Felicity was a property lawyer in London for ten years. She re-trained as a teacher – funnily enough the skills in each profession are quite similar: explaining complex ideas simply; administrative efficiency and client/pupil care. For almost thirty years [including sixteen years in Oxfordshire] she has taught English, Philosophy and Ethics, and Religious Studies to 11-18year-old boys and girls, in all types of schools in different parts of England.
As Head of Sixth Form, she developed a thorough knowledge and expertise of universities and undergraduate courses, so she could support her students in their applications for university. She is highly trained in developing skills in independent learning and critical thinking. Felicity’s students have developed a sophisticated ability in writing, enabling them to achieve top results at A Level and entrance to their first-choice university. As Head of Year 7, responsible for transition from primary to secondary school, she worked closely with parents and primary schools to ensure children settled quickly and sustained academic progress.
Felicity has developed a deep understanding of education and how children learn, not only from her experience in the UK but also through travelling extensively and working with internationals in many countries: teaching and teacher training in Uganda and Zambia and visiting schools in Europe, Africa and India. This year she was recognised as a facilitator on courses presenting the Richard Lewis Cross-Cultural Communications Model for Business.
Having completed a Masters in Education, Felicity served as a Governor of two schools: a comprehensive as it became an academy and a prep school. She has also served on the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education; and still relishes working with young people as a tutor in English and mentor to undergraduates of her alma mater, Exeter University.
Richard has been a teacher in two preparatory schools in London and is now teaching 11-18 year olds. He has a great interest in considering the long-term path a child may take in light of the skills and abilities a child displays within and beyond the curriculum. He has worked with Plum Trees Consulting on their Youth Counsel programme and has spearheaded the assessments we use at Paths to Learning.
Maiqi (Maggie) Ma is an experienced educator, cultural trainer, business development consultant and published author. She has travelled to thirty countries and worked in ten countries. She is familiar with the Chinese, English and European education systems having been a teacher in China, England and at the European School in Culham. She has unique insights into the cultural and structural differences. Maiqi is passionate about education and devoted to bridging China and the West.
Maiqi embraces cultural diversity and promotes mutual understanding, respect and tolerance across cultures. She is a Global Goodwill Ambassador, a volunteer in the UK’s National Trust and the founder of Phoenix Tree Foundation, a charity to help children left behind in rural China.
Matt is a TEFL qualified English teacher with over three years’ experience teaching online, and in China! He loves helping his students build confidence in their English-speaking ability through professional techniques and a friendly study environment to help them feel at ease. He has taught in England and abroad and always loves meeting new people. If you want to pass an IELTS exam, a Cambridge English exam, or simply want to learn more about conversation in the English language, he is keen to meet you and help you reach your goals.