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Claire Jaynes, Principal
Meet the OISE Sydney team
We are proud to introduce the following teachers and tell you something about their backgrounds and what special skills and experience they bring to the classroom. All teachers at OISE Sydney hold a minimum of a graduate degree and the industry standard CELTA or Trinity TESOL qualification for teaching English as a Second Language.

Claire Jaynes
- Principal

Claire Jaynes has been the Principal of OISE Sydney since 2007.  Originally from Wales, Claire has lived in the UK, France, Spain and Argentina  where she worked as a teacher, trainer and manager. With a Diploma in language teaching and an MA in Linguistics, Claire has over 20 years of industry experience including 11 years in ESL management. Claire is a member of OISE's Academic Board and has a special interest in cross-cultural issues, sociolinguistics and all aspects of training and education.

Natalie Howard - Teacher/Sales & Client Services

Natalie joined OISE Sydney in October 2010, when she moved to Sydney from the south-east of England. She has a BA in English Language and is currently studying part-time for an MA in Teaching English for Academic Purposes. Natalie completed her CELTA in 2009 in Chiang Mai, Thailand and has been teaching English as a foreign language and English for specific purposes in the UK and Australia for over 4 years. Natalie has a particular interest in materials development and learning strategies and aims to foster confidence and critical thinking in her students.

John Yates - Teacher

John has been teaching for 12 years following a successful career in science research and management. After gaining his first degree at Cambridge University he completed a PhD at Melbourne University in Australia. Since then he has lived mainly in Australia and for short periods in other countries, most recently Germany, while acting as a Management Consultant in the Institute for Semi Conductor Physics in Frankfurt (Oder). John is a widely experienced teacher who has specialised in 1-1 and small group teaching in both Germany and Australia. He has a keen interest in current affairs, management issues, the economy, classical music, sport and has travelled widely on all five continents. John has been working at OISE Sydney since 2005.

Will Lamb - Teacher

Will joined OISE in 2013. His understanding of what it takes to meet and exceed students’ expectations has been developed over 12 years in the industry. Having experience in many aspects of ESL such as, IELTS, FCE, Cert IV TESOL, EAP and Business English, Will is a versatile teacher easily able to adapt to any students needs. With an MA in Linguistics Will has a keen interest in all things language based, particularly first language transfer and developing students’ interlanguage.  


Tim Axelsen - Teacher

Originally from Canberra, the capital of Australia, Tim has lived and taught ESL in both Spain and Latin America for over 8 years.  While in Europe, Tim specialized in teaching for the Cambridge suite of exams. He has since gained a wide knowledge of both IELTS training and Business English. Tim has also worked as a Park Manager  and has a keen interest in horticulture. He has studied Creative Writing and uses this knowledge and interest to help focus students on language accuracy. He also has a particular interest in improving students' pronunciation. Now based in Sydney, Tim has been with OISE since March 2009.

Karoline O'Sullivan - Sales & Clients Services

Karoline joined OISE Sydney in 2013. She has worked as a student support coordinator in both Sydney and Ireland since 2010. Karoline is also an experienced English language teacher having completed her CELTA in 2009. Her interests now lie in supporting student needs outside of the classroom and in helping to grow and develop better schools. As a theatre enthusiast Karoline has a particular interest in helping students with their pronunciation and presentation skills.
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