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.


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

Zoe Doutreband


Zoe graduated from SCEGGS Darlinghurst in 2014 and has just completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree, Majoring in English and History. She is going on to do a post-graduate study in Education and is eager to develop her teaching skills and help her students. Zoe teaches all levels of English and History.

Jessie Profile

Jessie Fraser


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.


Wayne Grafton


Presently on leave from his position as Headteacher Creative and Performing Arts (Armidale Secondary College), Wayne holds a Bachelor and Master of Education and has deferred study in a Doctor of Education having moved to Sydney.

Wayne brings 32 years of secondary teaching experience from across NSW and the UK together with supporting Primary Schools and students in his field. Wayne has a very positive, empathetic and engaging demeanour. He has developed a wide range of techniques and stimulus to help foster a balance of rigour and enjoyment of the learning process. Wayne enjoys engaging young people’s minds through explicit teaching and creative problem-solving.

Subjects of expertise:

-All levels of literacy

-Visual Arts and Visual Design

-Photography and Media

-Drama and Theatrecraft


Harriet King


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

Ariane Notaras


Ariane graduated from Kambala School in 2018, and is currently studying a dual degree of Commerce and Information Systems at the University of New South Wales. Ariane encompasses a passion for fostering confidence and enthusiasm in her students, so they can reach their ultimate potential. She truly embraces a genuine interest in both learning and teaching, and believes in directing her students towards a well-rounded and effective approach to their studies.


Ariane tutors:

  • English
  • Mathematics

Jennifer Sacks


My name is Jen and I tutor English, History and Drama. I am currently studying Psychology with a major in English at the University of Sydney. I am passionate about studying texts and reading books, which has leant to my love of these subjects and ability to help others with them.