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Jean McKenzie

I am Jean and am the proud owner of Impact Tutoring. This wonderful business allows me to combine being a business owner and education. I believe strongly in the importance of Education in day to day life and very strongly in motivating students to believe in themselves. I am a proud Mum of two sons who are in their early 20s plus have a wonderful husband who enjoys sport as much as I do. I consider serving your community as one of the things you need to do, hence I am a Senior Fire Fighter in the Pirongia Brigade. Embracing life and going for it is my motto!

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Jess Amoore

My name is Jess and I am Jean’s 2IC. I am a wife and mother of four busy children, so life is full noise and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My professional experience includes both education and administration/customer service. I have also taught English to children in South Korea and of course supported my own children in their learning journeys. 
Literacy is a passion of mine and I enjoy watching students make meaning of sounds, words and ultimately stories. Our histories and cultures are built with stories, so what better way for me to give back to the community by supporting growth in literacy.
On my days off I am usually capturing memories at my children’s sports games, off to the beach or outside exploring nature.


Ken Drummond

I am Ken Drummond. I have recently retired after teaching Maths and Physical Education at Otorohanga College for the past 28 Years. I am interested in helping students who would like to develop further their Mathematical knowledge. I take a keen interest in all sports and am still involved actively in Rugby refereeing.

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Henk Meyer

I am Henk, most of my career I was a researcher in plant physiology and lecturer at the University of the Free State’s QwaQwa campus in South Africa. After immigration to New Zealand I was mainly involved in teaching. I find mathematics an amazing discipline that mankind discovered and developed to describe all natural phenomena in the entire universe. Truthfully, maths is the language of the sciences. I find the Impact  philosophy of personal attention in a calm and caring environment very appealing. My goal in maths teaching is to establish confidence and a “I can do it” attitude in students.

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Jill Fraser

I am Jill. I am a SPELD trained & registered teacher who works with children who have learning difficulties in literacy & numeracy. Along with my own personal business with SPELD I am also part of the Impact Tutoring team working with Primary aged children. I live in Pirongia and enjoy tramping on our mountain as well as many other tracks in New Zealand and, recently in Tasmania. I have 2 daughters in their twenties; a vet and a teacher. I am particular with my planning and place great importance on retention and understanding. The basics, such as times tables, are critical for all parts of numeracy.


Steve WIlson

I am Steve Wilson. I have been teaching in a number of environments for forty plus years and have recently retired from Secondary School teaching. I was trained as a Technical Teacher after working as a motor mechanic until I was 30. My first teaching position was teaching “Trade Calculations” to motor apprentices at Te Awamutu and I have taught in many roles since these days. My qualifications include a B.Sc. degree, Advanced Trade Cert. (Motor Mechanic) and a “N.Z. Certificate in Engineering”. I have been married to Denise for 46 years. We have five adult sons and eleven grandchildren. I have been a member Te Awamutu Brass Band for 32 years and am a Life Member of the Band. I am keen on swimming and staying fit and train regularly at the Events centre.


Yvonne Wilcock

I am Yvonne. I am a SPELD-trained teacher and have been self-employed tutoring students with Learning Difficulties for the past 24 years. I prefer working during school time, in schools, with Primary-school aged children. I have recently joined the Impact Tutoring team and am enjoying working through the programme with my students. I have been married to Noel for the past 37 years and we have three adult children.  We recently went halves in a launch and try to spend as much time on our boat as we can.

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Hamish McAlley

I am Hamish McAlley and I am a student at the University of Waikato studying mathematics. Math has always been something that made sense to me and I have enjoyed it since before even starting school. I also love to help others so math tuition was a perfect combination of these. I believe strongly in the power of positive reinforcement and find providing a relaxing atmosphere the easiest way to unlock others' potential.


Cameron Gillespie

My name is Cameron Gillespie and I have always had a love for maths. Through mentoring younger students at school and now tutoring at Impact Tutoring I have also realised I enjoy helping other students with their maths.

I attended Hamilton Boys' High School endorsing NCEA Level 1,2 and 3 with Excellence, and passing the NZQA scholarship exams for physics and earth and space science. I have also sat the Cambridge International Exams for IGCSE and AS maths, receiving A* and A grades.

I am currently in my second year of my university degree, double majoring in maths and computer science, with a minor in philosophy.


Noeline Ottaway

I am Noeline. I am a registered primary school and have just retired from a fulltime position. My experience has mainly been with Years 2 – 5 children and I am Reading Recovery trained. I believe that making learning relevant to children promotes enjoyment and self-confidence, which leads to success.

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Cari Walters

Kia ora, I’m Cari Walters and I’m thrilled to join the Impact Tutoring family.   After spending many years in the dairy industry I retrained as a teacher through Massey University while raising my children.  I am now a fully registered teacher, specialising in Literacy (my first love!)

I am looking forward to tutoring local Tamariki, and making a positive impact on their education.

My personal philosophy on learning is forming positive relationships and partnerships with children and their whanau, to make learning fun and meaningful, and to help children to think autonomously, to question and to become independent learners.

I have a busy life with my family; juggling kid’s activities, coaching gymnastics, bee keeping and ensuring my sheep and chickens don’t end up on my back deck!


Emma White

My name is Emma White and one of my passions in life is English Literature. In 2018, I completed my final year at Scared Heart Girls College in Hamilton, having received Excellence Endorsements at NCEA Levels One, Two and Three, as well as receiving Scholarship English at Year 12. I feel confident in myself when I am mentoring others and helping them achieve success in this subject. In 2019, I will enter into my first year of study at Waikato University, undergoing a conjoint degree of a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts.



I'm Margaret, also known as 'Nana' by our five young grandchildren who I'm blessed to spend lots of time with.

I completed my education in Wellington before coming to the Waikato to go farming. My husband and I now live on a lifestyle block near Te Awamutu.

My other interests include crafts, gardening and outdoor activities.

I have been actively involved in schools since our three children were young and have been teacher-aiding for over 20 years at Pre-school, Primary and High School levels, including Special Needs support roles, around Otorohanga and Te Awamutu.

I really enjoy connecting and working with children and young adults, particularly on a one-one basis or in small groups, and encouraging them to love learning and to bring the best out of themselves in all areas. I love to see the light come on in their eyes when they 'get it'.