"I'm from a small town called Bateau Bay , which is about one and a half hours drive from Sydney, Australia.In 2006, I completed the CELTA course, which entitles me to teach English as a second language. I came to Poland in August 2006 to work as an English teacher at Intensity School of Angielski in Rybnik. I spent two years there teaching the" Callan Method ." In 2009, I worked as head teacher at Progressive School of English, teaching Avalon Direct English . Throughout this time I taught adults and children , from beginners to advanced CAE students. I have also taught in many Polish companies . From 2007-2010 I worked for English Country Schools as a teacher and manager, where I had the pleasure to meet children from all over the world. I have also had work experience at a summer school in Italy and summer camp in the USA In August 2010, Paul Clement and I opened CONNECT School of English in Żory and then in Rybnik in August 2012. Since that time, we have also developed the CONNECT English Method for Polish students, which we are very proud of. Since opening, all our staff have worked hard to develop and achieve an excellent reputation for high quality teaching and a friendly and fun learning atmosphere. I'm very excited about co-operating with Pascal School and watching CONNECT to continue helping our students reach their goals in English - Scott Tattam "
Hello, my name is Robert, and I am from Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. The last few years I have worked for Bank of America where I taught new hires as well as continuing education. I love working with people and helping them learn new things. I also love to learn and experience new things, which is why I am very excited to start working in Poland. My father was born in Wroclaw and always told me about how great Poland was, so in 2013 I traveled to Europe and spent a couple of weeks in Poland and absolutley loved it! I look forward to meeting everyone and experiencing Poland!
My name is John Widdop. I was born in Winchester, England, in 1983. I have always been interested in words and letters. I spent three years studying the subject of Language and Communication at Cardiff University. For some reason, for 6 years after graduation continue living in Cardiff finally I came to my senses and moved to Poland. Just before I left the UK, I graduated from the Cambridge CELTA course, which means that I have been accepted by Cambridge English to teach English. The combination of these two courses means that I can not only teach English, but also advise in terms of effective communication.
I have lived in Poland since 2010, and plan to stay here for the rest of my life. I believe that English teaching is the best job for me and I have decided that Poland is the best country for me to teach. I love the people here, the lifestyle, culture and everything else. Every day I learn something new. In 2011, I visited every city in Poland which is bigger than Rybnik and since then, I have tried to visit as many other interesting places that I can, using public transport.
My biggest interests are literature and film. If I have time, I try to read a book every week. I lose myself in books. They offer an escape from the world and give me a chance to spend some time alone - something that is difficult when you are a teacher.
In 2011 I got my first cat, and in 2012 I decided that one wasn't enough, and now I have two cats living with me, in my flat. Their names are Keith and Lucy, (named after characters in books by my favourite author, Martin Amis) and I can't imagine life without them.
If I had to describe my teaching style – well, it's probably better to ask one of the hundreds of students I have taught in the years since I came here. But I would say that my teaching style is very dynamic and spontaneous, and students not only have to speak English in my lessons, but think in English as well. Many students have succeeded in passing important exams, partly due to my help. I also like to travel and especially travelling in Poland. This country has a lot to offer and I plan to explore it for many years! - John Widdop.
Hello, my name is Kieron. I come from the wonderful city of Preston which is England's second newest city (it became a city in 2002). I'm quite new to Poland, I arrived in August 2013, but I have absolutely loved my first year in Rybnik and I am looking forward to next year already! I studied History and French at the University of Liverpool, with one year at the University of Provence in France. My main interests are history, football and travelling - I like how you can drive to many different countries from Poland (something which isn't very easy from England!) I am also passionate about languages and the challenges faced when learning them. I think studying French to university level has helped me as a teacher as I have a good understanding of how languages work and why people make mistakes. I have been fascinated by our students' stories of life in Poland and can't wait to find out more. One last thing about me: I have a Polish uncle who was born in Warsaw, moved to England when he was 10 years old and now lives in Canada.
My name is Jim McCarthy and I'm from Ireland. I joined CONNECT SCHOOL on August 2013, but I've been living and working in Poland since 2005. I was born in the very South of Ireland about 40 kilometres from Cork city which is the second biggest city in the Irish Republic and the third biggest on the island of Ireland after Dublin and Belfast.
My parents were dairy farmers so I spent a lot of my younger years working with cows. After I finished secondary school I worked in various jobs before I decided to go to University to study economics and geography. After graduating from university college Cork I worked for a while in market research in Dublin. Later I left this job and went to Australia where I did various part time jobs and travelled a lot.
In the spring of 2005 I completed an ESL course in Cork city and came to Poland to teach English. I intended to stay here for one academic year but I liked it so much I decided to stay longer. Now Poland has become my home and it's hard for me to imagine living anywhere else. I like my job as an English teacher. Being a teacher means you meet many different people young and old students and professional people.
"Hello! My name is Paige and I'm a native of Palm Springs, California, two hours east of Los Angeles and very near Death Valley, hottest place on Earth. I must say, I much prefer the cooler Polish weather, though it was difficult to adjust at first. I attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2012, with a minor degree in Spanish. Before coming to Poland I worked in a library (for 5 years!) and did some tutoring in creative and academic writing. Although this is my first year with Connect, I have been teaching in Poland for one year now, including adults, children, FCE groups, and businesses. I love Poland and I love teaching. I feel lucky getting to talk to so many different people every day. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy horseback riding, traveling to new places, writing stories and trying to learn Polish (it's a challenge, but I like it!) I look forward to meeting all of my new students next year, learning more about Poland and Zory, and maybe even writing for the Gazeta."
I grew up in Detroit, Michigan, but consider myself from Los Angeles, California. For the record, my favorite sports teams are all from Detroit. Before moving to Poland I worked for General Motors for 13 years in a variety of positions and locations around America. I made the move to Poland in August 2011 and it was the best decision I've ever made. I started teaching at Connect in September of that same year. I love living and teaching in Zory.
Some things I like doing in my free time are: reading, travelling, learning Polish (it is so hard, but I'm trying), and spending time with my friends.....possibly in a beer garden.
Machael (Harry) Donaldson
Hi. I grew up in Causewayhead, Stirling, Scotland in the 1970s when the trade unions were being broken up, coal mines were being shut down and the teachers’ industrial action was pending.
Britain went to war over the Falkland Islands when I was 11 years old and I remember family friends, not much older than me, being sent off to war.
I was christened Michael Donaldson but very soon had been awarded the moniker ‘Harry’. Every child born in 1971 that attended Riverside Primary or Wallace High school was generously bestowed with a nickname; some more generously than others, as Petite Oreilles (small ears) will testify! I left school at 17 years of age to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Glasgow and graduated 4 years later with an honours degree. From there, things took a sharp diversion!
I travelled throughout most of North America and Europe playing music before eventually settling in Germany playing with the Scottish folk group ‘The McGlumphers’. Internal wrangling eventually drove us apart, but not before we had had a modicum of national success, and, through sheer necessity, I had also become proficient in my use of the German language. Immersing one’s self in the culture of a different country remains the most effective way of learning a new language to this day.
My travels then took me back to my native Scotland where my two brothers and I formed the inimitable folk group ‘Seven Foot Willie’. Willie were massive throughout Scotland! (Note: William Wallace was allegedly seven foot tall). A short hop across the Irish Sea then took me to the land of my forefathers where I continued to play music for many years before returning to full time education to study Software Development and Design.
After graduation, my designs on an easier way of life proved to be flawed and I bailed out 3 years later when large foreign investment companies started buying up all the property in Ireland; thus forcing rents up and families onto the streets. The Bridge Mills Language School in Galway, Ireland provided a safe haven for a month while I studied for, and gained my TEFL qualification. Now the teachers are getting ready to strike again, the world is still at war and I am living in Rybnik, south-western Poland, teaching English. What just happened?
“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn't mean to take.” ― Angela N. Blount, Once Upon an Ever After.
Hi my name is Nicolene, I am from a small town called Evander. It is about one hour from the bigest city in South Africa, Johannesburg. I studied Civil engineering at the university of Stellenbosch and I worked as an engineer for 2 years after I graduated. In 2013 I decided to do a TEFL course and moved to South Korea to teach English soon after. I have never looked back, I love teaching and I like to get to know my students and see their progress. After I left South Korea I tought at summer camps in Italy. On the recommendation of a friend I moved to Poland last year in October, so I am very new to Poland, but so far I really like it here and I look forward to the rest of my time here. I am looking forward to spring tough :)
Hi! My name is Alicia, I'm 20 years old and I was born in Perth, Western Australia. My first interest in the English language sparked when I was very young and I spent most of my late childhood and early teenage years writing fictional stories and creative writing. As I grew up, I also began to take interest in other languages. My grandfather is from Armenia (a small country located just inside the border of Eastern Europe) and when I was a child my father used to tell me about my grandfather's life and how he grew up, and my grandfather taught me about the Armenian language, their food and how he came to Australia on a big boat! Because of this, I took an interest in European history, cultures and languages and in high school, I began to study Dutch, and later, French (both which I have now completely forgotten from lack of use!). Poland was the first European country I visited (in December 2013) and I loved it so much that I decided I wanted to live here. So I spent the next year (2014) devoting my time to studying a diploma in Advanced TESOL. Previous to TESOL, I studied in Business and worked in Administration for companies in Real Estate, Trades and Building. This is my first time living in another country so I'm still learning about how different things are here to home, but it's a great new experience and one I'll have with me forever. I'm also trying to learn Polish, which I think is equally as beautiful as it is hard!
MARK MC GOLDRICK
Hello, my name is Mark McGoldrick and I am from Sligo town which is in the West of Ireland. In college I studied English, Psychology and a Masters in Journalism so I have a good background in knowing how to talk to people and explain difficult ideas easily. Before I became a teacher I worked in Irish newspapers, radio stations and even a national sporting website. I lived in London for 8 months last year and I loved it. I covered sports for an Irish paper there so when I came home I started looking for my next adventure. I taught English to Spanish, Italian, French and Germen students in Ireland before coming to live in Rybnik. I am excited to be here, as I will be able to learn a new language and meet lots of new interesting people. History has always interested me and I want to learn as much about Poland's past while I am here. I also enjoy watching movies and TV shows (hopefully I can watch and understand Polish ones soon!) and walking in my spare time while listening to whatever music is on my iPod. Rock, Jazz, Country, Pop - it's all good.
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