Meet Our Staff

Management Team

Daniel Willcocks

Managing Director/Teacher

  • B.A. Business Studies – Swansea, UK
  • M.A. Applied Linguistics – Birmingham, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA – Paignton, Devon, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA – Cambridge, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Cambridge UK
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment Team Leader, Thailand
  • IELTS Examiner
  • MBA International Banking and Finance (pending) – Birmingham, UK

My name is Danny, I am the Managing Director at International House Bangkok / Chiang Mai, and I spend my time setting up courses and programmes and taking care of the day to day running of the school. However, I am a teacher at heart, teaching all ages as much as I can and I also enjoy training teachers on our Cambridge CELTA courses whenever needed. I have been a teacher for over 22 years in total in the UK, Italy and Thailand. In Thailand I have enjoyed teaching students from prestigious international schools and here happily with IH Bangkok for more than 14 years. In fact I liked it so much that I got married and my daughter, Jasmine, comes to IH to study English for Young Learners courses as well. I have prided myself on successfully teaching students for exams whilst at the same time having fun. We have had a 100% pass rate for Cambridge English Language Assessment (CELA) main suite exams including KET, PET and FCE in many, many exam sessions and also helped international school students get ‘A’s for many subjects including IGCSE English, IGCSE ESL and IGCSE business studies – I leave the other IGCSE subjects to IH Bangkok teachers who know better. I have also been very fortunate to teach a lot of talented students from Thai schools who have gone on to get the King’s scholarship, the Thai government scholarship and the Japanese government scholarship all to study abroad to a masters or doctorate level. Out of school, I enjoy following and doing sports including fitness activities, cycling round the countryside of Thailand, swimming and cheering for Tottenham Hotspur.

Marshall Owen

Marshall Owen

Marketing Director

  • BS in Business Accounting, Minor in Economics – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

My name is Marshall and I am 25 years old from California in the U.S. I take care of the marketing, day to day running of the school, and advising clients on their programs of study. I received my BS in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I lived and taught in Costa Rica for half a year which gave me a passion for new cultures and travel. This passion led me to Thailand at the beginning of 2013. I took my CELTA shortly thereafter and started working for International House in March of 2013. I changed jobs to become the Marketing Manager in 2014. A majority of my time in Bangkok is spent exploring the city or with friends in good restaurants. Although I rarely teach now, I can teach Science, Math, Economics, Business, and History.

Our Teacher Trainers

Adam Bejsovec

Teacher Training Coordinator

  • TESOL – Aston, Birmingham, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA – Istanbul, Turkey
  • Cambridge Delta Trainer approval, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Almaty, Kazakhstan

My name’s Adam and I’m an enthusiastic and dedicated ELT professional with expertise in teaching, teacher training and development, as well as in academic management. I did the Cambridge Delta in 2008 and got my master’s degree in TESOL. I also have a Diploma in ELT Management and I continue developing in this area (I recently completed a course in YL centre management with IH London). I love languages, linguistics and the diversity my job involves as well as having the chance to work and network with so many interesting professionals from IH, and the field in general.

My almost twenty years of teaching experience spans all age groups (from 3 y.o. to adults) and levels (pre-A1 to C2); teaching individuals as well as groups of various sizes. Apart from General English, I enjoy teaching different strands such exam classes (Cambridge Exams, IELTS, TOEFL etc.), ESP, EAP and Business English.

I’ve been tutoring on a range of courses starting from pre-service TKT, CELTA, Delta as well as courses for teaching young and very young learners (IHCYLT or IHVYL) in several European and Asian countries. Apart from face-to-face courses I’ve been tutoring various blended and online courses including IH DoS, IH BET, IH CAM or Delta M1 & 3 courses.

I am convinced that teaching and teacher training should be done in an interactive, communicative way and in contexts which are meaningful and directly relevant to learners and teachers respectively. I strongly believe in CPD, individual approach and localisation of teaching and training while maintaining and exceeding the set standards.

My work has always been my hobby so the boundaries between my working and free time have been quite blurred. Apart from the ELT, I love cooking & even more eating, bowling, Turkish & Scandinavian literature and movies, and an occasional run and swim.

Giacomo Discoli

  • MA in ELT (English Language Teaching) – Leeds, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA – Leeds, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval – Bangkok, Thailand
  • Cambridge CELTA – London, UK

Hi, my name’s Giac and I’m a teacher and teacher trainer. I started in ELT more than 15 years ago and I worked in different countries in Europe, South America and Asia. In my career, I’ve held both administrative and academic positions, including that of academic manager which allowed me to spend more and more time training teachers and guiding them in their professional development. This made me realize that working with teachers was my passion and I now devote myself almost exclusively to teacher education.

My training pedagogy is based on both top-down and bottom-up approaches: I expose teachers to accepted principles, methods, techniques and practices, and at the same time encourage them to question their application in relation to the reality of the classes they teach and the aspirations of their learners. I believe effective teaching is grounded on the principle that there are no teaching dogmas and that teachers should be empowered with skills and autonomy to formulate for themselves theories of practice based on classroom-oriented research and empirical evidence, and practice according to these theories.

When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy doing research in second language teacher education and designing materials for teacher instruction. I also have a professional interest in ELT management and leadership, second language acquisition, technology, English as an international language and post-method perspectives in ELT.

My hobbies include collecting vintage watches, riding my motorbike and travelling as often as I can.

Percy

Percy Hales

  • BA Honours, Philosophy and English, University of York
  • CTEFLA Bell School, Bowthorpe Hall, Norwich
  • DTEFLA IH Sahafayeen, Cairo
  • CTEFLA Trainer Approval IH Sahafayeen, Cairo

Hi, my name’s Percy. I was born in the South of England, raised in the East and educated in the North. I began teaching in 1985 and have worked abroad since 1987. Since becoming a trainer in 1992 I’ve delivered CELTA/CTEFLA courses in Egypt, Cyprus, Thailand, Australia, India, Bangladesh, and Qatar. In my free time I sing folk songs, read, try to write, and watch Rugby Union. I’ve grown out of specific ambitions, but would like to go up country in Ethiopia, and visit Latin America.

Our Teachers

Grant Thomas

Grant Thomas

Senior Teacher

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Ancient History – University of Nottingham, England
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Chiang Mai

Hi. My name is Grant and I am 31 years old. I was born in Swansea, Wales but raised in a village near Harrogate in northern England. After I graduated university, I worked for nearly 6 years in healthcare, first as a Care Support Worker on an Orthopedic Trauma ward, then as a Laboratory Assistant in Histopathology. I always dreamed of teaching English abroad however, so I finished work with the NHS in 2014 and travelled to Chiang Mai to complete the Cambridge CELTA. So far I have taught English in Chiang Mai and Bangkok and I am thoroughly enjoying it. In my free time I love reading, watching movies and travelling. I am passionate about history, archaeology and culture, and maintain an interest in science and current affairs. Whilst teaching here I hope to learn some of the Thai language, study Muay Thai and visit some of the beautiful historical sites in Thailand.

Rosie Garrard

  • BA Hons – English Literature – Sheffield University, England
  • MA – Religion – Bristol University, England
  • Cambridge CELTA _ International House, London, England

Hi, my name’s Rosie. I’m 27 and from Bristol, UK. After graduating from my Masters I decided to get out of the UK and teach English abroad. My first stop was Melbourne, Australia where I taught students from Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, China and South America. It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by people from so many different cultural backgrounds and I fell in love with the job. After that I made a quick stop in New Zealand and went to Nepal to teach in a school and orphanage there.

I moved back to Bristol 2 years ago and taught English to young learners in the beautiful city of Bath. It was here that I really discovered and solidified my own teaching philosophy – that learning should be communicative, interactive and relevant. Working with European teenagers pushed me to use my imagination and creativity as a teacher, something that I continue to use now!

I am really interested in traveling and meeting people from other cultures. To be fully immersed in a completely different culture, mindset and language is very humbling (and sometimes slightly intimidating!)

I like teaching and living in one place for a while so I can get to know people and feel part of a community; I’m not really into backpacking. During my time at International House Chiang Mai I hope to learn about the local culture, speak some Thai and connect with people (and eat the delicious food!). I also love music – I am a singer songwriter and have been playing gigs and festival for the last 10 years. I’m hoping to find a good music scene in Chiang Mai and maybe musically collaborate with locals!

In my free time I love reading and cooking yummy food with friends.

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