Key People

Sandy Blair – Owner and Founder

“I’m here to make a difference in the lives of Geelong students. I support parents and nurture their child throughout their schooling. I help children believe in themselves, achieve their goals and be the best they can be.”

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Director and qualified primary and secondary teacher, Sandy Blair, has served the Geelong community in education for 35 years. She has owned education centres in Geelong and on the surf coast for 28 years. In 2016, with her husband Kieran Thomson, she established Learning Works Education Centre. Prior to this, Sandy and Kieran had owned and operated Kip McGrath Education Centres in Geelong, Belmont and Ocean Grove for 26 years. Sandy worked in local high schools teaching English before moving her focus to more tailored and specialised education in tutoring centres. She has taught all year levels from prep to VCE. She has a special interest in reading and numeracy development in the early primary years and is accomplished at working with children with Asperger’s syndrome, who have communication difficulties. In her many years helping students, Sandy has developed in dealing with, and catering to, children with learning difficulties including short-term auditory memory (STAM) and attention difficulties (ADD). She has a particular interest in assisting students with written expression and primary and secondary mathematics, using strategies developed independently. She is passionate about helping students build their confidence and helping them to develop their skills.

Sandy is passionate about working collaboratively with families to support children in developing their literacy confidence, skills and knowledge. 

Sandy continually attends courses to expand her knowledge and to ensure our teaching staff are following best practice. Sandy has completed training in Little Learners Love Literacy, Sounds Write, Ron Yoshimoto Orton Gillingham, Spalding and has trained with the Australian Dyslexia Association undertaking training in MSL (Institute for Multisensory Structured Language Education). 

Darcie Blair-Thomson – Manager

“I love helping children overcome self-doubt and low self-confidence. I am passionate about teaching children with learning difficulties like dyslexia.”

Darcie is patient and caring and very aware of individual learning needs, especially for primary and lower secondary students and those with learning difficulties.

Darcie has a passion for helping children with learning difficulties develop their literacy and numeracy skills and to build their confidence.

Darcie previously worked in the corporate sector in Sydney and Melbourne after attaining a Bachelor of Laws degree after high school. After leaving the corporate sector, she attained a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Master of Special Education.

She continues to study speech pathology while working as a manager at Learning Works Hub, and is working towards being a qualified speech pathologist. Her interest and passion is working with children with special needs and learning difficulties, particularly dyslexia and reducing learning anxiety for all children.

Darcie has completed a range of professional development courses in the field of dyslexia and learning difficulties. Recent courses include: IMSLE through the Australian Dyslexia Association, Little Learners Love Literacy, Sounds Write and Learning Difficulties training through SPELD Vic.

Darcie is an associate of the Dyslexia Association of Australia. Her interest and passion is working with children with special needs and learning difficulties, particularly dyslexia and reducing learning anxiety for all children.