Samantha J

Central England

Samantha J

I am a teacher, specialising in teaching English as a second language. Over the years, I have taught students, of all ages and from many different countries. I live in Shottery, few minutes drive from the centre of the market town of Stratford upon Avon, here in The Midlands. I became a teacher, predominantly, as I enjoy meeting people from difference countries and am always interested to learn about their lives and what they do back home in their countries. This interest stems from having lived in France for many years and today, I have a special place in my heart for France as I love the language, the music, the people and the country. In my life, I have travelled vastly, including living in Australia and Canada. I particularly like Thailand and Malaysia and am fascinated with the Asiatic culture and customs.

No smoking Children at home Private bathroom available No pets at home Teacher pick-up from airport Wifi available at home
No smoking Children at home Private bathroom No pets at home Teacher transfer WiFi available

Location information

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire | View a map of this location

Nearest airport with transfer cost: Birmingham (BHX) £100

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Gatwick (LGW) £ on request

Heathrow (LHR) £180

Nearest railway station: Stratford-upon-Avon

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Academic information

I have a certificate in Post-Compulsory Education and Training, from Warwick University. Additionally, I have an iGCSE in English and the English teaching certificate TESOL (advanced).

Courses taught

 Family information

My family consists of my husband and our children (2007 and 2008) who are extremely active and regularly enjoy out-of-school activities including Tae Kwon Do, football, tennis, drama and swimming. Our extended family come and visit us regularly and live a short drive away. As a family, we are energetic and get involved in our thriving community and outside school social activities. We participate, in a wide variety of leisure pursuits, including sporting and music events in our local area.

We thoroughly enjoy having students to stay and welcome students into our home and treat everyone as, one of the family, during their time with us in beautiful Stratford upon Avon.

Here, in Stratford upon Avon, I am involved at our local hospice, The Shakespeare Hospice, and I am a fundraiser and committee member. Additionally, I am a volunteer driver and I work in the patient area.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

Shottery village has an all-girls secondary school and one small primary school that has been open since the mid-19th century. There is one pub, The Bell Inn, and also a good Italian cuisine restaurant, Santa Lucia, opposite the pub. There is a large, local park, Shottery Fields, which contains two football pitches and a children’s play area; a footpath leads from the fields directly into the town centre. Shottery was the childhood home of Anne Hathaway, William Shakespeare’s wife, and is the location of the building, known as Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, which is a very popular tourist destination.

About the local area

Stratford-upon-Avon, known locally as Stratford, is a market town and civil parish in south Warwickshire, England. It lies on the River Avon, 35 km south east of Birmingham and 13 km, south west of Warwick. It is the largest and most populous town of the non-metropolitan district Avon. The town is a popular tourist destination, owing to its status as birthplace of the playwright and poet William Shakespeare, often regarded as the world’s greatest playwright of all time, receiving about 4.9 million visitors a year from all over the world.
Places of interest include, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Bancroft Gardens, Warwick Castle, Drayton Manor Theme Park, West Midlands Safari and the Cotswolds. Many tourist enjoying seeing the 5 shakespearean houses in our local area, including Mary Arden’s Farm. Other popular activities involve ghost walks tours and town walks which are highly recommended. There are some excellent art museums including Compton Verney, Henley in Art Heritage Museum and Ragley Hall.

Excursions available with this teacher

The Shakespeare Houses Day Trip – A visit to two Shakespearean Houses: Mary Arden’s Farm House & Shakespeare’s Birthplace. All day including lunch

Cost: Free (under 15s)

One of the few working Tudor farms in England – Discover Mary Arden’s House, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother. An exhibition about Shakespeare’s mother, Mary, and a room by room exploration of the history of the building she called home. There’s lots to explore and plenty of ‘hands on’ activities for everyone to enjoy. Peek inside the chimney and the walls, discover how the house was built and imagine Mary’s life there with her seven sisters!

Cost: Free

Shakespeare’s Birthplace – William Shakespeare was born in this house and lived here until he was old enough to marry and spend the first five years of family life here with his new wife, Anne Hathaway. For millions of Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide, this house is a shrine. Here you will discover the world that shaped the man and find out what other famous writers thought when they visited here. Follow in the footsteps of not only Shakespeare, but other well-known visitors such as Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace is a fascinating house that offers a tantalising glimpse into Shakespeare’s early world.

Cost: Free

The Stratford Upon Avon Orientation Day Trip – A walk around Stratford Upon Avon visiting all the main sight-seeing sites, including the Trinity Church (this is where Shakespeare’s grave is,) Bancroft Gardens, The Old Recreation Ground, the market, the town centre, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and tower, and walk along the riverbanks of the River Avon.

Cost: Free

Family fun activities – Swimming, tennis, going to a gym, a Tae-Kwon-do lesson or going for an ice-cream. Indoor rock climbing, badminton, tennis, keep-fit lessons, rowing, horse-riding, country walks and football session.

Cost: Some free, some have a cost