My swan song

After almost five years at Swan, I am leaving! I’ll still be in the field, so I plan to take everything I have learned here at Swan with me.  And that is a lot…I’m immensely proud of what I have learned and achieved at Swan. It’s an intense job and the scope of my role was beyond that of a DOS which meant I learned about areas outside of my comfort zone.

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I have worked with some great teachers.  TEFL teachers are an amazing bunch who are attracted to the field for a wide variety of reasons. I helped to keep people in jobs during an economic downturn. Things were tough when I first joined. Really tough. For everyone, not just ELT. But, through a commitment to gold-standard quality and solid basic standards, the school maintained its position in the market (if not rising further) and continued to provide students with lessons and teachers with a job. I hope things continue to improve for the teachers (the only indispensable staff members in a school!). Was great meeting you all, and thank you!

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EAQUALS recognition was an incredible high point in my career at Swan! One of the first of only a handful of Irish schools – an absolute honour. And the tender for English language services at a third level institution!  The rebrand was interesting. I’d been involved in marketing from the start of my appointment at Swan and working on the project was eye-opening. Seeing it all come together was fun, hard work and very rewarding.

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I’ll miss the great team at Swan!  Joanne, Magda, Laura, Danielle, Joana, Joe, Helen, Lin, Michael, Oliver and Gillian – THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING! It has been fun!

And, of course, the people who brought a tear to my eye today at the thought of saying goodbye.  The people we do it all for.  Our students!  We have the best students, I have been truly honoured to meet some incredible students over the years. I will really miss seeing these friendly faces in the corridor and I wish you all a 9 in IELTS and success in whatever you wish for your time after Swan!

What a 5 years it has been.  THANK YOU!  I’ll never forget it.

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