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Thomas De Jong

Subjects: Primary, 7-8 maths & science, PDHPE, Chemistry, Physics, General Maths, Design & Technology; University: Education, Geological Science, Geography. 

Hi, my name is Tommy. I currently study Masters of Teaching at SCU and have graduated Bachelor of Science (Geosciences) at UOW. I also work a geotechnical role on a Pacific highway upgrade and at vacation care during school holidays. I enjoy working with children and being amazed with what they are capable of, academically or even funny personality quirks that are always interesting and unique. It brings myself joy to have the opportunity help and encourage students to improve their current abilities both academically and psychologically how they perceive what they can achieve, with a positive attitude and practical methods. Studying, living and working in widely contrasting fields and areas I have an open minded and dynamic approach to the world. With this I believe I will be able to engage effectively in assisting children from any background. 

Christopher Jozwiak

Subjects: All primary school subjects, 7-10 English, Academic writing including essays, reports and referencing. Also, primary school students with learning difficulties, behavioural issues, with disability or students who are learning English as an additional Language. 

I believe that each and every student is an individual with individual learning needs. 

Hi, my name is Chris Jozwiak and after working in various jobs for 10 years I have found my passion. I genuinely find educating people exciting and it brings me much satisfaction. I know that no single approach to teaching is right for every individual, and so I draw on a range of strategies and resources to educate my students. This is critical to engage students in their learning. Having undergone tutoring through primary school I know how effective it can be in helping students to reach their full potential. I try to align my teaching with students’ interests and persist (which I have learnt from having two of my own daughters) until my students achieve their goals. I am currently in my third year of a Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree at Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour. In this degree I am specialising in learning support, which includes learning to educate primary school aged children with learning difficulties, with disability, English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) students and students with behavioural issues.

Courteney Treadwell

SubjectsPrimary: all subjects; 7-10: English, Science, HSIE; 11-12: English (Standard to Extension 1), Biology, Modern History
My name is Courteney, I am currently studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood/Primary Education as an external student with UNE. I was lucky enough to nanny for 4 gorgeous children for 12 months after graduating year 12, which definitely helped me make my decision to pursue teaching as a career. My passion is enabling every student no matter their ability to receive a great education. There is no better feeling than helping a student achieve their goals, academically or otherwise. I look forward to helping as many students as I can, in every way I can!

Luke Sydenham 

Subjects: Mathematics & Chemistry 

Hi I'm Luke. I live in Coffs Harbour and went to high school at Coffs Harbour Christian Community School, completing the HSC in 2014. Maths was my favourite subject all through school, because of this I have completed  2 unit and 3 unit (extension 1) maths in years 11 and 12. I'm looking forward to tutoring and to have my passion for maths carry over to who ever I teach. 

Since finishing high school I have moved onto university at UNE (University of New England) where I have been doing a Bachelor of Science majoring in chemistry and mathematics. I am aiming to finish my bachelor degree at the end of 2018. 
Since I have been doing chemistry at university and also in years 11 and 12 of high school I am very able and willing to also tutor people in chemistry.

Naomi Plummer

SubjectsPrimary Maths, Primary English, Primary Science, Year 7-10 English, Year 7-10 Maths & Year 7-10 Science/HSIE

Hello, my name is Naomi Plummer and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Arts/Education (Primary/Secondary), majoring in English, at the Coffs Harbour campus of Southern Cross University. I live in the Coffs Harbour area with my husband and two daughters aged 5 and 3. I have long held the belief that learning is a lifelong journey, one that commences from the moment we are conceived, until the day our cells stop firing. I commenced my university studies in 2017 at the age of 30, with the intention of relocating into a teaching career. I believe that education is important for every individual, no matter their previous experiences, and with support, everyone can find joy in learning.

As a student teacher I have an ever-increasing passion for supporting learners of diverse abilities. Having observed myself the powers of a growth mindset, I bring with me the confidence that instilling belief in success in a person, opens pathways that lead them to achievement. In addition to mentoring and content specific skills, I also support students in time and project management, which underpin success in any area. I look forward to supporting our youth to reach their individual goals, and to become the best version of themselves possible.

Gupreet Singh 

SubjectsYear 7-10 Science/HSIE, Year 7-12 PDHPE, Year 11-12 Biology, University Nursing/Medicine & University HUBS

Hey, my name is Gurpreet Singh, I am located in Coffs Harbour and completed my HSC in 2016. I really enjoyed High School and I was the school captain at Orara High School in the same year. From this experience, I learned to balance my personal life with my educational studies and I am confident that my study methods which I have developed will provide results. I emphasise the need to work hard and to try your best, always, because in the ‘big’ world a combination of these two elements will have positive outcomes.  During my HSC year I developed and implemented various techniques in my study regime to reinforce these values and I think they will beneficial to anyone that I can share it with.

I am a sports frenetic and as a result of this, my favourite subjects were PDHPE (Band 6) and Biology (Band 5), since it revolved around sport.

Currently, I am studying a Bachelor in Sports and Exercise Science which has further increased my knowledge in the areas of Biology and Physical activity. My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Sports and Exercise Science and to work for a sporting organisation to improve performance. 

Tim Aebi

SubjectsPrimary Maths, Primary English, Primary Science, Year 7-10 Maths, Year 7-10 Science/HSIE, Year 11-12 Standard English, Year 11-12 Advanced English, Year 11-12 General Maths, Year 11-12 Advanced Maths, Year 11-12 Extension Maths, Year 11-12 Chemistry & Year 11-12 Physics

Hi, my name is Tim Aebi and I am 18 years old. I was born and grew up in Coffs Harbour, being the youngest child in a large family of 11 children. In 2017, I completed my HSC at the Coffs Harbour Christian Community School. Recently, I have moved from the lovely Coffs Coast down to Newcastle and will be studying mechanical engineering at University. I have been a very academic student all through my school life, receiving a Band 6 in all my HSC subjects (Adv English, Ext Maths, Adv Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Industrial Technology).This gave me an ATAR of 98.55, as well as the Dux of my year. Because of this I have a strong understanding of the content in these courses.

I enjoy sports (in particular soccer), reading, maths and science and spending time with family.

I believe that to teach any subject well, the teacher first needs to be passionate about that area. I have a passion for all my subjects, however, in particular I have a love for maths and science. I have strong interpersonal skills and can relate well with people. I have a desire to teach and I hope that through tutoring I can help others improve, master and enjoy various subjects at school.


Fiona Shaw

Subjects: Primary Maths, Primary English, Primary Science, Year 7-10 English, Year 7-10 Maths & Year 7-10 Science/HSIE

Hi! My name is Fiona Shaw, and I am a Casual Primary teacher in the Coffs Harbour area. I finished my primary education degree at Southern Cross University in 2017, and I am hoping to complete my honours in education later this year. I enjoy teaching students K-6, in particular Maths and Science. I am also able to assist current university students in completing their assignments/ offer moral support. At university I studied a variety of topics, with my best marks coming from units on humanities, learning support and science. For my honours, I will be researching the effects that professional learning has for pre-service teachers in the area of teaching science in the primary school setting. I have a passion for education, and enjoy being a part of students’ experiences in learning. Outside of my degree, I am the President of the Coffs Harbour Students’ Association at Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour, where I conduct regular meetings and organise events; I cared for my visually impaired mother for 3 years during my degree; I have my Certificate 2 in Auslan (Australian Sign Language); I have basic guitar playing skills and I am both personable and professional in all instances. I look forward to working as your tutor, and catering my teaching to suit your needs.

Aaron Wall

Subjects: Primary English, Year 7-10 English, Year 7-10 Science/HSIE, Year 11-12 Standard English, Year 11-12 Advanced English, Year 11-12 Society and Culture, Year 11-12 Ancient History & Year 11-12 Modern History

Hi, my name is Aaron and I have lived in Coffs my whole life. I attended Narranga Primary and Orara High schools respectively and I am now studying a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Secondary Education at SCU, specialising in English and Geography. I study via distance education and I have just finished the third year of my degree. I previously studied a Bachelor of Primary Education at SCU before changing to the secondary degree in 2015.  I have a love for the outdoors and sports, in particular playing rugby union and fishing as well as secondary education.

I have experienced the benefits tutoring can have on a student first hand as I received tutoring for general maths in year 12. When it came to maths I had no confidence and regularly scored very low marks on my tests and exams. After commencing tutoring, my marks sky rocketed and I was consistently at the top of my class. Considering this, I genuinely understand and appreciate the positive impact tutoring can have on a student’s education and self-esteem. My aim as a tutor is to employ teaching practices which best suit the particular learning needs of my students. In turn, this will allow my students to not only develop the necessary skills to achieve good results in the given subject but also develop confidence and pride in everything they do.

Megan Bliss 

Subjects: All Primary to Year 10 Subjects, Year 11-12 Advanced Maths, Standard English & Physics

I am always learning and I enjoy helping people to find clarity on new ideas, have fun developing skills, and turn homework mountains into molehills.

I found schoolwork usually pretty easy when I went to school but not always fun! So I like to pay attention to the journey and help find ways to get into a manageable flow. Learning and creativity happen more easily that way and we achieve better outcomes.

I read and write about my passions which are mainly natural health, community and Aboriginal language and culture. I studied Gumbaynggirr language for several years. An art therapist, a youth worker and currently studying Screen and Media (journalism), I have loved doing some mural artwork with some young people at Bellingen High School and being a part of some cultural camps and excursions. 

I also home-educated my own three children at different times (and am super proud of the results!) People tell me that I am a great listener and have ‘a way with words’ when explaining things.

I am looking forward to helping more people find ease, relief and even fun with their learning journeys.