My Academy is well established in the Claremont and Cannington areas, offering tutoring and education support services for all ages and abilities. We pride ourselves on catering for our clients’ individual needs with excellence and attention to detail. Our primary tutors are qualified in education and our high school teachers are chosen for their depth of knowledge and their ability to connect with teenagers. We understand that children have different learning styles and we offer group and individual classes.
We work in partnership with schools to support the wonderful work they do, and the majority of our clients have been referred to us by others who have benefited from our services. Our mission is to actively inspire learning for all ages and all abilities in their quest for excellence.
Director – Rachel Dreier
Rachel has a BEd (Hons) degree from Oxford University in the UK specialising in 4-11 year olds. Having taught for several years in the UK and gaining experience with a vast range of abilities and year groups, Rachel made the move into the business sector believing that world experience would enhance her teaching skills. When she moved to Australia many years ago she thrived on the experience of doing some teaching in Australian schools and realised how vital outside tuition can be to supporting learning within the schools.
Rachel has completed a Master of Education in Early Childhood and a second Masters in Special Learning Needs. “I love seeing how children learn and I truly believe that 1 to 1 and small group tuition benefits children in numerous ways”. Rachel is in the centre daily and would be happy to discuss any tuition needs that you may have.
Marie – Always finding the perfect focus
I am primary school teacher from Ireland, with twelve years teaching experience in a variety of settings. I have great passion and enthusiasm for developing and enhancing primary English and primary Maths skills of children, as well as fostering and encouraging other abilities, such as confidence and self esteem . My Academy has provided me with the opportunity to tutor children in a supportive, student-friendly and inspiring manner.
Sarah – Exploring concepts, expanding knowledge
I have a Masters in Primary Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Archaeology so I can tutor English up to year 12 as well as all areas of the primary curriculum. Tutoring 1 on 1 gives me the opportunity to ensure my students have a deep understanding of all concepts. The biggest difference from classroom teaching is seeing the additional confidence that comes from having a teacher’s full attention. I love how My Academy’s students are so keen to learn! Outside of tutoring I am passionate about Ultimate Frisbee and have represented Australia as both a player and coach.
Barbara – Teaching around the world
I have many years of teaching experience in a variety of schools across Western Australia. I have also been fortunate enough to teach in international schools overseas. Although I grew up in a small country town, I have been off to explore the world, living and working in England, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Egypt and Brunei This has exposed me to many different cultures and educational methods. I have been continually seeking opportunities to learn and to apply this knowledge and experience to my own practice. Tutoring provides students with access to learning tailored specifically to their needs. Consequently good progress is seen, academically and often in other areas as well. The joy for me as a tutor at My Academy is the luxury of working with students in small groups and one to one, which is not always possible as a classroom teacher. It is an absolute pleasure to work with students and parents who value education.
Laura – The Detective; Investigating methods of teaching
I am a qualified primary teacher with a specialisation in early years education and have been teaching in classrooms across Perth for the past 5 years. I have two children, a cat, and a husband and outside of teaching I enjoy spending time with them as well as exploring my family history and playing detective video games. My favourite thing about tutoring at My Academy is the relationships I have built with my students (and their families) and being able to watch their growth and improvement over time. It’s wonderful to see them reaching their goals. Being a tutor has also helped me discover new methods of teaching. My Academy is a great environment and Rachel and Anya are fantastic people to work with.
Iola – Building Confidence, Conquering Challenges
I was born in New Zealand but have completed by education in Perth from Year 2 right through to university. I am now a qualified primary educator with a specialisation in Mathematics teaching and have taught in classrooms in Metropolitan Perth and Kalgoorlie, working with students of differing abilities across all year groups. As a tutor, I am able to tailor my sessions to the specific child and form a relationship with each of my students, showing a genuine interest in their lives outside of My Academy while also helping them to achieve their goals. Working one on one allows students to experience less embarrassment when asking questions about the concepts they find challenging, so they can build their confidence and find success. When I’m not tutoring I love reading fiction stories, playing Hockey and being with my cat Ollie.
Cayden – Achieving goals is a slam dunk!
I have a Masters of Teaching (Primary) and Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) from Curtin University. I specialise in primary education but can also tutor student up to Year 10 in English and Maths as well as support students preparing for the GATE exam. What I love about tutoring is the ability to identify a student’s area for improvement and tailor a specific learning programme that will help maximise their learning potential. My favourite part of My Academy is that I get to work with students who are always enthusiastic to learn! Outside of tutoring I am a massive sports fan especially AFL and NBA. I also enjoy playing PlayStation, playing basketball on weeknights and hanging out with my two cats.
High School Tutors
Curtis – The Mathemusician
Specialities – Maths, Physics and Chemistry (Years 7 – 12), English ( Years 7 – 10)
I’m a firm believer that people learn best when they’re enjoying themselves. Students are much more likely to remember the lesson when they are engaged and have applied their mathematical knowledge to robotics or in designing their dream house. This fascination with learning and understanding led me to a degree in Physics and Engineering where I can unravel the fundamentals of the universe and use them to build up various structures and mechanisms.
I am also rather artistically invested through my work in voice acting, operas and choirs which imbues a sense of creativity and enthusiasm into my teaching style. As a volunteer for Edmund Rice Camps, I have learned to engage with kids of all ages and personalities. My Academy is filled with people instilling care and passion into their work. It’s a warm workplace that fosters learning in a positive and enjoyable manner.
Anne Marie – Sciences and Study Skills
Specialties – Human Biology (Years 7 – 12), HASS (Years 7 – 12), General Science (Years 7 – 10), English (Years 7 – 10)
I have a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) and a Bachelor of Science (in Pharmacology and Law & Society). I am a qualified teacher who specialises in science and HASS. A great aspect of tutoring is that it gives kids the opportunity to re-engage in the content and experience lightbulb moments. I am passionate about teaching study skills so students can become self-directed learners. Outside of teaching and tutoring I enjoy podcasts, travelling and trying to keep my plants alive.
Anya – The Literary Legend
Specialties – English language and English Literature
I have a degree in Literary & Cultural Studies and Creative Writing. Having enjoyed my studies, I continued for another year to attain First Class Honours in Literary & Cultural Studies. I think the English subject is so important because it encourages creativity and asking questions. I love how tutoring gives me the opportunity to engage young people in critically analysing society and learning about the experiences and perspectives of others. My Academy has a very positive atmosphere, with kids chatting and joking in the lobby before and after their sessions and a friendly, approachable team of tutors – making it a terrific place to work and learn. Outside of tutoring I enjoy reading, bush walking and being part of the Perth LARP (Live Action Role Play) community.
Jack Arnold – Passionate Chemist who is magic with maths
Specialties – Maths and Science
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (Honours) and Chemistry. I am a qualified teacher, specialising in high school Science and Maths. I also have 6 years tutoring experience ranging from primary all the way up to tertiary. Watching students go from a C/D average to an A/B average is great but the best part is seeing the enthusiasm and excitement build in students who once disliked maths and science.
Chemistry is my passion and I’m currently working towards my PHD in the field of Organic Synthesis and Mechanisms. Working for My Academy doesn’t feel like work because I have so much fun sharing my passion for the topics I love (and yes that does include maths!). Outside of academia I enjoy swing dancing, big band jazz and rock climbing.
Varun – Using team work to achieve excellence
Specialties – Maths, Physics and Chemistry
I am currently a fourth year engineering student at UWA and as a tutor I specialise in Maths, Physics and Chemistry. My favourite part of My Academy is the fluidity of tutor/student relationships that allow for easy information transfer no matter the topic. A beautiful part of tutoring is seeing when a student gets the deserved reward of their hard work. There is little that compares to the satisfaction both the tutor and student feel when a question that was initially challenging is aced the next week. In my down time I really enjoy playing sport and find team game dynamics really interesting. Another one of my keen hobbies is travelling overseas, immersing myself in the local culture and purposely not visiting the major “tourist attractions”.