Career Awards

Work History

Work History
Sep 2014 - Present

Marketing & Special Projects Coordinator                                                                 Full time English Teacher 

EF English First, Tianjin, China

  • Mentor new and less experienced teachers according to the EF National Academic Development Program guidelines.
  • Assist the EF TIANJIN DoS (across 6 centers) with the development and marketing of courses and induction of sales and implementation and training in new products / EF initiatives.
  • Develop and produce special events, related academic contributions and initiatives for EF, Tianjin schools (Summer Carnival, The Green Show, Hello 50 Music Video, etc)
  • Observe teachers, offering insight and feedback into teaching techniques & methodologies.
  • Developing training plan with senior teacher 
  • Teach 20 hours per week and maintain all the regular duties and job description of a full time English teacher.
  • Implement all course management procedures as directed by EF English First guidelines
  • Organize, administer and ensure the quality of the placement testing and interviewing of new students.
  • Organize and participate in centre social and marketing events
  • Support other teachers and willingly share ideas/activities for the teaching of courses and other associated duties
  • Maintain center image.
  • Attend training seminars and be actively involved in my own professional development.

Marketing Coordinators are responsible for training foreign and local academic staff in marketing demonstration classes (MFL) as well Oral Placement Testing as well as training local service and sales teams in academic methodology and information to improve communication to customers on the benefits of studying with EF.

  • Standardize marketing across 6 centers in Tianjin.
  • Mentor new and less experienced marketing teachers.
  • Implement all new marketing initiatives and projects.
  • Coordinate with the Marketing department to ensure brand awareness and quality of company image.
  • Organize and participate in center social and marketing events city wide.
  • Organize, implement, oversee and train staff to execute off site marketing events.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local community members to create awareness of the EF brand and market to potential clients.
  • Organize and oversee training and implementation  for peak seasons (Winter and Summer Courses) as well special events (Halloween, Christmas, EF Conference etc)

Nov 2012 - Sep 2014

Director Of Studies 

EF English First, Tianjin, China

The DOS is responsible for improving the quality of teaching and driving the educational direction of EF learning centre(s). This position involved the day to day management and leadership of a dynamic and culturally diverse team of teachers.

Main Responsibilities:
1.Training, staff development and management
• Encourage, facilitate and participate in the professional development of teachers
• Regularly observe teachers, according to EF English First guidelines
• Provide training to the marketing, sales and service teams
• Train and induct teachers in operational procedures and EF English First company products
• Lead and/or arrange seminars, meetings and workshops in teacher development
• Regularly evaluate academic staff, establishing clear goals and priorities for improvement and development.
• Recruit teachers and potential candidates.

2. Scheduling and teacher utility
• Plan and organize effective timetabling, teacher utility and group size in the best interests of the centre.

3. Administrative routines
• Complete weekly/monthly reports.
• Maintain personnel records.
• Strategic Planning.

4.Centre development and operation
• Coordinate and implement all course management procedures in a timely manner. 
• Coordinate the placement testing of students’ in cooperation with the sales team.
• Develop course/supplementary materials based on customer needs and in cooperation with the regional support office. 
• Maintain class and student records and ensure exams are set, marked and evaluated properly.
• Oversee the work, development and behavior of students within the centre. 
• Inform students and their parents of centre aims and objectives. 
• Maintain an inventory of academic equipment belonging to the centre and oversee the
maintenance of such resources and recommend new resources to be purchased. 
• Maintain a presentable and organized workspace.
• Organize and participate in promotional activities and events.

Jan 2011 - Nov 2012

Senior Teacher and Marketing Coordinator

EF English First, Tianjin, China

Senior Teachers are responsible for fulfilling the responsibilities of the teacher role as well as taking on additional responsibilities. This position involved supporting the DoS on a team of 15-20 teachers.


• Substitute for the DOS in his/her absence or as directed.
• Aid the DoS with administrative responsibilities and/or projects as directed.
• Mentor new and less experienced teachers.
• Assist the DoS with the development and marketing of courses and induction of sales and teaching staff into the practices of the training centre.
• Observe teachers, offering insight and feedback into teaching techniques.
• Teach 18 hours per week.
• Implement all course management procedures as directed by EF English First guidelines.
• Organize, administer and ensure the quality of the placement testing and interviewing of new students.
• Organize and participate in centre social and marketing events.
• Support other teachers and willingly share ideas/activities for the teaching of courses and other associated duties.
• Maintain an organized staff room and keep equipment and resources in good condition.

Marketing Coordinators are responsible for training foreign and local academic staff in marketing demonstration classes (MFL) as well Oral Placement Testing as well as training local service and sales teams in academic methodology and information to improve communication to customers on the benefits of studying with EF.

  • Standardize marketing across 6 centers in Tianjin.
  • Mentor new and less experienced marketing teachers.
  • Implement all new marketing initiatives and projects.
  • Coordinate with the Marketing department to ensure brand awareness and quality of company image.
  • Organize and participate in center social and marketing events city wide.
  • Organize, implement, oversee and train staff to execute off site marketing events.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local community members to create awareness of the EF brand and market to potential clients.
  • Organize and oversee training and implementation  for peak seasons (Winter and Summer Courses) as well special events (Halloween, Christmas, EF Conference etc).
Jan 2010 - Jan 2011

Full Time English Teacher 

EF English First, Tianjin, China

Teachers are responsible for delivering EF educational products and courses to students and providing a first rate customer experience and positive image of the brand.

Main Responsibilities:
• Teach 20-26 hours per week.
• Give lessons to the highest standards of English language teaching.
• Become familiar with the programs and courses of study at the centre.
• Develop and use suitable supplementary materials as necessary.
• Use audio / video materials in classes.
• Expose students to the use of CALL, and the Internet for language learning purposes
• Administer, correct and record the results of progress reports, tests and assessments for students.
• Be responsible for students’ welfare and progress.
• Inform students of centre aims and objectives.
• Cooperate with Management in ensuring the constructive communication and efficient operation of the centre.
• Assist with the development and marketing of courses and induction of sales, service and teaching staff.
• Maintain student and class records.
• Assist in the placement testing and interviewing of new students.
• Carry out teaching related responsibilities including, but not limited to demonstration classes, LifeClubs, tutorials, seminars and presentations.
• Take on administrative work and/or projects including, but not limited to, cataloguing
supplementary materials, giving workshops and organizing extra-curricular events.
• Keep the teachers’ room, equipment and resources organised and in good condition
• Be familiar with the administrative procedures employed in the centre. 
• Attend and participate in workshops in teacher development offered by the centre
• Observe and be observed by colleagues.
• Be pro-active in improving teaching skills through sharing knowledge with colleagues, and using teaching resources found in the centre and any other available sources.

Aug 2009 - Dec 2009

Specialist English Teacher to Medical Professionals - Private Contract

Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Weekly English classes to doctors from various African states and countries active in an exchange program.
  • Specialist English classes focusing on cross-cultural lessons & my own developed course "English with Empathy - a course in bedside manners"
Jul 2009 - Dec 2009

English Teacher

Cape Town International School of Languages
  • Teaching mixed cultural adult classes.
  • Maintaining student records and reporting on results.
  • Developing teaching materials and resources.
  • One to One English Classes for students active in the PROJECTS ABROAD program.
Apr 2009 - Jun 2009

Volunteer English Teacher to Refugees

Scalabrini Community Center, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Adult English lessons to large groups of refugees to South Africa.
  • Volunteered 2 hours a week
  • Levels ranged from Beginner to Advanced
Jan 2000 - Present

Professional Actor, Choreographer, Vocalist and Voice Artist

Freelance
Professional Acting for Camera - TV and Film Professional Performance for Stage - Drama, Musical, Comedy Professional Singing and Voice Artistry - Voice Over, Live Performance & Radio Broadcast Professional Dance and Choreography - Stage and Film Master of Ceremonies & Hosting / Presenting for Broadcast (Live and Recorded) Specialised in Physical Theater SHOWREEL & PORTFOLIO AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

Education

Education
2003 - 2007

MA Film Production Double Major Scriptwriting

Cape Town Varsity
Scriptwriting for Film and TV Media Studies Media Literacy Visual Literacy Professional Editing Techniques & Theory Directing for Film and TV Professional Camera Techniques and Theory Lighting Design for Film and TV PROFESSIONAL SHOWREEL AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
2000 - 2006

MA Drama

Cape Town City Varsity
Physical Theatre Live Performance Acting for Camera (Film and TV) Presenting (Live Broadcast & Recorded) Professional Voice Techniques (Radio, Live Performance, Voice Over) History of Theatre Directing and writing for live performance Script analysis techniques Production Techniques for stage PROFESSIONAL SHOWREEL, VOX REEL & PORTFOLIO AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

 SKILLS 

Skills

Knowledge of teaching & Ongoing Professional Development

I consider teaching to be one of the most dynamic careers.  New methodologies, resources, materials and concepts are constantly developed and it is the responsibility  of the educator to stay up to date with the most recent developments.

Time Management & Organizational Skills

Planning your time means increased productivity and sustainable quality - whether it be in a project or daily activities.  Over the years I have developed my own system known as "Organized Awesomeness"  and have trained colleagues and mentored new teachers in this area.  Please feel free to request a training session with me face to face or on SKYPE!  

Public Speaking, Master Of Ceremonies & Performances

I am a regular host and Master Of Ceremonies for professional functions.  I have hosted live Conferences for EF, performed in and choreographed dances and performances of staff and students.  I have hosted yearly functions for customers.  

Interpersonal  & Cross-Cultural Communication

I am at ease talking to large groups as well as one to one.  I am often seen as, and make a point of being,  direct and to the point, while still being approachable.   I maintain an awareness of personal and cultural differences in communication.  

ESL RELEVANT CERTIFICATION & QUALIFICATIONS

TEFL 120 hour - EF, CAPE TOWN, 2009

Cambridge TKT Young Learners - Band 4 - Cambridge University, 2010

Cambridge TKT Module 1 - Band 4 - Cambridge University, 2009

Cambridge TKT Module 2 - Band 4 - Cambridge University, 2013

Cambridge TKT Module 3 - Band 4 - Cambridge University, 2012

London Teacher Training College - Teaching Grammar - 2014

Cambridge TKT CLIL - Band 4 - Cambridge University - 2014

Cambridge TKT KAL - RESULTS PENDING 

EF SHANGHAI - Academic Management Certificate - 2012

HBDI analysis of strengths - 2014

I am currently looking to complete the GRADUATE DipTESOL / MA TESOL.

References

References

Marcelle Noe

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF STUDIES - EF TIANJIN

Reference letter available on request.

Peter Elliot

FORMER DIRECTOR OF STUDIES - EF TIANJIN

Reference letter available on request.

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