Meet the IH Bangkok Staff

Management Team

Daniel Willcocks

Managing Director/Teacher

  • B.A. Business Studies – Swansea, UK
  • M.A. Applied Linguistics – Birmingham, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA – Paignton, Devon, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA – Cambridge, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Cambridge UK
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment Team Leader, Thailand
  • IELTS Examiner

 

My name is Danny, I am the Managing Director at International House Bangkok, and I spend my time setting up courses and programmes and taking care of the day to day running of the school. However, I am a teacher at heart, teaching all ages as much as I can and I also enjoy training teachers on our Cambridge CELTA courses whenever needed. I have been a teacher for over 25 years in total in the UK, Italy and Thailand. In Thailand I have enjoyed teaching students from prestigious international schools and here happily with IH Bangkok for more than 17 years. In fact I liked it so much that I got married and my daughter, Jasmine, comes to IH to study English for Young Learners courses as well.

I have prided myself on successfully teaching students for exams whilst at the same time having fun. We have had a 100% pass rate for Cambridge English Language Assessment (CELA) main suite exams including KET, PET and FCE in many, many exam sessions and also helped international school students get ‘A’s for many subjects including IGCSE English, IGCSE ESL and IGCSE business studies – I leave the other IGCSE subjects to IH Bangkok teachers who know better. I have also been very fortunate to teach a lot of talented students from Thai schools who have gone on to get the King’s scholarship, the Thai government scholarship and the Japanese government scholarship all to study abroad to a masters or doctorate level. Out of school, I enjoy following and doing sports including fitness activities, cycling round the countryside of Thailand, swimming and cheering for Tottenham Hotspur.

Marshall Owen

Marketing Director

  • BS in Business Accounting, Minor in Economics – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

My name is Marshall and I am 28 years old from California in the U.S. I take care of the marketing, day to day running of the school, and advising clients on their programs of study. I received my BS in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I lived and taught in Costa Rica for half a year which gave me a passion for new cultures and travel. This passion led me to Thailand at the beginning of 2013. I took my CELTA shortly thereafter and started working for International House in March of 2013. I changed jobs to become the Marketing Director in 2014. A majority of my time in Bangkok is spent exploring the city or with friends in good restaurants.

Although I rarely teach now, I can teach Science, Math, Economics, Business, and History.

Our Teachers

Tom Duerden

Tom Duerden

Director of Studies

  • BSc (hons) Environmental Science, University of Chester, England.
  • Cambridge Delta – International House Bangkok
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

I’m 36 years old and from Chester in England. I have been a dedicated member of the IH teaching team since I completed my CELTA in 2012.  I have an extensive range of teaching experience with all levels, from very young learners to adults. Thanks to the world-class teacher training I have received from International House Bangkok, I received a distinction for my practical teaching assessment on the Cambridge Delta. I have since become Director of Studies and an IH CYLT course tutor. This ongoing training and support is one of the main reasons I continue to work at International House Bangkok.  I firmly believe that our investment in professional development enables our school to offer language education that is second to none.

During my time as an English language teacher, I have become increasingly fascinated with the process of language acquisition. Between classes, I enjoy researching linguistics and various teaching methods in order to keep up to date and expand my knowledge. This curiosity and passion for learning extends to the classroom, where I am constantly trying to push my teaching ability and create the best possible conditions for my students to extend and develop their English language skills. In terms of my teaching methodology, I am very interested in more experimental forms of teaching such as Dogme and the lexical approach. I have found that language learning is most successful when it is grounded in a communicative and supportive environment, allowing the students to personalise the language and express themselves confidently.

My skills and experiences ensure that I can also teach IGCSE biology. I am a natural world enthusiast and a keen photographer/ videographer. I have volunteered for projects all over the world including sea turtle conservation in the Caribbean and in Thailand since 2006. At present, I have limited time for voluntary work but take great delight in exploring Thailand’s amazing national parks where I can study, photograph and film wildlife.

Richie Berry

Richie Berry

  • BA – Educational Studies – University of Hull, England
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

Hi everybody, my name is Richie and I’m 34. It’s a pleasure to meet you all!

I come from Leeds in England. My interests include travelling; I love to seek new experiences and learn about cultures that are different from my own, which is one of the reasons for moving to Thailand. I also love sports, health and fitness; I worked as a personal trainer before I moved to Thailand. I have a BA Hons degree in Educational Studies from the University of Hull.

Even though I love health and fitness, I decided that I wanted to motivate and inspire others in a different way; by teaching English. Inspiring and motivating learners to achieve their individual goals, and helping them flourish as confident and fluent English speakers, is something I am very passionate about. There is nothing more rewarding than watching students join in classroom activities and using language in authentic ways. As such, creating a learning environment where students feel comfortable and relaxed is very important to me.

Before I completed my CELTA at IH Bangkok in 2017, I had two years’ experience teaching a diverse range of students at a language centre in Nonthaburi. I am really excited about teaching at IH Bangkok and learning from teachers and students alike!

James Isaksen

James Isaksen

  • BA (Hons) Social Anthropology, The University of Manchester, England
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

Hi, my name’s James from England, and I’m 30 years old. I have always been very interested in different cultures and this led me to complete a degree in Social Anthropology.

Most of my career I have worked in sales and management and this culminated in growing a start-up business providing educational training to underprivileged young people and ex-offenders in the UK. This experience ignited my passion for helping people and demonstrated the importance of education in people’s lives. I then decided I would like to combine my passion for teaching, education and culture and become a qualified English teacher.

I have loved my experience so far in Thailand and believe IH Bangkok provides an excellent combination of high quality teaching within a friendly atmosphere where students feel relaxed and are encouraged to be creative and communicative. My favourite part of teaching is getting to know my students and helping them increase their confidence and enthusiasm for learning English. I like to provoke discussion amongst my students because if they feel passionate about what they’re talking about, the language comes naturally.

My passions outside of work are health and fitness, travelling, movies and food!

Greg Byers

Greg Byers

  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech University
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

Hello, my name is Greg and I’m 26 years old. I grew up in Texas, and I studied Landscape Architecture at Texas Tech University.

I worked for a few years at a Botanical Garden in Texas and then at a Civil Engineering firm in Florida, and after meeting someone who enjoyed teaching English abroad I was inspired to try it for myself. I enrolled in the IH Bangkok CELTA and took an instant liking to teaching.

Though I only started working at IH Bangkok in April, I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve found that the vast majority students are ready and excited to learn, which creates a fun and positive environment.

In my lessons I like to introduce students to bits of language that are fun, interesting, and quite useful. I also encourage students to experience the English language in real situations such as television and movies, and to read books in English in order to expose themselves to new vocabulary and real life usage.

I love the energy that a city like Bangkok has. The city is alive 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and I am continually discovering new things to see and do.

Shauna McKernan

Shauna Mckernan

  • BA – History, University of Manchester
  • Cambridge CELTA – Cardiff and Vale College

Hello, my name is Shauna and I’m 25 years old. I grew up in Wales and Ireland, and I studied History at the University of Manchester.

I volunteered for a few years teaching English to refugees in the UK, and after working as a language assistant in Italy I decided to enroll on a CELTA course in the UK to become a teacher. I have seen how English can help people and communities and, having experienced the difficulties of learning a language myself, I wanted to use my skills to give other people new opportunities.

I have enjoyed everything about working at IH Bangkok so far. The students are friendly and eager to learn and the teachers are dedicated and encouraging, creating a fun atmosphere that is very beneficial for language learning.

I encourage my students to speak as much as possible and I like learning about the students’ cultures and teaching them about aspects of British culture. I am interested in languages and enjoy helping my students to develop their English skills in a communicative environment. It is important to me that the students feel confident but that they are also challenged.

Bangkok is very exciting and dynamic, and I have enjoyed discovering new things every time I explore the city, and learning about the history and food of Thailand. I also enjoy swimming and yoga, and visiting art and cultural events in Bangkok.

Karina Patterson

Karina Patterson

  • BA, Major in Music – Colorado State University – Pueblo
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

Hello, I’m Karina and I’m from Colorado Springs, Colorado in the United States. I graduated with a degree in music performance (clarinet). After university I began a career in the legal field and worked as a paralegal for 5 years prior to teaching. I enjoyed assisting people through difficult legal situations as well as being challenged on a daily basis. I also enjoy travelling and new experiences. This led my husband and me to make the decision to move to Thailand and become English teachers.

After completing the CELTA course, we traveled a bit, then came back to IH Bangkok to teach. Since then, I have gained experience in teaching a wide range of students from the age of 6 – 60. In addition to general English classes, I have experience teaching Business English and exam preparation (SAT, TOEFL, IELTS). I have also taught students with absolutely no understanding of English to an academic level. I appreciate each student’s needs as they are presented and enjoy designing lessons around such needs. It is very important to me to help develop students’ skills and it is very rewarding.

Outside of teaching, I enjoy attending concerts, exploring nature, and learning about different cultures. I also love trying new restaurants and sightseeing.

Jeremy Patterson

Jeremy Patterson

  • BA (Hons) Visual and Performing Arts – University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

Hi, I’m Jeremy and I’m from Colorado Springs, Colorado in the United States.  I graduated university with a degree in Visual and Performing Arts.  Traveling abroad opened my eyes to the value of learning English.  Now I help students realize their own goals in a fun and interactive learning environment.

Before teaching English I worked as a clerk for the District Court in Colorado guiding people with no knowledge of the legal system (and vocabulary) to successfully understand and use legal documents.  I have transferred this experience to teaching where I guide business English students to comprehend and utilize business vocabulary.  In addition to teaching business English, I mentor student’s preparing to take the IELTS and TOEFL exams as they master their skills.

When I’m not teaching at International House Bangkok, I enjoy scuba diving in Thailand’s beautiful waters, practicing yoga and roller skating.

Dillon Gillerty

Dillon Gerrity

  • BA – Intercultural Communication – St. Edwards University
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Buenos Aires

Hello all, my name is Dillon Gerrity. I am 26 years old from Austin, Texas. In university I studied interpersonal and intercultural communications. After I graduated I worked various jobs for a year until I decided to leave Texas and go abroad.

I received my CELTA in Argentina. My first teaching job was in Moscow, Russia. After that I taught for two years in Morocco – first in Tangier then Marrakech. I then decided to move to Bangkok because I wanted to try a completely new culture. I believe that language learning should be a fun, engaging, and creative process and I try to incorporate this philosophy into my lessons as much as possible. In the long term I hope to become a developer for educational video games.

In my spare time I like to read, play video games, practice martial arts, and spend time with friends.

Nils Lovenberry

Nils Daniel Lovenberry

  • BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative writing – London Metropolitan University
  • BA (Foundation) Journalism – Lambeth College
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House London

Hello, my name is Nils. I am from London in the UK. After spending 10 years working in accounts I left my office job and followed my passion for literature and writing. On completion of my BA in 2013 I graduated with honours from London Metropolitan University and decided to pursue a career in teaching as it combines my two greatest passions – words and travel.

So far I have taught English in Vietnam, S. Korea and Thailand at all age levels and abilities. These roles included teaching young learners (kindergarteners to late teens), general English for adults, business English, exam preparation for IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC and tutoring students for iGCSE and A-Levels in English literature. Each position has been an incredibly different teaching experience and invaluable to my growth as a teacher.

Overall my teaching philosophy is – to have a good rapport with my students as I want their learning experience to be as fun, engaging, informative and enjoyable as possible. And ultimately I want to see them succeed to the absolute best of their abilities.

In my spare time I like to write historical fiction and short stories about my adventures. Travel has been a passion of mine for many years and to-date I have visited more than twenty countries over four continents. I have spent the past three years in S.E Asia and have begun to consider it my second home – so I’m very happy to be teaching at International House Bangkok.

Zoe McLean

Zoe McLean

  • MA – English Literature – University of Hull, England
  • BA (hons.) – Joint English Literature and Drama Studies
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House London

Hello all! My name is Zoe, I’m 27 years old and I’m from London, England.

After graduating with an MA in English Literature in 2013 I dabbled in a few different jobs, mainly in Theatre, before working as a Learning Support Assistant for three years. Although I enjoyed my job I realised over time that I wanted to take on more of an active role with creating and teaching lessons. I also wanted the opportunity to work and live abroad to experience different cultures.

I then decided to become a qualified English Teacher and gained experience teaching in a couple of language schools in London. Coming to Bangkok has been amazing, the staff and students are excellent at International House and I am excited to continue my journey teaching abroad.

My interests outside of teaching include hiking, reading, independent yoga, playing tetris and watching horror/thriller films.

Seth Norton-Whyte

Seth Norton-Whyte

  • BS (Hons) Aquatic Zoology – University of Hull
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House London

Hello, my name is Seth, I’m 28 years old and I’m from London, England. I studied Aquatic Zoology at the University of Hull and graduated in 2013.

After university I worked for an environmental charity in London, with a particular focus on habitat management and ecology. I also provided environmental education sessions for children and teenagers in this role, which led me to pursue a change in career to education the following year.

I spent three years as a teaching assistant in London; supporting students at GCSE level in the classroom and also in preparation for their final exams.

I took my CELTA at International House London and have now begun my career in teaching English here at International House Bangkok. I’m thoroughly enjoying the city and I’m trying to see as much as possible in my free time. Also, I love playing and watching football, particularly my favorite team, Manchester United.

Our Teacher Trainers

Matt Parks

Matt Parks

  • BA Honours in South East Asian Studies, University of London
  • DELTA, Oxford House College, London
  • CELTA Trainer Approval, Oxford House College, London, UK

I was born in London. After completing a B.A. in South East Asian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, I moved to Jakarta, Indonesia where I taught at an English language school. After that, I taught English language courses in London and Istanbul before becoming involved in teacher training in 2006. In 2007 I began working as a CELTA tutor in London before moving to Thailand in 2008. My hobbies include running, playing football and reading about contemporary South East Asian history.

Barry Nonweiler

Barry Nonweiler

  • MA Honours in English and Drama, Glasgow University
  • CTEFLA, Hammersmith & West London College
  • DTEFLA, Waltham Forest College, London
  • CELTA Trainer Approval, Capital Language Academy, Wellington, New Zealand

I was born in England and educated in Ireland and Scotland. I started my teaching career as a university lecturer in English literature in Wellington and then Melbourne but I’ve been teaching English as a foreign language since 1987, first in Spain and later in London. I became a CELTA trainer in 1996 and since then, I have trained in Greece, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam. I dream of having breaks between CELTA courses long enough to play the piano, to walk in mountains, to watch live performances of 17th and 20th century drama and to get back to writing fiction again. In practice, I am usually only able to spend my spare time deep inside books and trying the patience of my partner.

Tim

Tim Brown

  • BA (Hons) PPE, Oxford University, UK
  • MMUS Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK
  • Trinity TESOL, Windsor Schools, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA, IH Bangkok, Thailand

My name’s Tim and I started teaching English as a foreign language in 1995, when I spent 2 years on the JET programme teaching Junior High School students. It made me realise the need for some proper training and I ended up doing the Trinity College TESOL certificate in 1999. After that I moved to Russia and spent over 10 years teaching general and business English to all levels, both groups and one to one.

I also studied music in Russia, doing a degree in vocal studies at the Russian Gnesins’ Academy of Music to add to my BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in the UK. I later also did an MMUS in the UK at the Royal Northern College of Music.

I extended my TEFL qualifications by taking the inaugural DELTA at IH Bangkok in 2011, which led to a job at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok followed by coming back to IH in 2014 to become a CELTA trainer.

I’m interested in teaching EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and helping students prepare for the IELTS exam.

I love opera and ballet, which is rather rare in Bangkok, where I’ve begun to do more exercise, getting into swimming and badminton.

Oksana Semenova

  • MA in Psychology and Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Cambridge CELTA – IH Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Cambridge DELTA – IH Wroclaw, Poland
  • Observation and Giving Feedback – IH London, UK
  • Online Teaching – IHWO, UK
  • BET, CAM Trainer approval – IHWO, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Cambridge, UK

My name is Oksana and I started teaching English as a foreign language in 1999. Since then I have had experience in teaching a range of English language courses, from General English, to Business English, Soft Skills and a variety of exam classes.  I have also worked as an academic manager in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Myanmar. I have been a CELTA trainer since 2009 and worked on full time, part time and online courses in Ecuador, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand.

I joined IH Bangkok CELTA training team in January 2018 and have very much enjoyed being a part of the team since then. The best thing about working in Bangkok is the people you get to meet – colleagues, teachers and learners – from all types of backgrounds! Between the CELTA courses I enjoy teaching regular classes, which helps me to continuously reflect on my beliefs about teaching and learning as well as understand and relate to the challenges that other teachers might have.

I love learning about different cultures and spend free time escaping to the countryside and exploring Thailand.

Gosia Rogowska

  • BA TEFL, University of Bialystok, Poland
  • MA in Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
  • PgDip in Translation and Interpreting, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Cambridge Delta, IH Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • CELTA Trainer Approval, IH Bangkok, Thailand

My name is Gosia, and I originally come from Poland. Upon completing my MA in Linguistics in 2006, I moved to Ireland, where I was offered my first full time teaching job. Since then I have taught general, legal and medical English, and Cambridge exam preparation classes to virtually all levels and ages in several other countries as well: Spain, Poland, England, Scotland, and Malaysia. In the past four years I have also been involved in teacher mentoring and training. In 2017 I did my Delta at IH Chiang Mai, and a year later I joined IH Bangkok as a trainer.

When I’m not working I enjoy travelling, photography and sports. I love diving and hiking in the jungle. Closer to home, on a weekday afternoon, I like reading, learning languages, watching films, as well as swimming or Zumba.

Adam Bejsovec

  • TESOL – Aston, Birmingham, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA – Istanbul, Turkey
  • Cambridge Delta Trainer approval, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Almaty, Kazakhstan

My name’s Adam and I’m an enthusiastic and dedicated ELT professional with expertise in teaching, teacher training and development, as well as in academic management. I did the Cambridge Delta in 2008 and got my master’s degree in TESOL. I also have a Diploma in ELT Management and I continue developing in this area (I recently completed a course in YL centre management with IH London). I love languages, linguistics and the diversity my job involves as well as having the chance to work and network with so many interesting professionals from IH, and the field in general.

My almost twenty years of teaching experience spans all age groups (from 3 y.o. to adults) and levels (pre-A1 to C2); teaching individuals as well as groups of various sizes. Apart from General English, I enjoy teaching different strands such exam classes (Cambridge Exams, IELTS, TOEFL etc.), ESP, EAP and Business English.

I’ve been tutoring on a range of courses starting from pre-service TKT, CELTA, Delta as well as courses for teaching young and very young learners (IHCYLT or IHVYL) in several European and Asian countries.  Apart from face-to-face courses I’ve been tutoring various blended and online courses including IH DoS, IH BET, IH CAM or Delta M1 & 3 courses.

I am convinced that teaching and teacher training should be done in an interactive, communicative way and in contexts which are meaningful and directly relevant to learners and teachers respectively. I strongly believe in CPD, individual approach and localisation of teaching and training while maintaining and exceeding the set standards.

My work has always been my hobby so the boundaries between my working and free time have been quite blurred. Apart from the ELT, I love cooking & even more eating, bowling, Turkish & Scandinavian literature and movies, and an occasional run and swim.