Meet the team
Meet our small and dedicated team of highly experienced teachers and staff, who strive to make your stay at CIE the best possible.
“We believe that a stay with us will prove to be a happy and unforgettable experience.”
John Hudson & Irma Banyte-Kelly, Co-Principals
All of our academic subject teachers are qualified, experienced, and professional. Our academic programmes are accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC), which requires that our teachers have appropriate teaching qualifications, such as a Bachelors or Masters degree and/or a PGCE in the subject they are teaching.
Our English language courses are accredited by the British Council, which requires that our teachers have certificate-level teaching qualifications such as the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults). If you register to study at CIE for more than 4 weeks, you will be assigned a personal tutor who meets with you regularly and makes sure you are happy with your classes and your host family.
John – Co-Principal, Teacher
In addition to his responsibilities as Co-Principal, John takes a keen interest in teaching. Possessing Qualified Teacher Status and TEFL qualifications, John has a wide teaching experience. He taught A-Level History when he was Deputy Head of Cheney School, Oxford and for a short time taught A-Level Sociology at Sibford School and History at the College Stendhal in Grenoble, France. More recently, at Wycombe Abbey School—one of the top boarding schools in the UK—John taught A-Level History, Politics, Philosophy and History of Art, and helped prepare students for Oxbridge entry.
At CIE, he has enjoyed making his contribution to both the General English and Foundation Business Studies courses, and taught the Philosophy component of the Pre-University course for Chuo Suginami High School.
To contact John please email [email protected]
Irma – Co-Principal, Director of Studies, Teacher
Co-Principal Irma runs CIE Oxford and has been assisting the students with all their academic needs since 2012. She tests and places the students into classes, assigns teachers and monitors the quality of teaching and students’ progress at CIE. She writes courses, and organises and delivers internal teacher development sessions.
After qualifying as a teacher in 2000, Irma taught English in a secondary school in Vilnius, Lithuania and also had an unforgettable voluntary experience in a primary school in Nairobi, Kenya. Irma joined CIE in June 2006 as an EFL teacher and activities’ leader and gained her DELTA qualification in 2009. Since then she has been organising and managing the Junior Summer Programme.
She can speak English, Lithuanian and Russian and has attempted to learn French and Spanish in the past. Her personal interests include sports, travelling and outdoor activities as well as a recently discovered fun way to exercise – Zumba.
“I especially enjoy sharing with students what Oxford has to offer, be it history, art or architecture or a vibrant ‘salad bowl’ of nationalities and cultures. I love language and culture integrated lessons as well as CIE international food parties or cultural presentations through which students learn to appreciate their own and each other’s backgrounds.”
To contact Irma please email [email protected]
Luca – Teacher, Activities Manager & Welfare Officer
Luca has been an English Teacher since he received his CELTA in 2018. Before joining CIE in August 2019, he taught a varied range of ages and levels in Switzerland. Beside teaching, his role of Activities Manager consists of organising assorted events with the purpose of enriching the students’ experience in Oxford culturally and socially. As a Welfare Officer he makes sure that each and every student’s well-being is always prioritised during their time at CIE. When not working, Luca enjoys reading, watching films, and cycling.
“What I love about CIE is the fact that you’re always surrounded by students who want to
learn and share their life experiences in their countries. I also consider myself very fortunate to be able to work in such a friendly and positive environment that makes you feel welcome and rewards you every step of the way.”
To contact Luca please email [email protected]
Imogen – Teacher & Marketing Manager
Imogen qualified as a teacher in early 2017, and has since lived and taught in Spain, China, and has spent time travelling the world. As well as teaching, her role of Marketing Manager consists of keeping up to date with all marketing materials, website, social media and photography (another passion of hers!). Imogen enjoys long walks, reading, and hanging out with her dog, Pepe.
“CIE is such a lovely place to work. I love getting to know the students on a personal level and I am fascinated by the varied cultures I get to find out about every day. I love to
learn about their lives back home and I think I am very lucky to work here with such amazing people, whilst knowing I am helping them to improve their language skills.”
To contact Imogen, please email [email protected]
Hisashi – Finance Manager
Hisashi is the Finance Manager at CIE Oxford. He studied Business Administration at Senshu University in Japan and decided to work for United Travel Study Service Ltd, CIE’s head office. His experience of Travel and Study Abroad Management at UTS made him explore his interest of improving his English and he moved to Montreal in Canada to continue his studies.
He was recruited by UTS for a position as a finance and Japanese liaison at CIE and has been with CIE for 13 years.
“CIE is such a nice place to work. We have an excellent family atmosphere between staff and students; we always love laughing and chatting about different experiences.
The regular international parties where everyone brings food from their country are fun and interesting! The team is professional and constantly observing how each student is progressing in their English. This makes me motivated in my work.”
To contact Hisashi please email [email protected]
Julie – Accommodation Manager
Julie is the Accommodation Manager at CIE and works with host families and student arrivals. She makes sure that all students are matched with appropriate host families. She also ensures the families apply to the high standards CIE has and makes frequent house visits. Julie keeps in close contact with our families and has regular chats with the students about their experience in the families.
To contact Julie please email [email protected]