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Apr 2011Present

Freelance Writer, Proofreader, Editor

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Jul 2010Apr 2011

English Teacher

Chesterhouse International School

Responsibilities included:

·Teaching English Grade 8, 10 (IGCSE), 11 (IGCSE) and 12 (AS level)

·In charge of Grade 11 English (IGCSE)

·Head of the Student Representative Council (SRC) – help learners organise school   

          activities and events and teach them leadership skills

·Teach, set exams/tests, mark papers, examine learners

·Grade 10 Boys Tutor – pastoral as well as administrative role. Involved in community

          service, outreach and other activities throughout the year

·Extracurricular Involvement -English clinics during afternoons for learners who

          struggle with English and for second language speakers

·Member of the Proofreading Team

·Member of the Staff Reps Team

·Part of the Cultural Committee – help organize cultural events

·Organize English outings and tutor outings/teambuilding

Jan 2010May 2010

English and Life Orientation Teacher

Edgemead High School

English and Life Orientation educator at Edgemead High School. 5 Month contract whereby I replaced a teacher on maternity leave.

Jan 2007Nov 2009

Part-time English Studies Tutor and Mentor

Stellenbosch University

I worked part-time for three years as a tutor for the English Department at Stellenbosch University. I taught first year students short stories, poems, plays and novels.


Dec 2009Dec 2009

First Aid Course Level 1

Visser Nordsorg
Dec 2006Dec 2006

TEFL Certificate


Writing Portfolio


2009 - ISU Travel Scholarship (Marburg University, Germany) and Scholarship from Stellenbosch University to attend the International Summer University in Marburg.Obtained 3 distinctions for the three the modules taken during this program.

2009 - Elected as President of Golden Key (Stellenbosch University). Received a travel bursary to attend the International Golden Key Conference in Orlando, Florida.

2009 - Selected as on of South Africa's Brightest Young Minds and received a scholarship to attend the BYM conference in Stellenbosch.

2008 - Invited to join Golden Key International Honour Society for academic excellence.

2008 - Received Golden Key Chapter Award to scholastic attainments and outstanding academic merit.

2008 - Stellenbosch University Merit Bursary

2008 - National Research Foundation Bursary

2008 - Victoria League Bursary for one student who aims to specialize in Teaching English.


"Every now and then you meet someone who combines a wonderful sense of enthusiasm with a committed work ethic. Elizabeth is such a person. From our first meeting and throughout the project she contributed to, she was motivated and productive. It was a great experience working with Elizabeth. In fact we managed to conclude our project ahead of schedule". 

~ Barry Kayton, CEO of Cognician.

"Thank you for the great work you have done for Natural Prescriptions! I absolutely loved reading product info you put together (it sounds like "complimentary health poetry"). We enjoyed working with you. You are efficient, pleasant and gifted!"

~ Tanya Bursey, General Manager of Natural Prescriptions

"I found her to be honest, enthusiastic and competent, combining a love for language with a sincere commitment to the pupils. She was very easy to work with due to her enthusiasm, hard work and acommodating nature.  I was particularly impressed with her entrepreneurial flair and creativity in all things educational, displaying an exceptional knowledge and use of media and internet technology and their educational potential". 

~ Mike de Freitas, Colleague at Chesterhouse. 

"Miss Joss has an exceptionally high work ethic and displays both solid individual characteristics as well as a keen sense for teamwork. As a tutor, and more recently as a senior tutor, Miss Joss was an indispensable part of the English first year program due to her unquestionable integrity, dedication, kindness, transparency and her enthusiasm for her work. Her professionalism is noted in the department, and so too her own research interests as a very strong postgraduate student of English."

~ Riaan Oppelt, lecturer at Stellenbosch University


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