the importance of a sound education for the future of our children and I will strive to teach and challenge your child to reach their potential. As Mr. Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”




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