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The Team

Meet The Team


Liz Denham – Managing Director / Teacher

Liz DenhamI qualified as an EFL teacher in 2002 and have taught English at all levels from Beginners to Advanced level. Languages are a real passion of mine and I speak Italian and German having lived in both countries. After graduating from Leeds with a European Finance and Accounting Degree, I worked for a number of years at the BBC and Eurotunnel. I enjoyed the buzz of working in the corporate sector. I love most sports, particularly tennis… I really enjoy theatre, travelling, cooking, current affairs and being with my family and dog! I love a challenge – in my student days, I completed a solo parachute jump and in more recent years I walked 195 miles from Coast to Coast in northern England. WISE is my passion. I love my job, meeting the most amazing students from all over the world and working with a generous and inspirational team.

Amanda Thorogood – Director / Teacher

Amanda ThorogoodSince qualifying as a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher in 1991 I have taught in two London based schools of English and another in Surrey. So…I have lots of experience! I have taught at all levels from beginners to advanced and thoroughly enjoy meeting and getting to know students from all corners of the world. When I am not teaching, I enjoy painting, rowing, playing tennis, cycling and ski-ing. I really look forward to meeting you!

Rowan Johnson – Director / Teacher

Rowan JohnsonI am passionate about helping students achieve their learning potential. I began teaching in 1990 and have taught and coached children and adults of all nationalities and abilities. As a qualified teacher and coach my career has taken me into boardrooms delivering training, coaching and motivating senior executives; I’ve taught Physical Education to students and in primary schools I have taught children in all subjects. I trained as a specialist dyslexia teacher I am able to support children with dyslexia. I have a love of sport, travel and can often be found walking my dog!

Emma White – Teacher

Emma WhiteI absolutely love teaching English and it is a real honour to be a teacher at WISE! Having qualified with my teaching qualification in 2008, I taught in West London for three years before going abroad to teach in the south of Italy. I enjoy teaching all levels and relish the opportunity to meet fascinating people from ask around the world! When not teaching English, I also work as an art teacher with young children. My hobbies include dancing, reading, long walks in the countryside, and going to the cinema. I look forward to meeting you!

Claudine Angear - Teacher

Claudine Angear

My qualifications are BA Hons International Relations with French, CELTA and Diploma of Health Science. After many years teaching underwater (as a scuba diving instructor), in 2009, I finally fulfilled another ambition by qualifying as an EFL teacher. I was based in tropical north Australia for many years and was lucky enough to teach students from Asia, Europe and South America. I recently returned to England from a teaching position in Italy and I'm really missing the food; one of my passions! Another is language and pronunciation. I speak French, Spanish and Italian, so I understand the difficulties that language learners have being understood, and understanding others. I love healthy living. I'm also a great traveler and I enjoy discovering new cultures and environments. One of the most exciting things I've done is dived with many types of sharks all over the world, however I've never dived with Great White sharks - that's one for the bucket list!


Janis Abson – Teacher

Janis Abson

My qualifications are BA Hons French and Cert TEFL, (International House). After studying French at university, I qualified as a TEFL teacher at International House in London in 1990. Since then I have worked at several schools in London teaching all levels of English, (Beginner to Proficiency), and I have also taught in Hong Kong, teaching mainly Business English. Going to live and work in Hong Kong was one of the most exciting things I have ever done in my life, and I had a fantastic time from start to finish. Before having my children, I was an Account Manager for a language training company in the City, for several years, but my love of teaching never left me, so I am very happy to be teaching again at WISE.In my spare time, (and when I am not busy looking after my children!), I enjoy yoga and aerobics, and I also love baking. If I were to win the lottery tomorrow, I would buy a big old house in Provence, and sit in the garden drinking red wine and watching my olive trees grow. Dream on……

Liz Farmer – Office Manager

Liz FarmerHi, I’m Liz. My degree is in computing, though my programming skills are a little rusty! I like getting involved with working on social media and databases and at WISE you will usually find me next to the computer in Reception! I love meeting new people and helping others. I have been doing voluntary Meals on Wheels for many years. One of my passions is being a Beaver Scout Leader….all that camping and looking after 24 six-year olds! I also enjoy walking my dog, and doing creative things such as scrapbooking photos and I love the theatre The most exciting thing I have done is to win a cruise to the Caribbean – that was my 5 minutes of fame, and who wouldn’t want a free holiday?! My ambition is to always keep ALL my friends and to help people in this world who really need the help!