Meet The Team
A chance to understand who we are and why we’re the best tuition company to help your child shine
Joanna & John Jacobs
Joanna teaches: English KS1-KS3 - SATS and 11+; English Language and Literature GCSE; Special Needs and Dyslexia. Maths - KS1-KS3 - SATs and 11+; GCSE to Foundation level
Joanna: I started the business in 2012 as a well-known franchise, Kip McGrath and I decided 2 years later to form Leeds Tuition Centre and have been operating under this name ever since. I first qualified as an English Teacher in 2000 where I completed my English degree at the University of London and then my PGCE in English, Media and Drama at the same University. I left London to live in Norfolk where I undertook my first 3 years as a teacher, teaching in Thetford and Suffolk. I had the good fortune to be mentored by Geoff Barton who is now General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders. He saw something in me right back in the early days of my career but I wasn’t convinced that teaching was for me at that time, so I left the profession and became a Medical Representative working for pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer and Yamanouchi to name a few.
It was in about 2006 that I decided that a return to the classroom, as a supply teacher, might be a good way of earning a living as my love affair with the Pharma industry came to an end. I returned to teaching and what a tough few years they were. First I started at Rodillian High School and then moved to David Lister School in Hull as I was head hunted to run the English department until the school closed in 2011. My beautiful daughter, Arianna was 18 months old at the start of that particular journey and had to adjust to a new nursery and a new city. After 16 months, I hankered after West Yorkshire so I returned to supply teaching whilst I decided what I would do next. It was then that I was introduced to Kip McGrath and my passion for running my own business and seeing children progress and grow as individuals was really borne.
John and I married in February 2020 and he is father to Kirsty and Nicole and a grandfather to Alexis and Alyssa. He joined Leeds Tuition Centre in April 2019. At the time of his joining he was only part time and is now working here full time helping me run the day to day operation (there is a lot to do) of the business and supporting students when sessions are running. John has extensive Trainer experience in industry where he was a trainer for Symphony Kitchens, a driving instructor for Red and more recently he worked at First Bus and had been in line for promotion as a Driving Instructor/trainer had Covid not come along. John’s hobbies are reading, listening and playing music. He has a huge appetite for learning and this has boded well over the last few years where many changes have happened in his life. Joanna: I love to read, when I get the time to do so; I’m a major advocate for reading to ensure children progress as this is the foundation for all learning. I also love to watch political and period dramas and I have a deep passion for travel, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures.
Lesley teaches: Maths: (KS1-4) up to GCSE maths, English: (KS1-3) SATs up to Year 9
I joined Leeds Tuition Centre in June 2019 after retiring from full-time teaching. I first qualified in 1991 with a degree in Maths and Education from the University of Birmingham. Since then I have taught in primary schools in Birmingham and Leeds and I was also a consultant with Education Leeds for ten years, working across all key stages.
I have always loved Maths and know how some can struggle to get to grips with how it works. At the tuition centre I have seen “I can’t” change to “I can” which is so motivating for me, and the student.
I enjoy creative activities. When I’m not at the centre I sell bags that I’ve designed and made from recycled materials. To relax I love to get my skates on and join friends at roller dance classes or a little street skating so you may see me on my wheels in Roundhay Park.
Bongani teaches: Maths: (KS1-4) up to GCSE Science: (KS2-5) up to A level; Biology, Physics and Chemistry at GCSE and Biology and Chemistry at AS & A level
At the Leeds Tuition Centre you will be assured of tailored support for your child with detailed feedback that provides information on the progress your child makes, you will never go wrong.
I am a qualified Science teacher who specialises in Physics, and has many years experience as a Science Teacher having taught in Secondary Schools both abroad and in the UK.
At Appleton Academy, which is in Bradford, I worked with GCSE and A level students successfully. I moved to St Wilfrid’s Catholic Science College in Wakefield where I enjoyed teaching Science and working with the School’s football team.
Bishop Young Academy was another Academy I had the opportunity to work at helping students and staff in the Seacroft area of Leeds. I worked in a good Science Team with a reputation of producing the best results in the Academy year after year. With my passion of Science and working with students, I have found that at Leeds Tuition Centre is a place where I interact again with GCSE and A Level students providing tutoring support.
The level of organisation and the resources along with ample time for individual support to students I have found that the centre has been motivational and rewarding to tutors, students and parents alike. I have helped students gain confidence in their subject areas and improve beyond their projected school grades.
My interests are playing volleyball, tennis and football. I also like to jog. I really enjoy watching TV; documentaries, live football and I follow tennis. I enjoy reading – in particular I enjoy Science and Engineering news and magazines.
Dimitris teaches: Maths (KS1-5) up to A level maths
“Hi, I am Dimitris, a maths tutor at Leeds Tuition Centre, proud father of two and dedicated educator who is passionate about maths. I have always liked maths, since my school years. That led me to have a degree in Maths and since then I have discovered how fulfilling a career as a teacher is and as such it is now more than a decade since I entered the profession. My studying didn’t stop there though. I continued my studies with a Master’s degree in Education. This has informed my practice where I incorporate reflection of research-based evidence in my teaching practice. I am also a Course Leader for Maths and English in an FE college and am advocate of technology and blended learning approaches, like the ones we use in Leeds Tuition Centre.
I enjoy reading, listening to music, and long walks with my family. My weakness is coffee, which I adore drinking but I vehemently detest sugar.”
Alison teaches: English KS1-KS3 - SATs and 11+, English Language and Literature GCSE
I am a graduate with a B. A. Honours degree in English and American Studies. I have a post graduate certificate in Education and have been teaching English for 34 years. I have expertise in preparing students for examinations; be it at Key stage 3 or at GCSE Level. I specialise in providing students with the skills to manage the GCSE English Language and Literature examinations. In addition, I enjoy supporting students in achieving and developing confidence in their spelling, reading comprehension and in their independent writing. I am enthusiastic about my subject and believe that all students can achieve success with support. In my spare time I enjoy reading, baking and visiting historic places.
“Since joining Leeds Tuition Centre 5 years ago we have seen our son growing in confidence. For example, his reasoning about certain issues is amazing at his age, and his school grades are fantastic. I recommend any parents/guardians to send their children to Leeds Tuition Centre.“
Annette Busulwa 2020
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