I originally come from Birmingham in the UK and I’ve been living in Krakow and working at Stairway for just over three years. Although my academic background is in languages and linguistics (I have an MA from the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and a PhD in linguistics from the University of East Anglia) I worked as the world’s worst primary school teacher before discovering my true vocation: teaching English to adults. Students respond well to my lessons, which combine a calm atmosphere, sound methodology, plenty of opportunities to speak, a healthy dose of grammar and my unique brand of humour! In my free time I like reading, walking, playing the piano and learning bizarre and complicated languages. Polish, for example.
Stuart has been living in Poland for nearly twenty years, and has been teaching English as a foreign language for even longer! He lived and worked in Koszalin first before coming to Krakow and joining the Stairway team in 2006. He’s a popular and lively teacher who makes sure that his students are always active, interested and, most importantly, learning. No boring grammar exercises in Stuart’s lessons! Stuart plays an active role in organizing our popular social events, particularly our English pub-quiz events.
James comes from the USA where his varied career included a stint in the marines, before being “honourably discharged”. Having realised that teaching English was his true vacation, he worked in Italy for several years before coming to Krakow and starting work at Stairway in 2017. He enjoys travel, exercise and good food.
Originally hailing from Connecticut in the USA, Stephanie has been teaching at Stairway since October 2015, where students are motivated in their English learning by the infectious enthusiasm and energy she brings to the school and her lessons. She has taught English all over the world, including Israel, India and Serbia, where she did her CELTA training. Stephanie loves travelling and during vacations she often finds herself in the UK where she is particularly fond of Wales and Scotland.
Robin comes from Gloucestershire in the UK and studied modern languages and literature at university, before embarking on a career in teaching English as a foreign language. Prior to joining Stairway in October 2016 he taught English in Italy for a number of years. Students respond well to his calm, relaxed and thoughtful approach to teaching. In his free time Robin enjoys exploring new places and has a keen interest in folk music.
I have been teaching English mostly in Poland for the last 15 years. So what gives me a real boost after a hard week at the chalk face is long distance running. I never get to do this as much as I would like to. So progress is slow. But really there is nothing anywhere as far as I know that gives you the overwhelming feeling of being alive and in the here and now. Gardening and wood turning are hobbies I should like to try in the future but for now it's the trail and the open road.