Emily Tolhurst (B.A Hons, PGCE)
As an experienced language teacher, I'm really excited to be part of the JitB team teaching and supporting bilingual children to develop their English skills.
Once I finished my degree in French and Linguistics I joined the TeachFirst training programme, through which I completed my PGCE and gained invaluable experience. Over four years, I taught in two different comprehensive schools in London, working with pupils aged 11-18 with diverse needs. I prepared pupils for GCSE, A-level and IB exams, and was also a tutor, providing pastoral as well as academic support.
I then spent a year aboad in France and Madagascar where I taught English to adults and French to children and really developed my love of teaching.
The range of experience I have gained through my different roles has taught me a huge amount about how to develop an environment where learners feel secure and thrive, as well how best to use classroom and home time to ensure that every child fulfills their potential. I look forward to working with parents and pupils at JitB, and seeing the pupils continue to thrive in an English classroom.
Claire Hansen (B.A Hons, Masters of Teaching)
I have been part of the JitB family for the last five years and made the move to France from Australia eight years ago. I hold a B.A and a Master of Teaching and have worked extensively in education for over 17 years in private tutoring, language schools, adult education, disability support and primary and secondary schools throughout both Melbourne and Toulouse.
I bring with me not just my love of teaching but an understanding that children learn best when they feel safe, happy and respected. I strive to ensure that all students are challenged and individually catered for.
I am thrilled to be part of the JitB team. It is a fantastic balance of academic focus, games, drama, speaking, listening, reading and playing so it's not just the students who have all the fun!
Judith Morisset (B.A Hons)
I feel honoured and excited to be a part of JitB! With my BA Hons degree in French I left a little village in Leicestershire 13 years ago for a working summer in the south of France, and never looked back! In my previous jobs I was always “The English Reference” and so four years ago decided to make a career change. TEFL certified, I have been teaching English ever since. I work in a primary school in Toulouse teaching English to bilingual and non-bilingual children and give private lessons to under 18s.
As a parent of a bilingual child myself I feel that it is essential to keep the English language as strong as the French and bring in their second culture as much as possible. I’m passionate about what I do and fascinated and proud of what the children are able to accomplish from the youngest of ages.
Tracy Johnson (BA Hons, MA, PGCE)
I am very excited to be part of the JitB team as the teacher of both the iGCSE English Literature and Language and History courses.
I am an experienced teacher of English and the Humanities. Since completing my PGCE in 2005 I have taught in secondary and SEN schools in Bristol and the surrounding areas and have gained a wealth of experience, not just in the academic aspects of education, but also in the pastoral.
I am an enthusiastic and reflective practitioner and am hoping to bring my love of literature and language to the students of JitB. The experience I have had as both a teacher and parent of teenagers has enabled me to develop a variety of strategies which promote an enjoyable, safe and respectful learning environment.
Lysiane Dixte (BA Hons) - Teaching Assistant
My father is French, and my mother is Irish. Growing up, I spent many years overseas due to my father’s professional commitments. French, English, and Chinese are part of my culture. I spent the first nine years of my life in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where I attended a Chinese pre-school and the Kaohsiung American School.
After obtaining my French Baccalaureate (L) with Honours in Malaysia, I studied for four years at the University of Stirling, Scotland, where I graduated with a 1st in Modern Languages, French, and Spanish with translation. Following university, I attended Wen Zao University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to improve my level of Mandarin.
While I was in Kaohsiung, I had the opportunity to teach English and French to children in 'cram schools', business people and to young offenders through the Rotary Club, as a volunteer.
After this experience in Taiwan, I realised teaching was the path I wanted to take. I was given the possibility of returning to France, where I opened a French, English, Spanish, and Chinese language centre with my sister. The centre gave me the experience of working with people of all ages (from 3 to 75 years old). It allowed me to discover the different approaches necessary while teaching a language.
I decided to take a TEFL course online to understand the pedagogy of teaching. This gave me the expertise and teaching methods to effectively help students to feel comfortable and confident when communicating.
I am delighted to be a part of the 'Jack in the Box' team and to share my passion for teaching. I love seeing the joy and enthusiasm of the children who attend the school. They come to class with vivid imaginations and as avid readers. It is wonderful to get them involved in fun activities and watch them grow as young learners and individuals.
Children have so much energy and being in the midst of their constant cheeriness and laughter is what I enjoy most about being a teacher, and is why I love the profession.