John has worked in international education in Australia and Canada. His undergraduate degree was gained at Macquarie University in Sydney. After completing his Master's degree and Diploma in Teaching ESL at the University of Calgary, John taught EFL in Sydney, managed an international program at the University of Lethbridge for six years, and since 1995 has been involved with Global Village schools in Calgary and Victoria. John has also served on the boards of ATESL, TESL Canada and Languages Canada.
John's professional interests include exploring preferred language program practices, resilience, as well as capacity building and mobilization to assist students to thrive with their language skills. He is motivated by delving into strategies that engage managers, administrative staff and teachers in furthering their own career paths and that of international students.
In 'Easier Said Than Done: Adventures in the Language Business', John offers personal reflections and offers tips in chapters which include a focus on a university language program, a language school start-up and relocation, as well as Crisis Management, Adult Homestay, Youth Programs, Team Vibrations, Marketing Up and Downs, Global Citizenship, Wellness and Safety, and Lessons Learned from Students.