Teacher. Artist. Adventurer.
I love challenging projects, learning new things, and helping other people discover how amazing they are.
TEST WRITING, 50% PARTNER WITH GNP IDIOMAS 2015
Responsible for creation and execution of English Test of Iberia’s ﬁrst hiring selection process for pilots in the last 10 years. Duties included:
– writing role-play for testing real time English usage, setting rubrics for evaluation, casting implants for role-plays. Assisted grading candidate levels under direction of Lena Moreira, one of the best level testers I have ever met.
– co-writing (with Lena Moreira) 3 proﬁciency-level listening tests designed to separate c1 and c2 students. (additionally responsible for casting voice talent, recording, editing, graphic design, baseline testing & calibration of tests, and setting up grading automation for the paper based test, which we did with mobile phones.)
– automation and checking of individual reports, and creation of executive summary graph under very tight schedules and adapting to challenges inherent to dealing with the schedules of over 500 pilots.
– client was happy with consistency, quality, and candidate experience.
TEACHER TRAINING 2007-PRESENT
Speaker in TESOL, TEFL, ELT, ESL in National and International Conferences. Topics of special interest include:
Tech: do-it-yourself under 100 euro interactive white boards (IATEFL Brighton, Tesol Spain), chatbots, (Istanbul, Turkey) Corpus Linguistics for Beginners, (“Enron and the Inﬁnite Monkey Machine”, TESOL Madrid)
Theatre: Speaking Games, (Madrid and Paris) Improv theatre for CLIL (on behalf of ByME in the Vallodolid CLIL conference, where I received the highest evaluation of all speakers.)
Pronunciation: Pronunciation using the vehicles of circus and magic. (Edelvives)
CAPTAIN AND PRESENTER, YOUNG PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (YPD) 2013-
Teaching Entrepreneurial skills to youth. Focusing on proactivity and coaching soft skills. Wrote and taught the dynamic “Juggling Management” which is also on the YPD video box, and which is still teaching students around the world how, and why, to juggle. This is also something I use with corporations.
PHONE ADDRESS URL
650 310 375 C/PORTUGAL 3, BLQ 5, 2A, POZUELO DE ALARCON, 28224 MATTLEDDING.COM
Spanish Resident: (X4229796G) Canadian Nationality.
Born July 9, 1973, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Education CV 2015
BUSINESS ENGLISH TEACHER 2005-PRESENT
Taught English to executives with International House Madrid. Vaughan Systems, Kleinson, and as an autonomo (self employed). Highlights include: teaching in the Moncloa, working with top directors of FCC, and in Samsung Spain.
TEACHING ENGLISH, IN SCHOOL, 1ª PRIMERIA – 2ºBACHERILLATO 2010-2012
In Colegio Virgen de Europa, Boadilla, I began teaching English through improv theatre (2010) set up ﬂipped classroom program in CLIL for Technology for 1º-4º ESO, (2011) and prepared students for Cambridge Exams (2012).
University of Cambridge’s CELTA (Cambridge Certiﬁcate in English Language Teaching to Adults.) 2 0 0 1 (I have done the DELTA reading list, but not the course.)
Ecole Nationale de Cirque de Canada 1 9 9 3 – 1 9 9 7 Specialty program in juggling, but also studied acrobatics, dance, theatre, entirely in French: it was my ﬁrst immersion and my ﬁrst “CLIL” exposure. While I was there, I performed with “McGill Improv”: improv theatre with members of McGill University. Went on to create several international award winning shows mixing circus and comedy working in 8 diﬀerent languages.
University of Saskatchewan 1 9 9 1 – 1 9 9 3 English Literature and theatre (under the inﬂuence of Henry Woolf.)
Lifelong Learner: I read. A lot.
I have also been involved in MOOCS since the ﬁrst courses were oﬀered by Coursera, Udacity, and Udemy. Tendency to “geek out” in zones of interest. Strong interests in cost eﬀective technologies to amplify individual learning, natural and artiﬁcial intelligence, network analysis, nutrition, and information visualisation.
–adept computer user on Mac, Windows, and Linux. Am OS indiﬀerent: each has advantages.
–Theatrical Improvisation, and applied improv skills, has led me to listen more eﬀectively. as well as ability to “McGuyver” solutions to problems. I don’t panic, I adapt.
-OK with leadership roles and self directed work as well as following others’ lead. I enjoy solving problems.
-I have a large network of people smarter than I am, who are constantly trying to get me up to their level. (see picture below) I appreciate them.
-I am a professional juggler and magician who looks like middle management. While I don’t know how this will be directly useful to you, it may win you a bet in the oﬃce.
-Good soft skills. Have worked with executives of multinationals, Chilean street kids, and everything in between. People seem to enjoy working with me, and we get stuﬀ done.
REFERENCES ON REQUEST.
My social network.
Far left: teachers.
Bottom: friends, family.
Top and Right: Artists, Entrepreneurs and business people.