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-circleMaster of Education, Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary), Graduate Diploma (Marketing), Bachelor of Social Science (Economics and Psychology)

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

Bachelor of Education (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)

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.


Melanie Delport – Tutor for all year levels  

BB.Commerce, Post Grad Higher Teaching Dip,Grad Cert TESOL, Cert IT in Education, Certificate Course Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD)

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

Master of Arts (First class honours), Diploma in Teaching, Diploma in Teacher Librarianship, 

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. I was awarded a Royal Society Teacher Fellowship in 2006.







Sajeela Ali – Junior and Senior Mathematics

Degree in Applied Mathematics, Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics Education


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.





Mel Martin – Junior Literacy and Mathematics

Bachelor of Education (Primary), Graduate Diploma of Information Technology in Education

I am a New Zealand trained teacher, gaining my degree from the University of Waikato in 2003. I have taught a range of levels from Year 7/8 to Year 0/1. I am currently returning to teaching after being on maternity leave after the birth of my daughter in January 2019 and am looking forward to getting back into the swing of teaching.

My teaching philosophy is that you learn something new every day and I instill this in my students.

I look forward to meeting you and working with your child to encourage a love of learning and to strive to learn something new about them and their 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.


Alexia Cochrane – Junior and Senior English and Mathematics

Bachelor of Education, Masters in Teaching and Learning

I have completed my Bachelor in Education from Otago University and in 2019 completed my Masters in Teaching and Learning at Waikato. I had the privilege of tutoring trainee teachers while I was at Otago to upskill their mathematics.

I am a passionate educator and particularly enjoy the satisfaction of seeing things really ‘click’ for my students. I believe strongly in the power of building relationships with my students and getting to know their individual learning styles.







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.


Brody Chapman – Senior Chemistry, Physics, and Biology

Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Biodiversity)

Before beginning my job at Mindfull Tutoring I was studying towards my Bachelor of Science degree, and I am currently still progressing towards my Masters degree. Before beginning my study, I was involved as a staff member with the high school I attended, where I assisted in classroom environments, particularly in the science areas.

For as long as I remember I have had a great passion for not only science itself, but the sharing of the knowledge I have obtained and the inspiration of the next generation of learners. Part of the learning experience is communication of ideas and concepts, so I value the interpersonal relationships with my colleagues and students that better allow me to pass on what I know.

I look forward to getting to meet you and your child, and benefitting their education as best I can.


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