Here at Taggart Tutors, we personalise learning. We want learners to enjoy the learning process, to feel excited to learn, and to know that it’s possible for them to achieve and succeed.

Our team has over 10 years’ previous experience providing professional tuition to holistically support learners. We identify and address their learning needs by using Curriculum expectation as a catalyst to discover their own capability, and to develop self-belief in their potential to understand. We want learners to experience a positive relationship with learning, from the beginning and for life.

John Taggart

Founder and Educational Consultant

 

John was born to educate. He believes in the power of understanding as key to self-belief and personal fulfilment for life. John arrived in Australia from his native Scotland in 2010, and quickly began managing 2 highly successful professional tuition centres. In 2020, John founded his own company, Taggart Tutors, with the goal of sharing his experience and developing his tuition services to meet the needs of every learner in the community and beyond. John prefers the professional tuition environment to teaching in school as it allows him to not only identify individual needs for learners, but to meet them where they are as people. John personalises learning.

When not teaching or developing tuition services, John can be found at the theatre or cinema, reading historical fiction, or playing on the floor with Taggart Tutors’ Head of Barketing Handkerchief ‘Hank’ Gough-Taggart.  

 

Nick K.

Assistant Manager // Senior Tutor // Education and Learning Facilitator

Tertiary, High School and Primary Mathematics 

Nick has been working with John as a highly valued tutor since 2012, and has supported over 120 one-to-one learners to achieve their personal academic goals. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Mathematics/Japanese and Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. Nick has taught in High Schools and as a professional tutor at 4 different Learning Centres in Brisbane. He loves his work with us because his 2 favourite things are Maths and helping people understand and enjoy Maths. However, beyond maths, Nick will often be found on a running or cycling track on Brisbane’s Northside, and values staying fit and healthy.

Bec S.

Assistant Manager // Senior Tutor // Education and Learning Facilitator

Early Childhood Development and Literacy and Numeracy Acquisition

English, Humanities and Written Expression (Primary, Senior and Tertiary)

Bec has worked as a professional tutor for John since 2018, supporting a diverse range of learners. Bec recognises that many learners are faced with roadblocks that hinder their ability to see success. For her, removing roadblocks through tailoring approaches and seeing students as people is incredibly rewarding. Her tuition models and instils a love of learning and pursuit of excellence.

 

In High School, Bec represented Queensland and Australia in both sporting and academic pursuits, graduating as Dux of several subjects. Bec is currently obtaining a Bachelor of Nursing at QUT, and her name holds a proud place on the Dean's List. Her nursing research will shortly be published into well-respected academic journals. 


Beyond academic and work life, Bec enjoys her role with Queensland Debating as a coach and adjudicator, but if she can ever find time at home, she’ll be spending it in the kitchen or snuggled up on the couch with her cats.

James W.

Tutor // Education and Learning Facilitator

English, Humanities and Written Expression (Primary and High School)

James has been tutoring professionally since 2018, and has worked with John since early 2019. Prior to this, he worked privately as an at-home tutor and in Brisbane's boys High Schools. James absolutely loves his job at Taggart Tutors as it offers him the opportunity to assist all learners in achieving their academic goals. In his own words, ‘seeing the expression on my students’ faces when they make any achievement, regardless of how big or small, makes my work truly worth it’.

James has a strong sense of social ethics, particularly in accessibility to justice for the vulnerable. He is pursuing a dual degree in law and justice at QUT, and is planning for a legal career supporting young people in the field of legal child protection. James is a passionate learner and high achiever, but when not working or studying, he enjoys volunteering at his local rugby league club, or relaxing with a good show on Netflix!
 

Lily Y.

Tutor // Education and Learning Facilitator

Early Childhood Development Literacy and Numeracy Acquisition

English, Humanities and Written Expression (Primary)

Lily began working with John as a professional tutor in 2015, and has been expertly tutoring Early Years and Primary-aged learners ever since. Her vast experience working with children possessing a range of learning needs and responses to learning will be invaluable in her intended career as a Primary School teacher. Lily loves working at Taggart Tutors because we provide such a unique educational environment. Being able to get to know individual learners so well over sustained period of time allows her to make personalised teaching choices based on their needs and interests as people. When not working as a tutor, Lily can be found nurturing her vegetable garden, or teaching her growing family of dogs new tricks.

Laura D.

Tutor // Education and Learning Facilitator

Mathematics, Science and Chemistry (Primary and High School)

Laura has been professionally tutoring with John since early 2018, and prior to this, tutored privately in a Brisbane girls’ school. A great motivation for her is seeing students become more enthusiastic about mathematics and science as they realise that they are able to solve problems they once found challenging.  She values working for Taggart Tutors as it fosters an extremely supportive and encouraging environment to allow students to realise their full potential. Laura is currently pursusing a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Mathematics at QUT, and received the Women in Engineering Scholarship upon entry into her undergraduate course. This prestigious award offers recognition of her leadership and academic excellence, and her ongoing commitment to education. Outside of mathematics, engineering and tutoring, Laura enjoys baking, keeping fit and watching good movies. 
 

Shay L.

Tutor

English, Humanities & Written Expression (High School & Tertiary)
 

Shay has been tutoring professionally with John since January 2018. She currently holds 2 degrees; a Bachelor of Arts with double-major of Journalism and Literature, and a Diploma of Arts, History and Ancient History. Shay is very experienced in supporting young people to succeed, and prior to professional tutoring, she held positions in student support services and mentoring, with a focus on educational equity and accessibility. Shay tutors because she enjoys helping students improve their literacy skills. She believes that through developed reading, writing and comprehension skills, students can gain a richer and more complex understanding of the world around them (both physical and digital). 
  

When not tutoring, she can either be found reading (historical & popular fiction and magical realism are personal favourite genres), or cooking up a new dish! 

Anna S.

Tutor // Education and Learning Facilitator

Early Childhood Development, Literacy and Numeracy Acquisition
German

Anna has been working as a professional tutor with John since March 2019. She possesses a Graduate Diploma of Education in Visual Art and Drama, and teaches at various high schools around Brisbane. Since completing her Bachelor of Creative Industries in 2010, Anna has been working as a theatre-maker and performer both nationally and around the world, achieving awards and nominations for multiple productions, including a Matilda Award nomination in 2019. Anna values working at Taggart Tutors and in education because she wants to impart both her skills and her enthusiasm for learning to the next generation.


 

Education and Learning Facilitator

Brock joined John's team as a professional tutor in 2018, and is committed to service in life as an educator. He holds a workplace Cert III in Early Childhood Education, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Education Secondary. Brock consistently strives to develop and expand upon his own educational knowledge skills.

Brock values working for John at Taggart Tutors because of the way we form relationships with our learners and how effectively tutors bring a holistic approach to education. He admires the passion and effort that each of the tutors bring every day, and finds his colleagues “amazing - it's great to be a part of people working in their element with students”. 

 

Beyond supporting learners, Brock enjoys watching and playing sport, especially basketball, and gaming - so he’s the man to talk to if a learner has an interest in Fortnite or Minecraft!

Amelia F.

Tutor 

Early Childhood Development, Literacy and Numeracy Acquisition

English, Humanities and Written Expression (Primary and High School)

Amelia joined the Taggart Tutors team in 2020, and is so excited to contribute to the lives of the learners! Amelia loves working with children and has extensive experience with children and young people of various ages as a nanny.  Amelia believes that children learn most effectively under positive and encouraging environments and that each child flourishes by responding to their different learning styles. She finds great joy in not only observing, but supporting the learning and development of children.

Amelia is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology and Justice, with an intention to pursue a Masters in Child Developmental Psychology. Her passion for child development is underpinned by a belief that positive experiences and support systems are extremely important for children’s growth and development. Amelia is extremely dedicated to her own learning, and places high value in her academic achievements. She is proud to make the Faculty of Psychology’s Dean’s list each semester.  Amelia models this approach to learning in her tuition, and is looking forward to getting to know each student, and supporting their development by instilling a love for learning.

Amelia enjoys a good movie with friends, and spending time with her family and brothers -  whether cooking together or kicking a soccer ball!


 

Tutor

Mathematics (Primary and High School)

Bridie has been professionally tutoring with John since mid-2020. Bridie loves tutoring at Taggart Tutors because it allows her to share her love of learning and encourage others to achieve success. A self-described, ‘people-person’, she loves engaging with different personalities, and discovering and responding to how different people learn best.

Throughout her High School education, Bridie achieved Academic Excellence Awards in every year level, ending with a top-achieving OP, and is currently studying a Joint Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Law (Honours) at QUT - and loving it! In the rare spare moments outside of tutoring and her studies, Bridie likes bingeing Grey’s Anatomy, catching up with friends, and above all, going on adventures with her dog Frank!

Tutor // Education and Learning Facilitator

Early Childhood Development, Literacy and Numeracy Acquisition

English, Humanities and Written Expression (Primary)

Louis began working with John as a professional tutor in 2015, and holds both a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) and a Diploma of Education. Louis teaches at several Brisbane schools, as well as privately tutoring learners in all ages in music theory and vocal lessons. As an experienced educator in a range of environments, including in the classroom and at home, Louis values the supportive atmosphere Taggart Tutors provides to both its students and tutors, and shares the passion the team has for the nurturing of students' learning. When not tutoring or making music, Louis can be found playing board games with friends and enjoying a few rounds of tennis with his family.

 

Louis D.

Tutor // Education and Learning Facilitator

Early Childhood Development, Literacy and Numeracy Acquisition

Senior English, Humanities and Written Expression

Cameron joined the Taggart Tutors team in 2020, and currently holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Television and New Media. He is pursuing a teaching career, and is undertaking an Education Masters at QUT. Cameron offers his services as a tutor because he loves watching students undertake and succeed at challenging tasks, while growing and developing into their own person. He believes that every learner has the capability to succeed with the right support, and he intends to provide that support to those who need it.

Cameron  also possesses over 2 years of experience delivering outstanding customer service as Assistant Manager at Dendy Cinemas, where he led a team of over 50 - so if you’d like to know which movies are worth checking out, Cameron’s your man to talk to! 

Cameron Y.

Brock F.

Bridie McG.

Handkerchief (Hankie)

Head of Barketing

Hank entered the world in 2020, and joined the team shortly afterwards. He is beloved by learners and tutor staff alike, and is often on-hand to provide moral support for learners. Hank is a strong believer in stress relief, and he has calmed many learners to support them to face difficult challenges. When not working with learners to allay their overwhelm, Hank loves nothing more than a game of tug-of-war or chasey, visiting his friends to play at the dog park, or settling down to tuck into a bowl of Chicken Chunkers.