I was born in the middle of England but grew up in West Yorkshire where I did science 'A' levels
and learned music from an early age, playing in youth orchestras. I started a degree in mathematics and computer science, but changed to music, subsequently doing 2 years of a music degree before becoming a Devon County peripatetic string teacher.
I was then a professional musician, toured extensively, made records, and taught at the same time, either music or English. I have taught mostly young learners in the U.K. as well as in France, Austria and Mexico, but also Business English.
Many years of intensive English weeks in Austria for the Native Speakers Network taught me most of what I know about teaching ESL, but passing the CELTA course was really valuable on top of that experience, and I subsequently taught at CIS Centro, the best language school in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico for nearly a year before returning to Europe.
We moved to Switzerland where my wife had a job offer, and I worked for many years for two companies, not as a teacher, but using my language skills.
I was always very creative with my teaching and came up with a lot of my own projects to supplement the course books, and that was always appreciated by all my students. In any case there were no course books in Austria, we went into schools as a team of up to ten native speakers and ran intensive weeks where only English was spoken and learned through activities like sports and theatre.