About this School

Our Staff

John Williamson Principal / Teacher

John Williamson

Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
Post Graduate Diploma of Second Language Teaching
Master of Arts with honours (Applied Linguistics)
Bachelor of Arts (History)
Bachelor of Commerce (Management)
Teaching Experience
Waitaki Boys’ High School - Oamaru
Tauhara College - Taupo
Seoul Teachers College (South Korea)
English Advantage since its establishment in 2003

John has been teaching in one form or another since 1991 when he was employed as a Management tutor at the University of Otago. His teaching career has led him overseas to teach English and to teach teachers how to teach English. Apart from English language teaching John has taught History, Social Studies, Economics and English at high school up to Year 13.

Ginny Smith Office Manager

Ginny Smith

Ginny is your first point of contact with English Advantage. She is responsible for student enrolments, accommodation co - ordination, pastoral care of students and the day to day running of English Advantage.


Kathy Teacher


Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Post Graduate Diploma of Education
T.E.S.O.L Certificate
Teaching Experience
Foreign Language High School Teacher- Victoria (Aust)
English Teacher (Middle School) – China
English Language Educator (RMIT University) – Vietnam

Kathy has taught a foreign language (German) and Psychology in Australian High Schools for ten years. She has spent five years in Asia teaching English as a Second Language to adolescents and young adults, firstly in China and then in Vietnam.

Michael Teacher


Bachelor of Science (Hons)
Post - Graduate Certificate in TESOL
CELTA Certificate
Teaching Experience
ESOL Tutor - New Zealand, Switzerland, China

Michael has taught all levels of English for more than 20 years. He spent several years in Switzerland and has also taught in Beijing. He was also involved in management and teacher training at Nelson Polytechnic.

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