The CLEAR Education Team
Meet Our Passionate Tutors!
Our tutors, already having excelled under the direction of CLEAR are also continually mentored and trained by Karene Buchanan. They have each shown an exceptional drive to achieve outstanding results, immersing themselves in the friendly, but driven atmosphere CLEAR Education provides. Each mentor has excelled in English or Maths and has the ability to communicate and teach effectively.
Meet the team below!
Karene Buchanan, Founder
"We focus on specialised one on one lessons to individually support and challenge each of our students. We have chosen ex students to become a part of our team as they have excelled using our CLEAR approach and they are excited to share their knowledge and skills with their students. The process of selecting the appropriate tutor for our students is also integral to our approach. If a student has a dynamic tutor who can build rapport, motivate and extend them, then their commitment will improve as will their Confidence, Literacy, Education, Abilities and Results and that is the whole point of CLEAR."
The tutors, the role models, the champions
Zach Messina is an ex-student of CLEAR starting in 2012 and graduating from Cranbrook in 2013. His rank before he started with CLEAR in Year 11 was 144 / 178 and he finished his HSC trials with a rank of 15/178. He improved exponentially thanks to his time with CLEAR education. He received an overall ATAR of 92 and achieved an Advanced English mark of 89%.
Zach has now completed a Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW, with a major in Finance and Business Law. He is also passionate about Football. He currently coaches the U15 Dunbar Rovers in NPL Youth 2.
2019 is Zach's sixth year at CLEAR.
Results for Zach's Year 12 students in 2017:
- Year 12 Cranbook School - Advanced English: 95%
- Year 12 SCEGGS Darlinghurst - Advanced English: 93%
- Year 12 Marcellin - Advanced English: 91%
- Year 12 Marcellin - Extension 1 English: 88%
- Year 12 Champagnat - Advanced English: 88%
- Year 12 Cranbrook School - Advanced English: 85%
- Year 12 SCEGGS Darlinghurst - Advanced English: 84%
Georgia is an ex-student of CLEAR, having started in 2013 and graduating in 2014 with 89% in Advanced English. With English as her weakest subject prior to starting with CLEAR Education, she was able to drastically improve her results, ultimately allowing her to achieve an ATAR of 92 (net of bonus points).
Georgia was elected 2014 College Captain of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Kensington, allowing her to receive the Archbishop's Award for Leadership. Georgia also has a passion for dancing and occasionally teaches tap classes to younger students at C5 Dance Studio at Little Bay.
Georgia is studying at UNSW Australia and is now studying 'Criminology'.
2019 is Georgia's fifth year at CLEAR.
Results for Georgia's students in 2017:
- Year 12 Randwick Girls - Standard English: STATE RANK of 2nd, 96%;
- Year 12 OLSH (3 Students) - Advanced English: 90%, 86%, 82%;
- Year 12 OLSH - Standard English: 83%
- Year 12 Danebank - Advanced English: 87%
- Year 12 St Vincent's College - Advanced English: 85%
Our highest scoring student for 2015 works for us!
Darlene started at CLEAR Education during her HSC year at Brigidine; with English as her weakest subject. The tremendous help at CLEAR and her hard work resulted in a huge improvement, scoring a HSC mark of 93 in English Advanced. Darlene achieved an ATAR of 99.05 and received the NSW Premier's Award as an All-round Achiever.
Darlene also has a passion for music where she completed her AMEB course for Piano Performance in 2014.
Darlene has now been accepted into the University of New South Wales where she will be studying a Commerce/Media (PR & Advertising) degree.
2019 is Darlene's fourth year at CLEAR.
Results for Darlene's Year 12 students in 2017:
- Year 12 Meriden - Advanced English: 93%
- Year 12 Brigidine (2 Students) - Advanced English: 91%, 85%
- Year 12 Brigidine (2 Students) - Standard English: 90%, 76%
- Year 12 St. Catherines - Advanced English: 86%
- Year 12 SCEGGS Darlinghurst - Advanced English: 85%
- Year 12 St Vincents - Advanced English: 80%
Alyssa Stamatellis is an ex-student of CLEAR Education, graduating from Brigidine College Randwick in 2016 with an Advanced English Mark of 92 and an Extension English Mark of 46/50. She came to CLEAR Education in Year 11 struggling with her essay structure and analysis, as well as creative writing, and with the help of Karene Buchanan achieved a big improvement by the end of the HSC. As a result, she achieved an overall ATAR of 95.4, which is a product of all her hard work throughout the HSC year.
Alyssa has a passion for reading books of many different genres and also plays the violin. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Media at the University of New South Wales.
2019 is Alyssa's third year at CLEAR.
Results for Alyssa's Year 12 students:
- Year 12 OLSH - Advanced English: 87%
- Year 12 St Catherines - Advanced English: 88%
- Year 12 Ascham School - Advanced English: 86%
- Year 12 St. Spyridon - Advanced English: 83%
Joseph (Joey) Nicolas
Joseph is an ex-student of Marist College Kogarah who graduated in 2016.
He was tutored by Karene Buchanan (founder of Clear Education) at MCK who provided him with the significant literature skills to eventually reach his optimum performance. He was able to achieve an overall HSC mark of 93 in English Standard and received the top exam mark in his school and an ATAR of 94.8 (net of bonus points).
Joseph enjoys literature/essay writing. In particular, he enjoys teaching and motivating people to strive for success and unlock their personal best. He firmly believes dedication and commitment to study are self-tools for a student to work on their weaknesses and improve confidence levels.
Joseph is a competitive and passionate Rugby League player who captained the "B" Grade Team at Marist College Kogarah and follows a strict daily physical fitness regime. Joseph is currently studying at UNSW Australia to study Psychological Science, majoring in psychology.
Ivana Punyawan is an ex-student of CLEAR Education, graduating from Brigidine College Randwick in 2016 with an Advanced English mark of 96 and an overall ATAR of 99.2. She came to CLEAR Education not feeling confident with English and with her abilities, which CLEAR helped her to overcome.
Ivana loves mathematics and in 2017 began to study at the University of New South Wales where she is undertaking a double degree - a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce. However, she has also grown to appreciate English and the fact it has the potential to provide so much insight into life itself, to provoke people to think about their surroundings, as well as allowing one to be creative and express their ideas. She loves to assist others to achieve their goals and to help people of all ages feel confident with who they are and their potential.
We are thrilled to have Ivana here at CLEAR!
Jeremy graduated from Marist College Kogarah in 2016. Dedicated to reading, he developed a greater understanding of English and the texts studied in his HSC year. With a determination to analyse these texts and their concepts, he achieved a HSC mark of 91 in Advanced English and an overall ATAR of 93.50, achieving the a band 6 in three of his subjects.
As product of CLEAR Education's supportive and friendly ethos, Jeremy aspires to uphold these values to assists his students to attain an effective work ethic for success. With the willingness to embrace the new and provide wisdom to others, he enjoys motivating his peers to fulfill their ambitions.
Jeremy is currently studying a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Hons)/Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) dual degree at UNSW.
Results for Jeremy's Year 12 students in 2017:
- Year 12 Marcellin College (2 Students) - Advanced English: 81%, 80%
Dylan Gardiner is an ex-student of Clear Education. He completed the HSC in 2017. His tutor, Zach, helped him to consolidate existing skills in English, and as a result Dylan finished with an internal rank of 3/148 students and an overall Advanced English mark of 95.
This was CLEAR’s best Advanced result in the 2017 HSC, it also demonstrates significant personal improvement for Dylan, who ranked 30th in English in year 11.
Dylan achieved an ATAR of 98.25, placed 20th in NSW for modern history and received a mark of 95 in Legal Studies.
This year, Dylan will begin a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law dual degree at UNSW.
English isn’t an easy subject, especially if it doesn’t come naturally to you, but I promise you, it doesn’t have to be as daunting as it seems. Karene, our director at CLEAR Education, taught me personally at my high school of Marist College Kogarah. She proved to me, and everyone time and time again, that with a guiding hand to show you direction, and a personal desire to self-actualise, you can achieve whatever mark or band you desire in this subject.
I was fortunate and privileged enough to have gifted and dedicated teachers at my high school like Karene. It was only through their help and the supportive environment that they created, that I was able to achieve my goals of a band 6 and E4 in both Advanced and Extension English respectively. Karene made it clear to me, if you give this subject what it deserves and commit yourself to making the at first inconceivable a reality, it will happen.
Karene, my colleagues and I ensure that when you walk through the doors of Clear Education, you walk into a community that only wants the best for you and will make sure that you have every tool necessary to become the best you can be at English. So, come to Clear Education, and let us show you the abilities you didn’t even know you had.
Kshaunish graduated from Marist College Kogarah in 2017 as College Dux, with an ATAR of 99.75. Now, he studies Dalyell Science and Advanced Studies at the University of Sydney with the hope to one day practice medicine.
Through recursive hard-work, perseverance and a little bit of strategy that he likes to call “playing the HSC game”, Kshaunish was able to achieve HSC marks of 99/100 in both Extension 1 & 2 Mathematics, 94/100 in Chemistry, 93/100 in Physics and 91/100 in Advanced English, achieving the HSC All-Rounder award for Band 6 in all his subjects.
Yet, preceding Kshaunish’s knighting as the princely ‘Guru’ of Mathematics, he remained a mere mortal, achieving a mid to low ranking throughout Stage 5 without any clear passion for the subject. It was with the help of his teachers and tutors including Karene that he soon came to realise his true potential and strove to achieve greatness.
Kshaunish hopes to drive not only the values of resilience, dedication and hard-work into his students, but also mentor and support their mental focus and passion for this truly magnificent, mathematical world we live in (his words not ours!). This is what he and CLEAR education believe, is the recipe to HSC success.
Maree Nikitopoulos graduated from St Catherine’s School in 2018 and is now studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) at Sydney University. Maree is an ex-student of Clear and with the help of Karene during year 12, she was able to gain a new enthusiasm towards English, refining her essay writing skills and building her confidence.
Maree hopes she can pass on this expertise to her students, and assist them in achieving their goals and feeling confident within their studies.
2019 is Maree’s first year at clear.
Alexander Mangos graduated from Sydney Grammar School in 2018, and is an ex-student of CLEAR Education. After being particularly fond of the study of Mathematics and Science in high school, he is now applying these passions in his study of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sydney. A Prefect and avid sportsman of the school, Alex understands the importance of collaboration needed to tackle any situation or problem, especially the HSC!
“Coming into CLEAR as a student I felt nervous and embarrassed about the shocking state of my English skills. Not long after starting, I began to see noticeable improvements in my writing, and consequently my marks began to improve. From originally scoring Cs to eventually scoring consistent high Bs, my confidence in my English skills grew. This was a product of the efforts of my tutor and his engagement with other tutors to ensure the best possible outcome for my HSC.”
Alex wishes in to instill the fundamental notions of the importance of consistency, resilience and collaboration to guide students throughout their high school career, as well as impart his knowledge of Mathematics, Science and English to ensure his students reach their potential.
Maddy is an ex-student of CLEAR, starting in 2017 with Georgia as her English Tutor. Maddy graduated from Our Lady from the Sacred Heart College Kensington in 2018.
Maddy was awarded as DUX of the College in 2018 with an atar 97.95. She was also awarded the NSW Premiers All Rounder's Award for achieving a Band 6 in all of her subjects. She achieved marks of 91 in Advanced English and 95 in General Mathematics.
Maddy is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology Sydney. Maddy is a national level competitive swimmer and continued to swim throughout her HSC years.
Nicole attended CLEAR Education during her HSC year at SCEGGS Darlinghurst. Nicole graduated in 2018 with an Advanced English Mark of 90/100, an Advanced Mathematics mark of 94/100, an Extension Mathematics Mark of 44/50 and an overall ATAR of 95.40.
Before CLEAR, Nicole struggled to get all her ideas down during exams. Her time at CLEAR Education significantly improved her ability to write clearly and concisely while still being in-depth. This gave her the confidence and skills to ace her English exams.
Nicole is passionate about Mathematics and English. She always strives to provide a safe and encouraging environment for her students to learn, challenge themselves and thrive. And most importantly, she aims to inspire the same passion for Mathematics and English in her students.
Manny Saviolakis graduated from Marist College Kogarah in 2018. Tutored by Karene at MCK, his passion for English flourished. Over the course of the HSC, he developed his analytical and literacy skills. He received an overall mark of 92 in Advanced English and an ATAR of 96.40. His passion for analysis inspired him to study a duel degree- a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New South Wales.
Manny was elected 2018 College Captain of MCK, and received the prestigious Finis Coronat Opus award for excellence in conduct, study and participation in college life. He also has a passion for music and is completing his AMEB Classical Piano Performance course.
Manny hopes he can pass on his knowledge to his students and assist them in
developing their abilities and achieving their goals.
2019 is Manny’s first year at CLEAR.
Valantia Stamatopoulos graduated Bethany College, Hurstville in 2018 with an ATAR of 91. She enjoyed Legal Studies, Geography and Drama subjects, consequently resulting in HSC grades over 90. Her 2nd rank out of 70 students in Geography however was her greatest passion, enjoying all aspects of the subject and is excited to share this enthusiasm to the students of CLEAR education.
Valantia has a passion for drama and theatre, attending local plays and productions with friends. Her love of the subject during secondary education has formed a part of her personal pastime as well as developed her love for performance and public speaking.
In 2019, Valantia studies a Bachelor of Laws/Commerce at Macquarie University, using her secondary education appreciation for the legal system to make a lasting career. She is very excited to assist students at CLEAR in order to provide enthusiasm and enjoyment for HSIE subjects like Geography, SOR and Legal Studies as well as English and provide them the best result for a student's high school journey.
Milena is an ex-student of CLEAR Education, graduating from St Catherine’s School in 2018 with an ATAR of 98.0. With the help of Karene, she was able to enhance her essay writing skills and learn how to more effectively analyse texts.
Milena was able to greatly improve in English with the support of CLEAR, achieving a score of 94/100 in English Advanced and 47/50 in English Extension. In 2019, Milena began studying a Bachelor of Arts and Laws at Sydney University. She aims to support and motivate her students in achieving their goals, as well as building up their confidence and enthusiasm in English.