Dr Val Hennessy

Dr Val Hennessy
Director

As the 30th anniversary of the setting-up of the school fast approaches, I am delighted to report that I am still as enthusiastic as ever about teaching people of all races to communicate.  In recent years, we have expanded our foreign language department and it is heart-warming to see how many people want to learn to communicate in a second or even a third language.  Learning languages opens our minds to other ways of seeing the world and here at International House Bristol, we are all about open minds.

Now that I am no longer in the classroom, I have more time to focus on other aspects of the business.  In these challenging times, this is a good thing.  But I still love hearing form former students and enjoy answering their many and varied language questions. I have also spent some time, with the help of some of our teaching staff, putting together an online game called The Daily English Challenge.  You can find it here: https://dailyenglishchallenge.com. It is free to play and we will be giving away 2-week courses to those who top our leader boards at the various levels. So sign up and get answering those pesky questions.

My personal life continues to evolve.  Saskia is doing GCSEs this year and Nicky will do his next year.  University is looming for both of them.  That means that Marcel and I can start reconsidering our lives in terms of holiday destinations and the times of year when we travel, so beware, some of you may be seeing me sooner than you think.

I am continuing with my barefoot running and just recently managed to move past the 10k mark for regular runs.  I only wish running had felt this easy years ago. I am learning to play the cello and although I will never feel confident enough to play with others, I get a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment out of it. Sometimes it even sounds like music!

Meet our staff

Agnieszka Władimirow
Teacher of Polish
Ali Bougatef
Teacher of Arabic
Amanda Richardson
IELTS Administrator
Antje Hoffmann
Teacher of German
Antonella Abatilli
Teacher of Spanish
Belén Lajarin
Teacher of Spanish
Catherine Cinca-Edwards
IELTS Administrator
Charlie Marshall
Teacher of English
Crystal Cheng
Teacher of Mandarin
Dr Val Hennessy
Director
Eleanor West
Teacher of Welsh
Gina Robinson
Teacher of English
Irene Ottonello
Teacher of Italian
Joe O’Hagan
Assistant Director of Studies
Joyce Zhou
Teacher of Mandarin Chinese
Kasia Myrlak
Teacher of German
Kei Yamauchi Forsythe
Teacher of Japanese
Liliya Sadek
Teacher of Russian
Liz Bowden
Senior Teacher & Teacher Trainer
Lucy Picher-Regaire
Teacher of French
Magali Vidal
Teacher of French
Marcel Jansen
Director
Marina Ossovskaya
Center Exams Manager & Office Co-ordinator
Mark Stephens
Sales and Marketing Manager
Maurizio Capone
Teacher of Italian
Mireya Sevillano
Teacher of Spanish
Helen Herrera
Teacher of Portuguese
Nicky Yeeles
Teacher of English
Pete Gibson
Principal and Director of Studies
Sally German
Senior teacher
Shaun Duncan
Accommodation and Welfare Officer
Sophie Patrick
Social Programme & Buildings Coordinator
Stef Ficuciello
Office Coordinator
Stefanie Weller
Teacher of German
Véronique Morgan
Book-keeper
Yaelle Hartley
Modern Foreign Languages Coordinator
Yuri Takemura
Teacher of Japanese