Meet the trainers

Get to know us before you start.

We're a diverse group of folk

Over the course, you’ll meet a number of different trainers, each with their own unique specialization. We believe that by having exposure to a number of different trainers, you’ll have the opportunity to explore different perspectives and tap into the variety of experiences that are available to teachers of English in Asia. All the trainers are experienced and well-qualified, but their primary goal is to make the world of teaching accessible to you as you embark on your new career.

Dr. Stephen Louw
Lead Trainer

I’m the one to make sure you learn as much as you can while you’re with us here at Chichester College in Bangkok. I guess that makes me the serious guy.

I started my teaching career as an English teacher and tennis coach back at home while I was still an undergraduate student. After finishing my degree, I headed out for a year of backpacking around India, and that was the start of a life-long career as a teacher. Over the years, I have worked as a teacher in nine countries across Asia and Europe.

My teaching career has been a rewarding one: I’ve met a lot of fascinating people, seen some truly amazing sites, and am constantly finding out interesting things about our language and how it is learned and taught. There is a lot of pleasure in teaching English as a profession – if you like working with people and enjoy exploring your personal boundaries, I have no doubt that you'll really love it.

Sunee Steyn
Young Learners Specialist

I work with the youngsters. A lot of teaching posts in Asia are with children, and I want to help you get ready for them. Teaching children can be hugely rewarding and a lot of fun, but there are some techniques and tricks that could make the big plunge into their world a lot smoother.

I have always taught the little ones. Back at home I did my B.Ed. in primary education, and then got straight into the action with the lower grade schools. I went back to university as a mature student to do my MA in English Language Teaching, focusing on the way teachers talk to their students in the primary level classroom.

It’s true that working with children is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I hope to help you understand how kids think and learn. Children are eager learners and try their best to please the teachers they love. In return, we should do our best to be eager teachers, and prepare a solid foundation for these little minds’ adventures in learning.

Tony Zanzottera
Trainer

I began coaching sport in my early teens, purely because people kept asking for advice, and I found that I loved it. I had a knack for seeing clear solutions to complex situations, and I think that making people aware of their own talents and possibilities also increases learning.

This approach served me well when I started my career as an English teacher in Thailand, first at a government secondary school, and then later in a private primary school. Now, with my MA in Education, I focus on teaching ESP and on private tutoring, as well as doing some teaching on the Chichester course.

Thailand is an amazing place to teach. The students I encounter work hard and will try their best every time. It also welcomes all well-prepared and professional teachers and there is room for a variety of styles. If you can bring your life experiences and a desire to help, your students will flourish and so will you.

Troy Billsborrow
Trainer

There might be a lot of theory when it comes to teaching, but ultimately it is a practical and busy profession – and that's where I fit in with things. I'm in charge of organizing the teaching practice component of the programme. In the teaching practice, you'll meet real students and get the opportunity to practice your new teaching skills! I'll be helping you prepare your lessons, and guide you through the various practical elements of getting ready for the classroom.

I started out as a teacher in a remote school in Cambodia, and at that time I had little access to resources or training. I've made all the mistakes that there are to make: what I hope to do is help you avoid some of the obvious ones so you can get right down to the job of enjoying your new career as a language teacher.

Penradee Leesawan (Da)
Thai Culture Specialist

I think that many people are attracted to Thailand because Thai people are warm, friendly and welcoming. Thais love having teachers from other countries to help create an international teaching team, and we understand that our cultures and those of your country are different. Adopting Thai culture is not essential, but it will make you seem polite and approachable to us. You’ll notice parents are always telling their children to behave in ‘polite’ ways. These are norms which are part of our upbringing, and we’d love it if you could also follow them.

I’m a teacher at a primary school, and I work closely with teachers from abroad. I have seen how small but important signals of Thai culture can help a teacher get accepted in our conservative school system. You’ll only meet me briefly, but I hope that my little introduction to the fascinating way our culture works will help you appreciate who we are, and let you integrate confidently.