I have worked at IH Bristol as a teacher and teacher trainer since 1998, and I now work managing the school to ensure that all students have a fantastic experience during their time with us. Before International House Bristol, I spent some time teaching in secondary schools in Greece - this was a great opportunity to learn the language and experience Greek culture!
As the Principal and Director of Studies, I work closely with Val and Marcel, the Directors, to make sure the students have the best possible learning and cultural experience with IH Bristol. My particular responsibility is for the day-to-day smooth running of the school. In addition, I enjoy finding new ways to help students learn more effectively - I'm especially interested in ensuring that our teaching teams make pronunciation a part of every lesson. I also think learning phrases - 'chunks' of language, not just words - is essential for successful learning.
Outside work, I spend most of my time with my family, playing with and looking after my two children (one boy, 8 years old, and one girl, 5 years old). They certainly keep me busy! If I have any other free time, I enjoy playing the guitar and piano, especially blues, jazz and improvising. I also play squash with a group of friends every week, to try and keep myself fit!
Bristol is my home town - I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!