It takes many hands to run NYEC's Tutoring Centre. Our organisation is made up of many volunteers and professionals from backgrounds in Education, Childcare, Marketing and Business Administration.
What unites us is our passion for providing rural and disadvantaged children with access to learning support to help them reach their dreams.
Education Services Manager
Steve is enthusiastic about helping people feel welcome and find their place. He built on his earlier university degree by going on to study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and taught classes in reading, writing and math. Since 2017, Steve has been tutoring primary and high school students in creative ways using a multi sensory method and games to be more effective.
Steve loves his family, including his three awesome kids who are homeschooled and a pet beagle.
Eilish is an enthusiastic fresh face to the team. She is the youngest of the GAP Program Students this year and comes from a family of seven children.
Eilish was homeschooled for the majority of her life and has tutoring experience having assisted her siblings with their schoolwork from an early age. She has also been involved in childminding, babysitting and running a creche.
Eilish also plays the keyboard and enjoys trying recipes from different countries.
Kirsty is a friendly Moree local with a music degree from the University of Technology, Sydney. Kirsty has been tutoring school-aged children since 2018 and in this time has developed effective techniques and strategies to assist children in reading, writing and mathematics. She loves working with children and has a fun, creative approach to learning.
Outside of work she is involved in her Church community, plays in the weekly netball competition and is a member of the Moree ukulele group.
Laura is currently studying a Bachelor Degree in Human Services. She has been involved in the Tutoring Studio with Ephraim House for three years, and has experience in providing assistance for a range of subjects to school-aged children of varying ages, particularly literacy skills. She sits on the Ephraim House Advisory Board as well as the Special Religious Education (SRE) Board based in Moree.
In her free time, Laura loves painting and learning new songs on the guitar and piano.
Heather enjoys meeting new children and preparing food for the tutoring studio. She thinks of herself as a shy person who struggled going to school herself. She loves spending one on one time with children, encouraging them to grow and learn as much as they can, at their own pace. She enjoys seeing their smiles when they succeed and achieve their personal goals.
Heather had been involved in the tutoring studio in 2018, and has returned at the beginning of this year excited to be involved again.
Ilakkiya is a third year student completing a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce at Macquarie University. Having worked in in social enterprises, the education sector and in another rural community, Ilakkiya brings critical thinking, research and business development skills to the team. a strong passion for improving rural access to education.
Outside of NYEC, Illakiya works as a tutor for school students.
Luke is in his final year of a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies at Macquarie University. He is the current Co-Project Leader within the Enactus side of the Nhuubala Yugal Education Centre. Luke brings organisational and cross-cultural communication skills developed from his previous experience in volunteer organisations.
He is also an avid sports fan who lives and breathes football.
Shinae is a fifth year International Relations and Marketing student at Macquarie University. With experience in the Education, Non-profit and Social Marketing sectors, she brings writing, graphic design and photography skills to the NYEC team. Having worked as an English Tutor for primary school children, Shinae is passionate about making education fun and attainable.
Her hobbies include reading classic literature, writing articles and drawing.
A third year Professional Accounting student at Macquarie University, Abhishaalv has contributes a variety of valuable communication, teamwork, and organisational skills. An advocate for the importance of rural education, he brings his insights gained as a School Learning Support Officer, as well as his accounting and financial proficiencies, to the NYEC team.
In his spare time, Abhishaalv enjoys basketball and fictional readings.
Ashan is in his third year of a combined Commerce and Law degree at Macquarie University. He is currently working in the legal sector and brings strong research and writing skills to the team. Ashan also brings key interpersonal abilities, as he also works a casual retail job where he loves conversing with customers to find their most suitable product.
Outside of NYEC, Ashan is a major fan of basketball.
Monique is a third year student completing a Bachelor of Laws and Social Science, majoring in Social Justice. Through years of volunteering, both locally and overseas, she has developed skills in areas such as cross-cultural communication, leadership and fundraising. Monique is passionate about advocating for Indigenous peoples right to self determination, and contributing to reducing injustice and social inequality in Australia.
She loves adventures, getting to know people, ocean swims, bush walks and good coffee.