It was volunteering for SAVTE in 2002 that originally inspired me to train as an ESOL teacher so I was delighted to re-join SAVTE in 2014, as Training and Curriculum Development Worker, and become part of the team training and supporting volunteers.

Teaching English has taken me to many places. After teaching community ESOL classes for the WEA, I spent 4 years at Leeds City College teaching and organising ESOL and GCSE programmes and 4 years teaching in universities and colleges in France.

I loved my time in France and now understand a lot more about how difficult and amazing language learning is!

As well as working on our 8-week training programme I especially enjoy developing workshops and inviting guest speakers in. I feel very lucky to work with SAVTE volunteers who always bring so much to the training programme and to the role. It is always a pleasure to talk to volunteers about their teaching, how they can best support their learner and discuss ideas and relevant resources.

Click here for other bios...One of the things I like about SAVTE is our focus on helping learners move on. It’s very satisfying when learners are able to progress from one-to-one lessons to conversation groups or ESOL classes.

I love listening to music and going to gigs, and I sing and play the guitar and trumpet in local bands.

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