Meet the Tutoring Team

We Offer a Low-Variance Model of Intervention

The team at Lifelong Literacy come with a diverse range of backgrounds and training. We all got into this for one reason alone though:

  • Our commitment to helping children become faster, stronger, better at reading, writing and maths drives everything we do.

At Lifelong Literacy, our specialist literacy tutors have at least one qualification in the major evidence-based, up to date, leading literacy programs. Once they start working here, they are then trained by Lyn Stone in all of her literacy programs, including Spelling for Life, Language for Life, Reading for Life, Writing for Life, Language Arts and Tutoring for Life.

All tutors take and upload session notes every time they work with a student, and those notes are then overseen by Lyn, who makes suggestions about possible direction and lesson planning.

Ongoing, regular staff training days are part of our approach. This allows us to offer a low-variance model of intervention. Our staff are very carefully trained to take specific steps, using specific methodology. As education professionals, of course, they are also well-placed to respond sensitively to their individual students.

Ongoing progress monitoring and planning is built into our system.

When you Make Contact

  • Our office manager with call/email you and answer any specific questions you have. If you decide that you would like to look into tutoring with us, she will arrange an initial consultation with one of our senior consultants.
  • We then use a battery of assessment and screening procedures to produce an Education Strategy Summary, and discussions take place about next steps.
  • Should you decide that you would like to have tutoring with us, the office manager will then offer some places with a tutor and a starting date, time and frequency will be agreed upon.

Our Staff

We are trained in numerous approaches so that we can accommodate a wide variety of learners. 

Lyn Stone – Owner/Director

Lyn Stone private practice linguist

I am a linguist, speaker, consultant and author who spends a lot of time thinking about reading and writing. My greatest joy is to work with children who struggle with literacy and basic maths.

I am independent of any company or education faculty, so I am at liberty to comment, without bias on many of the programs and interventions available. I will not use or promote a program or method that isn’t very best practice, according to scientific consensus.

There are many pitfalls for concerned parents, who want the best for their children, but find themselves navigating a maze of programs and practitioners. Part of my job is to apply the science of learning to the evaluation of best-practice, and to communicate frankly to parents and schools so that they make the best possible choices.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Linguistics, University College London

Spelling/Reading

Comprehension

Language Arts

Maths

Special Needs

Science of Learning

Amanda Bugiera – Specialist Practitioner

Amanda Bugiera – Specialist Practitioner

Amanda is a proud parent to three dyslexic children. Being the only neurotypical in her household of 5 comes with challenges, added responsibilities mayhem and hilarity.

Also having a background in psychology and sociology affords Amanda a unique view of the struggles of dyslexia, and the strengths that can be developed as a response.

Amanda has a keen interest in the roles and responsibilities of schools and governments. She is also very aware of the interaction and impact that anxiety, working memory, executive functioning and social skills have within the school environment for dyslexic students.

As a parent and educator, Amanda’s passion is to advocate and to teach. Her current studies in speech-language pathology have increased her enthusiasm for and knowledge of best practice and she uses evidence to guide her every move.

She puts it this way:

Children with Dyslexia are often the canaries in the coal mine for low quality teaching practices. My role is to protect children from a school system that often naively uses experimental or outdated approaches. (PS Lyn totally stole my canary analogy for her talks in 2019!).

My training allows me to utilise and build skill in unaffected areas of development, whilst treating and minimising deficit as much as is possible.

I am excited to share my knowledge and expertise to help build a collaborative team that promotes communication between parent/caregiver, child, literacy specialist and school educators to gain the best education for your child.

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology/Sociology)
  • Master of Speech Pathology (Current)
  • Spelling for Life

Amanda’s Blog

Amanda is a prolific writer and has blogged about her experience with school advocacy here.

Sue Crust – Literacy and Numeracy Teacher

Sue Crust – Literacy and Numeracy Teacher

Sue is an experienced primary teacher of 25 years. As well as classroom teaching, her experience is in using best practise to tailor individual programs to specifically meet the needs of each child in the areas of maths and English.

She does this using a positive and reassuring approach, yet doesn’t mind challenging her students at the same time. She likes to encourage her students to be the best they can be.

Jacqui Edwards – Specialist Practitioner

Jacqui Edwards – Specialist Practitioner

Jacqui comes with a wide range of expert training.

Over my years of teaching I have encountered many methods for teaching literacy, but I found many just didn’t reach the children who were struggling. I became increasingly focused on evidence based approaches for best practice teaching of literacy. This led me to undertake a Masters of Speech Pathology and, here to Lifelong Literacy.
I am excited to be delivering programs that actually help students progress, build confidence, and give them a much needed and deserved ‘leg up’ in literacy.

  • Masters of Speech Pathology (current)
  • Registered teacher Victorian Institute of Teaching
  • Spelling for Life
  • Language for Life
  • SPELD Victoria Teacher Training Course on Specific Learning Difficulties
  • BA Professional Writing
  • Sounds-Write

Ayla Brooke-Cumming – Literacy and Numeracy Teacher

Ayla Brooke-Cumming – Literacy and Numeracy Teacher

I come with over 10 years experience successfully assisting students in the classroom with learning both literacy and numeracy, as well as supporting students with learning challenges and disabilities.

I have always enjoyed the enormous satisfaction that comes when I have worked with individual children, watching them grow with confidence as each little step is achieved and they continue to blossom as they achieve their goals.

I have experience with a number of different literacy programs and am excited to use the best programs with proven methods to help your child achieve their goals.

I like the saying… ‘teach a child 10 words and they will only know 10 words. But teach a child to read, write and say 10 sounds and they will learn thousands of words!’

Every child should have the joy of their own lifelong learning through reading, writing and communicating.

  • Bachelor of Science with Media
  • Honours in Biological Science
  • Read Write Inc.
  • The Power of Instructional Strategies for Effective Literacy Learning
  • Making it a Success” (Teaching and Behaviour Support Strategies for Students with ASD)
  • Many other courses such as ‘Increasing Student’s Engagement & Participation,’ ‘Resilience Development’ and ‘Growth Mindset’.

Ayla is also familiar with many other modes of literacy instruction.

Christianne Schultz – Specialist Practitioner

Christianne Schultz – Specialist Practitioner

Christianne’s journey with her precious boy led her to Lifelong Literacy. Aside from her excellent training, her warmth and dedication are the qualities that made us welcome her into the practice. Christianne knows only too well how frustrating and demoralising it is to be a child in the school system who receives very little appropriate literacy support.

In Christianne’s words:

Hi, my name is Christianne and I have a beautiful little boy who has dysgraphia and severe anxiety.

Over the past few years of watching and helping my son through his struggles it has lead me on my own journey of wanting to help other beautiful children who, like him, are struggling. Through research I have found some fabulous courses to help educate myself better so I could help my son improve his literacy goals.

I have completed my MSL training and I am very excited to be helping others as well. I am very passionate and care greatly about helping children achieve their potential as no child deserves to be left behind for any reason, especially when there is help out there.

Cienna Fitzgerald-Dean – Maths Tutor

ienna Fitzgerald-Dean – Maths Tutor

I am a proud mathematics tutor who loves seeing the sense of accomplishment in students’ eyes when they understand a concept for the first time. My role is to give your child the confidence and tools in mathematics to help live an independent life, which is almost impossible without any fundamental math skills.

Through my teaching practices I aim to demonstrate to children the relevancy of math in their daily lives, the world around them and their future careers. This gives students the opportunity to be more engaged in the learning and practice their skills outside of their tutoring sessions.

I work with students by adapting my session to how they best learn and to their specific needs. I consider my persona to be enthusiastic, empathetic and versatile. I believe a crucial factor for successful tutoring is the relationship between student and tutor, and parent and tutor. This, along with fostering a love of maths, is my speciality.

  • Recent graduate of Frankston High School (2018)
  • Physical education assistant at Star of the Sea College, Brighton
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Current)
  • Full Working With Children and Police Background Check

Cienna has access to the most up-to-date maths placement tests and will do an initial assessment to determine your child’s areas of need.

Lyn’s note:

I was looking for a maths tutor for my then Y9 daughter. She had some queries about maths that I couldn’t answer and felt she was starting to fall behind. I went to various local services, but none of them could provide the kind of tuition for a dyslexic Y9 that was going to work.

I asked around, and kept hearing about this very young tutor, just out of high school, so I decided to give her a try. In came Cienna. To say that her work with my daughter was life-changing would be an understatement. Not only did Cienna have a perfect way of explaining and checking understanding of complex maths concepts, she was so immediately likeable and, well, just cool, that my daughter took to her straight away and caught up in no time.

She didn’t need a lot of tuition after that, but I referred a few of my other clients to Cienna and the reports from those families were absolutely glowing. I knew I had to harness this talent!

Two years later and my daughter is still getting 90%+ in Y11 maths and I’ve finally managed to pin Cienna down and get her to come and work with Lifelong Literacy!

Sue Davis – Literacy Teacher

Sue Davis – Literacy Teacher

I have spent two decades working in education, 15 of those as a primary school teacher, leading teacher and learning specialist in Victoria. I am continuously looking to improve my knowledge and skills, to provide effective learning opportunities and improve outcomes for my students. My search for best practice has led me to Lyn and the Lifelong Literacy team and I am excited to be working with them! I thrive on helping all students to access their learning potential and to achieve success. I do this by using evidence-based strategies and practices, mixed in with a good dose of understanding, compassion and high expectations. My special interest is in working with students who face learning challenges such as dyslexia, ADHD and ASD.

  • BA (Hons): Early Childhood Studies and Literary Studies
  • Post-Graduate Certificate of Education
  • Lower Elementary Montessori Teaching Diploma
  • Little Learners Love Literacy
  • Spelling for Life – current
  • Many other learning opportunities accessed both privately and through the Department of Education

Contact us today for a free, confidential initial consultation. You can also call us on 0434 115 548