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

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.

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.

 

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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.

Amie Whitelaw

Tutor

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Amie is an experienced primary school teacher and is a much loved member of the Thinking Caps team. She is great 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.

Smart Caps

Alex Lu

Tutor

Everyone has their own unique challenges in their learning journey and I’m passionate in helping students through these so they can fulfill their potential. I hope to inspire others to enjoy Maths and sciences as I do. I previously studied at Whangaparaoa College and now I’m studying at Otago University.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths up to Year 13
  • Physics up to Yr 13
  • Chemistry up to Yr 13
  • Biology up to Yr 13

 

Available for virtual lessons Y7-13.

 

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Anna Woolley

Tutor

I am a Year 11 student at KingsWay School. I am really passionate about assisting kids and seeing them reach their full potential. My goal as a tutor is to help my students grow and become more confident in their learning!

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths – Year 7-10
  • English – Year 7-10
  • Social Studies – Year 7-8
  • Science – Year 9-10

 

Available for one on one and virtual lessons Year 7-10.

 

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Antonio de Sousa

Tutor

I am a Year 11 student at Whangaparaoa College. I enjoy problem solving and tutoring others to help them improve. I absolutely love helping and I enjoy quietly and calmly assisting others learn. My passions are reading, history and the arts.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths – Year 5-9
  • English – Year 5-9
  • Social Studies – Year 7-9
  • Geography – Year 9
  • History – Year 9

 

Available for one on one and virtual lessons Year 5-9.

 

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Caprice Zaharia

Tutor

I am a Year 11 student at Whangaparaoa College. I have a great passion for social studies, fabric technology and wood technology. I love and have a passion for teaching kids and others. I hope to help students to fully understand and excel in their subjects. I want to help students to feel comfortable and more confident in their education and subjects that they struggle with.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths – Year 7-10
  • English Year 7-10
  • Social Studies – Year 9-10
  • History – Year 9-10
  • Geography – Year 9-10

 

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

 

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Elliette Dean

Tutor

I am health science student at AUT. I enjoy helping students through their personal learning struggles and figuring out the way they learn best. I like to make my students feel comfortable about coming along and making the lessons fun!

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths: Year 1-8
  • English: Year 1-8

 

Available for one on one and virtual lessons Y1-8.

 

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Kenzie McKay

Tutor

I am a year 12 student at Westlake Girls High School. I have a passion for helping others look forward to learning and aim to help my students build up skills that help them feel confident in their subjects.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths up to year 10
  • Junior science
  • Physics up to year 11
  • Chemistry up to year 11
  • Biology up to year 11
  • English up to year 11

 

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

 

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Kirk Vaha

Tutor

I am a Year 13 student at Whangaparaoa College. I enjoy Maths, Maori and Kapa Haka. I like helping students feel more confident with their learning.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths: Yr 7 – 11
  • Maori: Yr 7 – 11

 

Available for one on one lessons Y7-11.

 

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Leroy Lu

Tutor

As an avid scientist and mathematician, I’m willing to tutor any maths or science subject up to Year 13. Now a second year university student, I’m always looking to enhance my own learning experience. I believe that challenging things just need to be seen from a different perspective to be understood better. I encourage my students to find their own insights, and inspire them to embrace attaining new knowledge. I’m able to take both in-person and online sessions.

 

I can tutor:

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

 

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

 

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Liliane Partridge

Tutor

I am a Year 13 student attending Wentworth College. I thoroughly enjoy Maths and Science and am currently achieving my Cambridge A level qualifications for them. I enjoy passing on my knowledge to others and aim to help them to achieve to their full potential, whilst building confidence in their studies.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths Year 7-10

 

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

 

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Menno Pardington

Tutor

I am a Year 12 student at Whangaparaoa College. My favourite subjects are Maths and the Sciences, as I love the challenge. Helping others with their subjects and seeing them gain confidence in their learning is what I enjoy the most.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths – Year 7-11
  • Chemistry – Year 7-10
  • Physics – Year 7-10
  • Biology – Year 7-10

 

Available for one on one lessons Y7-11.

 

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Robbie Kingsbury

Tutor

I am a Year 12 student at Orewa College, currently studying NCEA Level 2. 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 virtual lessons Y7-10.

 

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Rosa Koo

Tutor

I am a Year 13 student at KingsWay School. I am currently doing NCEA Level 3 in all my subjects, which have been really fun and enjoyable. I love teaching kids and helping others. I would love to help another student feel good about what they are learning, and make sure they can fully understand their work. It’s important to me that we can have fun together while studying!

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths: Y7-9
  • English: Y7-11
  • Science: Y7-10
  • History: Y11

 

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

 

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Vince Faulkner

Tutor

I am a Year 13 student currently attending Orewa College. I believe that tutoring is important because it can provide students with that extra motivation and push that they need to reach their academic potential. I aim to give these students said push to help them as much as possible.

 

I can tutor:

  • Maths – Year 7-11
  • Science – Year 7-11

 

Available for virtual lessons Y7-11.

 

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