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.
Results for Joey's Year 12 students in 2017:
- Year 12 Waverley College - Standard English: 81%
- Year 12 Brigidine - Standard English: 78%
- Year 12 Champagnat College - Standard English: 76%
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%
Leon graduated from Marist College Kogarah in 2016 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Law dual degree at UNSW.
His passion for writing flourished in year 11 and 12, as an appreciation for the subject and its texts was formed. This transition vastly assisted Leon in eventually attaining a HSC mark of 94 in Advanced English and graduating with an ATAR of 97.85, achieving the highest band in 5 of his subjects.
Leon's experiences in helping his peers throughout the HSC year and beyond have facilitated his desire to assist students in attaining their own goals and milestones through a culmination of hard work and dedication. His care for students transcends beyond their results and marks, as he aims to also facilitate the development of skills that are imperative to writing and understanding across all subjects.
We are extremely happy to have Leon here at CLEAR!
Results of Leon's Year 12 Students:
- St Mary's Cathedral - Advanced English: 85%
- Waverly College - Advanced English: 82%
Leonardo graduated from Marist College Kogarah in 2017, and is currently studying a dual degree of Civil Engineering (Hons)/ Commerce at UNSW.
Leonardo’s interest in the concepts dealt with throughout HSC English Advanced, in combination with his year-long input of hard work enabled him to achieve a HSC English Advanced Mark of 93, also exhibiting a strong passion for the Sciences and Mathematics. Leonardo received an ATAR of 97.95 as well as a NSW Premier’s HSC All- Rounder award for Band 6 results in all subjects. Leonardo also graduated as College Captain of Marist College Kogarah, allowing him to utilise his leadership skills and genuine care for his students to aid students in reaching their full potential, as well as acting as a mentor to assist students in dealing with the inevitable stresses and pressures which eventually arise throughout school, especially in Year 12.
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 easy, anyone who tells you it is, is either one of two things, a liar or a genius. I left year 12 with a HSC mark of 93 in Advanced and 92 in extension, but it wasn’t a solo effort by any stretch of the imagination. The support team of both teachers and friends around me at Marist College Kogarah which Karene was apart of, was essentially a band 6 churning machine. If you gave them the effort and gruelling hard work, they’d forged you into a student capable of self-actualising in this subject.
The fact of the matter is, not all students will have this team around them, but my goal and the wider goal of CLEAR I’d say, is to try our best to replicate for students the environment for success that allowed individuals like myself to succeed. I learnt a lot this past year in English, and even though I said this subject is hard, let me contradict myself, it’s easy. There is undoubtedly a formula for success in English, when I learnt it I soared, and when I shared it with others they joined me in that success.
Put in the time, the effort, embrace the struggle and you too can become better than you once thought you could, after all, I did, getting into commerce at USYD.
Tom is an ex-student of CLEAR, having started in 2015 and graduating in 2017. By the end of 2017, Tom was awarded 94% in English Advanced and 47/50 in English Extension. He also achieved an an E3 in English Extension 2.
English was Tom’s favourite subject, and through CLEAR he was able to enhance and refine his skills drastically. With help from CLEAR, Tom's English abilities were able to withstand the higher expectations of Years 11 and 12. It was with the help of CLEAR that Tom ultimately achieved an ATAR of 95.75.
Tom was a student leader in his senior years, and received Dux of Marcellin College Randwick in 2017.
Tom is currently studying Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. 2018 is Tom’s first year at CLEAR.
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.