Meet Our Tutors

Owner of Mindfull Tutoring and tutor of all levels

Claire Howarth

Master 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.

Linda McPhail

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) at Waikato Uni and Diploma of Educational Leadership (Auckland Uni)

For the last 13 years I have taught in primary schools in Auckland and in the Waikato from year 1 through to year 6 and I have recently enjoyed extending my teaching to cover up to year 9 in Maths in a tutoring role here at Mindfull Tutoring. I love teaching English and Maths and supporting learners to gain the maximum development of skills and knowledge in these learning areas to apply to their learning in other curriculum areas and in life. I have sound knowledge of the New Zealand Curriculum and what is needed for learners to be successful moving through primary and intermediate so they are ready to embrace learning at secondary level.

I live with Aaron, my partner and his two children Ben (16) and Ella (14). My own daughter, Kate (20), is studying Genetics at Otago University and is in her third year of a Bachelor of Science degree. We spend lots of time at Bowentown in Waihi, enjoying the beach and fishing. As a life-long learner myself my personal challenge for 2021 is to learn to weave on a loom.

I love teaching and watching the 'lightbulb' moments as learners grapple with a challenge and find success! I look forward to working with your child and seeing them grow in confidence, ready to take on any learning challenge that they face.

Reza Rafeh

PhD - (Computer Science), MSc (Software Engineering), BSc (Software Engineering)

I have a PhD from Monash University. I have been teaching computer and mathematics in tertiary education for the last 22 years. Before joining Mindfull Tutoring, I was a tutor at Wintec. My parents were primary school teachers. Having a teaching background from home made me aspire to become a teacher as a child. I started teaching mathematics when I was in high school. Since I was the
topmost student in the school, my school principal asked me to voluntarily spend some time for those students who were struggling to let them catch up with the classes. When I went to university, I started tutoring from the second year of my studies. After graduation from university, I continued my teaching
in tertiary education institutions.

For me, teaching is more than just passing on knowledge to others. It is being able to create a positive atmosphere that enables a friendship to form between the teacher and the student. My passion for teaching will never come to an end. I am ready to face new challenges!

Junior and Senior Mathematics

Moira Fraser

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.

Tutor for all year levels

Melanie Delport

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.

Junior and Senior English

Carol Jarman

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.

Junior and Senior Mathematics

Sajeela Ali

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.

Senior Chemistry, Physics, and Biology

Brody Chapman

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.

Junior and Senior English

Brittany Rose

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.

Junior Literacy and
Junior Mathematics

Kath Feldon

Bachelor of Education majoring in Primary Teaching

Originally born and raised in Hawkes Bay, Waikato has now been home for the last 11 years. I have a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Primary Teaching, from the University of Waikato and completed my studies at the conclusion of 2012.  Since gaining my teaching degree, I have taught in primary and intermediate schools across the Waikato, both as a relief teacher and also classroom teacher. It has been a pleasure to teach a range of year levels, ranging from Year 1 through to Year 8, and being a part of the many miracle moments that occur within the teaching and learning context.  This year I have also extended my own teaching and learning to include a specific focus of Year 9 Mathematics, which has been a successful journey thus far.

Teaching is a truly beautiful occupation, regardless of the context, and I believe it is one of those roles in which a teacher is honoured to make such an impact in the lives of the younger generation. Not every student learns in the exact same way or at the same time, and it is our job as educators to not only set students up for success but also to continue to foster their love for learning in all areas. I look forward to working with you and your child, as we continue to support them in becoming a life-long learner!

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