BridgeEnglish teacher Colleen Luckett worked in the corporate world before switching her career to the teaching field. Read about her journey!
Tereza Lewis, English teacher at Bridge in Denver, has a unique background. Originally from Europe, she became an English teacher in her home country before coming to the U.S. to continue her career. We spoke to her to learn about her path to teaching, her passion for politics, and, of course, her best tips for learning English.
If you attend classes at BridgeEnglish Denver, you will get to know Nick Martin. We asked Nick some questions his background, his advice, and things that you probably wouldn’t ever know about him unless you asked! Nick has many roles at BridgeEnglish Denver and he works very hard to make sure that students are well taken care of. Meet Nick!
In our experience, the more personal attention that an international student receives, the more likely he/she is to be successful learning English and using the language to reach future goals. When a student knows that there is an individual at Bridge dedicated to ensuring student success and someone who is available to help them navigate the complicated world of living and studying in a foreign country, it allows the student to focus on learning English, which is the most important part of the student’s time at Bridge.
Carly Block sort of stumbled into the world of English as a Second Language (ESL) by accident. It was never her plan to be a teacher, let alone an ESL teacher. But then a spontaneous trip to China with her father and sister introduced her to the very distinct world of ESL teachers and their lifestyle. Never having even heard of ESL, she was intrigued and sought out work teaching English in China. Little did she know that that particular experience would completely change her life path.
Joelle Begic has a really fun laugh and I miss it. Since she changed positions here at BridgeEnglish Denver from the front desk to the administrative office, I don’t get to hear it that much anymore, however, I was able to catch Joelle during a break and ask her a few questions about her new job and about Bridge in general.
When Justin Wahe came to work at BridgeEnglish Denver, the term “gentle giant” came to my mind. He is, after all, six feet five, a towering foot and two inches taller than my short five foot three inch frame and by far the tallest person at the school.
While some very tall men can have an intimidating effect on people, Justin, on the other hand, has the most pleasant disposition, nicest smile and greatest attitude around. When I am having a bad day, he always seems to cheer me up. Justin would seriously do anything for we teachers here at BridgeEnglish Denver, not to mention being committed to giving the best education to the students as possible.
When students first walk into the BridgeEnglish Denver reception area, it can be a bit daunting. There are people from all over the world gathering together. There may be some students from Saudi Arabia talking by the coffee machine or some Japanese students chatting on the sofa. Teachers walk by in a rush to get to class and administrators busily deal with their duties.
Through the crowd of people and papers and at least three different languages being spoken in the background, students make their way forward towards reception, and there behind the tall wooden desk sits a smiling face and the eyes and ears of BridgeEnglish Denver, Ms. Colleen O’Brien. Colleen is the administrative assistant here at BridgeEnglish Denver but her job far exceeds assisting with administration. She took some time out of her busy workday to enlighten me about all the things she does at BridgeEnglish Denver and, boy, is it a lot.
England and America are two countries separated by a common language according to the famous phrase of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. Warm beer versus cold beer, cricket versus baseball.
Sometimes, it certainly seems that way when teaching at BridgeEnglish Denver. As a native of the old country, I am often asked by students which spelling version of a certain word is correct. Is it color or colour (cue Microsoft red line telling me I spelled the word wrongly)? Should I use the word lift or elevator? Is it soccer or football?
Ever wondered how Bridge English Denver teachers come up with such original ideas as getting students to imagine how a conversation between Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama might sound? Or why we might ask students to write a so-called One Minute Paper on what the most interesting thing in class was that day.
As brilliant as most of the staff are, they often need guidance on new teaching approaches or at least revision of older methods they may have forgotten. To do that, they need training.