Who am I?
My name is Gary Denness, aged 37, from London in the United Kingdom. I arrived in Mexico City in 2005, partly for a change in scenery, partly for the excitement of living in a different country but mostly to be with my Mexican girlfriend (now wife), whom I had met a year earlier. I enjoy most sports, but especially football and boxing, although only as a spectator. I am more of a participator in marathon running, mountain climbing and cycling. My main leisure time passion, however, is photography.
What experience do I possess with regard to teaching English?
Upon arriving in Mexico City I enrolled on an intensive TEFL Teachers training program with Teachers Latin America, a well established course provider, with a successful exam pass at the end of the course. I have, in the four years since then, taught English to Mexican business men and women in their place of work at various levels, from pre-intermediate to advanced, using course books from MacMillan and Cambridge University Press as well as providing TOEFL training courses. I have provided courses at a number of blue chip Mexican and multinational corporations.
What was my working background prior to coming to Mexico?
In the United Kingdom I worked in Retail Management for over a decade, most of it within the oil and energy sector with Chevron Texaco. I was responsible for annual maintenance, stocking and training budgets ranging from US $2 million to US $8,000,000. Whilst I was required to perform many tasks in ensuring the successful day to day operation of the business, I specialized in the Human Resources and training aspects of the business, helping to develop not only the careers of employees within my own store, but also the development of newly employed managers based at different sites in the local area.