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We have an international team of experienced, qualified, native-level English-speaking professionals from the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Ireland and South Africa.

OUR ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP TEAM

MS SUE BACK

Academic Director 

BA Geography, PGCE, Cambridge CELTA

A highly qualified and professionally accredited teacher in UK where she specialised in teaching primary school students, Sue also is a qualified English language teacher and has taught English to junior and secondary students in Japan and Malaysia. She is specially trained in teaching handwriting, spelling and reading skills.

MR JAMIE CARTER 

Straits Quay Centre Manager & Lead Teacher

BA Business Studies, MA Education, Cambridge CELTA

Jamie joined us after working in Perak for 4 years as a mentor to English teachers in 8 primary schools under a major Ministry of Education project. Before that he worked for 6 years as an Instructor and Instruction Manager in a Berlitz language centre in South Korea. He has taught English to students of all ages and ranging from pre-school children to adults including executives & professionals. He enjoys photography, hiking and has a passion for technology.

MR DENIS MCDONALD

Butterworth Centre Manager & Lead Teacher

BSc Applied Computing, ITTT TEFL Cert, Cambridge CELTA

Denis began his teaching career in South Korea where firstly he taught children of all ages in language centres and formal schools followed by courses for teens and adults including TOEFL preparation courses. He joined us after working as a mentor to English teachers in remote rural schools in Sarawak under a major Ministry of Education project.

MR CHRIS TAYLOR 

Bukit Mertajam Centre Manager & Lead Teacher

BA Drama, Cambridge CELTA & DELTA

Chris has had extensive experience as a teacher and teacher trainer in ELT, both in the UK and overseas, covering a wide range of teaching and learning contexts at all levels, and a range of specialist groups. His work as an educator has included delivery in both adult and teen education, within EFL and ESOL, from FE to adult community learning within the charity sector. He unwinds by going to concerts, running, discovering new culinary highs and travelling.

MR KELLY-ANNE BAZLIK 

Bayan Baru Centre Manager & Lead Teacher

BA Cultural Anthropology, Cambridge CELTA

With over 12 years of teaching experience, Kelly-Anne has worked in schools and language centres in Egypt, Myanmar, South Korea and Uzbekistan. She has devised and taught English courses to students of all ages and levels and has also taught literacy and numeracy courses based on the UK National Curriculum. She joined us from Lundu in Sarawak where she mentored English teachers in local schools under a major Ministry of Education project.

MS EMMA TALBOT 

Senior Teacher 

BA Psychology & Sociology, Cambridge DELTA & CELTA 

Holds a double degree in Psychology and Sociology and is qualified as a teacher trainer for Cambridge University’s English language teaching programmes (CELTA, DELTA & TKT), as well as a former IELTS examiner. She has taught English for over 24 years to all levels and age groups in various countries including UK, Australia, Taiwan and Malaysia – where she taught in the British Council in both Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

MR ANDREW BOLDERSON 

Corporate Training Manager & Lead Teacher

BA Philosophy, Cambridge CELTA

Andrew taught in China for 8 years in universities and language centres in Dalian, Shanghai, Quanzhou, Ningbo & Xiamen. He has taught all ages and proficiency levels especially teenagers, university students and adults. In addition to regular English classes Andrew has taught creative writing, debating and critical thinking. He has prepared students for IELTS and TOEFL examinations and has taught the staff of major companies such as Bank of China, Volkswagen, and HTC. Before becoming a teacher Andrew worked as a journalist in Wales.

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ACADEMIC TEAM

Ms Adrianna Piacentini

Teacher at Tanjung Tokong Centre

MA History of Art, BD Theology,

Cambridge CELTA (UK)

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Mr Garvan Sheehan

Tanjung Tokong & Butterworth centres

BA Media Production, MEd Applied Linguistics, TEFL Cert (Ireland)

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Ms Florence Pattee

Teacher at Tanjung Tokong Centre

BA in Philosphy,

TEFL (USA)

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Ms Sophia Magley

Teacher at Tanjung Tokong Centre

BS Criminology and Politics,

TEFL (USA)

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Ms Niamh Fitzpatrick

Teacher at Butterworth Centre 

MA (Hons) Translation and Applied Linguistics, Cambridge CELTA (Ireland)

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Mr Barry Jones

Teacher at Butterworth Centre

BA History,

Cambridge CELTA (Wales, UK)

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Mr Michael Carr

Teacher at Bukit Mertajam Centre

BA Philosophy, MA Human Rights, 

CertTESOL (Australia)

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Ms Judith Louw

Teacher at Bukit Mertajam Centre

BA Psychology

TEFL- Diploma (South Africa)

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Mr Nicolaas Oosthuizen

Teacher at Bayan Baru Centre

BA Arts, BA of Law, 

TEFL Cert (South Africa)

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Ms Rebecca Anderton

Teacher at Bayan Baru Centre

BA (Hons) English and Drama

TESOL/ TEFL Cert (UK)

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