Nauczyciele/ Native Speakers

W Pascal Connect uczą wyłącznie obcokrajowcy, każdy znich jest przygotowywany przez wiele miesięcy z  zakresu nauczania j.angielskiego oraz autorskiej metody "Connect"

 

SCOTT TATTAM (manager, head teacher)

"I'm from a small town called Bateau Bay , which is about one and a half hours drive from Sydney, Australia.In 2006, I completed the CELTA course, which entitles me to teach English as a second language. I came to Poland in August 2006 to work as an English teacher at  Intensity School of Angielski in Rybnik. I spent two years there teaching the" Callan Method ." In 2009, I worked as head teacher at Progressive School of English, teaching Avalon Direct English . Throughout this time I taught adults and children , from beginners to advanced CAE students. I have also taught in many Polish companies . From 2007-2010 I worked for English Country Schools as a teacher and manager, where I had the pleasure to meet children from all over the world. I have also had work experience at a summer school in Italy and summer camp in the USA In August 2010, Paul Clement and I opened CONNECT School of English in Żory and then in Rybnik in August 2012. Since that time, we have also developed the CONNECT English Method for Polish students, which we are very proud of. Since opening, all our staff have worked hard to develop and achieve an excellent reputation for high quality teaching and a friendly and fun learning atmosphere. I'm very excited about co-operating with Pascal School and watching CONNECT to continue helping our students reach their goals in English  - Scott Tattam "

JOHN WIDDOP (head teacher)

My name is John Widdop. I was born in Winchester, England, in 1983. I have always been interested in words and letters. I spent three years studying the subject of Language and Communication at Cardiff University. For some reason, for 6 years after graduation continue living in Cardiff finally I came to my senses and moved to Poland. Just before I left the UK, I graduated from the Cambridge CELTA course, which means that I have been accepted by Cambridge English to teach English. The combination of these two courses means that I can not only teach English, but also advise in terms of effective communication. 

I have lived in Poland since 2010, and plan to stay here for the rest of my life. I believe that English teaching is the best job for me and I have decided that Poland is the best country for me to teach. I love the people here, the lifestyle, culture and everything else. Every day I learn something new. In 2011, I visited every city in Poland which is bigger than Rybnik and since then, I have tried to visit as many other interesting places that I can, using public transport. 
My biggest interests are literature and film. If I have time, I try to read a book every week. I lose myself in books. They offer an escape from the world and give me a chance to spend some time alone - something that is difficult when you are a teacher. 
In 2011 I got my first cat, and in 2012 I decided that one wasn't enough, and now I have two cats living with me, in my flat. Their names are Keith and Lucy, (named after characters in books by my favourite author, Martin Amis) and I can't imagine life without them. 
If I had to describe my teaching style – well, it's probably better to ask one of the hundreds of students I have taught in the years since I came here. But I would say that my teaching style is very dynamic and spontaneous, and students not only have to speak English in my lessons, but think in English as well. Many students have succeeded in passing important exams, partly due to my help. I also like to travel and especially travelling in Poland. This country has a lot to offer and I plan to explore it for many years! - John Widdop.

JIM McCARTHY (manager, head teacher)

My name is Jim McCarthy and I'm from Ireland. I joined CONNECT SCHOOL on August 2013, but I've been living and working in Poland since 2005. I was born in the very South of Ireland about 40 kilometres from Cork city which is the second biggest city in the Irish Republic and the third biggest on the island of Ireland after Dublin and Belfast. 
My parents were dairy farmers so I spent a lot of my younger years working with cows. After I finished secondary school I worked in various jobs before I decided to go to University to study economics and geography. After graduating from university college Cork I worked for a while in market research in Dublin. Later I left this job and went to Australia where I did various part time jobs and travelled a lot. 
In the spring of 2005 I completed an ESL course in Cork city and came to Poland to teach English. I intended to stay here for one academic year but I liked it so much I decided to stay longer. Now Poland has become my home and it's hard for me to imagine living anywhere else. I like my job as an English teacher. Being a teacher means you meet many different people young and old students and professional people.

 

 

KIERON CURTIS

Hello, my name is Kieron. I come from the wonderful city of Preston which is England's second newest city (it became a city in 2002). I'm quite new to Poland, I arrived in August 2013, but I have absolutely loved my first year in Rybnik and I am looking forward to next year already! I studied History and French at the University of Liverpool, with one year at the University of Provence in France. My main interests are history, football and travelling - I like how you can drive to many different countries from Poland (something which isn't very easy from England!) I am also passionate about languages and the challenges faced when learning them. I think studying French to university level has helped me as a teacher as I have a good understanding of how languages work and why people make mistakes. I have been fascinated by our students' stories of life in Poland and can't wait to find out more. One last thing about me: I have a Polish uncle who was born in Warsaw, moved to England when he was 10 years old and now lives in Canada.

 

JANA BAILEY-PIETRZAK (head teacher)

I grew up in Detroit, Michigan, but consider myself from Los Angeles, California. For the record, my favorite sports teams are all from Detroit. Before moving to Poland I worked for General Motors for 13 years in a variety of positions and locations around America. I made the move to Poland in August 2011 and it was the best decision I've ever made. I started teaching at Connect in September of that same year. I love living and teaching in Zory. 
Some things I like doing in my free time are: reading, travelling, learning Polish (it is so hard, but I'm trying), and spending time with my friends.....possibly in a beer garden.

 

 

JONOTHON JONES


My name is Jonothon and I am 24 years old. I was born in Shropshire, England and studied Chinese Mandarin in South Wales, U.K. In the future I would like to complete a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics. Language and linguistics is my single most passion… I’m studying towards learning several languages including: Welsh, German, French and Chinese (Ancient Chinese included). I would also love to learn Japanese and British Sign Language in the distant future – only if there’s room of course! Secondary to my passion of languages is writing fiction and poetry which I hope to have published one day. I have written an unpublished ‘short novel’ which i  am working hard to edit in order to have it published. I am massively creative; knitting and crochet is a guilty pleasure of mine when I have the time. Before realising my passion for language and teaching I had been training as a baker which I enjoyed very much. I decided to come into teaching as I absolutely love to help people realise their potential, and at the same time share my love for languages. I have taught English in Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand for two months and completed a CELTA certificate in July 2017. I have a very visual approach to teaching language and an easy, soft methodology of explaining grammar and vocabulary. I believe that anyone can learn any language that they want; and a  language teacher has the responsibility of showing this to their students. 
Having the opportunity to teach here in Poland is a unique learning experience for me, to meet all kinds of friendly people, to experience the rich culture and language, and to  share a ‘piwo’ with friends at the weekend!

 

HANNAH PRESCOTT


Hello I’m Hannah Prescott, I’m from a little town called Bolton which is close to Manchester in the UK. I’m 22 a Cancerian and have a 1st class Honours in Fine Arts, I’m passionate about all things Art and also take a huge interest in Reading, Music and Travelling. I don’t have a favourite artist as there are too many to choose from but I love the works of Mark Rothko, Joe Bradley, Cy Twombly and Helen Frankenthaler. On request I can suggest an endless amount of artists to look at if you are knew to the subject and interested. I look forward to meeting you and learning more about the Polish culture and language.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREG WALASEK

Hello, my name is Greg.  I grew up in the United States.  The majority of that time was spent in central Pennsylvania but I also spent at least a year in places like Pittsburgh, Washington D.C. and New Orleans.  I then moved to the United Kingdom and proceeded to live there for nearly the next decade; splitting the time almost equally between London and Edinburgh.  The first couple of years in the United Kingdom were spent working in London generally as a consultant before moving to Edinburgh and becoming employed as a manager at a 4 star hotel.  I also attended university whilst in Scotland.  After leaving the United Kingdom; I decided to do some traveling and have now seen a fair amount of the countries that form the European Union.  It's during these travels that I realized that I should pursue a career in teaching English as a Second Language.  I subsequently signed up for and completed my CELTA course.  Now I'm looking forward to beginning a fruitful career in something that I have a great appreciation for.  As to what I do in my spare time; I generally enjoy looking for new experiences and am not afraid to try a  wide variety of things.



PETER HOLMAN-WASHINGTON 


I'm a former behavioral therapist from Los Angeles California. However, within the last two years, I've been traveling around the globe as an educator. On my travels, I have worked with several unique individuals and have had the pleasure of learning about different cultures, customs and traditions. I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to teach in Poland and continue to explore the beautiful diversity of our planet. More specifically I am happy to have the opportunity to work in a community and fully embrace the Polish way of life while sharing my travels and culture via my native tongue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAYLEY TETLEY

 

My name is Hayley and I come from a town called Benoni (near Johannesburg) in South Africa. I've lived in Poland since September 2015 and before that I lived in the south of Thailand for two and a half years.

I studied at the University of Pretoria in South Africa's capital city and have a BA (Languages) English Studies including TESOL and a postgraduate BA (Hons) English.

I love teaching and I always knew I wanted to teach outside of my home country, I just didn't know exactly where. After a few years in Thailand I had the opportunity to come to Poland and it was an excellent decision.

Living in Poland is an awesome experience! It's been amazing getting to know the Polish people, culture and language over the last two years and I still have so much more to learn. Travelling is high on my list of priorities and Poland is the perfect place from which to see the rest of Europe.

My one true love is literature so I always make sure I have time for reading. I also enjoy cooking and baking.

 

One of the best things about my job is all the new people I meet. Each person has a unique experience of life and gives me a chance to broaden my worldview. I often find that I learn as much from my students as they do from me.

 

                                             ADAM KHALFAOUI

 

My name is Adam Khalfaoui, I was born in England but spent my adolescent years growing up in Malaysia and Hong Kong.  I have always wanted to be a teacher. My mother is currently the head of geography in an international school and my father was a computer science and foreign language teacher for over 20 years.  I spent 6 years studying my chosen craft and have since acquired a bachelors degree,  a masters degree and 2 separate TEFL qualifications.   I am now coming into my 5th year teaching and it has so far been an incredibly rewarding experience.  I have spent 3 years in Hong Kong, just under 1 year in Italy and now Poland.  In my spare time I like to go on bike rides and train strongman which is a sport I am very passionate and knowledgeable about, I am also a very good actor, singer and performer.  I'm very interested to explore this unique country and I can't wait to see what the future holds.

 

 

Hi. I grew up in Causewayhead, Stirling, Scotland in the 1970s when the trade unions were being broken up, coal mines were being shut down and the teachers’ industrial action was pending. Britain went to war over the Falkland Islands when I was 11 years old and I remember family friends, not much older than me, being sent off to war.

I was christened Michael Donaldson but very soon had been awarded the moniker ‘Harry’. Every child born in 1971 that attended Riverside Primary or Wallace High school was generously bestowed with a nickname; some more generously than others, as Petite Oreilles (small ears) will testify! I left school at 17 years of age to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Glasgow and graduated 4 years later with an honours degree. From there, things took a sharp diversion!

I travelled throughout most of North America and Europe playing music before eventually settling in Germany playing with the Scottish folk group ‘The McGlumphers’. Internal wrangling eventually drove us apart, but not before we had had a modicum of national success, and, through sheer necessity, I had also become proficient in my use of the German language. Immersing one’s self in the culture of a different country remains the most effective way of learning a new language to this day.

My travels then took me back to my native Scotland where my two brothers and I formed the inimitable folk group ‘Seven Foot Willie’. Willie were massive throughout Scotland! (Note: William Wallace was allegedly seven foot tall). A short hop across the Irish Sea then took me to the land of my forefathers where I continued to play music for many years before returning to full time education to study Software Development and Design.

After graduation, my designs on an easier way of life proved to be flawed and I bailed out 3 years later when large foreign investment companies started buying up all the property in Ireland; thus forcing rents up and families onto the streets. The Bridge Mills Language School in Galway, Ireland provided a safe haven for a month while I studied for, and gained my TEFL qualification.

Now the teachers are getting ready to strike again, the world is still at war and I am living in Rybnik, south-western Poland, teaching English. What just happened?

“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn't mean to take.” 
 Angela N. Blount, Once Upon an Ever After

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