This July, Saxoncourt would like to thank Tom Woodhouse for his tireless contributions to Shane English School’s teachers and students. His nomination comes after an especially busy season for his region, which meant that he had to manage both filling in for teachers and completing his significant Director of Studies responsibilities. Tom is a passionate educator, an effective manager, and a valued member of Shane English School Taiwan’s academic team. Congratulations, Tom. Thanks for everything, and we look forward to working with you far into the future.
First of all, I’d like to thank all those involved in nominating and deciding on me as “Staff of the Month”. It may be a fleeting title, but it’s good to know my (always entirely intentional) Alan Partridge impressions and grating pedantry have not gone unnoticed, and I’m sure I’ll be speaking of this month for many years to come.
I arrived in Taiwan in 2013 as a spritely, floppy-haired philosophy graduate, having spent a few years post-University co-editing an online literary magazine before completing a CELTA course and then working as an IELTS and general English tutor in the UK. As with so many before me, I initially intended to teach in Taiwan for one year – my otherwise exceptional soothsaying skills failing to foresee that I would fall so heavily in love with the country and the job and still be here four years later. I taught at two Shane English School (SEST) branches in Taipei for three years, then after undertaking the Teacher Development Scheme (TDS), I was promoted to Director of Studies for Northern Taiwan a little over a year ago.
In my current capacity as Director of Studies, I’m responsible for academic support and guidance to over thirty schools across Northern Taiwan, including the direct management of teachers and oversight of course implementation at two of our DTE schools, with teacher training, lesson observations, and course writing being of primary importance. It’s been an immensely rewarding (and challenging!) experience, and I’m endlessly grateful for the tireless support I get from everyone in my department and beyond. Without them, the world would have far less puns.
Tom C. Woodhouse
Director of Studies
Shane English School Taiwan
From Tom’s Manager
I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Tom in a number of roles over the past four years. In that time, I’ve always found Tom to demonstrate a genuine passion for education that manifests in how he exerts himself tirelessly for his schools and for his colleagues. He’s risen to the challenges he’s faced and built on those experiences to develop into a well-respected and effective manager.
When he’s not contemplating the power of words or pondering the transient nature of existence, Tom fills the air with the familiar sound of him tapping away on his keyboard, hard at work juggling the responsibilities that come with managing the myriad schools he’s responsible for. And doing a great job of it! He continues to attack his work with vigor and gusto, and I look forward to seeing him progress and develop in his role in the future.
Here’s to another four years!
Academic Operations Director
From Tom’s Colleagues
I’ve known Tom for about 2 years now, and in all my interactions with him, he has shown himself to be knowledgeable, professional, and eager to learn and progress.
I have just joined the same department and I look forward to working with him to move the company onwards and upwards. With his hard work and experience, Shane English School is in a great place.
On a side note, the way Tom speaks also reminds me of my brother, so whenever I get homesick I’ll have a chat with him to brighten my day. He finds it a bit weird.
Senior Director of Studies