Our Tutors - G.Y.M
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The Team

Alongside myself, Growing Young Minds has two further experienced tutors, Oana Cretu and Sam Holman; both of which are qualified teachers with DBS checks.

Joanne Powell

Hi, my name is Joanne Powell and I am the Managing Director and Lead Tutor of a successful tutoring company – Growing Young Minds, which is based near Tooting Overground station.

 

I am an exemplary Primary School Teacher, with a BA degree in Primary Education. Becoming a teacher was always my ambition, and I am proud to  have over ten years experience in both Key Stage 1 and 2. I’m extremely passionate about lifelong learning, with a strong belief that everyone has the ability to reach their full potential. Furthermore, it has always been a personal ambition of mine to try to help to prepare children for the ‘real world’. Truly believing that the activities and tasks used by Growing Young Minds are vital to link their learning with real life experiences. I believe that G.Y.M can teach these at a personal level, which is sometimes not always achievable during their school attendance. Personally and professional, I have faith that if your child is given the opportunity to attend G.Y.M sessions they can achieving their goals.

Oana Cretu

Hi, my name is Oana Cretu. I am a fully qualified teacher and tutor at Growing Young Minds. Alongside being a qualified teacher, I have a BA degree in both English and French Language and Literature. I am a passionate and enthusiastic teacher having taught abroad for three years and in the UK for the last six. I have experience in tutoring children in Maths across Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. English in both Key Stage 1 and 2; as well as Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning which prepares children for the Wandsworth Test.

 

My teaching style is friendly and approachable with a strong subject knowledge. This allows me to help my pupils achieve excellent results whilst making the sessions enjoyable. Over the past four years I have provided tuition for both primary and secondary school pupils. I am extremely proud of every single one of them and each week they demonstrate a determination to succeed. This hard work has paid off as they have secured places in outstanding secondary schools such as Wilson, Wallington County Grammar and Graveney.

 

I look forward to supporting and challenging more children to become successful in their next academic steps.

Sam Holman

Hello, my name is Sam Holman. I am a fully qualified teacher and tutor at Growing Young Minds. Having achieved a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Teaching with a specialism in English. After gaining my qualification at Kingston University in 2013 I have been successfully teaching in Key Stage 1 and 2, with the last few years teaching in Year 6.

 

Since joining Growing Young Minds I have built up my experience in tutoring children in Maths and English; as well as in Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning which prepares children for the Wandsworth Test.

 

I like to make my lessons enjoyable and informative, which I achieve with my fun teaching style along with my strong subject knowledge. Agreeing with the vision of Growing Young Minds that we must prepare children for the ‘real world’. I am inspired to help prepare children for what’s to come.