All our teachers are chosen for their qualification and personality!
Usually the first person students encounter both online and in person is our friendly director - Felix. A translator by profession, Felix is fluent in English, German, and Spanish and has a university degree in International Communication.
Building on the strenghts of BLC (student-centred, fun, friendly, etc.), Felix modernized and transformed BLC into English Encounters. "I wanted to keep the intimate approach of the Bronte school", says Felix, "but provide higher quality, accredited ESL training in a more modern and student-friendly location". To that end, in 2010 Felix moved the school to a new, custom-designed facility in downtown Burlington (near malls, pubs, lake, beach, train, etc.), and improved the ESL program, now fully accredited by Languages Canada.
Randy has been with our school since 1998 - almost since it was founded as the Bronte Language Centre (1996). As well as teaching, Randy often takes students on class trips and special events.
Randy has always been internationally focused and his background includes a Master's degree in International Relations and a history of world travel (he has visited over 40 countries). "Teaching English keeps me in touch with the world", explains Randy, "so my students mean the world to me!" He has taught courses at college and immigration centres besides his years at English Encounters and Bronte Language Centre.
We are pleased to welcome our new teacher Saba. Saba is a native-born Canadian, certified ESL teacher with a background in the financial industry. Her degree in Business Administration in addition to her TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Certificate plus her extensive experience in the Canadian workplace enables her to provide a dynamic classroom environment. Saba says, "I truly enjoy teaching the English language and I look forward to meeting and helping the students at English Encounters!"
Being a dedicated teaching professional, Zoryana has extensive experience in teaching English as a Second Language both in Canada and overseas. Her academic background in linguistics, TESL Ontario Certification as well as a PhD in education, recognized by the University of Toronto, enable her to create and maintain an open, dynamic, supportive classroom environment in which each student feels his or her individual needs are adequately met. e