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Our Academic Team in Chester

English in Chester is very proud of its excellent, professional and friendly teaching team. We have a permanent teaching staff of experienced teachers, many of whom have worked with us for many years. 

Nearly all of our teaching staff have taught English abroad, and between them speak a number of foreign languages including French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Thai, Greek and Vietnamese, resulting in a broad understanding of our students’ languages and cultures.

Our staff frequently attend external training days and conferences run by organisations such as The English Network, English UK, English UK North, IATEFL, as well as regular in-house workshops. This ensures that they are continuously developing and updating their skills and teaching methods.

Jo Whittick

Jo Whittick BA (Hons), Dip TEFLA, Academic Manager

Jo joined English in Chester in 1995 and became Academic Manager in 2009. She has taught in Portugal and speaks Portuguese fluently. Jo's main academic interests are teaching pronunciation and professional development of academic staff. 

Kerry Rimmer

Kerry Rimmer BA (Hons), PGCE, Dip TEFLA, Teacher and Course Director

Kerry has worked at English in Chester for more than 20 years. As well as English, she is a qualified teacher of German and French, and taught Engish in Germany. For part of the year Kerry works as part of the Academic Management team as a Course Director. For the rest of the year she teaches on the full range of courses. 

Laura Beresford

Laura Beresford BA (Hons), DELTA, Teacher and Centre Manager (SCT)

Laura joined English in Chester in 2002. She teaches on a variety of courses including General English and closed groups. In the summer she oversees the academic programme of our Summer Course for Teenagers as Centre Manager.

David Sawtell

David Sawtell BA (Hons), MA, Dip TESOL, Senior Teacher

David joined English in Chester in 2004. He started teaching in 1989 having spent 4 years working in business. David teaches on our whole range of courses but primarily focues on the 25+ courses for which he is a Senior Teacher.

John Marquis

John Marquis BA (Hons), DELTA Teacher and Course Director

John joined English in Chester in 1998 having previously taught in Japan and Poland. Before teaching he was involved in drama and stand up comedy. John is interested in using drama techniques in the classroom.

Jane Cox

Jane Cox BEd (Hons) Teacher

Jane joined English in Chester in 2005. She has worked in a number of countries throughout her career including Italy, Switzerland, Singapore and Indonesia. She teaches mainly on the 25+ course.

Claire Scott

Claire Scott BA (Hons), Dip TEFLA, Teacher

Claire joined English in Chester permanently in 2007. She first taught at the school in 1988 during the summer period while home from teaching in Italy. She has taught English in Italy, Turkey and Spain. She works mainly on the General English and Examination courses.

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