SANDRA GRAUDINS, Clinical Psychologist
BSc (Psych. Hon.), M Psychol. (Clinical) MACPA, MAPS (CClin)
Sandra established the Literacy and Learning Centre to cater for the needs of children with literacy and learning difficulties. Over the last 20+ years, Sandra has developed extensive experience in working with children with learning difficulties, with a special interest in those experiencing difficulties in developing their literacy skills. Sandra’s other interests include the assessment and management of ADHD, anxiety, and self-esteem. Sandra has worked both in private practice and in a tertiary health setting. Her most recent place of employment was at Dalwood Assessment Centre, a specialist centre for children from rural NSW with complex literacy and learning difficulties. Her experience there working in direct collaboration with Special Education teachers to provide holistic support for children with learning difficulties encouraged her to set up the Literacy and Learning Centre. Sandra has a strong commitment to providing children who are struggling at school with the support they need to achieve their best and to be happy and confident individuals.
Sandra is a Clinical Psychologist who has completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology, Hon.) degree and Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
Sandra is an Honorary Associate of the School of Psychology at University of Sydney. She has worked as a Supervisor in the postgraduate clinical training programme at Sydney University supervising students completing child psychometric assessments at the Psychology Clinic.
Sandra’s professional registrations and affiliations include:
- Registration and Clinical Psychologist endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia.
- Membership of the Australian Psychological Society where she is also a full member of the College of Clinical Psychologists.
- Founding Member of the Australian Clinical Psychologists Association (ACPA), the professional association for Clinical Psychologists in Australia.
Sandra is a professional allied member of the Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA).
Sandra is also on the APS Autism Service providers list and maintains membership for the following organisations:
- Learning Difficulties Coalition
- Learning Difficulties Australia
- SPELD NSW
BEVERLEY CHOW, Teacher
Beverley is an experienced teacher, having taught in various educational settings – as a classroom teacher, a support teacher, and a tutor. As well as holding a Bachelor of Education, Beverley has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Special Education (Learning Difficulties) at Macquarie University. She has experience in working in a variety of school learning support teams, with her most recent position being as a Learning and Support Teacher at Northmead Public School. Beverley enjoys using her experience and training to effectively plan individual programmes for students. She is able to tailor her learning support programmes for children to incorporate recommendations provided by other professionals, such as Speech Pathologists and Psychologists. Beverley has a strong commitment to the use of evidence based methods with her students. She enjoys building rapport with her students and learning about their interests, and has a passion for helping each child to achieve their best.
LISA TYSON, Teacher
Lisa is a primary school teacher who specialises in working with children with special educational needs. She has completed a degree in Psychology and an honours degree in Education. Over the past fifteen years, Lisa has worked with children with learning difficulties in three continents. She has many years of experience in working in Special Education settings and has completed a number of professional development activities, including a Certificate in Supporting Struggling Readers and training in numerous structured intervention programmes. She is passionate about supporting students to be the very best that they can be. Prior to working with children, Lisa coordinated a programme to support disadvantaged university students. Lisa strives to make learning a fun, rewarding and enriching experience for all her pupils.
ROBANNE MORRIS, Teacher
Robanne holds a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from Macquarie University, with a specialisation in learning support. She has extensive experience in assisting students to reach their potential. Most recently, Robanne has worked at Lindamood Bell and, as Centre Director, was responsible for establishing and overseeing one of their Sydney learning centres. Robanne is able to create individual learning plans based on the assessments of other professionals for literacy, comprehension and maths. Robanne has wide experience in working with children with special needs, including students with dyslexia, ADHD, and those on the Autism Spectrum. She is passionate advocate of students with learning difficulties, being a parent to a daughter with Dyslexia, ADHD and anxiety. Robanne enjoys creating lessons that are challenging but achievable, in a positive and fun environment, that celebrate every learning success.
JOSINE BAZ, Teacher
Josine has been working in schools since 1999, having completed a Graduate Diploma in Education – English & Drama, in 1998. During these past 14 years she has taught various subject areas, in all year groups, in a range of intellectual abilities. This includes working in Mainstream classrooms, Special Education settings, and withdrawal groups. She has also worked as a private tutor, teaching English and Mathematics from Primary through to Senior High School. Through her experience, Josine has gained an extensive knowledge of Special Education strategies and programing. She enjoys the challenge of facilitating the learning of students who have experienced previous failures in education and her experience has enabled her to build and establish rapport with students at risk. Josine is a member of the Australian Tutoring Association.
ALISON WILSON, Teacher
Alison is an experienced teacher and tutor, holding a combined Bachelor of Arts / Diploma of Education (Secondary) from Sydney University. She also completed the Professional Achievement Certificate in Special Topics in Teaching from the University of California Extension program, while living in Palo Alto, CA. Alison has trained in and is familiar with many specialized programs including, Orton Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell, Barton and Spalding. Alison’s experience in assisting children with learning needs is extensive having worked and volunteered in the Private and Public education system at both the primary and secondary level. She was the Literacy Consultant at Knox Grammar School for 6 years. Over her career, Alison has worked as a private tutor in Australia, California and Hong Kong. As a result, she is sensitive to the needs of a diverse range of students. She is currently registered as a Tutor with The Hong Kong Dyslexia Association and SPELD, NSW. Alison is able to liaise and collaborate with other professionals and classroom teachers to develop individualised programs for reading, spelling, writing or numeracy support. Alison is passionate about helping children achieve their full potential in life. She is a very patient tutor who believes in providing a sensitive and caring working environment for her students.
ANDREA ANDREOU, Teacher
Andrea has worked as a Special Education Teacher in Sydney primary schools. This experience has given Andrea the knowledge and understandings of the foundational concepts that children require for further learning growth. In particular, she gained experience in quickly identifying the specific learning needs of individual children and planning accordingly. Andrea believes that setting achievable learning goals is significant to ensuring each individual’s academic progress. Andrea has spent the last 15 years living and teaching in Japan. Being a teacher in Japan taught her ways in which children develop through high quality education programs and how they grow into self-motivated learners. As a classroom teacher, she designed learning programs to teach basic foundations for literacy and numeracy in the early years. She greatly enjoyed facilitating learning on students' beginning to read journey. Additionally, Andrea set up an after school Montessori numeracy program for preschool and primary school children. Andrea was amazed by the independence, new skills, enthusiasm and growth the children achieved and, above all, the importance for teaching basic number concepts, particularly during the early years. As a teacher and tutor, Andrea hopes to build positive connections with children and their carers. She is a big lover of cats, salsa dancing, cooking, skiing, going to the gym and kanji (Japanese/Chinese characters). Andrea hopes to share her teaching expertise and resources with children whom she hopes to empower to achieve at their best.
Diane CARPENTER, Receptionist
Diane is our friendly Receptionist at the Literacy and Learning Centre. She is very happy to assist you with any queries you may have about the services offered at the Literacy and Learning Centre. Please do not hesitate to contact Diane on 9712 8777.