Anita Efstathiou first started teaching 7 year olds with Jolly Phonics when she was concerned at their spelling. Impressed at the results she then started teaching it with 5 year olds (all non-native speakers) who again did outstandingly well. Anita has her own school and yet is keen to see all schools in Cyprus use this teaching, including government schools. Anita is also the Jolly Phonics distributor in Cyprus.
Nicki Berry qualified in the UK and taught in primary schools and as a private tutor for 16 years before moving to Oulu, Finland where she currently teaches. She discovered Jolly Phonics whilst tutoring children who had reading difficulties and was amazed at how much progress they made using it. She has spent the last 4 years using Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar to teach bilingual and ESL children to read and write in English. Nicki would love to share her experience with teachers/schools in Finland and Scandinavia. She also has experience in training via online video link.
Rachel Griffin qualified in the UK and now teaches at the British School of Paris. The sheer enthusiasm of a Jolly Phonics trainer convinced her to try out the programme. Her colleagues soon followed suit when they saw her children’s amazing progress. She continues to teach native and non-native speakers with Jolly Phonics, and has started training teachers to use Jolly Phonique to teach their children French.
Rebecca completed her teacher training in 2006 and worked in an Australian Primary school for 2 years, where she first used Jolly Phonics. She also worked in London briefly before moving to Toulouse, where she currently teaches bilingual and French children using Jolly Phonics. She is always impressed by the way in which children are able to make dramatic improvements when taught with jolly Phonics, even those who speak little or no English. She is eager to share these methods with other Teacher’s in France.
Sam Cartwright is a UK trained primary school teacher. She was introduced to Jolly Phonics during her teaching practice and has been hooked ever since. During the past six years she has taught Jolly Phonics to kindergarten children learning English as a second language with great success. She is currently the owner of the English Garden Pre-School in Budapest where she is happy to pass on her knowledge and experience through demonstration lessons or training sessions.
Diego Zaffaroni is a primary school teacher with a particular interest in teaching English to young learners. He is teacher responsible for the Bilingual Education Italy project in his school (which is supported jointly by the British Council, the Italian Ministry of Education and the Lombardy Regional Education Authority). He has seen better and better results with Jolly Phonics over the time he has used it, with children really liking it and on their way to becoming independent readers.
Victoria is Montessori trained and teaches in a church school. Her teaching with Jolly Phonics starts with the letter sounds not just for English but for Maltese too, which is demanding for them, but they cope well! She has seen the children captivated by the teaching, and it makes a very positive improvement to their learning.
Helen Askell has been using Jolly Phonics at the British Council in Lisbon for several years, with the Junior level children. They love it and it is going well. She has trained as a teacher trainer for bilingual education and also teaches creative drama and movement.
Fiona Dutu taught originally in the UK and now for many years in Romania, using Jolly Phonics for virtually every year she has taught! She started in Romania at an international school and she is now the Head Teacher at Acorns British Style Nursery in Bucharest. She has seen children of a range of ages love the programme and go at a faster pace.
Bucharest, Muntenia, Oltenia & Dobrogea
After more than 12 years of teaching English to kindergarten and school children in Bucharest, Silvana strongly believes that Jolly Phonics is a wonderful opportunity to lead children into a new experience that fosters the ability and pleasure to read. Silvana is eager as a Professional Trainer to show her peers how their pedagogigal ego could be rewarded thanks to the Jolly Phonics method. They can get fast results that can make a difference, with totally dedicated students, in a funny and always new way, with all the freedom of the programme for adjusting methods and improvising.
Veca Avramov qualified as a teacher in Serbia and later graduated from Queen Mary and Westfield College in London in English Literature. She lived and worked in London for many years before returning to Serbia. She taught English to young learners in Serbia before starting her own language school, Jolly Bear Centre. She has been impressed with the speed and enthusiasm of the children in learning with Jolly Phonics and she eagerly gives training to schools in the region. Veca is also the distributor for Jolly Phonics in Serbia.
Seka Radović qualified as an English teacher in Novi Sad and then had her qualifications recognised in the UK where she worked for almost a decade. She started using Jolly Phonics in London, seeing how it is a great method. Back in Serbia, together with her best friend and colleague, Veca, she founded the Jolly Bear Centre, in her case in Novi Sad. She has seen excellent results which she shares with other teachers in her training.
Coral qualified as a teacher in Britain, starting her career in England followed by some time in Egypt, before joining the Spanish Ministry of Education/British Council Bilingual Project in 1998. While teaching infants, Coral used Jolly Phonics and was amazed at the childrens interest and progress, and the high standards of literacy she achieved. She subsequently founded Jolly Centres in Spain, where children, parents and teachers now enjoy her lively training. Coral also collaborates with various Universities. As a Jolly Ambassador, she works closely with Education Inspectors and Local Authorities. She currently works with her team of trainers to deliver synthetic phonics training all over the world.
Rebecca Wilson is an experienced full-time primary teacher, currently working in a builingual school in Madrid as part of the British Council/MEC program. She currently teaches English and Art and has been using the Jolly Phonics for the past 12 years.
Philippa Cole is a native English speaker who has taught with Jolly Phonics for many years in Spain. She has a broad understanding of synthetic phonics and the practical ability to achieve outstanding results with non-native young children. She is keen to respond to the needs and requests of teaching staff in the South of Spain.
Mercedes is an experienced teacher who has been working as an English Language Teacher for 12 years. She has been using Jolly Phonics since 2009 and in 2010 she started her own Language School Ensiname, where she Jolly Phonics with children aged 2 – 12 years old. Mercedes is eager to help increase awareness of Jolly Phonics in Galicia and to help provide high quality phonics teaching.
Yvonne is an experienced teacher who first qualified in Britain, where she first came across Jolly Phonics in 2000. She is passionate improving child literacy standards in Spain and has helped to develop second-language resources for teaching children. She is eager to help teachers across Spain bring fun and multi-sensory lessons to their classrooms and she really believes that Jolly Phonics is the best programme to do this.
Inna Kell is from Sinelnikovo (near Dnipropetrovsk) and now divides her time between there and her main home in Lowestoft, England. She has had experience of Jolly Phonics from trialling it in her learning centre in Sinelnikovo, where she has seen children absorbed and learning very successfully, despite having English as a foreign language. Inna gives training in the Ukraine but it has to be scheduled in with her visits there.
*Stockist for Jolly Learning products in Ukraine*
Diego Zaffaroni will be running a training course at Europlacements, Via Correggio, 19 Milano on the following dates:
Saturday 25th May 2013
Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm, including lunch (1 hour)
Cost: E250 per delegate
To book a place on the course, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the flyer here.
Seka and Goran from Jolly Bear bookshop took Jolly Phonics along to the European Day of Languages 2011:
“We are happy to say that we took a part in the great event – the European Day of Languages, which was held on 24th September in Novi Sad, Serbia.
It was a great opportunity to promote Jolly Phonics and must admit that we managed to draw public’s attention with a very good looking stand presenting the fascinating Jolly Phonics teaching method. Visitors found it very interesting and so different from the others.”