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Passionate about education and interaction, I am a self-starting language trainer seeking an opportunity that will utilise my expertise and active nature. I wish to engage with a team dedicated to providing the best possible experience of English as the world’s primary communication tool, embracing creative learning strategies and with scope for professional development.

Work experience

Aug 2010Jul 2015

Assistant Language Teacher

JET Programme (Shizuoka, Japan)

Native speaking English teacher in a Japanese senior high school of 860 students and 70 teachers:

  • Curriculum design with tangible learner objectives;
  • Self-directed planning and delivery of stimulating lessons;
  • Skills Development Conference Event Organising Committee (2014);
  • Shizuoka Chronicle Editorial Committee and writer (2010-15).
Jul 2012Present

Private Tutoring

Various students, one-on-one

Private weekly tuition to adult learners with varied goals:

  • Employment of spaced repetition methodologies to build vocabulary and achieve increased comprehension and response speeds;
  • Engage learners in mutual cultural exchange through the medium of English to foster unconscious learning.
Jan 2008Jul 2010

IT Projects Officer

Care Quality Commission (Newcastle/London, UK)

Delivered project support to the IT dept. of a national care regulator:

  • Hub support to mobile training team, administrative duties to project managers, PA to Projects Director;
  • Departmental spearhead for Records and Documents Management;
  • Meeting/teleconference facilitation, minutes and actions tracking.
Sep 2007Dec 2007

Administrative Assistant

St Oswald's Hospice (Newcastle, UK)

Seasonal administrative relief in a local non-profit organisation:

  • Data input, logging public donations, clerical office duties.
Mar 2005Jul 2007

Lead Preschool Class Teacher

Happy Marian's Children's World (2006-7) & The Lee Sisters' English Immersion School (2005-6) (Taipei, Taiwan)

Energetically led groups of 10-12 children aged 3-4 through their daily activities in an English immersion environment.

  • Followed the Montessori teaching philosophy to engage children in learning by doing, including themed projects, arts and crafts. 
  • Supervised the class at all times with the assistance of a co-teacher, nurturing curiosity and creativity in all settings.
Jul 2006Jun 2007

English Instructor

Universal English (Taipei, Taiwan)

Business and conversational English tuition to individuals & groups.

  • Sourced materials and structured curriculums to meet individual objectives, such as increased vocabulary, improved pronunciation, fluid speaking or confidence exchanging emails with business clients.
Sep 2004Feb 2005

Mortgage Sales Assistant

Northern Rock PLC (Newcastle, UK)

Mortgage sales as part of a team in a customer-driven environment: 

  • Delivered customer service excellence via telephone.


  • Photography & Social Media Coordinator at Tokyo Yamathon on behalf of IVG (International Volunteer Group) Japan: Creator and manager of Tokyo Yamathon Facebook community, content writer for media promotions and event photographer. Supervised a group of eight volunteer photographers at Yamathon 2015, collating and editing all event images. Additionally provided support and photography for IVG's Sea To Summit 2014 event.
  • Photographer at Photohoku, Japan: Assisted at a local festival in Fukushima helping local families rebuild photo albums.
  • Writer, Photographer and Social Media Coordinator at Recipient of the 2013 Suruga Institute Research Grant to build a website and online community promoting tourism in Shizuoka.
  • Spot contributor at Odigo Travel:
  • Running, cycling, travel and photography. 


Sep 2001Jul 2004

BA (Hons) English Literature & Cultural History

Liverpool John Moores University

First class honours; Derick Elder Prize for outstanding achievement.


Nov 2009Present

P3O (Foundation)

The functions of a dedicated Programmes, Portfolios and Projects Office in supporting PRINCE2 managed projects, roles and terminology.

Sep 2009Jun 2010

Photography (Level One)

Foundations of digital SLR photography including light metering, aperture, ISO, plus image composition and completion of a portfolio.