Ms. Xenia Howison
Founder/Director – Shine Education

Areas of expertise:
Students with Learning Difficulties, Special Needs

Shine Education was founded in 2010 by Ms. Xenia Howison who identified the need of many parents to seek additional help for their children. Xenia is fully qualified primary school teacher, registered with both NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) and the Department of Education.

Xenia has over 12 years experience working in private and small group tutoring as well as teaching at a number of primary schools in Sydney. Xenia completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education (Macquarie University) and she is able to cater for the needs of children with a range of special needs, including attention disorders and learning difficulties.

The founder of Shine Education, Xenia Howison holds the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Education, Macquarie University)
  • Diploma of Primary Education (Macquarie University)
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Special Education (Macquarie University)
  • Approval to teach identification number (D.E.T) 1193230
  • Registered with NESA: Accreditation number: 190419

Meet some of our Team Members


Angela joined Shine in 2018. Angela is a qualified primary school teacher. She completed her degree at the University of Sydney. She has extensive experience tutoring students with a range of different learning difficulties including Autism and ADHD. Angela builds rapport with students easily. She is patient, caring and encouraging. She tutors English and Maths to primary school students and English, History and Geography to high school students.


Ellys joined Shine in 2018. She has completed a degree in Early Childhood Education at Macquarie University. Ellys has been tutoring for more than six years. She has worked at a number of tutoring companies in Sydney. She has taught a wide range of students including preschool, primary and secondary aged students. She particularly enjoys working with ESL students. Ellys is patient and has a caring and encouraging approach.


Jade joined Shine Education in 2011. He has over 15 years of tutoring experience. He specialises in helping students prepare for Selective High School entrance exams and private school scholarships. He also has experience working with students with a range of learning difficulties. His subject areas of expertise are Mathematics and Science. He makes his lessons hands on, practical and engaging. He is very encouraging and tailors his lessons to the students needs.


Carole joined Shine Education in 2018. Carole is an English tutor who has extensive experience working with students with special needs and learning difficulties. She has 20 years of experience tutoring, English, Journalism and Business. Carole has also taught various group courses in these subject areas. She also teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to children and adults. Carole particularly enjoys working with younger students and combines educational content with games and songs.


Adam joined Shine in 2019. He is a qualified primary school teacher and has a Masters in Special Education. He has 18 years teaching experience and works extremely well with students with learning difficulties. He is very supportive and builds rapport with students quickly and effectively. Adam teaches all primary school subjects and maths for high school students. He clearly explains concepts and strategies to his students.


Tania joined Shine Education in 2020. She is a primary school teacher and also teaches ESL. She has past experience with primary school English and Maths, High School Maths and ESL. She has worked for several tutoring companies overseas and in Sydney. Tania has a gentle approach and knows her material very well. She individually tailors her sessions based on the goals of each student.


Libby initially joined Shine in 2012. She then taught in the UK for several years and has now returned to Sydney and is tutoring for Shine again. Libby completed a Bachelor of Arts with Education and Pyschology. She also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education. She has qualifications in Teaching English as a Second Language. Libby has worked as a special education teacher in the UK and Australia for many years. She has many years of tutoring experience both with students with learning difficulties as well as tutoring gifted and talented students. She makes her tutoring lessons practical and hands on and is very encouraging.


Steve joined Shine in 2019. Steve taught English in Thailand for 12 years. He also has tutored students with special needs both in the UK and Sydney. He has experience with a variety of special needs, and currently tutors several students with autism. Steve tutors English, Maths and Science for both primary school and high school students. He makes his lessons engaging and focuses on connecting his teaching to real life experiences outside the classroom. He uses a visual approach especially when working with students with autism. He has an encouraging and caring approach to all his students.