Academic Excellence ensures that all of our staff members are extremely professional and qualified tutors, offering the highest possible level of exclusive and undivided attention in education. Our excellent tutors are all-too familiar with the enduring pressures of high school, albeit emotionally, physical or academically. We therefore aim to establish a unique program best suited to your child, allowing them to grow and develop in reaching their full potential. The tutors are either qualified teachers, or have received tremendous results post-HSC – achieving high Band 6’s in the subjects that they teach.

All tutors bring to our team a passionate zest and enthusiasm for education, providing an enjoyable and nurturing environment for your child.


Alida Markovics

Head Tutor

As the founder of Academic Excellence, Alida is a former K-12 Principal, Senior HSC Examiner and has been an educator for almost thirty-three years. She has a Bachelor of Education and Honours in History, with her main focus areas in Special Education, English and History.

Alida is passionate in aiding children with special needs or learning difficulties, and as a mother of two, she is extremely empathetic to those students who are often overlooked in the current education system. Alida is an extremely supportive educator, who intends to create a balance for your child’s emotional, psychological and intellectual needs as they enter high school and progress into adulthood, providing them with the foundational building blocks to begin their lives following their graduation.

Her total dedication and experience is mirrored in her holistic approach to learning. Alida strives to encourage all students to not only fulfil their academic potential, but to recognise it within themselves, equipping each child with the confidence to set goals, aim high and strive to achieve their personal aspirations.

Alida has a welcoming and approachable demeanour, fostering a close relationship with each student. She provides an innovative and safe learning environment, allowing all high school students to both independently and collectively grow as individuals.

Subjects of Expertise:

  • English (Standard, Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2)
  • History (Modern, Ancient and History Extension)
  • Business Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Studies of Religion (1 and 2 Unit)
  • Society and Culture

Sammy Dawson


Sammy graduated from St Catherine’s School Waverley in 2016 and is currently completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology at the University of Sydney. Sammy’s goal is to help primary school kids find a love for learning by teaching in a way that is engaging and educational.

Sammy tutors Primary school English and Mathematics.


Zoe Doutreband


Zoe graduated from SCEGGS Darlinghurst in 2014 and has just completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree, Majoring in English and History. She is going on to do a post-graduate study in Education and is eager to develop her teaching skills and help her students. Zoe teaches all levels of English and History.


Jessie Fraser


Jessie graduated from St Catherine’s in 2016 and is now completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney, double majoring in Biology and Physics. She is passionate about Science and Maths and the critical thinking and problem solving skills they develop.

Jessie tutors Mathematics.


Alon Horry


Alon is a qualified and practicing Primary School teacher who has been part of our team for the past three years.

At Academic Excellence, Alon enjoys teaching literacy and numeracy skills and will cater to the learning needs of all students. He also offers development in social and interpersonal skills; building confidence and self-esteem. 


Ellie Lake


Ellie has been a qualified History Teacher in the UK for the past 3 years and is currently taking a year away from the classroom in England to teach young people in Australia. She has a bachelors degree in History as well as a Postgraduate degree in high school teaching.

Ellie has worked with young people in education from all over the world including India, Spain, Italy, France, China and many more places across the globe! She has a huge passion for sharing and debating historical knowledge with young people, as well as teaching high level skills needed for them to go on to be successful at university as well as future employment. Most importantly, Ellie believes that instilling a passion and enthusiasm for learning is the key to success. 

Ellie has taught a wide range of subjects including History, English and Geography.


Ariane Notaras


Ariane graduated from Kambala School in 2018, and is currently studying a dual degree of Commerce and Information Systems at the University of New South Wales. Ariane encompasses a passion for fostering confidence and enthusiasm in her students, so they can reach their ultimate potential. She truly embraces a genuine interest in both learning and teaching, and believes in directing her students towards a well-rounded and effective approach to their studies.


Ariane tutors:

  • English
  • Mathematics

Jennifer Sacks


My name is Jen and I tutor English, History and Drama. I am currently studying Psychology with a major in English at the University of Sydney. I am passionate about studying texts and reading books, which has leant to my love of these subjects and ability to help others with them.


Madeline Sirtes


Madeline graduated from Moriah College in 2011. She has since completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science at the University of New South Wales and is currently completing her qualifications to become a registered psychologist. Madeline is passionate about helping children and adolescents with learning disabilities, and works with students across all age groups, from primary school to university.

  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Neuro Feedback
  • Legal Studies
  • Junior English
  • Studies of Religion

Gabriella Srage


Gabriella graduated Moriah College in 2016 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) with a Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University. Gabriella believes that tutoring and furthering education should be developed through hands-on practice.

Subjects Gabriella tutors in:
– Primary School and High School English