All change!

I came to International House Bydgoszcz in September 2015, having been Director of Studies in a very different, much smaller school (IH Sevastopol) for a year, followed by a freelance CELTA trainer for a year. When I came to Poland, I thought I might stay for 5 years. It’s now my 6th year, and my last.

I’ve learnt so much from the job and the people I’ve worked with, but now it’s time to move on and let somebody else take their turn. I’m very happy to say that my colleague will take over from me as the next DOS, and I wish her the best of luck with the position, in what is one of the best schools I’ve ever had the privilege to be in contact with.

As for me, I’ll be moving into the world of freelancing from October 2021. I’m aiming for a combination of teacher training (CELTA and non-CELTA), materials writing, and perhaps also some teaching and consultancy work. If you have a project you think I might be a good fit for, please do get in touch. I also plan to continue my work on the ELT Playbook series, so watch this space for announcements of new titles or subscribe to the blog or facebook page. I’m excited about taking the next step, and look forward to continuing to share what I learn with you.

The first photo of me in Bydgoszcz, August 2015

18 thoughts on “All change!

  1. Congrats on the decision and the shift in working approach! I’m doing kind of similar additions, but am too worried about the security of giving up my day-job (which is good in so many ways, but also in the way of really pursuing more diverse projects).


    1. Thanks Tyson! I noticed your tweet earlier about saying no – definitely something I’ve got better at over the last couple of years when I was still doing the day job, but hopefully I’ll have more flexibility with things now, though still plan to say no if I need to!

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  2. WOW! That’s exciting news! Congratulations on your decision and such advance planning.

    Will you be taking some time off after finishing up at IH? Where do you think you’ll base yourself?

    Looking forward to hearing more about your change as it happens.


    1. Thanks Judith. The summer will probably be a mix of time off and handing over to the next DoS, so hopefully I’ll be rested and raring to go by October. Not sure yet about where I’ll be based.


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