6a David Sidwell Place,
Stanmore Bay,
Whangaparaoa,
Auckland, 0932

Meet the Team

Welcome to our Thinking Caps family!
 
We are here to help your child or teenager feel more confident with their learning.

 

We love kids. You’ll find us to be very friendly and approachable and able to make your child feel at ease.
 
We welcome children with specific learning needs and do our very best to adapt our teaching to provide the right support.

Thinking Caps choose experienced teachers as in-school tutor; teachers who have excelled in the classroom and have the extra ‘X- FACTOR’! They all get a buzz from those light-bulb moments when they know that something has ‘clicked’!

 

Thinking Caps tutors understand how to teach to children’s individual learning needs, how to make them feel at ease and supported and especially make Maths fun and easy to understand!

 

Our Study Buddy student tutors, who work one on one with secondary school students, are very capable and mature and particularly valuable as they have ‘been there and done that’.

Wise Caps

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Julie Whitcombe

Tutor

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Julie is an experienced primary school teacher and a co-founder of Thinking Caps. She has worked for the Ministry of Education training teachers how to teach Maths. Julie is passionate about raising the profile of Maths and along the way – improving attitudes towards it! She loves working with children to boost their confidence and find cool ways to solve problems in Maths.

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Michele Yock

Tutor

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Michele is an experienced primary school teacher and a co-founder of Thinking Caps. Her strengths lie in getting children up to speed with their knowledge of numbers and basic facts, ensuring they have an excellent foundation for further Maths learning. She can quickly assess where children’s gaps are and work on these with a variety of different methods to cater for all needs.

Nic Falloon

Tutor

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Nic is an experienced primary school teacher. She is a foundation tutor at Thinking Caps and has always had a passion for Maths. Nic has a strong drive for wanting to know where children’s gaps are and working towards filling these so that the child can move forward quickly. She has a fun approach to her lessons and will go the extra mile.

Sheila Watts

Tutor

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Sheila is an experienced primary school teacher and has been part of the Thinking Caps team for several years now. Sheila has a lovely, caring nature and builds up a lovely rapport with the children she teaches. Sheila has a real hands-on approach to her teaching and loves helping children feel calm and confident in Maths.

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Amie Whitelaw

Tutor

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Amie is an experienced primary school teacher and is a new member of the Thinking Caps team. She is thorough at planning interesting and fun maths that will inspire students. Amie has a calm and positive manner and approach that helps support all students and gives them the confidence to succeed.

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Helen Mischewski

Enrolments

Smart Caps

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Alex Lu

Tutor

I am a year 13 student studying at Whangaparaoa College. Everyone has their own unique challenges in their learning journey and I ‘m passionate in helping students through these so they can fulfil their potential. I hope to inspire others to enjoy maths and sciences as I do.

I can tutor:

  • Maths / Calculus up to Yr 13
  • Physics up to Yr 13
  • Chemistry up to Yr 13
  • Biology up to Yr 12


Available for one on one and virtual lessons.

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Breana Burrow-Smith

Tutor

I previously studied at Whangaparaoa College and I am now in my third year of University, studying nursing. I have been a tutor at Thinking Caps for 2 years and I enjoy helping students improve their Maths skills.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths – Year 7-11
  • Junior Science – Year 7-9
  • English – Year 7-9

 

Available for one on one and virtual lessons Y7-10.

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Chris Oliver

Tutor

I am a Year 12 student at Wentworth College studying for my A Levels in Mathematics and the Sciences, of which I have developed a passion for. I enjoy helping others and passing on the skills I have learnt.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths up to Year 11
  • Junior Science – Y7-9
  • Physics up to Year 11
  • Chemistry up to Year 11

 

Available for one on one and virtual lessons Y7-11.

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James Lear

Tutor

I am a Masters student studying Environmental Science at The University of Auckland. I love tutoring and really enjoy getting to know my students, and finding and using the learning strategies that work for them.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths/Calculus up to Year 12
  • Geography up to Year 13
  • Biology up to Year 13
  • English up to Year 13
  • Physics up to Year 11
  • Chemistry up to Year 11

 

Available for virtual lessons.

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Leroy Lu

Tutor

My passion is guiding students through this endless mathematical landscape. Maths has always been my strongest subject, and I have loved sharing my insight with others. I was at Orewa College since Year 7, and I am now studying at Auckland University.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths – Year 7-13
  • Calculus – Year 7-13
  • Geography – Year 7-13
  • Statistics – Year 7-13
  • Science
  • English

 

Available for one on one and virtual lessons Y7-13.

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Marie Kern

Tutor

I am studying at the University of Auckland and have been a tutor at Thinking Caps since 2018. This has allowed me to gain a lot of experience through tutoring many students with different ability levels and needs. Mathematics is my area of strength. Seeing students’ progress with their studies and enjoy mathematics is very rewarding, therefore I love this work.

 

Available for virtual lessons Y3-13.

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Marshall Langdon

Tutor

I am a Year 13 student at Wentworth College. I believe that helping students who are struggling with a subject at school, or who may want extra tutoring, is very important to me. Many of us, including myself, may need help from someone to understand something that we find difficult.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths – Year 7-11
  • Junior Science

 

Available for one on one and virtual lessons Y7-12.

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Nathan White

Tutor

I am a Year 13 student at Kingsway School. I believe tutoring is very important as often students sometimes need to have things explained more than once or just in a slightly different way. Tutoring offers a different perspective and angle on difficult subjects along with one-on-one help. I really enjoy figuring out the best way for someone to understand and making it fun!

 

I can tutor:

  • Science 
  • English
  • Statistics/Maths – Level 2
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography – Level 2

 

Available for one on one and virtual lessons Y7-12.

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Robbie Kingsbury

Tutor

I am a year 11 student at Orewa College, currently studying NCEA level 1. I enjoy tutoring others because I believe that sometimes we all just need that extra bit of help to get to where we want to be. My aim as a tutor is to make sure my students are doing as good as possible in their chosen subjects.

 

Available for one on one lessons Y7-10.

Rosa

Rosa Koo

Tutor

I am a Year 12 student at Kingsway School. I am doing NCEA level 2 in all my subjects, which I really enjoy. I love helping others and making sure they feel good about what they are studying.

 

Available for one on one and virtual lessons Y7-11.

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Stella Beattie

Tutor

I am a level 3 student studying at Whangaparaoa College. I love tutoring because I love watching the moment in a kid’s eyes when they start to understand a topic. There is nothing more special than learning in my opinion, and there is so much we can all learn from each other.

 

I can tutor:

  • English – Level 2
  • Maths – Year 7-11
  • Science – Year 7-10
  • Social Science

 

Available for one on one and virtual lessons Y7-12.

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Vince Faulkner

Tutor

I am a Year 12 student at Orewa College. I believe that tutoring is very important and sometimes kids just need a little push to get on the right track in their schoolwork. I aim to motivate students to learn to have fun while doing their schoolwork to make it easier for them.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths – Year 7-10
  • Science – Year 7-10

 

Available for one on one and virtual lessons Y7-11.

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