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.







Natasha Ah Tune – Junior and Senior Literacy

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), majoring in English from The University of Waikato.  Alongside this, I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Field-Based).  Prior to moving to Hamilton I was teaching at Aorere College in Papatoetoe and at the Southern Cross College in Mangere.  I am a very friendly and welcoming person and believe that every student should be taught in a way that allows them to explore areas they are passionate about.  Tapping in to students’ interests helps to ‘hook them in’ as learners.  I can’t wait to meet your children and help them become lifelong learners.







Alexia Cochrane – Junior and Senior English and Mathematics

Kia ora, I’m Alexia.  I have a Bachelor of Education Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Education. Currently, I am studying for my Masters in Teaching and Learning at The University of Waikato.  I am extremely passionate about ensuring that every student reaches their full potential.  Students all have different learning styles and by getting to know them as learners I am able to work alongside students to help them realise their goals.  While at Otago I had the opportunity to teach trainee teachers mathematics to support them in growing their knowledge prior to entering the teaching profession.  I look forward to working with your child and really getting to know them as a learner.

Lucy Linfield – Junior Writing and Mathematics

Talofa, I’m Lucy.  I hold my Masters in Teaching (Primary) and a Bachelor of Communication Studies.  I value getting to know every student that I work with as this allows me to relate learning to their own backgrounds.  I promote students taking an active role in their learning, and ensure we work together to achieve success for them.  I can’t wait to build a positive and authentic relationship with your child.










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