The ESF team is made up of all of these people.
We come from a wide range of academic and professional fields and all contributed to ESF in our own ways.
Anne Margaret Smith studied Linguistics at York University, and Educational Research at Lancaster University where her doctoral research investigated the education that English teachers typically receive, in relation to inclusive practice.
Anne Margaret has been teaching English for 30 years, in the UK, Kenya, Germany and Sweden. For the last 20 years she has also been a dyslexia specialist tutor and assessor. 15 years ago she founded ELT well, with the goal of bringing together these two fields of education, and sharing best practice by offering training for English teachers and dyslexia professionals, as well as developing materials and resources, such as ‘Cognitive Assessments for Multilingual Learners’ – an assessment tool to identify how students learn best.
Anne Margaret was a founding member of the IATEFL ‘Inclusive Practices and SEN’ SIG, and she is now co-ordinator of the group.
Find out more at www.ELTwell.com
Anastasia Metallinou is an English language teacher, dyslexia (SpLDs) specialist, educational materials writer and teacher trainer. She studied English and History at Oxford Brookes University (BA Honours).
She has also earned a Master’s degree in Special Education (M.Ed.) from University of Bristol. Her main focus is teaching English as a Foreign Language to learners with dyslexia. She has extensive experience in various British schools as part of her PGCE in English with SEN at Manchester Metropolitan University. Anastasia designs creative hands-on lessons and uses new technologies that capture learners’ needs, imagination and lead to successful learning and achievement.
She is an active member of international organisations such as Tesol Greece and IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) and she presents her work annually in international conferences. She is the coordinator of the Tesol Greece SpLDs (Specific Learning Differences) SIG (Special Interest Group).
Andreas is a Greek-Cypriot musician, music teacher, composer and pianist, born in Nicosia, Cyprus, in 1987. He pursued his undergraduate studies at the Music Department of the Ionian University (Corfu, Greece) with a scholarship from the ’State Scholarships Foundation’ of Greece. In 2012, he graduated from the Ionian University with ‘Honours’ receiving a ‘High Score Prize’ and joined the University of Bristol (UK) for pursuing a master’s degree in ‘Composition of Music for Film and Television’ with a scholarship from ‘The A. G. Leventis Foundation’.
He graduated from the University of Bristol with a ‘Master of Arts’ in 2014. Andreas is currently working as an Instructor of Music Theory, Music Educator and Theatre Musician in Cyprus, and he is also collaborating as a composer, orchestrator and arranger for the implementation of several projects.
Christos Gatis has studied New Media Arts at the Ionian University, department of audiovisual arts in Corfu, Greece. His professional interests include mainly photography and video. Throughout his studies he gained invaluable working experience in both these fields. Ηe’s a partner at CPS P.C. consultancy and manager at Phoenix production.
He has completed two commercial movies, corporate videos for presenting and advertising products and businesses. Ηe is great at commercial photography too. He is adept at using the latest photography and video technology and equipment for aerial photography.
Rachael Reeves is a professional graphic designer and illustrator specialising in the illustration of children’s books. Projects include the Ziggy series and ‘Someone Special’. In addition Rachael enjoys creating logos and branding for a range of clients from Devon Folk band Mudskippers to the Council of Christians and Jews. Her illustrations are colourful, textural and detailed multi media pieces using drawing, collage, photography and whatever else seems right for the project.
Voice in songs
Manos Charalabopoulos is a Greek-British composer and pianist, born in Athens in 1991. Following the end of his studies at the University of Oxford (BA [Hons] in Music, 1st class) and the University of Bristol (MA in Music Composition, Distinction), he is currently continuing his pianistic studies at La Schola Cantorum in Paris. As a pianist he has been distinguished internationally and nationally, while as a composer he has had works commissioned for various events and festivals across Europe. In January 2015 he is due to commence his doctoral studies in composition at King’s College London under the supervision of George Benjamin.
Lytos Andreas is a web developer, born in Thessaloniki in 1981. He studied Automation Engineer in Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki and 9 years ago he founded Istotexniki. He designs dynamic websites with attention to detail and has been specialised in e-commerce projects powered by open-source software.
Audio-visual materials design
Alexandros Georgiou holds a degree on New Media Arts from the Ionion University, Department of audiovisual arts in Corfu, Greece. His dissertation’s topic is “Study and development of an interactive audio-visual system for teaching English as a foreign language to learners with dyslexia and other specific learning differences. During his degree he also participated in his department’s festival with interactive audiovisual installations. His interests include computer science and programming, serious games and edutainment.