Tim Bowring, Director

Tim Bowring

Tim Bowring, Director

My name is Tim Bowring and I am from a small village near Cambridge, England.

I started teaching English in 1998 and have taught in Poland, Italy, Portugal and England. As part of my degree I spent a year as an Erasmus student in Madrid and have liked Spain ever since then! Now I have made my home in Tarragona – it’s a great place to live, work and bring up a family. I am a football fan and I have a season ticket for Nástic. I also love Port Aventura – more than my children do! I’m hoping to take the Catalan B1 exam soon ‘Deu n’hi do’!!!

Julia McDermott, Director of Studies

Julia McDermott

Julia McDermott, Director of Studies

My name is Julia McDermott and I am from Crystal Palace in London, England.

I started teaching English in 1997 and have taught in Poland, Italy, Portugal and England. Before becoming a teacher, I worked as a librarian for `The Economist` magazine and I also travelled a lot. I spent one year travelling and working in Asia and Australia and three months in India. I have lived in Tarragona since 2003 and I really like it here. I think the best things about Tarragona are the beach, the weather and the fiestas – I love Santa Tecla!!! I don’t have much free time, as Tim and I have two young children, but when I do, I like going to the beach, shopping and watching (English) TV!

Debs Cannam, Teacher

Debs Cannam, Teacher

My name is Debs Cannam and I am originally from Leicester, home of the Premier League champions!

I did my degree and teacher training course in beautiful Canterbury and have been teaching English since 2004, the same year I first visited and fell in love with Catalonia. I’ve worked in London, Hastings, Oxford and Cambridge. I’ve also been lucky enough to teach in South Korea, Austria and Vietnam. Over the last few years I’ve been training new teachers too! Most recently, I’ve been kept rather busy with my baby boy but in my free time I love reading, learning to play the piano and going to the beach – although the beaches are a bit cold for my liking in the UK! I’m really looking forward to moving to Tarragona in the summer and joining the team at Cambridge English Centre.

Lee Merrick, Teacher

Lee Merrick, Teacher

My name is Lee Merrick and I come from Halifax, a town in West Yorkshire in the north of England.

I came to live in a small village on the outskirts of Tarragona called El Morell fourteen years ago, where I have been teaching English to lots of students of all different ages since. Two years ago I made Tarragona city my permanent home and I’m really looking forward to helping you to learn English. Outside of class, one of my favourite hobbies is mountain biking. I’ve completed many cycling routes throughout the whole of the Pyrenees and port areas of southern Tarragona. Another hobby is cooking; both Spanish and English dishes. However, my friends and family consider me to be an expert in Indian cuisine. I make a great red hot curry.

Felicity Bell, Teacher

Felicity Bell, Teacher

My name is Felicity and I’m from Bournemouth, on the south coast of England.

In England, I worked in sales and recruitment, which brought me to Catalonia in 2012. I immediately fell in love with the place, the people and, of course, the weather and decided to change my career so that I could stay. And I am still here! I’ve been teaching English in Barcelona for three years; teaching children, adults and Business English. I have two dogs and my partner is from Tarragona so we have moved to this beautiful city to enjoy the fresh air and more space to run around. I speak Spanish quite well and plan to start learning Catalan soon. When I’m not working, I love to read and be outside; trekking, camping, kayaking, walking with the dogs, all sorts!

Vincent Ferrer, Teacher

Vincent Ferrer, Teacher

My name is Vincent but most people call me Vince. I was born in Valencia but I grew up in Brooklyn, New York.

When I finished High School my family came back to Spain and soon after I went to university in England.
I have been teaching English to young learners, teenagers and adults for over fifteen years. I am also a Cambridge Speaking Examiner and I teach courses at the university, both in Tarragona and England. My family and I moved to Tarragona in 2007 and this is now our home.
In my spare time I play padel tennis, I practice basketball with my daughter and enjoy watching movies and TV series. To me, the best thing about Tarragona (other than the fine weather and food) is you can walk practically anywhere – quite different from the Big Apple!!

Ben Vinyard, Teacher

Ben Vinyard, Teacher

Ben Vinyard, Teacher

My name is Ben and I’m from south-east England.

I trained to be an English teacher in Thailand in 2013 and have since worked in Hanoi and Oxford as well as my hometown, Hastings.
I’ve visited Cataluña many times over the years and it was a dream come true to get the opportunity to live and work here. When I’m not working, I look after my young son, which keeps me very busy. When I do have some spare time, I like to spend it making and playing musical instruments.

Dean Healy, Teacher

Dean Healy, Teacher

My name is Dean Healy and I am from Drogheda, a town on the East coast of Ireland.

After getting my degree and Masters in English Literature, I started working in the world’s best job … as an English teacher! I taught English literature and language in Ireland for three years and then went on to teach English language in Albania and Belgium.

I have always wanted to work in Spain and have made many friends there over the years.

In my free time I love to read novels and go to the theatre and also to support my favourite football team, Liverpool FC. I am still trying to choose which Spanish team to support!

Lisa Tomé, Teacher

Lisa Tomé, Teacher

My name is Lisa Tomé. I’m from the capital city of Edinburgh in Scotland.

In Scotland, I worked in the banking and investments sector until I decided to come to Spain to study Spanish in 2010. I loved the classroom atmosphere so much that I decided to stay and study for the CELTA to teach English here.

I’ve been teaching in Andalucia for 5 years and now I’m looking forward to experiencing a different region of Spain, learning some Catalan and helping students achieve their goals to learn English!

When I’m not working, I can usually be found at the beach making the most of the beautiful Spanish weather, walking with my dog or exploring new towns and cities. I also love listening to music and watching films.

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