I’ve been living and working in Poland since 2005. I originally got into teaching because I love languages and wanted to travel and see different places, but as more than just a tourist. I love teaching because I'm quite a sociable person, who likes to help others; seeing people making progress and achieving their goals is one of the most satisfying aspects of the job. No day or lesson is ever the same so every day I get to do something different.
I often get asked: ‘Why Poland?’ I had some Polish friends back in the UK and they suggested trying Poland – students are motivated and friendly, and there is a big demand for English teachers. It made sense, so I contacted IH in London and less than a week later I was on the plane to Poland for the first time. It was the best decision I'd ever made!
I started my teaching career at IH Toruń and fell in love with the place, and it was also a great school for professional development. After 7 years there though, I felt I'd gone as far as I could and moved to Wrocław to continue developing professionally. Since moving here in 2012, I have done my Delta, become a Cambridge speaking examiner, a teacher trainer on the young learner’s course and hopefully, the CELTA, too – I should get my results in the next couple of months so fingers crossed.
I'm really looking forward to meeting up with students and teachers both old and new this academic year.