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Penne Skewes
Owner/Operator
Rec – Year 9,   
Adults – Literacy, Numeracy & Computing

My passion is learning and encouraging others to learn. My experience includes running my own tutoring business for 8 years, working as a lecturer in Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy for 11 years and experience in training and coordinating.  My qualifications include current studies in the Masters in Education (Special Education), Graduate Certificate in Education, specialising in Special Education, undergraduate degree in Social Science, including the psychology of learning, Diploma in Teaching and Assessing and Certificate IV in Literacy and Numeracy.  All these qualifications and experience make me suitably qualified to work with children from Reception to year 9 and adults who require assistance with literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (computing) to assist them with further study or for personal interest.

Through experience, I have learned that everyone is different and learning needs to be tailored to a person’s level and interest. This is not always easy to do in a classroom environment but is possible through tutoring and therefore why tutoring can yield greater results. Some people take longer to master certain concepts and so need the extra support, encouragement and guidance for them to flourish. I work on building confidence and the desire to learn first so that motivation is high and knowledge will be retained. “Practice Makes Better” is my motto, and I have seen many children and adults increase their knowledge through appropriate instruction and support.  This is what we aim to provide at PMB Tutoring.


 James McDonnell 
Tutor (Year 3 – Year 11)
MSL, English and Maths

James has been working for PMB since October 2019 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Adelaide, specialising in history and business studies.

During his time at PMB, James has worked with students across a variety of subjects and/or learning needs and has undertaken his initial MSL training for working with kids with dyslexia

James’s sessions are predominantly focused around MSL and English from years 3 – 10. However, James has also conducted regular mathematic-focused sessions with students ranging from years 3 – 11.

James believes that no two sessions are the same and he thoroughly enjoys tutoring as he enjoys helping students build up their self-confidence and finds fulfilment in the noticeable improvement of his students.


Katie Laverty
Tutor (Year 1 – Year 9)
MSL, English and Maths

Katie is studying a Bachelor of Education and has been working with the PMB team since February 2019.

Katie has undertaken initial MSL training for working with students with dyslexia. She has been working with students from Years 1-9 and has assisted them with English, Maths, Science, as well as various other subjects.

Katie enjoys tutoring because she is able to constantly see improvement in her students as they grow their capabilities.

“It has been great to see them improve and to also build positive relationships along the way!”


Tijana
Tutor (Year 1 – Year 8)
MSL, English and Maths

Tijana is studying a Bachelor of Secondary Education (Honours) with a major in English at the University of South Australia.

Tijana has been initially trained in MSL specifically and will be working with students from years 1 – 8. She will be working with children specifically requiring English support but can also assist these students with math.

Tijana has been a part of the team since late July 2021. Her favourite parts of being a tutor is being able to help students grow in their learning, developing a sense of autonomy and become proud of their own learning.

It has been a lifelong dream of hers to become a teacher and tutoring reminds her of this every day. She believes that every child is capable of achieving greatness and it is her commitment to support them in their journey to greatness.

Tamara
Tutor Reception – Year 7
MSL, English and Maths

Tamara has a lot of experience working with kids as she has home-schooled her children for ten years along with a Certificate IV in Education Support. In addition, Tamara has undergone initial MSL training with students with dyslexia.

Tamara will be working with students from Reception to Grade 7 in Maths and English.

She has really enjoyed her time as a tutor so far and is encouraged to see improvements in new students in such a short time.

Candice
Tutor Reception – Year 9
MSL, English and Maths

Candice has been with PMB since February 2020 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Education at the University of South Australia.

Candice has undergone her initial MSL training for working with students with dyslexia.

Working typically with children from reception to year 9 and helping predominantly with Maths and English.

In Candice’s time at PMB tutoring she has worked with a number of students with varying needs and ages to help them achieve their individual successes.

Candice has become a valued member of the PMB team

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