Qualifications

Diploma of Education
I graduated in 1977 from the State College of Victoria, Institute of Catholic Education

Trained in THRASS – Teaching Handwriting Reading and Spelling Skills
THRASS uses a phonological methodology where a phoneme – grapheme awareness is taught, that is the relationship between speech sounds and spelling choices. THRASS emphasises the teaching of the 44 phonemes of spoken English and their associated graphemes. I have received accredited training in this area and use a variety of current THRASS teaching materials. I integrate THRASS into a well-balanced literacy program using many other teaching strategies. My program complements many local school programs that also use THRASS to teach literacy.

Trained in CELTA – Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
CELTA is an internationally recognised qualification and is awarded by Cambridge ESOL which is part of the University of Cambridge. Studying CELTA enables me to teach English to speakers of other languages. I use a variety of texts that are student friendly and relevant to everyday experiences.

Studied VCE French
In 2013 I completed my VCE French which was an important personal achievement. I received an ATAR Subject Score of in excess of 42. Currently, I am continuing my French studies and thoroughly enjoy incorporating ‘French’ into my tutoring. Many of my students look forward to finishing their literacy and numeracy lessons with some aspect of French study. Also, having lived, travelled and worked for several months in France as an au-pair when I was a young woman, I feel I have a genuine understanding of some of the cultural aspects of French life which I like to share with my students. I encourage all students to study another language at school if possible. As well as all the benefits associated with introducing children to other cultures it can boost their ATAR Subject Score used for tertiary admission because language subjects are generally scaled up significantly. And it opens up many wonderful opportunities for them.

Registrations & Memberships

Victorian Institute of Teaching – VIT
The Victorian Institute of Teaching registers all teachers in Victoria to ensure only qualified people are employed in schools. I am registered with the VIT.

Working With Children Check – WWC Check
The Working with Children Act was introduced in 2006 and people involved with child-related work must apply for a WWC check. It was introduced as it contributes to the safety of children and prevents anyone posing a risk to children from working with them. I have a current WWC check

Australian Tutoring Association
The Australian Tutoring Association is the only tutoring association of its kind in Australia. Its aims are to help protect Australian students through ensuring that all ATA members comply with the ATA Code of Conduct. Members are held professionally accountable. I am a member of the ATA.

ATA

Mt Eliza tutoring

Stella’s continual encouragement and her caring manner in which she teaches Rachelle were reflected in her fantastic end of the year report. I’m delighted with Rachelle’s improvement, not only in her grades but more importantly in her self-confidence
Julie Unthank, Mt Eliza

Tyabb tutoring

Regardless of whether you are looking for a tutor to guide your child through the rigors of preparing for a scholarship exam, or seeking someone to assist with areas your child may need to strengthen, I highly recommend Stella for her professionalism, teaching style and kind approach. I am absolutely confident that Cameron performed as well as he did and received his scholarship for secondary school as a result of his own efforts combined with the tutoring and mentoring he received from Stella. 
Emma Malone, Tyabb

Mt Eliza tutoring

I would recommend Stella at edutute to any parent who would like that extra educational support for their child. The one-on-one with literacy and numeracy has been amazing for my son who has been attending for four years. His confidence has grown and he has shown great improvement in his school work which is exciting to see.
Sue Logan, Frankston