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Yannis Vatis

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About Me

Hello! My name is Yannis and I'm a Greek American English teacher currently living in the lovely town of Brighton, United Kingdom. I got my start as an English teacher in 2009 whilst I was living in Beijing, China - though my very first teaching job was teaching Karate to children between 1997 and 2004. Being a teacher was such a rewarding and creatively engaging experience, I made it my career by receiving formal training and acquiring my Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) in 2014.

Living in China for 7 years allowed me to work with a wide range of students of different ages. I got my start by teaching tourism English at a five-star hotel in downtown Beijing. There, I helped the hotel staff with their English communication skills by teaching them the best ways to talk to their guests and what are the important terms and cultural aspects they needed to be aware. One of the most career-defining jobs, however, came shortly after with a small startup that recruited, trained and mentored English teachers from outside of China. With this company, I was not only able to teach young learners but also train and mentor new recruits as well as develop curriculums that are fun and engaging. This two-year experience solidified my career path as an educator. I believe that learning should be engaging and natural in order to become effective.

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2008 - 2009
Master of Science in Information Technology Management
University of Sunderland - Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Focus in IT systems, optimization, managing people and e-commerce
2003 - 2007
Bachelor in Business Administration
The American College of Greece - Athens, Greece
Focused in Computer Information Systems
2016 - 0
Master of Arts in Education
University of Brighton - Brighton, United Kingdom
Focus in professional learning and teaching

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2017 - 2017
Self-Managed Learning Centre - Brighton, United Kingdom
Assisted students with their learning, helped guide students to areas of interest
2017 - 2017
English Language Teacher
Oxford International Education Group - Brighton, United Kingdom
Taught general English classes to teenager aged 14-16
2016 - 2016
English Language Teacher
Yihai Experimental Elementary School - Beijing, China
Taught general English lessons to young learners aged 6 and above
2014 - 2016
English Language Teacher
China Agriculture University - Beijing, China
Taught spoken English and academic writing courses
2014 - 2015
English Language Teacher
Beijing Jiaotong University/University of Waterloo - Beijing, China
Prepared students for an exchange programme in Canada
2014 - 2015
English Language Teacher
Yihai Experimental Elementary School - Beijing, China
Taught general English lessons to young learners aged 6 and above
2012 - 2014
Academic Manager & English Teacher
Ivy Intelligence English - Beijing, China
Managed and trained foreign teachers, taught general English classes to young learners aged 3 and above
2010 - 2012
Quality Supervisor & Teacher Mentor
Nanbeixing Cultural Development Co. LTD - Beijing, China
Managed and maintained quality systems, recruited, trained and mentored intern English teachers
2009 - 2010
English Language Trainer
Marko Polo Parkside Hotel - Beijing, China
Taught hospitality English to hotel staff
2017 - 0
English Language Teacher
EF International Language School, Brighton - Brighton, United Kingdom
Taught general and specialised English lessons to students aged 16 and above


Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Trinity College - Brighton, UK
Focus on English language teaching and professional development
2014 - 2014
Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults
LanguageLink, Cambridge University Accredited - Beijing, China
Focus in teaching methods, practice and observation