Hello everybody, I’m Gary Beattie, itinerant English teacher from England. I’ve been in Romania since August 2017, and was at ICHB Spectrum School, Colentina during last academic year. I know Romania from ancient times, however; the 1990s! I graduated in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Lancaster University in the UK, more years ago than I care to remember. My teaching career began in 1998 (yes, this is my 20th anniversary), in the London borough of Newham, where I worked as a volunteer teaching English to refugees from Somalia, Eritrea, and Ethiopia. This was an extremely fulfilling experience, so I followed it up at the start of 1999 by taking the University of London, Trinity College, TESOL certificate course at Language Link, Earls Court, West London. Later that year I flew to Bangkok, Thailand. I was in Bangkok for 4 years, teaching in language schools and doing corporate teaching contracts on site at various business premises. After Thailand came my longest period of teaching in any country; 14 years in neighbouring Cambodia! There I gained experience teaching every kind student imaginable, from preschool kids to a government minister, from the best schools to those in poor rural communities. I was there for a long time, so I guess it was a place I fell in love with, and which in many ways made me the person I am today! At the end of day, however, I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in Cambodia, and I felt my European homeland beckoning. Returning to my true homeland, the unfortunate abode of the Brexiteers seemed rather a dull option, but Romania is a place I know and love well, so here I am! Happily anticipating my second European winter this millennium, and hoping to make a worthy contribution as a part of the team at Big Ben. Looking forward to meeting you!