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Welcome to the Student Tutor Experience!


Ashley Van Leeuwestyn

Owner and Director of the Student Tutor Network

My name is Ashley Van Leeuwestyn and I am 23 years old. I formed the Student Tutor Network in early 2013 to not only assist other students in connecting tutors with clients but also as a new adventure into business, in which I had never ventured into before.

I have currently completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Newcastle. My passion lies within the sciences and education. In 2015, I began my Bachelor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle and am currently a second year student.

While becoming a conventional teacher wasn't something I was interested in, I went in the direction of private one-on-one forms of education and found a real passion for it. My experience of education was certainly positive as I had great support from teachers and family throughout my schooling, but especially during my HSC. Support during any educational endeavour is a priority, hence my love of our service and my passion for tutoring.

We are a locally run and owned business that specializes in tuition for students of various backgrounds. As the name suggests, we are all students ourselves. Each one of us are highly knowledgeable in our chosen subjects and produced marks of an impeccable nature

This success behind this business is our tutors. Each one has been handpicked for their personal qualities and academic results. All of our team are recent HSC graduates and have entered into higher education.

I am extremely proud of our achievements to date and the quality of service we provide to our clients. At this current time, we have a team of over 260 tutors. In 2013, we began with 3 tutors and a website, I regularly shock myself with how far we have come! We have a tutor in every subject possible (including languages)!

I look forward to sharing in your journey of education and I can assure that any of my Student Tutors will be not only be beneficial in an education support role, but as a role model for your child to look up to and strive to become.



Kate McMahon

Enquiries and Finance Officer of the Student Tutor Network- All Areas

Hi! I’m Kate – I’m currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Teaching), having previously completed a Bachelor of Science (Biological Science).

My education has always been very multi-disciplined, combing my Science studies with units in Law and Humanities.

Studying a diverse range of subjects at high school and university has allowed me to develop a variety of teaching and learning skills which I believe can assist students of all levels in reaching their educational goals.

I am currently STN's Enquiries and Finance Officer. I am the first line of contact for our clients in regards to bookings, sessions and finance related enquiries.



Kate Sargeson

Advertising and Recruitment Officer of the Student Tutor Network- All Areas

My name is Kate Sargeson and I have recently completed Bachelor of Education degree and am currently completing my Masters of Education. During my degree I have completed units of all calibre ranging from Diverse Abilities, Behaviour Management, English and Mathematics to Multiculturalism, Indigenous Education and Technologies for Communication, Integrated Programming and Teacher as Researcher to name a few.

During my degree I’ve experienced classroom environments that are inclusive of students with learning disabilities and difficulties, students that speak English as a second language and students who have behavioural problems. Teaching is something I am very passionate about and this shows in my dedication towards my students and their achievements.

I am currently STN's Advertising and Recruitment Officer where I coordinate our Advertising drives, Recruit new staff and coordinate events such as our HSC Seminars.