I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and began my ESL career teaching newly arrived Canadians while finishing my studies at university. I moved to Dubai in the summer of 2005 and had the opportunity to teach with some wonderful international universities on the Knowledge Village campus. With the University of Wollongong Dubai (Australian), I conducted courses in IELTS essay writing. At St Petersburg State University Dubai (Russian), I taught essay writing, grammar, conversation and pronunciation courses. And at SZABIST Technical Institute (Pakistani), I taught technical English writing.
My online IELTS endeavours started after some of my Wollongong students encouraged me to post my lessons on YouTube. I began receiving emails from IELTS test takers around the world and realised that there was a need for quality online IELTS material. It has been a wonderfully rewarding trip since then.
After a terrific 2.5 years in Dubai, I decided to relocate to Shanghai. I continued to teach IELTS and work on my IELTS writing blog over the course of my 5 years in China. I also began working as a corporate language instructor, which was dynamic and very exciting. I had the pleasure of working on site with companies like Microsoft, Nokia, NEC and Glaxo Smith Klein.
In mid 2012, I got married (yes!) and moved with my wife to Doha. I started The IELTS Network, a platform that helps bring the online IELTS community together, and an IELTS related podcast, where I interview successful IELTS candidates.
I look forward to working with you and helping you nail your IELTS score!