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
Karene Buchanan holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education in English and Drama which was completed at UNSW in 1998. She taught at St Spyridon College for 8 years and then had her first child in 2009. She then started a part time tutoring business which has now flourished into CLEAR. Her passion is for students to receive a good education to ensure they get the results they need to successfully fulfill their career goals.
"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, Effort, Abilities and Results and that is the whole point of CLEAR."
The tutors, the role models, the champions
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.
2020 is Alyssa's fourth year at CLEAR.
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.
Billy Matsos graduated from Sydney Boy’s High School in 2018 with an ATAR of 97.95. Now, he is studying Advanced Science at the University of Sydney, majoring in Physics and Mathematics to work toward a career in astrophysics.
During his first and second year in university, Billy has been awarded the opportunity to work under the supervision of his professors in active areas of Physics research. This resulted in Billy's team publishing an academic paper on Dark Matter, which is an oustanding achievement for an undergraduate team.
Previously tutored by Karene, he has adopted many of the techniques in writing clear and structured essays, skills in analysing texts and ultimately understanding the HSC English formula. Initially finding difficulty in English, he finished with a 91/100 in English Advanced. Billy also achieved external marks of 92/100 in Extension 1 Mathematics, 89/100 in Extension 2 Mathematics, 92/100 in Physics and 90/100 in Chemistry.
Billy hopes to instil a sense of enthusiasm in his students that reflects his passion for Maths and Science. In doing so, imparting a genuine understanding of mathematical and scientific concepts that aren’t only memorised but truly understood.
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.
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.
Selena graduated from De La Salle Cronulla in 2018, and with the help of CLEAR Education, was able to greatly develop her essay writing skills before completing the HSC. With a better understanding of essay writing after working with Karene, she was able to apply this knowledge to essay writing in other subjects such as Design and Technology receiving a mark of 91.
Selena has an interest in textiles and completed her design and technology major project around this passion. She was nominated for the SHAPE 2019 showcase at the Powerhouse Museum for her major works in this subject.
Encouraged to provide children with the assistance they need throughout their schooling years, she is studying a Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Education at UTS.