Work history in brief
Since 2002, when I kicked it all off with a CELTA course in Barcelona, I have been working in the field of English Language Teaching. I was a teacher of English, as well as working in management as an ADoS, DoS and Centre Director for just over ten years. This part of my career took me to Portugal, Poland, Portugal again, Kazakhstan and Spain.
Then I got a job in educational publishing, working as an editor at Cambridge University Press. While at CUP, I spent most of my time working on digital products; editing and project managing digital content development for primary and secondary coursebooks, designing and managing the content development for two online teacher training courses, leading on digital editorial training and mentoring programmes and developing documentation and workflows for new digital publishing processes.
After three years in Cambridge, a combination of various things led me back to Spain, where I now work mainly as a freelance editor and editorial project manager. I also sometimes write materials, including teacher training content. I have also given conference talks and led workshops as part of teacher training. In general, I mostly work as a project manager overseeing the development of the digital components of ELT course books.
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I have long been interested in educational technology, professional networks and how use of the web relates to the field of education in general. I have an MA in Educational Technology and TESOL from the University of Manchester. My MA dissertation focused on teachers working in ELT using Twitter for professional development.
Having developed an interest in things like professional / personal learning networks, communities of practice and personal knowledge and information management while doing my MA, I’ve recently started reading and researching this area again. In general, I feel that anyone who can call themselves a ‘knowledge worker‘ ought to gain control of their own professional development. This means being self-directed and thinking critically about developing strategies and habits that can aid learning.
As a freelancer, I’m also always looking at how to get good at running a business. So time-management, productivity apps and methods and personal branding and marketing are all areas of interest.
I sometimes I write here on Medium instead of this blog.
And back when I was a teacher, I used to blog here: