Before beginning her career in English language teaching, Kirstie qualified and worked as a UK primary teacher. She has been a freelance author and editor since 2005, and has written a variety of ELT books and materials for a number of publishers.
Kirstie enjoys all aspects of ELT writing, from stories and CLIL to skills work and grammar, and loves the challenge of creating engaging materials for young children. She is particularly interested in inspiring students to think and work creatively. She runs a weekly drama club in a local primary school, which often gives her useful ideas for her writing.
Kirstie’s interests include singing in a choir, yoga, art, walking and cycling. She lives in Oxfordshire with her two children.
Susan is co-author of a number of text books and resource books: An Introduction to Teaching English to Children, Footprints in the Forest, Rocket to the Earth, Sprint, Sparks, Wonder (Richmond Publishing), Little Wizard and Little Detectives (Macmillan). She wrote and co-ordinated a series of three teacher training books for the Masters course in pedagogy for Spanish universities.
Susan is a guest lecturer on teacher training programmes for the University of Salamanca, Spain. She has extensive experience in teacher training in Spain, Turkey and Latin America.
Hawys has worked in the field of English language teaching since 2004. She has authored or co-authored many traditional and blended EFL multi-level courses that are used in both pre-primary and primary schools worldwide.
In addition to writing course books, Hawys works as an educational consultant, specialising in phonics and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). She is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction readers enjoyed by both native English speakers and EFL students globally.
When she isn’t working, Hawys enjoys spending time with her young family. This involves lots of soccer, tennis, dance and bike rides around the beautiful South Downs of England where she lives.
Cheryl has been involved in language teaching for the past 30 years – as a teacher, editor and writer. After completing her degree at the University of Cape Town, obtained her RSA Diploma (TEFL) and the Post-graduate Certificate in Teaching ESOL. She has taught students of all ages and levels in South Africa, the UK and Turkey.
Cheryl entered the ELT publishing industry as an editor, and started working as a freelance writer. She loves the challenge of combining pedagogy with engaging content for language learners.
Cheryl lives in London with her family and her dog, and divides her time between writing and teaching literacy skills – the perfect balance!
Jeanne has been working in the language teaching sector for over thirty-five years as a teacher, school owner, publisher and writer and is the author and co-author of many acclaimed pre-primary and primary EFL series including Word Bird’s Wordbook, Yazoo, Fly High and Now I Know.
She has trained teachers all over the world and frequently presented at professional conferences. Jeanne graduated from Sussex University with an honours degree in English Literature and has lived in Greece since 1981.
Apart from her professional experience, she draws a lot on the practical knowledge she has gained as the mother of four children and now as the grandmother of five.
Mary has an MA in Psychology. She worked in schools after graduating and then moved to Spain where she studied for her CELTA qualification. She taught English to children of all ages over the the next six years before setting up and running an English language newspaper for southern Spain.
She returned to the UK where she became a Commissioning Editor at a major ELT publisher and became a freelance editor and author three years later. Mary has written several levels of Now I Know for Pearson.
Since writing KidsLab, she has discovered her inner coding mindset, though, still struggles with logic puzzles - even the ones she has written herself.
Katharine has been writing best-selling, educational materials for the last twenty years. She has extensive experience working with young learners and many of her publications have been for Primary schools. Over the years she has explored many different approaches to language learning including CLIL, topic based methodology, story-based language learning and literacy development.
Katharine has also written articles for pedagogical publications for teachers of both primary and secondary schools.
Katharine also works as a teacher trainer and has taken part in plenaries, seminars, workshops and training sessions throughout Latin America, Turkey and eastern Europe, as well as in Spain, where she is based.