I grew up in the UK, and have worked around the world: teaching in Borneo, Paraguay, Czech Republic, Crimea and the UK, training in the United States, Canada, Thailand, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, and Malta plus other work in France and Germany. I am currently the Director of Studies at International House Bydgoszcz in Poland.
I am passionate about teaching, and am constantly trying to develop professionally. To that end, I am a member of twitter (@sandymillin) where I follow many interesting educators who constantly provide useful tips – highly recommended. I have attended local conferences in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and the UK, and international conferences including TESOL France (2011) and Innovate ELT (2016), where I particularly enjoy presenting. I am a member of IATEFL and have attended all of their annual conferences since 2012. I am also on the IATEFL Membership and Marketing Committee, and curate the IATEFL blog.
From 2007 to 2008 I did my CELTA (Certificate in English Teaching to Adults) part-time at Durham University Language Centre during my final year of university. I then went through a phrase of collecting extra teaching certificates at the start of my career:
- IH BET (Business English Certificate, 2008-2009)
- IHCYL (Young Learners Certificate, 2009-2010)
- IH CAM (Certificate in Advanced Methodology, 2010-2011)
- IH COLT (Certificate in Online Tutoring, Oct-Nov 2011)
- Delta (Sept 2012-Dec 2013)
From 2008 to 2011 I worked at International House Brno as an EFL teacher September-June and for Kaplan / WELS International Centres (formerly owned by IH) at their Ardingly Centre in the UK for a few weeks each July and August. I was at International House Newcastle July 2011-August 2013, and moved to International House Sevastopol in September 2013. I stayed there until my visa ran out in August 2014, then worked as a CELTA tutor in Leeds, San Diego and Vancouver, Chiang Mai, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Sevastopol, before starting as Director of Studies at IH Bydgoszcz.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, Bookcrossing (@sandyundead), Postcrossing, listening to podcasts, films and travelling. I also like taking photographs, and am one of the curators for eltpics, a photo-sharing initiative for teachers. However, my main addiction is learning languages. In addition to English, I currently speak French, German, Spanish (all around C1) and my Polish is around B1. I know a very little Modern Greek, Bahasa Malay, Thai and Mandarin, and have forgotten most of my Czech and Russian, thanks to Polish.
Please note: all views expressed on this blog are my own.