Our Teachers

We are very lucky here at BEET to have a team of enthusiastic and highly-motivated teachers. All of them hold a Teaching Certificate or Diploma, and all have a university degree or equivalent. As a team, they are highly qualified and have many years of experience. This experience helps them to make lessons interesting and clear so that you enjoy your lessons while you improve your English. They use modern methods and technology combined with more traditional techniques to help you develop your understanding of English and improve your communication skills.

Accommodation and Administration

There is a lot more to your stay in Bournemouth than just English lessons! Students are able to come and talk to us anytime; this could be about students’ accommodation or an excursion they might like to go on would to go on. Perhaps even help with buses and trains, or advice on great places to eat near the school? The team always here are always keen to help.

Board of Directors

Clive Barrow

Chairman of the Board of Directors

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I left school without any vocation and tried jobs in the army, international banking, air traffic control, agriculture and teaching English in a school in Spain. This latter was so intriguing that I returned to Bournemouth to qualify at the local College of Further Education, where I was later offered work as both a teacher and teacher trainer on what is now the Cambridge Delta course. I started Beet as a small tutorial centre on October 1st 1979. Apart from the school, which is still my greatest interest in life outside family, I enjoy gardening, travel, reading, music, food and writing.

Judith Barrow

Director

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I started as a teacher at Beet in the summer of 1988, on an 8-week contract, fell in love with the school and the people and just kept coming back until they gave me a permanent job! I taught at all levels for several years, then was Vice Principal for 10 years. I have also been lucky enough to travel widely on marketing trips. The best part of my job is meeting students and agents from all around the world.

Academic Management

Mark Long

School Principal

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I have loved the world of English Language Teaching since I became a teacher in 1986. As well as teaching in the UK, I have taught in Turkey, Poland, Egypt and the USA. I have also been a language student myself, so I understand what students experience when they come here. Each department in this school is important, and each person helps to make this a great school to work and study in. I have done a few different jobs myself, as well as teaching: I have been a secretary, a bookshop manager and as a human resources specialist. But I have also been a waiter, a cleaner, a shop assistant and a factory worker – and every job has taught me something. My goal as Principal is to do my best to support staff doing all the different jobs in the school – to support their talents and constant efforts to provide a warm, personal, professional and (hopefully!) unforgettable experience for all students. Outside work, I enjoy walking in the countryside, playing the piano (quite well) and the guitar (really badly), reading and spending time with my family.

John Dench

Director of Studies

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Having graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Archaeology and Ancient History, I spent three years working in local government before realising that what I really wanted to do was teach English and see the archaeological sites of the world. So in 1998 I retrained and embarked on a little globe-trotting. By 2002 I had ticked off Peru, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Spain and started dipping my toe into academic management. At that point I decided to enhance my skills with a Diploma. Then it was off to China for four years before finally returning to settle in Bournemouth. Here I worked in a couple of start-up schools as well as two well established ones. I also took on the challenge of being a Cambridge open centre exams manager before finally welcoming the opportunity to work here at BEET

Martin Rice

Assistant Director of Studies

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I am Assistant Director of Studies and teacher and have been working at BEET since 2002. I have experience of teaching all levels and courses offered, and my professional qualifications include an MA with distinction from the University of Southampton. Outside school hours I am a keen musician and play in local bands, as well as doing music evenings and “sing songs” with the students. I am passionate about many sports, particularly football, and often start my day with a run along the seafront. I am outgoing and sociable, and enjoy every aspect of life at BEET.

Administration

Sarah Way

Office Manager

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I love working at BEET. I came to BEET for work experience whilst at college and never left! My role as Administration Executive is very varied but the best part is the daily contact I have with our students. I enjoy meeting new people and learning about different cultures – I’m very lucky as my role also involves travel to other countries. Outside of BEET, if the sun is shining you’ll find me at the beach. I spend a lot of time in Spain where I’ve recently taken up scuba diving which I really enjoy.

Lucy Richmond

Registrar

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I am the Registrar at BEET! I have been working here since November 2012 and I process students’ course bookings. You will find me at reception – please do come and say hello, as I correspond with most new students before they arrive! I am from Bournemouth, and I recommend it as a lovely place to study English. I hold postgraduate qualifications in Classics and Philosophy.

Sarah Beasley

Marketing Executive

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I have been working here at the school in different capacities since the age of 16! BEET is very close to my heart and a very special school to be a part of for both staff and students alike. I originally trained as a CELTA teacher, however somehow found my way into marketing which I love! You can find me in reception where I am always happy to help students with anything they might need; I especially enjoy the challenge of assisting with the more unusual enquiries such as locating bungee jumping centres or acting classes! We’re always delighted to talk to students; it’s so nice to get to know so many different people from such interesting parts of the world. Having lived in France, I understand how daunting it is to come to a different country with a limited knowledge of the language; I believe that it is important to provide as much support as possible to our students to ensure they get the maximum possible out of their stay; many of the staff at BEET have lived abroad and also share this philosophy which is part of what makes us so special! Outside of BEET I enjoy family life, music,  cooking, socialising, walking in our beautiful forests and beaches and eating as much wonderful food as I possibly can!

Tanya Cooper

Canteen Manager
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I’ve been working at BEET since July 2010, I was only meant to be here for 6 weeks but that’s somehow turned into 8 years! I became the canteen manager in 2013 and have never looked back! I love the school as well as the people but really don’t like having to saying goodbye to all the wonderful students I’m lucky enough to meet.

BEET is a very special place and I love being part of it, especially as I get to bake brownies and biscuits for everyone! ‘Yummy, yummy for your tummy’ ‘and ‘made with love not calories’ have become  2 of the most popular canteen catchphrases!
We really do look after our students here – If my children were a long way from home, as a mother myself, I would want to know that people were taking good care of them, so I make especially sure all of them are as happy as possible!

Sachi Hanaki

Marketing Executive East Asia

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I’m Marketing Executive of East Asia for BEET Language Centre and ITTC and I’ve worked at school since 2009. I started as a student here 16 years ago and I never left Bournemouth. I chose the Bournemouth and Poole area because I didn’t want to study in a large city and I liked the idea of living close to the sea and the countryside in a town popular with British tourists. Bournemouth also has a world-wide reputation for its quality and the range of education that is available to international students. My plan was to study in a language school in Bournemouth for 9 months and then go back to Japan. I didn’t realise that learning English would open up so many opportunities for me. I was lucky that BEET provided me with the best study environment and support throughout my stay. After studying at BEET for a year I went on to Bournemouth & Poole College to study for an NVQ in Business studies. I was struggling at the beginning as it was a completely new environment for me studying among other British students. Visiting the international office was my usual routine at that time and I was always welcomed and I had all the support I needed. Then I wanted another challenge and decided to follow a Masters course at Bournemouth University doing Business studies. The course was well designed for a student like me and gave me a good understanding of international business relations, which is a very important industry in this area. Now I’ve done a full circle and come back to the place where I started!

Deon Van Eyssen

Maintenance Manager

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Accomodation

Alison Yorke-Saville

Accommodation & Welfare Manager

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I came to Beet in October 2013 as the Accommodation and Welfare Officer. Beet is like a home from home family, with a lovely feel good factor along with a great ethos. I work alongside Millie and Julie in Room 3, accommodating students in both homestay accommodation and student houses. I enjoy meeting students and placing them with our homestay families. There is no other job like this, fun, exciting, hard work but very rewarding! Out of school I enjoy playing Badminton, I trained as a chef straight out of school and enjoy cooking. I also love going for walks along the beach.

Millie Hendy

Accommodation Officer

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Julie James

Accommodation Officer

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Teachers

Ali Ranger

Senior Teacher & Social Organiser

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I taught History at Collier Row Comprehensive School, English in 2 rural high schools in Papua New guinea (during the 80’s as a VSO volunteer), and later returned to England in 1989 when I made my debut as a Summer teacher at BEET before moving to teach in Eastbourne. I taught in Saudi Arabia from 1992 until 1995 at the National Guard Signals School. I returned to BEET to work full time in 1996 and took over as Social Activities Organiser in 1997. In my spare time I struggle to improve my Spanish, I play golf and I study English pub architecture. Good town, good job, good colleagues and good students.

Rhona Blair

Teacher & Academic Support

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I have worked at BEET since 1999, first as a teacher, then as Assistant Director of Studies, and more recently as Director of Studies. I’ve recently returned to full-time teaching whilst maintaining an academic support role. I have thoroughly enjoyed each stage of my career at Beet, the contact with students from so many countries provides a unique working environment and I feel privileged to be surrounded by such interesting people – students and staff! In my free time I enjoy riding my bicycle and exploring the Dorset countryside with my family

Claire Hillsmith

Teacher & Social Media Assistant

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After growing up in Taiwan, China and Thailand I finally came back to the UK for further education, which eventually led to me completing the CELTA at ITTC. I’ve been at BEET for a year now and it’s a fantastic place to work, where colleagues become friends and support you both inside of school and out. I love football, travelling, reading and warm weather (why am I in the UK?!) and really enjoying helping out with the school’s social media platforms.

Harry Harrison

Senior Teacher

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I have been working at BEET Language Centre since 2000 and have been in this profession since 1984. Throughout all this time I have thoroughly enjoy working in the dynamic working environment of teaching English as a foreign language. Every day presents new challenges to students and teachers alike, every day is like a new chapter of a book with unexpected, exciting turns on every page!. My hobbies include a wide variety of sports, such as cricket, football, golf, running and table tennis, while I am also very keen on salsa dancing, which I help my students to learn as part of BEET Language Centre’s social programme.

Janet Shackleton

Teacher Trainer & Teacher

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I started working as a teacher at BEET in 2000. Since then I have also taught in Finland, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia but was always happy to return to BEET when I came back to England. Although the school has grown a lot and there have been many changes, the atmosphere has always been professional, friendly and comfortable for both teachers and students.

Zoe Tweedie

Teacher

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I was born and raised in Dorset – I love the countryside. I studied Costume and Performance Design at university, so I’m a dressmaker too. I made my sister’s wedding dress and would love to do this again. I have lived in New Zealand and Spain. I hope to move back to New Zealand again in the future. I worked in London for a summer and it was enough – I missed the Bournemouth sea. My biggest passion is dancing, which I’ve been doing since I was three, and I also love traveling and exploring new places. I would love to be able to speak Italian or Portuguese one day.

Linda Hubbard

Senior Teacher

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After a year at the University of Caen, I moved to London and then went to Spain to do my CELTA with International House in Valencia. I have also lived and worked in Berlin, Japan, India, Australia and Bali. I ran my own import/export business and designed and produced leather accessories for 7 years after which I returned to the UK for family reasons. I have enjoyed working at BEET for the last 7 years during which I have gained the Cambridge Diploma. I particularly like teaching Business English and doing exam preparation courses and helping a wide variety of foreign students to further their careers and be able to communicate internationally.

Barbara McAuley

Teacher

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Having been a former ITTC student in 1996, I joined BEET in 2017 after 6 years as a business tutor in logistics, business management & IELTS for BBSI language school. I was also previously a tutor with Brockenhurst college teaching General English and IELTS. I also spent 20 years in the commercial world as a European Projects Manager before returning to my teaching career.

Jane Wilson

Teacher

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Tim Ashton

Teacher

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I have been an EFL teacher for 30 years, teaching here in Bournemouth during the 1990s before heading off to Japan for 15 years and the Philippines for 5 years. I have a CELTA and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TEFL and have taught in private language schools, universities and higher education institutes. I have also worked in Academic Management. Teaching at BEET is a great experience and I look forward to coming back here every year. The school has a great atmosphere, the students are fantastic and the staff both professional and supportive. Hope to see you in my class soon!  

Rob Shackleton

Senior Teacher & Educational Technology Coordinator

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I have worked at BEET for almost 10 years in total and enjoy meeting students from all over the world. During this time, the school has seen many changes, especially with regard to technology used in the classroom. BEET has been one of the leading schools to adopt new ideas and methods in its teaching and this makes it a very interesting and motivating place to work. The school also has a very good atmosphere, both for teachers and students, and this is the main reason why I enjoy working here so much.

Sam March

Senior Teacher & Teaching Resources Coordinator

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I have worked in EFL since graduation in 1998 living and working in extensively in Mexico, South Korea and Spain. In addition to teaching English to overseas students at BEET, I also write materials for BEET and have a keen interest in helping to support those students with learning differences. In my free time, I do kickboxing, go windsurfing in Poole Harbour and create multi-media art.

Verna Green

Senior Teacher

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I’m a teacher and I’ve been working as part of the BEET team since 2005. I absolutely love it here; the teachers are all so talented and there is always a lovely warm, friendly atmosphere in the school. I enjoy helping my students achieve their immediate personal goals and seeing them come closer to realising their dreams. When I’m not at work I love getting out into the beautiful Dorset countryside or having a quiet stroll along the beach.

Julian Shirley

Teacher

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I have been working at BEET since 2009 and have thoroughly enjoyed it, teaching general English from pre-intermediate to advanced levels as well as IELTS and FCE exam courses. I also taught EFL in France for a year on leaving university many years ago. In between I spent time as a geography teacher in a state secondary school. In my spare time I have engaged in activities like running and kayaking and, more recently, cycling and yoga.

ITTC

Chris Bunyan

Joint Head of Teacher Training

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Hi, I’ve been teaching since 1998 and teacher training since 2003. I’ve also been a Director of Studies and I’m now an examiner for the Cambridge Delta. I’ve lived in a few countries, in Southern and Eastern Europe, South America and South Africa, and I love travelling around and meeting people from different areas of the world. I think I’ve visited over 50 countries now, and hope to see many more. I’m very interested in how language is used and how people learn languages, so I did an MA on these subjects. However, I also love music, books, fine art, illustration, kayaking and cooking, so, if you’ve got any great recipes from your country, let me know!

Lucy Cochrane

Joint Head of Teacher Training

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I’ve been working at BEET and ITTC since 2006 and have been an English language teacher since 1998. I have taught English in Spain, Poland, South Africa and Argentina and love meeting new people and learning new things. I have been a teacher trainer since 2004 (on the CELTA, Delta, ICELT, overseas teachers and ELT Management courses) and I have trained teachers in South Africa, Spain, New York and Libya, and, of course, at ITTC in Bournemouth. When I’m not teaching, I like to travel, read, cook and play badminton, as well as avidly follow the highs and lows of the English cricket team.

Kirsty Sharples

Trainer & Assistant Head of Training

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I have been working at BEET & ittc since 2005 but have been a teacher since 1992. I started my teaching life in Egypt where I worked for 3 years teaching children. I have also been lucky enough to work in Brazil & London. I became a teacher trainer in 2002 and now spend most of my time at ittc teaching on CELTA and DELTA courses, as well as courses for overseas teachers. I enjoy the social side of my job as much as the academic side. It’s always a pleasure to meet people from around the world and share experiences.

Anna Cuccia

Trainer & Teacher

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I have been teaching since 1993 and have worked in France, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and the UK in Oxford and Bournemouth. I enjoy all aspects of teaching, particularly the variety: exam classes, business, young learners, overseas teachers and other specialised courses. I have been a trainer since 1998 working primarily on both full and part time CELTA and DELTA courses. I really like the creative side of our job, making materials and sharing ideas for making the classroom a more exciting place to be. I have worked for ITTC since 2000. In my free time I run a club for families with twins and triplets here in Bournemouth and I am a school governor. I love cooking and going to Zumba classes. I have twin girls and a boy and my husband is Italian.

Dave Clark

Trainer & Teacher

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I did my CELTA course at ITTC in 1991 and have been away and come back on several occasions. I’ve taught and trained in New Zealand, Australia and China, and have been back at ITTC since 2007. I spend about half my time teaching and the other half training – a good balance, I think. I am also a regular member of the Bournemouth English Language Teachers cricket team, and am famed for batting very carefully. Watching me bat has been suggested as an ideal cure for insomnia.

Dave Moylan

Trainer & Teacher

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I started teaching English in Barcelona in 1976, having just completed a PGCE. My intention was to stay abroad for a year or two before looking for a job in a primary school. That ‘year or two’ became eleven or twelve years in various European countries. When I finally decided to come back, I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to become a teacher trainer. The great thing about the job is the opportunity it affords to meet interesting people from every part of the world.

Jonathan Smith

Trainer & Teacher

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Born in 1967, I grew up in North London in the 1970s and 80s and was really keen on sport at school and college, playing football, basketball, volleyball and cricket for all the team When I was 16, I moved to the south coast, where I took up windsurfing and water-skiing. At the age of 19, I went to Portsmouth University, graduating in 1990 in German & French: History, Politics & Language. After travelling independently many times to western and central European countries, and then working as a teaching assistant in Senegal and Germany, and a watersports instructor in the south of France, I decided in 1991 to learn to teach English. I completed the Cambridge CELTA course at International House in London, and soon took my first teaching job in Indonesia, which gave me a wonderful opportunity to travel around South-East Asia. Two years later, I was teaching general and business English in Madrid, Spain, where I stayed for two years. After short spells teaching in London and Chester, I arrived in Bournemouth in 1995, completed my Cambridge Delta at ITTC, and began a thoroughly enjoyable career with ITTC and later BEET Language Centre. Most of my time is now dedicated to training and developing teachers on CELTA and DELTA courses, and as well as this, I also run monthly teacher training workshops for teachers from over twenty schools in Bournemouth, and am a regular Cambridge examiner for PET, FCE, CAE and BEC exams. When I’m not working, I love spending long evenings and weekends with my wife and daughter – exploring the local countryside and coastline of the region on foot and by car, mountain-bike and kayak. Dorset has some amazing scenery and wildlife (birds, mammals and reptiles) and I’m passionate about the natural and local history available here. I try to take a driving holiday to France every year, as well as a holiday to one of my favourite destinations – Spain, the USA and Cornwall. I love to cook at home and have dinner with friends (I try to experiment with different nationality dishes), I grow my own fruit and vegetables and I watch lots of history and wildlife documentaries on the BBC whenever I can. Another thing that I spend time doing is studying languages on the Internet. At the moment, I’m using various podcasts and apps to improve my French, German, Spanish and Italian and I’ve just started trying to learn Arabic too. Finally, I enjoy watching films at home, particularly political thrillers and historical dramas or biopics – and I’m always listening to the newest and classic rock and Indie bands from the UK and the US. I just wish there was more free time in a day! I really look forward to getting to know you during your stay at BEET.

Justin Maidment

Trainer & Teacher

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I’ve been an English language teacher since 1998 and have since worked in the UK, Spain and Turkey. I have been at BEET and ITTC since 2005 where I’ve taught all types of classes and trained many types of people on the various teacher training courses. Working in such a multi-national environment is the thing I enjoy most about my job; I love meeting and working with different people from all around the world!

Sue Holt

Trainer & Teacher

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I’ve been working at BEET and ITTC since 2004 and have been an ELT teacher since 1990. I spent two years teaching in Japan and have taught English in many places in this country. I’ve been a teacher trainer since 2000 on CELTA, ICELT and TKT courses and I’ve also been an examiner for around 8 years. I really enjoy the variety of the job and meeting people from all over the world. When I’m not training teachers or teaching students, I get out and about – this area is great for walking and outdoor activities. I also enjoy going to the gym, gardening and yoga.