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Your Tutors

Elizabeth Nicholls (Director and Administrator), Peter Nicholls (Assistant Director), Emily Simmenauer, Annette Brennan, Felicity Moore, Dylan Bissell, Anastasiia S, Ali Mirsephai and Madeleine Giuffre.

Director: Elizabeth Nicholls

Elizabeth (B. Mus. B. Teach Hons. Full VIT Registration) is an experienced and passionate classroom teacher, tutor, coach, mentor and resume writer. She makes learning enjoyable and achievable for children and adults.

Elizabeth is available to help you ‘Master’ your chosen subject, to help you achieve your learning goals, to assist you with your learning needs and to assist you in achieving the skills required to be confident and capable in your chosen subject. Elizabeth has enjoyed many years teaching and mentoring students through their love of learning.

  • Elizabeth has taught for many years as a Classroom and Instrumental Music teacher to primary and secondary School students.
  • Elizabeth has taught for many years as a Classroom English teacher to secondary school students, as well as private English tuition to primary and secondary school students.
  • Elizabeth is a teaching mentor to pre-service and graduate teachers completing their tertiary studies or first probationary year in school teaching, including VIT Portfolio mentorship.
  • Elizabeth spends most of her time tutoring and coaching pre-service teachers preparing for their LANTITE Literacy Examination. She is an expert in the LANTITE Exams.
  • Elizabeth is also a Casual Relief Teacher at a secondary college and enjoys teaching students all subjects from Year 7 to 12.
  • Elizabeth has written, presented and recorded numerous LANTITE webinars. She has written three LANTITE Literacy Practice Exams.
  • Elizabeth loves supporting hundreds of pre-service teachers each year, nation-wide and internationally. She understands the importance of having strong literacy skills as an individual, as a teacher in the classroom and for life.
  • She provides ongoing training and support to her large team of tutors, modelling and passing on teaching excellence and providing guidance.
  • Elizabeth enjoys preparing students for upcoming school exams such as NAPLAN.
  • She has run EAL classes for individuals and groups, including employees working in factories.
  • Overall, Elizabeth adores the English language and the art of teaching it, helping students develop a passion for writing, speaking and listening.
  • Elizabeth gives ample feedback in regards to grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax, as well as overall design and layout. Elizabeth has been teaching English in Australia as well as abroad, including Cambodia and Indonesia.

Work Coach: Peter Nicholls (Assistant Director)

  • Bachelor of Commerce  (Accounting and Finance, Monash University)
  • Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment
  • Cert IV in Graphic and Web Design 
  • Cert IV in Small Business Management
  • Peter invested x6 years in the Accounting Industry – including managing World Visions Budget plus other Management roles.
  • Other roles in his 28 year career have included Community Services / NFP Consulting and Graphic Design.
  • Almost 15 years has been committed to direct coaching and training teams and individuals.

Peter has a wealth of experience, having held diverse Leadership roles in the workforce over the past 30 years:  eg. Chartered and Management Accounting, Charity Fundraising with World Vision, Graphic and Web Design, Bookshop Retail Management, Sales and Marketing  plus a decade of front-line Community work.

Peter is a wonderfully warm-hearted communicator, with a gracious, empathetic personality and sound relating and networking skills, which are crucial credentials as a tutor and coach.

Peter’s specific expertise includes:

  • Building Strong vibrant “People Networks”
  • Building Motivated and inspired teams
  • Career and Life Coaching, having coached and mentored over 200+ Graduates
  • Direct Communicating and Creative copy for Message delivery  
  • Fundraising and Donor cultivation strategies.
  • EAL/ESL coaching and tuition, in particular, Conversational English 

Peter has a Level 2 in First Aid, as well as Mental Health First Aid Training. Peter has a current WWCC (Working with Children’s Check), including current NPHCs (National Police History Checks).

Tutor: Emily Simmenauer

Emily Simmenauer (Double Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University) is an enthusiastic and professional English and Literacy tutor who has spent years as both a student and teacher of her chosen subjects. Emily can teach all age groups; Prep-Year 10 English and EAL, VCE English and Literature, LANTITE Literacy and Adult EAL.

Emily has experience in public and private schools as a pre-service teacher and volunteer for the Deakin University Alliance Program in schools across Victoria, providing her with diverse professional skills in English and Literacy in order to provide individualised tutoring sessions, personally tailored to your individual capabilities and learning style. These tutoring sessions are also in alignment with VCAA curriculum (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) and AITSL (Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership) teaching standards.

Emily herself has undertaken and passed the LANTITE test in 2019 and understands the pressure and nerves that are associated with concentrating on being successful in the LANTITE test alongside university study and teaching practicum. However, she believes her experience and professional knowledge will support students in both developing practical skills for undertaking the LANTITE, and also boost their confidence and resilience in being able to tackle any challenge that the test throws at them.

Emily has developed her passion for reading and writing since Primary school that has led her to majoring in Literary studies in her own university education, so whilst she is a tutor and teacher she believes that she is also a learner (Locke 2014) alongside and in collaboration with her students, and understands that in order to motivate learning you must have a positive rapport with your students (Bidwell & Waller cited in Pace 2003, p. 37).

Emily uses High Impact Teaching Strategies (HIT) from the Victorian Department of Education to inform and structure her tutoring sessions in order for students to access a wide range of activities that are both challenging and informative.  Emily also frequently seeks feedback from students and their families in order to advise her own personal self-reflection on her professional pedagogies and praxis, so she can grow and adapt her teaching skills.

high impact

So, if you want effective and constructive feedback on homework, School Assessed Coursework (SACs), Exam preparation for VCE English and Literature, Common Assessment Tasks (CATs), and LANTITE for Pre-Service Teachers then Emily would love to be in contact to assist in coaching and tuition for you to be successful in your personal educational goals.

For any enquiries or more information please go to mastercoachingandtuition.com.au/contact or visit our Facebook page facebook.com/mcataustralia.

References

  • Department of Education and Training Victoria 2017, High impact teaching strategies: excellence in teaching and learning, DET, retrieved 26 August 2019, <https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/teachers/support/Expired/0000highimpactteachstrat-expired.pdf>.
  • Locke, T 2014, Developing writing teachers: practical ways for teacher-writers to transform their classroom practice, Routledge, retrieved 1 July 2018, ProQuest Ebook Central.
  • Pace, JL 2003, Managing the dilemmas of professional and bureaucratic authority in a high school English class’, Sociology of Education, vol. 76, pp. 37-52.

Tutor: Dylan Bissell

Dylan (Bachelor of Education: Early Childhood and Primary) is a highly devoted and passionate mathematical tutor that has spent years continuing to develop the method in which he teaches. Dylan can teach all age groups; primary school, high school, university and LANTITE Numeracy. Helping to reach your mathematical goals. Dylan’s strong point and passion has always been Mathematics. This has led him to pass the LAN Numeracy test on his first attempt.

Dylan is confident he will be able to coach anyone who needs tutoring prior to sitting their LANTITE test. His experience and knowledge of the LANTITE test, will allow him to prepare his students to achieve.

Dylan is currently an early childhood teacher and has been for three years. As an early childhood teacher, one of the most important responsibilities is developing and implementing a curriculum to assist in meeting learning outcomes. Dylan has also been a tutor for over three years where he has assisted students to achieve their learning goals.

“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” Lloyd

Dylan is a strong believer in the importance of working out problems independently rather than having the answer given to you. This is what his teaching strategy is based off. Ensuring students develop the ability to work autonomously, and gain the skills to find solutions.

Dylan is able to meet all your mathematical learning needs and build confidence in the subject by offering a curriculum that is best suited to the way that you learn. Dylan personalizes his education by using the interests of his students as the backbone of how the learning is
created and delivering each session. Each session will teach to develop the student’s strengths while minimising the students’ weaknesses.

Dylan displays great interpersonal skills and will ensure
that the student/family is kept up to date with everything that occurs with feedback from each session.

The curriculum that is delivered by Dylan is delivered with a combination of gathering knowledge from a variety of different, reliable sources, collaborating while going through examples relating to the chosen topic, working through a variety of different learning opportunities to create further understanding, completing homework in order to develop further and asking open-ended questions throughout, to gather an understanding of how conclusions are met.

References
1 https://www.edutopia.org/blog/what-makes-a-successful-tutor-seth-linden
2 https://www.positivityblog.com/quotes-on-education/

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