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
BSocSci, 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.
Ann Leach – Manager – Mathematics Tutor
Since 1986, I have taught in secondary schools throughout the Waikato region in co-educational and single sex, mainstream and Maori medium. Between 2008 and 2013, I became a Professional Learning Facilitator for the secondary and primary numeracy projects, national standards and NCEA realignment, and supported teachers from Years 4-13 with their classroom teaching.
I have always had a passion for mathematics teaching and learning, constantly searching for practices to engage all students and provide them with opportunities. I have twice been a Head of Mathematics and held various positions of responsibility but by far thoroughly enjoy classroom teaching and making a positive difference.
In 2017 I decided to work part-time and fortunately have been able to explore integrated teaching and now the opportunity to tutor mathematics and work closely alongside students developing tailored lessons to support their learning and assist Claire to progress Mindfull Tutoring. I look forward to working with whanau and establishing positive, successful relationships.
Megan Kay – Junior English and Mathematics
B.Soc.Sci, GradDipTchng, Certificate of Reading Recovery
I have been teaching since 1999, and during this time I have taught years 0-4 and more recently years 5-8 as well, at a local full primary school. Since attaining my Certificate of Reading Recovery, I have particularly enjoyed working with individual students, helping them to develop effective reading and writing skills and knowledge. I have recently returned from 6 months teaching in the United Kingdom, where I taught year 1 and year 5 students in a challenging environment.
Teaching is my passion and I believe that all children, equipped with the right skills, knowledge, and strategies, can achieve to their potential and beyond. It is a privilege to work with children, encouraging them to foster and nurture the skills necessary to enable them to be lifelong learners.
Lily Cardie – Junior English and Mathematics
Studying toward Bachelor of Education (Primary)
I was raised in New Plymouth and moved to Hamilton two years ago to begin the teaching degree at The University of Waikato. I am currently in my final year of study. I have taught all primary year levels through practical experience in schools over the past two years.
I am passionate about educating children and allowing every child the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge they need to learn. Each child learns differently and I believe that by building positive relationships with students as it allows the teacher to fully understand each individual. This ensures the learning I provide meets each of their needs.
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.
Rebecca Wilcox – Junior Mathematics and Junior/Senior English
This year I will be studying at The University of Waikato, completing the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary). It is my involvement within Girl Guiding New Zealand that has made me decide to pursue a career working with children. I have been a Guide Leader at North Hamilton Guides for two years, working closely with girls aged between 9-13, to plan and deliver a programme that is attractive to them.
I love this role as I am able to work with each of these individuals to achieve personal goals that they may not have previously considered possible. This is something that I hope to emulate while tutoring this year. I believe that this can be achieved by getting to know every student and their family, so that I can best understand each individual’s learning requirements and further fuel their passion to learn.
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.