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I was born in London in 1959 to Irish parents. I studied Modern Languages at Queen Mary College, University of London. During my first year there we spent the third term at the Facultad de Letras at the University of Córdoba, where I fell in love with all things Spanish. Between my third and fourth year there, I spent one year teaching at the secondary school, ‘Gabriel Miró’ in Orihuela, where I met the woman who was to become my wife. After finishing my degree…

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I’m Caroline Nixon, one of the co-directors of the school. Jim and I have been running and growing Star English Academy successfully since 1989. My love for teaching probably started when I used to observe my mum teaching her 2 and 3 year-old pupils in Pre-school during my school holidays. My passion for the English language, and reading, has been with me forever, as I learnt to read when I was two! Michael Tomlinson and I began our first writing project for Cambridge University Press in 1998 and our first book, Primary Activity Box was published in 2000. We went on to write five more books for the Cambridge Copy Collection before publishing Kid’s Box, our first seven-level Primary course, which went on to become an international bestseller in the world of English language teaching. It’s still being sold in 97 countries worldwide! …

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Hello, my name’s Lyndsay Reed. I’ve been a teacher at Star English since 2007 and took on the role of Head of Studies six years ago. I’ve also been a Cambridge Speaking Examiner for over eight years examining levels A2, B1, B2 and C1.

I was born in Cambridge, England but grew up in Germany before moving back to the UK when I was 10. My interest in English Literature and Language was sparked while I was studying my A Levels. It was my English teacher, Mrs Rawding,…

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I’m Miguel. I was born in Mallorca, but grew up in Shropshire,England. I have been a teacher at Star English since arriving in Spain in 2009. Whilst in Murcia I have also worked  at Colegio Castelar and CEAN, but returned to Star English in 2013 and have been here ever since. I was made head of studies in the El Plamar academy in January 2021.I am also a Cambridge speaking examiner at YLE,KEY and PET level.

I attended Salford University, where I studied…

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I’ve been teaching English since 1989 and have worked in the UK, Turkey, Spain and Sweden, with students ranging from children to adults and from beginner to proficiency level. I started working in Murcia, at Star English in 1991. As well as teaching I’ve also led numerous teacher training talks and workshops in Europe, Central and South America and Asia. Along with Caroline I’ve been lucky enough to publish a number of books with Cambridge University Press. These include …

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Hola, soy Maribel, recepcionista en la academia de Murcia.

Madrid es mi ciudad de nacimiento, pero vine a vivir a Murcia por motivos de trabajo y aquí llevo ya algunos años (¡más de treinta!).

Mis estudios de Técnico en Administración y Atención al cliente se complementan con mi certificado de Cambridge en C1. Y, como creo en la formación continua, no paro, sigo estudiando inglés y realizando cursos de diversa índole…

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¡Hola! Mi nombre es Alba, tengo 23 años y soy la recepcionista de la academia Star English El Palmar. 

Nací y crecí en El Palmar, Murcia, rodeada del maravilloso entorno de la huerta murciana. 

Empecé la carrera de periodismo en la Universidad de Murcia y, finalmente, acabé estudiando Fotografía en la Escuela de Arte de Murcia. Siempre he tenido inquietud por el mundo de la comunicación pero pronto descubrí que la fotografía, que era uno de mis hobbies, era la mejor manera de expresarme y comunicarme con el mundo..

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My name is Agata Przesłańska and I am honoured to be part of the Star English Academy team.

I have been teaching English for over twenty years now. Most of my teaching experience, though, comes from Poland. I graduated from the University of Łódź, Poland, where I received my master’s degree in English Philology in 1999. I was teaching English in many different cities in Poland…

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Hi everyone! My name is Katie Wright, I’m 26 years old and I’ve been a teacher at Star English since 2018, and Course Coordinator since January 2021. 

During my short (but interesting!) life, I’ve lived in a number of different cities. Born in Leeds, I moved to Sheffield when I was eight, and then fled the nest at the age of eighteen to study French and Spanish at the University of Manchester. During my Erasmus year abroad from 2015 to 2016, I spent 3 months working as…

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Hello. My name is Nadia Tomasi Bencich. I was born in Scarborough Junction, Ontario, Canada.

Looking back, one of the most important things that has influenced me deeply on my  out-look on life is my family. 

I was taught that hard work, being persistant, learning to adapt and respecting the life you have as well as the people you encounter…

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I have been teaching English to second language learners for over 8 years. I started my teaching career in Korea and found that it ignited an unknown passion for teaching! I taught in public schools for four years in Korea and learned a great deal about ESL teaching and the types of learners I could come across.  I have also taught in Cambodia in a kindergarten as well as a private secondary school.
I have completed a Master’s in… 

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My name’s Oscar Thornley and I’ve been at Star English since October 2019. 

I was born in Milton Keynes, UK, but have lived in the southwest of England for the majority of my life. I come from a family of linguists – two of my grandparents were teachers – with my grandmother also having taught English. My father is English and studied French and Russian and my mother is Italian but grew up in Kenya, so speaks Italian and Swahili too. My godfather is also one of the world’s leading professors of Linguistics, so it’s safe to say that languages have played an important role… 

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My name is Ana and this is my 2nd year teaching at Star English. I grew up in Murcia, and attended college at Murcia University, where I studied English language and literature. The third academic year I was given an Erasmus scholarship to go to Chester College, in Chester, England. A few years later I completed my studies and I received my Master’s degree in Education from UCAM University.

I started teaching while I was still at…

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My name is Lorna and I teach at the Star English El Palmar academy.

I have always loved languages and I studied a Bachelors degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at The University of Wolverhampton, which is in my home town, as soon as I left college.

After also completing a CELTA in Palma de Mallorca, I packed up my things and moved to Cádiz, a part of Spain I had never been to! Here I took up my first teaching position which I absolutely loved…

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I was born in London in 1959 to Irish parents. I studied Modern Languages at Queen Mary College, University of London. During my first year there we spent the third term at the Facultad de Letras at the University of Córdoba, where I fell in love with all things Spanish. Between my third and fourth year there, I spent one year teaching at the secondary school, ‘Gabriel Miró’ in Orihuela, where I met the woman who was to become my wife. After finishing my degree, I came back to live in Spain, spending one year teaching at the Salesian Fathers’ school ‘San Rafael’ in Elche and married in 1984. In the same year I began teaching privately in Murcia, along with a friend who had been there for several years already. We parted company in 1987 and in September 1989 Caroline and I set up Star English and have never looked back. 

Still happily married alter 37 years, and with two grown-up children, I now spend most of my time alternating between the two schools, mostly involved in administrative tasks. However, I do carry out speaking exams with the majority of students, so I know nearly everyone by name. It always pleases me to monitor their progress over the academic year.

As a member of the Orihuela rugby team since 1980, I hung up my boots in 2014 and spent a year refereeing in the Murcia Federation, before making way for younger, fitter and better referees than me. I still play the occasional veterans match, but apart from that, my hobbies are music (I play the clarinet and the guitar, although not as often as I’d like), reading, cycling and going to the gym.

 

I'm Caroline Nixon, one of the co-directors of the school. Jim and I have been running and growing Star English Academy successfully since 1989. My love for teaching probably started when I used to observe my mum teaching her 2 and 3 year-old pupils in Pre-school during my school holidays. My passion for the English language, and reading, has been with me forever, as I learnt to read when I was two! Michael Tomlinson and I began our first writing project for Cambridge University Press in 1998 and our first book, Primary Activity Box was published in 2000. We went on to write five more books for the Cambridge Copy Collection before publishing Kid's Box, our first seven-level Primary course, which went on to become an international bestseller in the world of English language teaching. It's still being sold in 97 countries worldwide! Two years ago our second seven-level Primary course, Life Adventures, was published to high acclaim. I love writing books. We have great fun while we work, and we laugh a lot, but it's not the books that make me feel successful, I feel most successful when my now-grown-up pupils, with children of their own, stay in touch with us, or call out in the street to say 'hello' when they see me, or drop into the school to visit us after many years. I love the fact that the children of our original pupils are now coming to class with us, and enjoying their learning experience. It's Star English 'Second Generation', and that's what makes me feel proud.

Hello, my name’s Lyndsay Reed. I’ve been a teacher at Star English since 2007 and took on the role of Head of Studies six years ago. I’ve also been a Cambridge Speaking Examiner for over eight years examining levels A2, B1, B2 and C1.

I was born in Cambridge, England but grew up in Germany before moving back to the UK when I was 10. My interest in English Literature and Language was sparked while I was studying my A Levels. It was my English teacher, Mrs Rawding, who suggested I read English at University as she saw that I revelled in reading Shakespeare and was very curious about how our language had evolved over the centuries.

I studied English Literature at Chester University from 2000-2003 and after graduating I decided I wanted to travel and learn Spanish. This desire led me to Barcelona, where I took my TEFL certificate. It was here I realised I absolutely loved teaching and it was something that came very naturally to me.

Teaching is such an important responsibility to have and I feel truly grateful for the opportunity to facilitate learning everyday. Seeing our students grow into confident and proficient users of English is something I take a lot of pride in, their well-being and success is of the utmost importance not only to me but to our academy.

Hi , I'm Miguel. I was born in Mallorca, but grew up in Shropshire,England. I have been a teacher at Star English since arriving in Spain in 2009. Whilst in Murcia I have also worked  at Colegio Castelar and CEAN, but returned to Star English in 2013 and have been here ever since. I was made head of studies in the El Plamar academy in January 2021.I am also a Cambridge speaking examiner at YLE,KEY and PET level.

I attended Salford University, where I studied a B. Ed in science .I had always wanted to be a teacher, but also loved travelling. After finishing university I made the decision not to go into education, but work in the travel industry. I spent nearly 10 years working for a travel company, organising bespoke holidays and business trips, a job I really enjoyed, but always felt there was something missing. While working in travel I was able to visit many places and meet people from all over the world. 

This experience and my family background, both close and extended, made me realise how languages not only alter how we see and experience the world, but also offer enormous opportunities. This was the eureka moment! I would teach English in Spain. 

Having recently become parents, my wife and I made the decision to sell everything, buy a motorhome and travel Europe for 6 months with our 1 year old daughter. Our final stop being Lisbon, where I did my CELTA course before finally arriving in Murcia, where my parents had relocated after retiring. We soon realised that Murcia was a fantastic place for us to live ,work and raise a family.

When teaching, no two days are the same, and challenges never stop coming. Seeing students unlock their potential, and build a base for a future full of opportunities keeps me motivated, and means I always enter the classroom with energy.

I’ve been teaching English since 1989 and have worked in the UK, Turkey, Spain and Sweden, with students ranging from children to adults and from beginner to proficiency level. I started working in Murcia, at Star English in 1991. As well as teaching I’ve also led numerous teacher training talks and workshops in Europe, Central and South America and Asia. Along with Caroline I’ve been lucky enough to publish a number of books with Cambridge University Press. These include the Primary iBox software, six Primary Box titles in the Cambridge Copy Collection and the seven level Primary course Kid’s Box. We’ve also written two new primary series for Cambridge University Press, called Life Adventures and Be Curious which have recently been published.

Hola, soy Maribel, recepcionista en la academia de Murcia.

Madrid es mi ciudad de nacimiento, pero vine a vivir a Murcia por motivos de trabajo y aquí llevo ya algunos años (¡más de treinta!).

Mis estudios de Técnico en Administración y Atención al cliente se complementan con mi certificado de Cambridge en C1. Y, como creo en la formación continua, no paro, sigo estudiando inglés y realizando cursos de diversa índole.

Conozco muy bien la filosofía de Star English porque yo he sido alumna desde sus comienzos, y aquí sigue estudiando mi familia. 

Siempre me ha gustado el aspecto profesional y creativo de cualquier ambiente de trabajo y formar parte de un equipo de buenos compañeros de quienes aprender, y todo esto lo he encontrado en Star English. 

Siendo las relaciones personales una de las facetas de mi trabajo que más me gusta, ¡en la recepción me encuentro como pez en el agua!.

Leer es esencial en mi vida. Pasear por la playa es otra de mis aficiones, vivir en contacto con la naturaleza. Y no sé decir que no a una reunión o una buena velada entre amigos o en familia. 

¡Hola! Mi nombre es Alba, tengo 23 años y soy la recepcionista de la academia Star English El Palmar. 

Nací y crecí en El Palmar, Murcia, rodeada del maravilloso entorno de la huerta murciana. 

Empecé la carrera de periodismo en la Universidad de Murcia y, finalmente, acabé estudiando Fotografía en la Escuela de Arte de Murcia. Siempre he tenido inquietud por el mundo de la comunicación pero pronto descubrí que la fotografía, que era uno de mis hobbies, era la mejor manera de expresarme y comunicarme con el mundo. 

Después, he estudiado diferentes cursos y he trabajado en trabajos muy variados; he vivido en mi furgo durante todo un verano, viajando y vendiendo productos de artesanía en mercados ambulantes a lo largo y ancho de España; he trabajado con niños y niñas, en tiendas e incluso en el campo durante esta pandemia. 

Hace unos meses, en septiembre de 2020, la vida me trajo a Star English, y empecé a trabajar aquí como recepcionista codo con codo con Cristina y Maribel, quienes me han enseñado todo lo relacionado con este trabajo. 

Mis tareas aquí son muy diversas. Además de las tareas administrativas y el trabajo en recepción, desarrollo mis habilidades comunicativas y tecnológicas creando y publicando contenido en las redes sociales con la ayuda de Caroline. Desde que estoy aquí, estoy encantada con el ambiente y el equipo que somos en Star English, y agradecida por formar parte de él y aprender y crecer cada día :)

My name is Agata Przesłańska and I am honoured to be part of the Star English Academy team.

I have been teaching English for over twenty years now. Most of my teaching experience, though, comes from Poland. I graduated from the University of Łódź, Poland, where I received my master’s degree in English Philology in 1999. I was teaching English in many different cities in Poland, mainly for private language academies. I only spent three years working for a public school in Kielce and, as it was a school with integration classes for children with slight disabilities, I must admit it was a truly educational stage of my career. 

I moved to Murcia, Spain in the summer of 2018 and started working as a teacher of English here. An unquestionable advantage of my first year working here was that most of my lessons were one-to-one classes in companies and thus I met some fantastic people, many of them really enthusiastic learners of English, who helped me realise which aspects of learning English in particular the Spaniards struggle with. And now here I am, teaching different age groups and different levels and enjoying it!

I have always been fascinated by how learning another language may change people’s perspective on life and how being able to express themselves in a foreign language not only builds up students’ confidence, but sometimes also adds another dimension to their personality. I adore being a witness of how my students progress, I think that’s what I love the most about teaching. As a teacher, I believe my role is more of a facilitator rather than of an authoritarian leader. I think I am a listener by nature, not able to perform a stand-up show for my students, but doing my best to genuinely communicate with them instead. I appreciate every minute spent with my students and I hope they can learn from me just as much as I am learning from them.

Hi everyone! My name is Katie Wright, I’m 26 years old and I’ve been a teacher at Star English since 2018, and Course Coordinator since January 2021. 

During my short (but interesting!) life, I’ve lived in a number of different cities. Born in Leeds, I moved to Sheffield when I was eight, and then fled the nest at the age of eighteen to study French and Spanish at the University of Manchester. During my Erasmus year abroad from 2015 to 2016, I spent 3 months working as a translator in a conservation-restoration laboratory in the South of France, as well as 6 months working as a teacher here in sunny Murcia.

Let’s say that experience is what brought me back to stay in Murcia, and the rest is history! Upon finishing my degree in 2017, I took the first plane back and studied a Master’s in Editorial Translation here at Murcia University. I then met Jim and Caroline in April 2018 during the final stretch of my Master’s, and I’ve never looked back.

As a language enthusiast (I speak four fluently and am learning a fifth and sixth!), teaching is extremely gratifying for me. If I can help other people to learn English and thus discover all the world has to offer and live amazing experiences as a result, then I’ve done my job well! ☺

Hello. My name is Nadia Tomasi Bencich. I was born in Scarborough Junction, Ontario, Canada.

Looking back, one of the most important things that has influenced me deeply on my  out-look on life is my family. 

I was taught that hard work, being persistant, learning to adapt and respecting the life you  have as well as the people you encounter along the way will get you through.

I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in modern languages from the University of Toronto, studying Spanish, Italian, French and German. I also have a Bachelor of Education Degree from the Ontario Teacher´s Education College.

I taught grades 2 and 3 and French to grade 6.  At the same time I was involved in after-school activities such as the Drama Club, Dance Club, Gymnastics Club and The Little League Baseball Team.

Fate has been an intricate part of my life,  bringing me to Spain in July 1977. I married, I have 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. 

After having worked  in three other English language academies, I was  graced with the opportunity to work for Jim and Caroline at Star English Academy.  They are two wonderful bosses. Their  dedication and  respect towards their employees and students are an inspiration.   My workmates, both teachers and secretaries form an excellent team. I would like to take this moment to thank them all for their patience, tolerance and guidance with this new technology!  There is a saying “You never stop learning”

My philosophy regarding the teaching profession is that a teacher must be passionate about their work,  compassionate, empathetic, patient towards their students, creating an environment of respect, confidence, tranquility and accomplishment and never forgetting to bring into the classroom a great sense of humour!

I have been teaching English to second language learners for over 8 years. I started my teaching career in Korea and found that it ignited an unknown passion for teaching! I taught in public schools for four years in Korea and learned a great deal about ESL teaching and the types of learners I could come across.  I have also taught in Cambodia in a kindergarten as well as a private secondary school.
I have completed a Master’s in Education with a focus on applied linguistics as well as a CELTA course, which have all but reaffirmed my love for teaching English as a second language! I aim to inspire my students to excel in their learning and encourage a querying mind!
Whilst my experience in Asia was enlightening, I felt that I needed to expand my teaching portfolio further and so I decided to come to Spain. Since arriving early March 2020, I have learned a great deal and I’m eager to continue my career as an ESL teacher at Star English Academy!

My name’s Oscar Thornley and I’ve been at Star English since October 2019. 

I was born in Milton Keynes, UK, but have lived in the southwest of England for the majority of my life. I come from a family of linguists - two of my grandparents were teachers - with my grandmother also having taught English. My father is English and studied French and Russian and my mother is Italian but grew up in Kenya, so speaks Italian and Swahili too. My godfather is also one of the world’s leading professors of Linguistics, so it’s safe to say that languages have played an important role in my life thus far! 

I myself have studied various languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin and Ancient Greek) and have always found them fairly easy to learn. By following certain rules and methods I truly believe that anyone can learn a language, so I decided to become a teacher to try to prove that. 

Teaching at Star English is both a privilege and a pleasure. My colleagues are a joy to work with, the academies themselves are state of the art and the resources at our disposal provide the students with a fantastic learning experience. English learning is important and seeing our students develop and achieve their goals, whatever they may be, brings great satisfaction and fulfillment each day.

My name is Ana and this is my 2nd year teaching at Star English. I grew up in Murcia, and attended college at Murcia University, where I studied English language and literature. The third academic year I was given an Erasmus scholarship to go to Chester College, in Chester, England. A few years later I completed my studies and I received my Master’s degree in Education from UCAM University.

I started teaching while I was still at university. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed, I found a love for teaching and it’s become a passion. The best part about my job is that everyday brings something new-no two days are the same.

My name is Lorna and I teach at the Star English El Palmar academy.

I have always loved languages and I studied a Bachelors degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at The University of Wolverhampton, which is in my home town, as soon as I left college.

After also completing a CELTA in Palma de Mallorca, I packed up my things and moved to Cádiz, a part of Spain I had never been to! Here I took up my first teaching position which I absolutely loved. 

For my sins I have always loved facts, figures and data, and for this reason I like to support my teaching practices with research wherever possible. When I was teaching in Cádiz, I realised that there was a huge gap in the research.. Noone was talking about ´Fluency´, specifically, how we as teachers could help our students to improve it.

This sent me on a path to complete a year of research at The University of York, where I completed a dissertation project on how we can measure and thus improve second language spoken fluency. It was hard work (York is cold!), but absolutely fascinating.

Now I´m back to teaching in the wonderful city of Murcia. The greatest thing about teaching for me is seeing my students grow in confidence when using English. 

I am a proud and busy mum so a lot of my spare time is focused on parenting, but when I get time I also love going to the beach, meeting my friends, reading and walking my dogs.