Birthday: 15th April 1969
Background: Born and bred in Wolverhampton, in the West Midlands of England, I studied a Joint Honours degree in Economics and Politics at the University of Birmingham.
After working in USA, Holland and Italy, I settled in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 1994. For the last 25 years I have worked in all aspects of English teaching including materials production, content creation, TOEIC examiner and owning and running a language school. I am specialised in coaching Business English and I hold the International Business English Trainer (Cert IBET) certificate from Trinity College London.
Why I’m an English Coach: I find working in small groups to acheive goals really satisfying. I love it when people explain how English has helped them at work or on holiday. Learners help me learn new things too.
Advice to learners: “Only if you train hard can you play hard.” Dusko Ivanovic.
You are learning a language and you will have to work hard and consistently to progress – don’t expect the ‘profesor de inglés’ to bring a magic pill! Be patient and positive about progress, it comes in small steps but with time it is life changing.
Other interests: Photography, science and technology, sports, positiveness, and current affairs.
Favourite colours: Depending on the situation green or old gold.
Favourite book: The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger.
Favourite movie: The Life of Brian – Monty Python.
Favourite TV programmes: The Good Place, The Expanse, La Noche de, La Noche Temática, Big Bang Theory.
Favourite food: Northern Spanish ‘hot pots’, pintxos, Indian, Chinese and traditional British ‘pub’ food.
Favourite quote: “It is not the critic who counts. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends themself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if they fail, at least they fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
My favourite songs:
Fool’s Gold – The Stone Roses
Right Here, Right Now – Fatboy Slim
Drums For Sitting Bull – Arenna