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
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.
~ Jim McCarthy
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
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.
~ Kieron Curtis
Hello, my name is Robert, and I am from Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. The last few years I have worked for Bank of America where I taught new hires as well as continuing education. I love working with people and helping them learn new things. I also love to learn and experience new things, which is why I am very excited to start working in Poland. My father was born in Wroclaw and always told me about how great Poland was, so in 2013 I traveled to Europe and spent a couple of weeks in Poland and absolutley loved it! I look forward to meeting everyone and experiencing Poland!
~ Robert Bircz
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.
~ Peter Holman-Washington
I was born in Stockholm, Sweden and grew up on the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. After many years in the administrative field, I decided to change my career to teaching English as a foreign language. This was to enable my desire to travel the world as well as to help make a difference in the lives of students internationally. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
In January 2017, I obtained my TESOL certificate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where I also taught until the end of June that year. From Vietnam I went to Colombia, South America where I was a volunteer teacher for four months.
On arriving back in Trinidad for Christmas, I decided that Europe would be my next destination, so here I am in Poland teaching at Connect since February 12th 2018. I am thoroughly enjoying the Polish way of life, and have loved sharing many aspects of my Caribbean culture with my students.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, exercising and practicing yoga.
~ Carolyn Smith
Poland is a wonderful country! I visited Krakow about 2 years ago on a brief trip during my study abroad semester and instantly adored the architecture, history, and culture of the Polish people. Because of this, I realized that Polish society has a lot to offer the world and giving people the language skills to progress in their profession either within Poland or abroad will further my goal in bettering the international community.
Likes: Traveling, going out with friends and socializing over the weekend, experiencing new sights and ways of life.
Dislikes: Staying home all day, doing nothing productive or social, and cleaning [though it is a necessary evil 🙂 ]
~ Aaron Hinds
Hello, I’m Jasmine! I’m 26 years old and I come from Canada. I have family in Switzerland and Germany, so I’m really excited to travel Europe :)! In my free time, I like to play video games, read and find new cakes to eat. I love the snow and the winter months, and I wilt in the summer. I’m TEFL certified by Protocol UK, and majored in English at Thompson Rivers University. I have a passion for teaching English, and had the pleasure of living in China for a few years and teaching there.
I’m so excited to be here in Poland with my little family of my boyfriend and our kitty, and I can’t wait to meet my students and get started on this new adventure!
~ Jasmine Young
Hi there! My name is Jeremie, I’m 23 years old and I come from Canada. My father was born in France so i had the opportunity to visit many countries in Europe during my childhood. I have particularly fond memories of Scotland. That being said, this will be the first time I go to Poland. I am absolutely stocked to discover everything about this country!
In 2015 I left for China where i taught English for roughly two years. It’s during my time there that I discovered my love of teaching. I honestly can’t picture myself doing anything else. I completed my TEFL certification with Protocol UK and I studied English at Thompson Rivers University.
I enjoy reading books, playing drums, listening to music and playing video games. I believe that traveling is the best way to get a new perspective on life and to grow as a person. That’s why I just can’t wait to see what Poland has in store for me!
~ Jeremie Bidjerano
I come from a thriving creative city in Southern Ontario, Canada, called St. Catharines. It is here where I began my passion for the visual arts. This passion followed me throughout my tenure at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, where I attained my Bachelor of Fine Arts, circa 2014. Since graduating University, I acquired a strong desire to get out and explore! I have had the privilege of travelling throughout most of Canada, from the East Coast of Prince Edward Island to the West of Victoria, British Columbia. These trips only inspired me further to continue my travels and experiences! As such, I became interested in teaching English as a valuable career path for myself, satisfying both my love of travel and my desire to teach. I completed the TEFL/TESOL/TESL course in March 2018 from Oxford Seminars. I had been offered contracts from Japan, China, and Spain, but the opportunity that struck of highest importance to me came from Pascal Connect in Rybnik, Poland. I am beyond excited to begin this journey with Pascal Connect, and to truly dive into the Polish culture! I look forward to growing as a professional as the students and I collectively meet challenges and victories throughout our time together!
~ Samantha Kutrowski
Hello. My name is Natalie. I am from the city of Johannesburg in South Africa.
I have travelled abroad to different countries and embraced new cultures and learnt new languages while pursuing my career in education. In my spare time, I enjoy writing, reading and playing sport. I had the opportunity to complete my TEFL in Thailand which was an awesome experience. Teaching English has always been my passion and I love working with children which is why I am excited for this opportunity to teach English in Poland and experience the Polish way of life!
~ Natalie Soombur
Hello! My name is Savannah Scott and I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico which is in the southwestern part of the US. I recently completed my CELTA in Berlin and I’m very excited to start my teaching career in Poland. I completed a short volunteer service in the US Peace Corps in Guatemala where I studied Spanish and lived in a rural mountain village. This experience taught me a lot about cultural immersion and I learned how much I enjoy working and living at the local level in different countries. Teaching English will give me the opportunity to live and work in many places around the world including Poland. I visited Poland a few years ago and fell in love with the beauty and the food so I can’t wait to live in Poland and experience everything this country has to offer.
~ Savannah Scott
Hi, my name is Ashley. I'm from North Carolina in the United States but I've lived in many places all over the world. Most recently I lived in Los Angeles while I finished a master's degree in Intercultural Studies, and before that I lived in Asia. I taught English in Japan for three years and loved it, so I decided to try teaching in Poland! I love traveling, and Poland is the 30th country that I have been to. While I'm here I want to explore more of Eastern Europe and learn Polish. I also enjoy reading, spending time outside (especially hiking and snowboarding), playing guitar, and baking. I love learning about other cultures and sharing my own, so I hope we can share a conversation someday!
~ Ashley Hinlleman