Academic Excellence ensures that all of our staff members are extremely professional and qualified tutors, offering the highest possible level of exclusive and undivided attention in education. Our excellent tutors are all-too familiar with the enduring pressures of high school, albeit emotionally, physical or academically. We therefore aim to establish a unique program best suited to your child, allowing them to grow and develop in reaching their full potential. The tutors are either qualified teachers, or have received tremendous results post-HSC – achieving high Band 6’s in the subjects that they teach.

All tutors bring to our team a passionate zest and enthusiasm for education, providing an enjoyable and nurturing environment for your child.

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Alida Markovics

Head Tutor

As the founder of Academic Excellence, Alida is a former K-12 Principal, Senior HSC Examiner and has been an educator for almost thirty-three years. She has a Bachelor of Education and Honours in History, with her main focus areas in Special Education, English and History.

Alida is passionate in aiding children with special needs or learning difficulties, and as a mother of two, she is extremely empathetic to those students who are often overlooked in the current education system. Alida is an extremely supportive educator, who intends to create a balance for your child’s emotional, psychological and intellectual needs as they enter high school and progress into adulthood, providing them with the foundational building blocks to begin their lives following their graduation.

Her total dedication and experience is mirrored in her holistic approach to learning. Alida strives to encourage all students to not only fulfil their academic potential, but to recognise it within themselves, equipping each child with the confidence to set goals, aim high and strive to achieve their personal aspirations.

Alida has a welcoming and approachable demeanour, fostering a close relationship with each student. She provides an innovative and safe learning environment, allowing all high school students to both independently and collectively grow as individuals.

Subjects of Expertise:

  • English (Standard, Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2)
  • History (Modern, Ancient and History Extension)
  • Business Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Studies of Religion (1 and 2 Unit)
  • Society and Culture
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Zoe Sigalla

Tutor

Zoe graduated from Kincoppal Rose Bay in 2014 and is currently studying Arts/Law at the University of Sydney. She is an extremely vibrant and enthusiastic tutor, with a die-hard passion for English Literature and Criminal Law. Of her time as a student at Academic Excellence, Zoe says: “When I was a year 12 student, I was tutored at Academic Excellence. I am honestly so grateful and appreciative of my learning experience here, as both Alida and the staff have truly helped me emerge confidently into post-HSC life: emotionally and intellectually. Academic Excellence has developed my open-mindedness and positive self-assurance in my academic capabilities. It is this personal experience that has allowed me to connect and relate with my own students, striving to ensure they achieve this same outcome.

Zoe tutors:

  • English (Standard, Advanced, English Extension 1 and 2 Units)
  • History (Modern, Ancient, and Extension History)
  • Legal Studies
  • Studies of Religion (1 unit)
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Jade Laidlaw

Tutor

Jade graduated from Kincoppal Rose Bay in 2016, receiving an All-Round achiever award. She is currently studying a double degree of Commerce and Computer Science at the University of New South Wales.  Her hobbies include playing and umpiring netball, and computer programming. Jade Tutors:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Modern History
  • Studies of Religion
  • Legal Studies
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Jessie Fraser

Tutor

Jessie graduated from St Catherine’s in 2016 and is now completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney, double majoring in Biology and Genetics and Genomics. She is passionate about Science and Maths and the critical thinking and problem solving skills they develop.

Jessie tutors Mathematics and Junior Science.

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Lucy Fraser

Tutor

Lucy graduated from St Catherine’s School in 2016 and is currently undertaking a double degree of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Science at the University of Sydney. Her passion for maths and science generates an engaging learning environment, motivating her students to achieve their best results and reach their full potential.

Lucy teaches; Junior mathematics, General Maths, 2 Unit Maths and Biology

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Celina DiVeroli

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Celina graduated from Emanuel School in 2019 and is undertaking in 2021 a degree in Medical Science at the University of Sydney. Celina is passionate in fostering self-confidence and enthusiasm in her students, allowing them to reach their personal best. As a past student of Academic Excellence, Celina encompasses all the core values and ideals that Academic Excellence strives towards.

Celina Tutors:

  • English
  • Junior Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
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James Kalas

Tutor

James graduated from Sydney Grammar School in 2016 and is currently studying Medicine at the University of New South Wales. James teaches maths, economics and geography, and in his spare time loves playing cricket and football, and spending time at the beach.

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Zara Rubinsztein

Tutor

Zara graduated from SCEGGS Darlinghurst in 2020 and will begin studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts in 2021. She is passionate about helping students grow by thinking deeply and critically to reach their greatest potential.  Zara tutors:

  • All levels of English
  • Modern History
  • Extension History
  • Business Studies
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Harriet King

Tutor

Harriet graduated Kincoppal Rose Bay in 2018 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Sydney. She is passionate about learning and hopes to share this with her students.
Harriet tutors:
Primary school
Senior school Drama
Senior school Religion
Year 7 – 10 English
Year 7 – 10 maths
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Sophie Liddy

Tutor

Sophie graduated from Kincoppal Rose Bay in 2019 and is currently completing a Bachelor of Business at the University of Technology Sydney. As a past student she is excited to help students maximise their potential at Academic Excellence and passionate about the subjects she tutors. She tutors in English Advanced and Business studies, as well as primary English and Maths.

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Tasha Lapidge

Tutor

Tasha graduated from Reddam House in 2019, achieving a state rank in Standard Mathematics. She is currently undertaking a double degree of Commerce & Science at UNSW. Tasha is passionate about helping her students achieve a thorough understanding and high level of confidence in their mathematic ability. Tasha tutors:
  • Standard Mathematics
  • Advanced English
  • Legal studies
  • PDHPE
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Noam Antonir

Tutor

Noam recently graduated as Dux of Moriah College in 2020 and is studying a Bachelor of Arts/Law at the University of Sydney.

I am incredibly excited to be joining the Academic Excellence team. I am a passionate and driven individual, dedicated to helping others unlock their full academic potential, and in doing so, foster a deep-seated love for all aspects of the academic field. I currently tutor:

  • History (Ancient, Modern and Extension)
  • Mathematics (Advanced, Ext 1 and Ext 2)
  • English (Standard, Advanced and Extension 1)
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Mia Chaaya

Tutor

Hi, my name is Mia Chaaya, I graduated from St Vincent’s College in 2020. I am so excited to be joining the team at Academic Exellence! I had heard incredibly high acclamations about the company from students, and am looking forward to becoming part of the team. I enjoy helping students unlock their potential, working towards understanding difficult concepts because a great satisfaction and joy is received when they strengthen their ability to solve problems. I tutor Physics, Maths and English.

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Gemma Wilson

Tutor

Gemma graduated from SCEGGS Darlinghurst in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Medical Science (majoring in Immunobiology) with First Class Honours from Sydney University. She is about to begin her PhD researching breast cancer at the Westmead Institute of Medical Research, part of Sydney University Medical School.  

Gemma tutors Chemistry, Biology and Junior Mathematics. 

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Chloe Lees

Tutor

Chloe graduated from Reddam House in 2019 and is doing a double degree Bachelor of Commerce and Advanced Studies at the University of Sydney (deferring 1 year) under their prized Dalyell Scholarship program.

Chloe tutors in Business Studies, English Advanced, Drama, Mathematics and Art.

I am very excited to be part of the Academic Excellence Team where I can assist younger students to thrive in their chosen areas of study and thus maximise individual success leading up to the HSC. Academic Excellence evidently prides themselves with their friendly and nurturing environment, all whilst instilling a passion for learning, hence why I cannot wait to join the team. Business Studies was also my favourite subject during school and I am keen to pursue future teachings in it.

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Daniel Berman

Tutor

Daniel graduated from Reddam House in 2019, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions at UNSW. He is passionate about Maths, hoping to enable others to view it in the same light by aiding in the development of problem solving skills and intellectual curiosity. He is excited to join the Academic Excellence team, tutoring all levels of Maths.

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Sophie Puterflam

Tutor

Sophie graduated from Moriah College in 2018, coming equal first in the state in General Mathematics. She is currently studying a double degree of a Bachelor of Law and International Studies at UNSW. Sophie is invested in the success and confidence of her students throughout their academic journey. She provides support in the areas of junior mathematics, Standard mathematics and junior English.

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Gabriela Sacks

My name is Gabriela and I recently graduated from Moriah College in 2018. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Media at UNSW. I thoroughly enjoy social sciences such as legal and business studies as well as math. I currently tutor:
– Business studies
– Legal studies
– Maths
– Commerce

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Ben Langsam

Tutor

Ben graduated from Cranbrook School in 2017 and is currently studying a dual degree of Advanced Science (Psychology) and Fine Arts at UNSW. He is passionate about contributing both academic support and mentorship for students. His personable, grounded and perceptive approach is built upon strengths-based and interpersonal learning. Ben volunteers as a Lifeline Crisis Supporter in his spare time. Ben tutors:
 ⁃    English Standard/Advanced
 ⁃    Essay writing (7-12)
 ⁃    Visual Arts
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Sabina Clews

Tutor

Sabina recently graduated as part of Reddam’s 2020 class. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and Advanced Studies (International and Global Studies) at The University Of Sydney. As a past student, she is really looking forward to educating and enriching current students throughout their school life to reach their full potential. Sabina tutors:
  • Maths (Junior, General)
  • English (General)
  • Modern History
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Paris Spennato

Tutor

Paris Spennato graduated from Emanuel School in 2019. She ranked 6th in the state for Society and Culture and achieved five Band-6 results. In 2021, she will commence her study of a Double Bachelors Degree of Law and of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at UNSW.

As a past student of Academic Excellence, Paris is excited to pass on the guidance and motivation she received and internalised during her studies. She is eager to impart her knowledge and enthusiasm for education to her students.

Paris Tutors:

  • English
  • English Extension 1
  • Society and Culture
  • Economics
  • Legal Studies
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Ben Leslie

Tutor

Ben graduated from the Emanuel School in 2019 and is enrolled to study a Bachelor of Commerce and Advanced Studies majoring in Accounting and Economics at the University of Sydney in 2021. Ben is enthusiastic about teaching and is passionate about the subjects he teaches. Ben is very excited to have joined the Academic Excellence team.

 

Ben teaches:

  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Economics
  • Junior Maths
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Joshua Stotski

Tutor

Joshua graduated from Reddam house in 2019, and received an All-Round achiever award. He is currently studying a degree of commerce and advanced studies at Sydney University under the Dalyell scholars program. Joshua is excited to join the academic excellence team as he strives to improve the performance of his students, aiding them through enhancing their problem solving skills and work ethic. Joshua teaches Mathematics and business studies.

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Jessa Renshaw

Tutor

Jessa graduated from SCEGGS Darlinghurst in 2020 with four Band 6 results. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Sydney under the Dalyell Scholars Program.

She is passionate about making learning both enjoyable and rewarding by tailoring study to the individual, therefore allowing each student to achieve their full potential. Jessa is excited to cultivate a strong work ethic and aspiration for constant improvement in her students. Jessa tutors:

  • General Mathematics
  • English
  • Biology/Science
  • Business Studies/Commerce
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David Wingrove

Tutor

David graduated from The Scots College in 2020 and was on the HSC All-Rounders list. He will be beginning a commerce and engineering degree in 2021 at the University of Sydney and is part of the Dalyell Scholars Program. David enjoys being active by playing golf and rugby, and also follows different sports like rugby league and cricket. David tutors:
  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Modern History
  • Ancient History
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Henry Whiting

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Henry graduated from the Scots College in 2020 and is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Advanced Studies at Sydney University. While in Year 12 he studied History Extension, Modern History, Legal Studies, English Advanced, Math Advanced and Economics. He is passionate about helping young students thrive and achieve their academic goals. Henry tutors:
– English Standard/ Advanced
– Legal Studies
– Modern History
– History Extension
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Francesca Markham

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Francesca Graduated from Ascham School in 2020 and will be studying a Bachelor of Business at UTS in 2021. She enjoys the strong connections made through tutoring and watching students’ academic potential grow through sharing a passion for learning.Francesca tutors:

  • Primary school
  • Standard and advanced English
  • Modern history
  • Visual Arts
  • PDHPE
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Georgie Sundich

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Georgie graduated from Ascham School in 2019 and received a Distinguished Achiever award. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Law/Psychology (Honours) at UNSW. In year 12 she studied English Advanced, English Extension 1, Modern History, Ancient History, Extension History and Visual Arts. 

She is passionate about education and is devoted to tailoring her tutoring to the needs of individual students. Georgie tutors:

  • English
  • Modern History
  • Ancient History
  • Extension History
  • Visual Arts
  • Primary Maths
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Jonah Green

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Jonah graduated from Sydney Grammar School in 2019 as an HSC All Rounder, currently studying a combined degree of Engineering and Commerce at UNSW. He loves bringing out the best in students, unlocking their hidden talent and potential.
Jonah tutors:
  • Maths (Primary, Advanced, Extension 1&2)
  • English (Primary, Advanced, Extension 1)
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
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Erin Nabarro

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Erin Nabarrograduated from Emanuel School in 2019 with five Band 6 results. She is currently undertaking a double degree of Laws/Politics, Philosophy and Economics at UNSW. She is passionate about the subjects that she teaches and about helping students engage with techniques and strategies that will help them succeed. She loves getting to know her students and helping them to achieve their academic goals. Erin tutors:

  • Junior English,
  • Advanced English
  • Standard English
  • 3U English
  • Legal Studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
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Temana Short

Tutor

Temana graduated as dux from the Australian International School in Hong Kong and is currently studying mathematics, statistics and computer science. He is very passionate about all things related to maths and enjoys sharing his passion for maths with others. Temana tutors:
  • Mathematics.
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Samuel Dawson Kelly

Tutor

Samuel graduated from Emanuel School in 2019 and is currently studying a bachelor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Science at the University of Sydney. His passions lie in helping others to achieve their personal best working towards both their long-term and short-term goals. Samuel Tutors:

  • Maths Adv
  • English Adv & Standard
  • Biology
  • Economics
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Josh Hucksteppe

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Josh graduated from Moriah College in 2018 and is currently studying a double degree of a Bachelor of Law and Business at UTS. He is a personable tutor who excels in breaking down complicated topics in a way that is catered specifically to the student for their better understanding. He takes a great interest in each of his students and loves to help develop extra aspects to their learning that aid their results, such as creative problem solving. Josh tutors:

  • Mathematics
  • Business Studies
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Mikki Dunkel

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Mikki graduated from Emanuel School in 2019 and is currently studying a double degree of Business and Creative Intelligence at The University of Technology Sydney. Mikki’s main goal as a tutor is to inspire her students and ensure they reach their full potential, in a kind and engaging manner.

As a past student of Academic Excellence, Mikki is eager to impart the same guidance and motivation she received during her studies. Mikki tutors:

  • Business Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics
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Constance Koh

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Constance graduated from OLSH college, Kensington in 2020 as the DUX of the college and has received first in the state for studies of religion 2 and an all rounder award. She is currently studying a bachelor of psychology at the university of Sydney. She is excited to be a part of the Academic Excellence Team. Constance tutors:

  • Studies of religion
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Junior maths
  • English
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Caroline Brown

Tutor

Caroline graduated from SCEGGS Darlinghurst in 2020 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Medical Science at The University of Sydney. She is passionate about helping students find confidence in their studies through motivating them to perform to their full potential. Caroline tutors:

  • Junior English
  • Junior History
  • Geography
  • Standard English
  • Modern history
  • Extension history
  • Biology
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Sophie Shaw

Tutor

Sophie graduated from Reddam House in 2020 and is currently studying Psychology at the University of Sydney. She is a strong written and verbal communicator. She aims to make content enjoyable for students, increasing their personal motivation to achieve excellent results. She tutors a range of subjects, including English, Standard Maths, History, and Art. She also offers assistance in home schooling, and essay structuring, and proofreading.

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Ariana Galanos

Tutor

Ariana graduated from PLC Sydney in 2020. She is an All-Round Achiever having attained a Band 6 in every subject. Ariana is currently studying a Bachelor of Fashion and Textiles Design, and a Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation at UTS. Ariana was the PLC Sydney 2020 Art and Design Captain. All three of her major works for Visual Arts, Textiles and Design and Design and Technology received NESA nominations, and she was selected for Art Express. Ariana is an extremely passionate and enthusiastic tutor, who inspires and motivates her students to achieve their very best.

Ariana tutors:

  • Business Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Textiles and Design
  • Design and Technology.

Monique Capo

Tutor

Monique graduated from Rosebank Collage Five Dock in 2016. She is in her final year of completing her double degree, Bachelor of Secondary teachings and a Bachelor of Arts in Technology. She is very excited to be in a team of amazing tutors at Academic Excellences. She is a very passionate teacher when it comes to learning and helping her students achieve all their goals. Monique Tutors:

  • Community and Family Studies
  • Arts
  • Design and Technology
  • Society and Culture
  • Textile (Major)
  • Other TAS Subject
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Micaela Blank

Tutor

Micaela graduated Moriah College in 2019. She is currently studying a double degree of computer science and media arts at UNSW. She has a passion for education, engaging in peer tutoring and teaching holiday art classes in her free time. She  believes in creating an environment of nurturing and growth for her students, fostering self confidence and enthusiasm to fulfil their academic potential. In her free time she paints and swims at the beach. 

Micaela tutors:

– English

– Biology

– Maths

– Visual Art

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Toby Cullen

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Toby graduated from St Joseph’s College in 2017 and is currently in his 3rd year of studying a Bachelor of Advanced Computing and Bachelor of Medical Science. He received a Band 6 in Biology, Mathematics, Economics and Studies of Religion. He takes pride in his work and has found the last 2 years of tutoring a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. He is keen to continue helping students achieve their goals and further develop his tutoring skills.

Toby tutors:

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Studies of Religion
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Gully Andreasen

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Gully graduated from Trinity Catholic College in 2017 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney. He is passionate about the field of Medicine and is a prospective student in the Doctor of Medicine Program at the University of Sydney. Gully’s goal is to instil enthusiasm into students at Academic Excellence and help them to achieve their academic goals.

 

Gully tutors:

 

  • Advanced English
  • Standard English
  • General Mathematics
  • Studies of Religion
  • Modern History
  • Commerce
  • Junior Sciences
  • Junior Maths
  • Primary School

Isabel Byrnes

Tutor

Isabel graduated from Kincoppal Rose Bay in 2019 and is currently studying Architecture at the University of Sydney. She is eager to inspire passion and creativity within her students. Isabel is particularly invested in ensuring that each student is uniquely tailored to, in order to ensure they are able to realise their full potential. She tutors primary school students and high school students specialising in English, English Advanced, English Extension 1 and Visual Art.