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 three years and I am relatively new to France (and the language) having made the move from Australia six years ago. I hold a B.A and a Master of Teaching and have worked extensively in education for over 15 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.
Kathleen Hartman (BA Hons, M.Ed)
I am so excited to explore literature and language with the students at Jack in the Box! Before moving to Toulouse, I taught English literature and language for seven years in the United States. I had the opportunity to work with students of all levels, including working with students with a variety of learning needs and getting special certification to teach gifted students. I love to get to know all of my students in a group, while also learning about them as individuals through their writing and conversation.
I have found that it is important to establish a safe environment with mutual respect, where students feel comfortable to explore ideas and interpretations of the texts we study, incorporating their own experiences and points of view. This community building also builds confidence and allows for risk-taking.
Jack in the Box values both high academic standards and community building; I am so happy to be part of this team of teachers, parents, and students!
Caroline Bowery (BA Hons, MA) - Teaching Assistant
Having worked for three years in marketing in the UK, I made the decision to coincide my move to Toulouse with a career change which would be more fulfilling and in line with my personal values and qualities: supporting others to fulfil their potential through teaching.
I obtained my BA in English Literature and the CELTA in 2011. Paired with my previous experience working with children in and outside the formal classroom, and as a tutor to adult learners with specialised learning needs, the progression to teaching English in France has felt like a natural one.
As well as English, I am also passionate about foreign languages. I grew up in a bilingual household, so empathise with the frustrations which are sometimes faced by children who are bilingual, but I’m also acutely aware of the advantages and the richness added of knowing and nurturing another language from a young age. This experience only serves to enhance the support I can offer to help those I work with to grow in confidence and get excited about language learning in the creative and supportive environment at JitB!
OUR CORE PRINCIPLES
"Constantly learning, critically thinking"
We aim to re-create a UK school environment for our children. We place strong emphasis on active learning through discussion, drama and performance, and on developing critical and analytical thinking skills. Children learn to be discerning readers and to write in different styles to suit the purpose. Teaching is differentiated with tasks and activities arranged to meet all abilities.