* 11+ English and public school entrance exams, including pre-tests
* 11+ Maths and public school entrance exams, including pre-tests
* 8+ English and prep school entrance exams
* 8+ Maths and prep school entrance exams
* 7+ English and prep school entrance exams
* 7+ Maths and prep school entrance exams
Since joining Keystone in 2019, I have successfully prepared students both in person and online for 7+, 8+, 11+ and 13+ examinations for schools such as Eton, Harrow, St Paul’s Girls, Latymer Upper, Godolphin & Latymer, Benenden, Winchester, Wetherby Prep, Rugby and City of London.
I previously taught in a London primary school focusing on KS2 learning and serving on the Senior Leadership Team. As the lead for Mathematics, Computing and Philosophy, I spent many hours analysing academic gaps and then breaking down the needed steps to support colleagues with their mastery teaching. This balanced nicely with guiding children through the philosophical inquiry process to develop critical thinking with reasoned justification.
Through my 15+ years of classroom teaching experience (ages 2 through 18) I have successfully navigated a huge variety of subjects and learning challenges. I have a thorough knowledge of the current UK Primary curriculum scope and sequence as it relates to independent school entrance exams. From my years leading Mathematics, I have extensive training in the ‘Singapore Method’ of and Bar Modelling and have passed this onto other teachers.
Working with teenagers is another joy of mine as I recently worked for the UK’s National Citizen Service, teaching teens the skill of telling someone else’s story (empathy). Previously, I spent six years in Canada developing curriculum at the secondary level for Dance and Musical Theatre alongside teaching the core academics (Mathematics, History, English, AVID).
Born and raised on an island in beautiful British Columbia on the West Coast of Canada, I received my high school Dogwood Diploma with full Honour Roll status. I then moved to New York to pursue a performance diploma in Musical Theatre from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Not quite finished with my theatrical pursuits, I received a BFA from the University of Victoria (major: Theatre, minor: English) followed by my BEd (both with Distinction and winning academic scholarships throughout). Alongside my second bachelor’s degree I ran my own successful theatre company: Haileing Love Productions.
I worked for seven years in Canada, teaching first at an Integrated Arts Primary School (where dance, drama, music and art were used to reinforce core academic learning). Moving up to the High School, I was recruited to develop curriculum for the Dance and Musical Theatre programs (while also teaching junior academics). Joining with other dance educators across the lower mainland in evening courses at Simon Fraser University, I received a Graduate Studies Diploma for Dance in Education.
Leaving these programs in a solid place, I moved to the UK to pursue a master’s degree in Musical Theatre: Creative Practice from ArtsEd, London. Soon after completing my studies, I taught across London in a variety of school settings, learning the English curriculum. The English and Canadian curriculum are very similar, so I found it easy to work across sectors (state, public and private schooling), preparing children for independent entrance exams.
Beginning at the age of 16, I have been fully qualified to teach Scottish Highland Dance (and later tap). My life’s balance always brings me back to a blend of the arts and education. Harnessing creativity (both mine and my student’s) enables me to be a nuanced teacher, melding theory with practical application and moving people to a state of confident independence.
I believe it is the role of the teacher to guide a student through skill-building to creative independence. An individual approach is needed for each student, because their needs vary greatly. One area of strength is my ability to instil self-confidence in children. As a student myself, I was an extremely tactile, experiential learner, always needing to see a process in action. This is something I bring to my teaching whether it be algebra or grammar. Guaranteed there will be a hands-on, humorous approach sprinkled with seemingly 'random facts'.
The two overarching concepts I embed in every lesson are patterns and connections. No matter what 'subject' we may be covering, there will be many opportunities to find links with previous knowledge and thus create much deeper understanding of the material. Learning is not an isolated activity and my primary goal is to guide children to begin extending their own learning.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am a judge, a dancer, a director and a seamstress.
In 2010 I passed my adjudicator’s examinations to become a judge for the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing. I am privileged to travel the country, judging dance competitions and giving masterclasses alongside running a Scottish Highland dance studio in London. When the opportunity arises, I don my kilt and perform. Currently this is with the early music group Ensemble Hesperi, performing across the country.
While still in University, I started my own theatre company to produce musicals over the summer break. This grew into a passion, and ultimately led me to relocating to London to complete my MA degree. I have spent four summers in New York directing and choreographing 10 shows with a youth program.
Growing up with a needle in my hand, I continue to embroider (mostly on commission). When a theatre project arises, I both design and build the costumes as the movement of the fabric is often a key element rarely understood. These early tactile experiences, together with my dancing, developed my mathematical understanding of patterns and geometry.
''My daughter's lessons with Kathleen are going well. She is progressing, learning the new skills, covering more challenging topics, mastering the methods of doing the tasks. It is very useful to have the reports with Kathleen's observations and information about her development. We would like to thank Kathleen for her brilliant work and also for making the lessons enjoyable and stimulating.'' (mother of 11+ student)
“Thank you so much for introducing Kathleen. She’s a good tutor who is very dynamic and engages my kids well. They both really like her and enjoy lessons with her. We are continuing with her with lessons via Skype back in Hong Kong.” (mother of Year 4 and 6)
“You are so kind and probably the nicest teacher I have ever had.” (Year 4 girl)
''My son is making great progress with Kathleen.'' (mother of 11+ student)
''My daughter has been thrilled with Kathleen who we both feel is a truly excellent tutor. My daughter's confidence has really improved.'' (mother of 11+ student)
“You are the best maths tutor I ever had and every day I have you, you teach me a lot more than my maths lesson at school.” (Year 3 boy)
''I wanted to thank you for working with my daughter the last few months. While it's not been so long, I can see it is making a difference in her abilities and confidence.'' (mother of online year 4 student)
“Thank you so much for the past few weeks. You basically taught me how to do maths! I found it more exciting than I ever thought I could.” (Year 6 girl)
''Kathleen has been superb for Zach. He never complains about taking sessions with her. His confidence has already come on leaps and bounds in maths. She is exactly what we have been hoping for. I cannot compliment her enough for her gift with children.'' (mother of Year 5 boy)