17 December 2014

2015 Excom Election addresses

It's time to elect a new Executive Commitee, and this year we have three new people putting themselves forward for election. Before you decide whether to approve them, here are their election addresses, so you can find out about them:

Rosemary Benard:

I started my teaching career on the JET programme in 1992 in Japan after a first degree in French and German at Aston University, UK. Having completed the RSA DipTEFLA course at Swansea university, I got itchy feet again and went to teach in Dublin. I combined having my children and teaching privately in Northern Ireland and Scotland until 2010 when we emigrated to France. It was during this period that I also branched out into environmental impact assessment on a new school project for an architects' practice. I am now the Director of Studies at a language school in Toulouse.

Dianne Chen:

Originally hailing from California, Dianne has been living and teaching English in Bordeaux for the past six years. She started her tefl career in Taipei, Taiwan, which she misses tremendously, except for the heat and pollution. In her spare time, she can most likely be found scouring the internet for lesson plan inspiration or feeding her crafting habit.

Wojtek Koszykowski:

Teaching English as a second language was my childhood dream which came true when I was 18. I started from YL but discovered very quickly that it was not my cup of tea. Hence, I started to teach young adults and adults which has been inspiring and energizing. I hold B.Sc. in Business Administration, M.Sc in Management and I am currently working on my PhD in creativity. I did my CELTA a long time ago and more recently followed a stimulating DELTA course in Strasbourg. After many years of teaching in different countries and working as a DoS, I moved to Brest in 2010 where I have been in charge of Language Department in the local Business School. I am particularly interested in creativity in EFL, learner-autonomy and pronunciation. Apart from teaching, I work as a photographer, I enjoy hiking along the Ocean coast and watching Judge Judy every day.