I want you to learn the easiest way, while learning effectively. I know how it feels to 'learn' a language because I speak Spanish. This way I teach my lessons the way I learnt Spanish, with passion and determination. I will show you the best way to learn and because I understand how frustrating it can be together we will conquer the art of learning English!
I am a native English speaker from the UK and I started teaching English (TEFL) in Mexico 17 years ago at the Anglo Mexicano, which is an adult language school for those wanting to excel in English. I have never looked back. I was so passionate about it I started my own business and began to teach Business English to companies around Mexico City. I hired several teachers as I had so many requests for classes and we were busy for years. It was a wonderful experience! On returning to the UK I decided to go into training as well as teaching and this enabled me to stay in schools within the Education sector. I worked as a Training Consultant for many years, training teachers and students alike how to use the new technology in their classrooms, the Interactive Whiteboard! It was a new revelation to how we learn and many countries spent millions on improving their education by installing these whiteboards. This allowed me to travel all over the world, but in particular back to my beloved Mexico and also to South America where I had never visited before. I wanted to professionally teach as well as train and I took a year out to take my professional exams as a Teacher (PGCE). I then taught Business, Law, Accounts and Finance at University level. I missed travelling and teaching English and this brings me back to you! I now offer easy ways to learn English (native speaker) and Spanish (non native but fluent) online anytime and anywhere! See you soon!
I am a highly experienced bi-lingual Teacher and Training Consultant; Teacher and Business Development Manager with sophisticated communication, business and language skills in tourism, education and industry. More recently this training knowledge has led me to the Payment Card Industry where I have worked exclusively for the past 5 years.
I have skills in public speaking to a wide range of audiences, in both English and Spanish. My teaching skills commenced in 2001 when I worked at the prestigious El Anglo Mexicano (a British/Mexican collaboration) school in Mexico City. This experience followed on from my qualification in TEFL. I later went into industry as a Business Development Manager where I gained invaluable skills of motivation, high level communication and team building. My PGDE (UK teaching qualification) was gained in 2009 and since then I have worked as a part-time lecturer for the University Centre of Blackburn College, which has helped develop and further my professional and personal attributes, and I have been actively involved in creating and providing training sessions to teachers and corporate institutions in the use of the Interactive Whiteboards and its software. I have also been actively involved in voluntary mentoring sessions to local start up entrepreneurs.
My entrepreneurial skills were gained from my start-up e-commerce online business. During the period in the Asia-Pacific market I worked full time in a Consultation, Sales, Training and Assessment role, within the Corporate and Education sectors, for a National Audio/Visual Supplier and Software Solution company.
May 2017 - Current: V9 Group (Verofy)
Training Consultant (Freelance) and Business Partner (Business Development)
Creation of materials and continuing professional development;
I have been actively involved in training corporate salespeople and other staff members on financial products, both face to face and web based (webinars);
Being a ‘Partner’ of V9 consists of providing merchant services (Elavon) to business owners and business start-ups.
April 2013 – Dec 2017: Paymentsense Ltd. – London, U.K
Training Consultant (Full-time and Freelance)
Responsible for the delivery of residential training courses throughout the UK;
These training courses consist of face to face and online webinars;
Creation of materials, delivery and continuing professional development are included in my daily responsibilities;
Active development of new product training;
Active involvement in train the trainer and other in house training;
April 2011 – December 2012: Electroboard Pty Ltd – Queensland, Australia.
Education Consultant and Training (Full-time)
Responsible for the delivery of Educational and Corporate training and end-user development in the use of the Interactive Whiteboard and its software;
Responsible for the development of training manual collateral for end-users and marketing material for promotion of all training courses;
Responsible for training curriculum development for varying audiences;
Responsible for promoting future courses to oversee development from Level One upwards to ensure coverage of all assessment areas;
Responsible for assessment of all trainees, provision of feedback, consultancy and certificates and Trainee database management.
Active participation in the development and delivery of support programs for SMART Board Interactive Whiteboards and other educational Audio Visual products, such as Video Conferencing.
I took responsibility for managing relationships within Private and Public Education across South West Queensland. Within a defined territory of schools, TAFEs and Universities, my role entailed building and maintaining valued customer relationships; providing a consultative and supportive approach to educating how technology can enhance learning; and ensuring solutions. In particular, SMART Notebook, ActivInspire, and video conferencing software are utilized effectively, through training programs online and face to face.
Feb 2010 – March 2011 - Promethean Plc sister co. (FantastICT Ltd) – Curriculum Development Training Consultant (Freelance)
Educational and Corporate training and development on the use of Promethean Interactive Whiteboard software and other software programmes for the interactive office/classroom.
Feb 2010 – March 2011 - North West Business Venture Group – Voluntary Mentor
Responsible for supporting local entrepreneurs in their new and existing businesses
2009- Blackburn College – University Lecturer (University Centre) (PT)
Teaching on BA Hons programmes: Business Law, Corporate Finance; FD programmes: Risk in Financial Services, Information Management, Performance Management and Management modules
Miss Adela Ltd – Director of jewellery on-line ecommerce business (FT)
Promethean Ltd - Business Development Manager (FT)
2004-2005: Preston College - Modern Foreign Language Tutor and Invigilator (PT)
2003-2004 Editorial Macmillan SA de CV - Academic Consultant (FT)
2002-2004: The British House and BritMex (Business English school in Mexico City) - Founder and M.D
2001-2002: Anglo Mexicano SA de CV (Mexico City) - English Teacher (FT)
1997-2001 Kuoni Travel UK Ltd - Area Manager for Mexico and Central America (FT)
1992-1997 Thomson Tour Operator UK Ltd - Tour Guide (FT – Seasonal)
Educational INSET and Training
Nov 08-June 09 Customer service and retail course
Aug 2010 Software training course (2Simple software for primary teachers)
June 2010 Interactive whiteboard training course (I delivered training)
May-Sept 2010 Mentor/Client meetings
May 2010 Harvard Referencing workshop
Mar 2010 Level 1,2,3 certification in Interactive Whiteboard software use
Feb 2010 Mentoring training course
Oct 2010 Support – Note-taking training course
Nov 2010 Moodle workshop (LMS-Learning Management System)
1987-1989: BTEC HND - Business and Finance – Distinction (Blackburn College)
1989-1992: A.C.C.A - Accountancy Professional (City College Norwich)
2001-2001: T.E.F.L - English Language Teaching Cert. (St Martin’s college)
2004-2005: BA (Hons) - Business Admin – 2.1 (Huddersfield University)
2008-2009: P.G.D.E - Post Grad Diploma in Education - Business and Law (University of Bolton)
Other Qualifications, Skills and Interests
Accredited Trainer for Interactive offices/classrooms using the Interactive whiteboard and its software (Level 1,2,3)
EPLE and DELE (Proficiency/Fluency in Spanish); A.S.A teaching certificate (in Swimming); EFL teaching qualification (English as a foreign language) A.S.A teaching certificate (in Swimming);
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