Meet the Team
Meet the team
“We believe that a stay with us will prove to be a happy and unforgettable experience.”
John Hudson & Irma Banyte-Kelly, Co-Principals
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]
Claire – Teacher, Activities Manager & Welfare Officer
Claire has been teaching English as a Foreign Language for the past 10 years in England, Spain, and India. She received her CELTA in 2011 and has since gained experience with students of all ages from beginner through to advanced. She regularly participates in courses and workshops that have developed her skills to aid her students through exams such as FCE and IELTS. Before training as an English Teacher, Claire worked as a Textile Designer and she enjoys bringing this creativity into her classes through the use of Arts & Crafts.
As well as teaching, Claire is the Activity Coordinator and Welfare Officer here at CIE. She organises an extensive and varied timetable of cultural and sporting events for the students studying at CIE throughout the year. She is on hand to help with any travel or activity plans that students want to make whilst studying at CIE to complement their studies – whether in Oxford or further afield. As Welfare Officer she makes sure she keeps an eye on the well-being of each and every student during their time at CIE.
When not working, Claire enjoys travelling and learning about other cultures. As a result of her time in Spain she speaks Spanish and enjoys practising this by watching original version film, listening to music, reading Spanish literature and visiting the country whenever possible. She also enjoys doing anything creative and spending time outdoors – so her favourite way to spend her free time is in her garden trying to make it as beautiful as possible!
“What I love about CIE is that from the moment I joined the team I have felt welcomed, appreciated, and encouraged – and this is how CIE students say they feel as well. It really feels like we are all working together to make CIE the best place to be for anyone who walks through the door, whether students or staff.”
To contact Claire please email [email protected]
Marlies – Marketing Manager, Teacher
Marlies is our Marketing Manager and is responsible for CIE’s website, social media accounts and general marketing.
She has been teaching at CIE since she received her CELTA in 2011. She acquired her DELTA certificate in December 2016. She has lived in Oxford most of her adult life, studying Performing Arts and Anthropology before becoming a teacher. Her experience in drama makes her a very energetic and enthusiastic teacher. She regularly teaches a combination of groups and one-to-one lessons from beginner level through to proficiency. Her specialism lies in preparing students for Cambridge and IELTS exams.
“I especially love CIE’s welcoming family atmosphere. Since CIE is fairly small, teachers and students get to know each other really well and even socialise outside class time. Many of our students attend our after school activities, which gives them the chance to talk more freely and form true friendships that last long after their stay.”
To contact Marlies please email [email protected]
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.
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 mainly deals 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. She 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]