How long have you been teaching at GV Byron Bay and what did you do before you worked here?
Hi.. I’m Debs. I’ve been here for just over a month and before that I was teaching in England in a coastal scenic town on the east coast. Funnily enough it is also the most easterly point of England.
Do you speak another language and what was your biggest challenge when learning it?
I speak a little bit of Spanish. My biggest challenge when learning Spanish was the fact that I wasn’t doing an immersion programme and learnt it at home. This meant that I wasn’t surrounded by the language and therefore couldn’t practice as much as I would have liked to have. I think the students here at GV are really lucky to have this opportunity.
Which class are you teaching at the moment?
I am teaching the pre-intermediate class who are lovely and fantastic. They are a very enthusiastic bunch whop are a pleasure to teach
Please tell us about a student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress…
All of my students are great and it’s incredibly difficult to choose one. Hmm.. really.. Just to pick one, well, I guess Marco. Marco gave us all a real surprise today by writing a heartfelt poem revealing a real talent and understanding of the nuances of English.
What do you most enjoy about teaching at GV Byron Bay?
I enjoy being surrounded by such a collegial environment and to have so many students from such an international base. The students really improve unbelievably quickly and that’s fascinating to watch.
If you weren’t a teacher, what job do you think you would be doing now?
I would be a diving instructor.
What do you like most about living in Byron Bay?
The weather and being so close to the beach.
What is your favourite café, restaurant, shop or place in Byron ?
The top shop.