Meet Your Teachers
Our Subject Heads
Cheryl BarnettHead of English
EX James Ruse Agricultural High School English Teacher | HSC Marker | B.Ed.
Cheryl Barnett has over 20 years experiences of teaching English at selective schools. She also is a private tutor of English for Senior High School students for more than 10 years.
Piv HuotHead of Maths
NESA ST 1 | HSC Senior Marker | HSC Assistant Supervisor of Marking | B.Sc., Dip. Ed., M.Bus.
Piv has over 30 years experiences of teaching Maths from Year 7 to Year 12 including Maths Extension 2.
Larry MounserHead of Physics
University of Sydney Lecturer | B.Sc., Dip. Ed., M.A.
Larry was granted an ST 1 status due to outstanding HSC results. Larry taught Physics at Taylors College for more than ten years, and was Visiting Associate Lecturer in Media, in the Study Abroad Department, UNSW, for almost 20 years.
Dr Dion KhlentzosHead of Maths
EX Barker College Maths Teacher | PhD, B.Sc Hons, BA, Dip. Ed
Dion is an experienced educator and manager, having taught Mathematics at Barker College Hornsby for 10 years and a further six years for James An coaching colleges.
Anne MarienHead of English
University of Sydney English Literature Teacher | EX Moriah College Senior English Teacher | M.Ed., B.Ed., Masters of Writing
ENGLISH TEACHER OF 25 YEARS STANDING. TAUGHT English in Elite private schools such as Moriah College Sydney. Anne Marien has taught English at all levels for the HSC including Advanced Extension 1, and 2. She has had students come in the top ten in the state.
Nadya DeBeersSenior Maths Teacher
University of California, Berkeley | BA
As a recent graduate of University of California Berkeley with a bachelors degree in pure mathematics, she prides herself in her ability to think logically and understand challenging mathematical concepts. She has a great understanding of the HSC system and the NSW curriculum as well as each years maths expectations.
Meet All Our Teachers
Cheryl Barnett | Head of EnglishEX James Ruse Agricultural High School English Teacher | HSC Marker | B.Ed.
Piv Huot | Head of MathsNESA ST 1 | HSC Senior Marker | HSC Assistant Supervisor of Marking | B.Sc., Dip. Ed., M.Bus.
Larry Mounser | Head of Physcis | Academic ConsultantUniversity of Sydney Lecturer | NESA ST 1 | B.Sc., Dip. Ed., M.A.
Dr Dion Khlentzos | Head of MathsEX Barker College Maths Teacher | PhD, B.Sc Hons, BA, Dip. Ed
Anne Marien | Head of EnglishUniversity of Sydney English Literature Teacher | EX Moriah College Senior English Teacher | M.Ed., B.Ed., Masters of Writing
Nadya DeBeers | Senior Maths TeacherUniversity of California, Berkeley | BA
Zarnab Kanwal | Maths TeacherSingapore High School Teacher | BA
Jennifer Zhao | Maths TeacherUniversity of Sydney | ATAR 99.65
Aidan Williams | Maths, English TeacherMacquarie University
Alexander Zhou | English TeacherUniversity of Sydney | BA
Baraa Hamdy | English, Economics TeacherUNSW Law and Economics
Benjamin Pick | Maths, Chemistry, English, Physics TeacherUNSW Computer Science
Hamish Mishra | Maths, English TeacherUniversity of Technology | BA
Keanu Crous | Maths, Physics TeacherUNSW
Terry Luo | Maths, Physics, Chemistry TeacherUNSW
Eason Xia | Economics, Maths, English, Chemistry TeacherUNSW | ATAR 99.40
Wendy Li | Maths, Chemistry TeacherPymble Ladies' College Full Scholarship Winner | ATAR 99.80
Joyce Wu | Maths, Chemistry, Economics, English TeacherPymble Ladies' College Full Scholarship Winner | ATAR 99.85
Melissa Qiu | English, Maths TeacherUniversity of Sydney | Double degree Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Dental Medicine | ATAR 99.80
Danielle Moussa | Course Material WriterUniversity of Sydney | ATAR 99.70
Cheryl Barnett | Head of English
University of Newcastle Bachelor of Education (Eng/Hist)
University of Sydney Diploma of Ancient Societies
Classroom Teacher / HSC Marker
● Experienced over 20 years teaching English at selective schools such as James Ruse Agricultural High School and Hunter Performing Arts
● Experienced over 10 years HSC Marking
NSW Department of Education
● Development of English curriculum for classroom implementation.
● Establishment of Assessment protocols in English.
● Development of History curriculum for classroom implementation.
● Establishment of Assessment protocols in History.
● Development of Drama curriculum for classroom implementation.
● Establishment of Assessment protocols in Drama.
Macquarie University Faculty of Education
● Supervisor of Student Teachers on Practicum.
● Learning Support Officer.
● Private Tutor of English for Senior High School students for more than 10 years.
Skills and Leadership roles
● Advanced Skills Teacher Classification
● Student Welfare Officer
● Girls Supervisor
● Year Advisor
● Achieved high level of Band 6 results in students tutored
Piv Huot | Head of Maths
B. Sc. (Pure Maths & Chemistry) – Monash University
Dip. ED. – Flinders University of South Australia
B. Bus. (Accounting) – Swinburne University of Technology
Master of Leadership (Business) – University of New England
Graduate Diploma in Science – University of New England
Senior Teacher 1 – NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
HSC Senior Marker – NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
HSC Assistant Supervisor of Marking – Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES)
● Experienced over 30 years teaching Mathematics from Year 7 to Year 12 including Mathematics Extension 2
● Head Teacher of Mathematics for over ten years in Independent and Catholic schools
● Experienced in judging and HSC marking in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2
● Involved in running Mathematics Competition, mentoring Mathematics Challenge and Enrichment
● Assessor and examiner Trail examination for Mathematics, Extension 1 and 2 for Publisher
● Assessor for the New Senior Mathematics textbooks for Mathematics, Extension 1 and 2
Larry Mounser | Head of Physcis | Academic Consultant
B.Sc., Dip. Ed., M.A. Writing. – Unsw, Sydney Uni, UTS.
● Physics Teacher / Lecturer HSC Physics and University of Sydney Foundation Program.
February 1999 to January 2013 – USFP Taylors College – Sydney NSW
Responsibilities: Mostly HSC Physics.
Accomplishments: Was granted an ST 1 status due to outstanding HSC results.
Skills Used: Was able to enthuse students to the extent they posted my demonstrations on YouTube with very complementary remarks.
● Physics Teacher/Media Intern Co-ordinator.
USyd Foundation Program, Unsw.
Larry Mounser has worked as a Geophysicist, a volunteer environmental campaigner, an aid worker, a writer for TV, Radio and Print, and an Internet developer.
Larry taught Physics at Taylors College for more than ten years, and was Visiting Associate Lecturer in Media, in the Study Abroad Department, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, for almost 20 years. Larry has a Bachelor of Science, a Diploma of Education, and a Master of Arts in Writing.
He has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Canberra Times, the Brisbane Courier Mail, the Good Weekend, Inside Sport, The Sunday Telegraph’s ‘Sunday’ magazine and 2MMM FM.
Dr Dion Khlentzos | Head of Maths
PhD (Education – Western Sydney University)
B.Sc Hons (Psychology – Macquarie University)
BA, Dip. Ed (Mathematics – University of Sydney)
Dion is an experienced educator and manager, having taught Mathematics at Barker College Hornsby for 10 years and a further six years for James An coaching colleges. Dion most recently had the role of Program Director of the Counselling courses for a tertiary provider Laureate Education. In that role Dion was responsible for managing four courses, 30 lecturers and 600 students, and previously lectured in the Master of Counselling & Applied Psychotherapy course.
Anne Marien | Head of English
Masters of Education in Education (Australian Catholic University – January 1990)
BA in Education (University of Sydney – January 1982)
Masters of Writing / Academic English (University of Technology)
- ENGLISH TEACHER OF 25 YEARS STANDING
- TAUGHT English in Elite private schools such as Moriah College Sydney
- Have taught English at all levels for the HSC including Advanced Extension1,and 2
- Have had students come in the top ten in the state
- Have a Masters of psychology in educational counselling and currently completing a Masters of Writing. at UTS providing great background for new hsc syllabus.
- LOVE WORKING WITH STUDENTS/HAVE STRONG PASTORAL CARE SKILLS
Nadya DeBeers | Senior Maths Teacher
BA (Pure Mathematics- University of California, Berkeley)
Teaching Fellowship (Santa Rosa Junior College)
Nadya’s Tutoring (Sydney, Australia)
Nadya is an experienced educator who has a genuine passion for learning and teaching mathematics with the goal of helping students understand and see the beauty of the often daunting subject. She’s taught college algebra and business calculus at the Santa Rosa Junior College, tutored in all college courses offered in the Santa Rosa Junior College Maths Lab, and had been tutoring year three up to year twelve students since arriving in Sydney, including HSC preparation. Most recently, Nadya has been managing her own tutoring company in Sydney and tutoring a variety of students. As someone who has taught inside and outside of the classroom, Nadya understands the needs of students post-school lessons and is excited to help!
Zarnab Kanwal | Maths Teacher
Bachelor of Engineering – Bahria University
Higher Secondary School Certificate (Secured overall A* Grade) – Indus College
Zarnab completed her bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering with majors in electronics. She has been teaching High school Maths for over 4 years in Singapore and Sydney. She developed a passion of teaching in high school. Zarnab enjoys helping students with Maths. She has a positive attitude and a passion to assist and motivate struggling learners. She drives students to develop a thorough understanding of mathematical concepts.
Zarnab “I believe Mathematics is a beautiful thing to learn and an incredibly useful tool no matter what career path the student intends to take”.
Jennifer Zhao | Maths Teacher
– Minimum of 96% every single semester since year 7
– High Distinction: ICAS mathematics competitions (2010, 2011)
– High Distinction: Westpac Math Competitions (2015, 2016)
– Olympiad Math Competitions (top 10%- 2010, 2011).
– 1 st place in mathematics (100% on all assessments) (2016)
– Perfect score (70/70) in Extension 1 Mathematics Trial (2017)
– Proficiency Award for Physics (2016)
– Distinctions for ICAS Science competitions (2012-2015)
– Proficiency award for Chemistry and Mathematics Extension 2 (2017)
– Diligence Award for Mathematics Extension 1 (2017)
– Academic Excellence (top 10 in the year) (2017)
Aidan Williams | Maths, English Teacher
Aidan Williams is an 18 year old University student studying a double degree of business administration and law at Macquarie Uni. He is passionate about traveling, piano, law and books. He enjoys teaching people and watching them grow and learn as people and as students.
Alexander Zhou | English Teacher
Bachelor of Arts and Education in Secondary – University of Sydney
Alexander is a graduate from Normanhurst Boys High School and is currently studying a Bachelor of arts and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Sydney. He is always striving for the most effective and enjoyable learning experience for his students, and is naturally passionate about teaching and the humanities, including fields such as philosophy and literature.
Baraa Hamdy | English, Economics Teacher
Baraa is a Law / Engineering student at UNSW. After receiving a 95+ in my HSC, She decided to tutor to show students that being brilliant in school relies on passion, motivation and critical thinking, and she loved it! Her multiple interests and diverse academic background infuse her teaching with dimension, as She strives to challenge everyone around her in learning and in life.
Benjamin Pick | Maths, Chemistry, English, Physics Teacher
Ben is currently enrolled in Computer Science at UNSW, looking to major in Cyber Security. During his time at Newington College, He succeeded in Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Physics, and Chemistry, providing foundations for teaching year 10 to HSC. He prefers smaller groups of people to teach, as it allows for more personalized sharing of knowledge, where problems can be tackled individually. Apart from hobbies including running, sports and traveling, He loves teaching and helping people achieve their goals.
Hamish Mishra | Maths, English Teacher
University of Technology, Sydney Australia
Bachelor of Business with Distinction in Economics
Bachelor of Laws with Second Class Honours (LLB) – Graduated 2014
• GPA: 3.0
University of Zurich Switzerland
Exchange Program: Law September 2013 – December 2014
• Relevant Coursework: European Economic Law, Economics and the Law, Comparative Civil Procedure, Comparative Private Law, International Organisations
Hamish graduated from Parramatta Marist in 2008 having being recognised with a Premier’s Award. He excelled in Mathematics (2U and Extension I), English (Advanced), Business Studies, Legal Studies, Information Process Technology and Religion (1U).
Hamish subsequently studied at UTS and the University of Zurich graduating with a Bachelor of Business (majoring in Economics) with Distinction and Bachelor Laws with Honors.
He has worked both at a Big 4 professional services firm and is currently working as a Lawyer at a big 6 international business law firm.
Keanu Crous | Maths, Physics Teacher
Keanu has been tutoring since high school due to his passion for both Mathematics and teaching. Now a Mathematics Major at UNSW, he works passionately as an experienced tutor at Maxx Academy.
Terry Luo | Maths, Physics, Chemistry Teacher
Terry is a graduate of Ryde Secondary College currently studying a dual degree in Engineering/Advanced Science at UNSW. He has had a passion for teaching since high school, creating and participating in a peer tutoring after-school program during his HSC year, and teaching at several other tutoring centres in his past. Terry spends his spare time as a youth leader at his local church, hoping to help students in ways beyond their education.
Eason Xia | Economics, Maths, English, Chemistry Teacher
Eason is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies/Commerce degree at UNSW, achieving an ATAR of 99.40 in 2017. He has been tutoring for nearly a year, helping students achieve their desired marks while also assisting in making the learning process entertaining. Now, Eason carries on this passion at Maxx Academy, hoping to help students overcome the hurdle known as HSC.
Wendy Li | Maths, Chemistry Teacher
Joyce Wu | Maths, Chemistry, Economics, English Teacher
Melissa Qiu | English, Maths Teacher
Melissa is a graduate from North Sydney Girls High School and is now looking to study a double degree Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Dental Medicine in University of Sydney, achieving an ATAR of 99.80. She has been a tutor for 2 years and has a passion for motivating and supporting students. Her drive, determination and positive attitude throughout her own HSC is reflected through her teaching, helping students strive for their best and excel in their subjects.
Danielle Moussa | Course Material Writer
• Studying Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney
• Band 6 in 7 subjects
• 1st in Sydney Catholic Archdiocese in Chemistry
• Passionate about helping students grow and reach their potential