If you ask Robyn’s students what they think about her lessons, they’ll most definitely say, “The time goes by so fast!”. Her teaching style is very engaging. ‘Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire.’ –W.B. Yeats
Robyn received her B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in English Literature from the University of Calgary. Graduating in the 92nd percentile of her class, she was invited to undertake her M.A. at the same university and awarded a graduate scholarship by the Department of Linguistics. After two years of maintaining a stellar 4.0 GPA, she was awarded two prestigious research grants. Her research endeavor involved conducting a two-year independent field study in the Yukon Territory to document the grammar of an endangered indigenous language.
With over 18 years of teaching experience, Robyn has taught the following subjects:
- IB Language and Literature, Literature, EE
- AP Lang, Lit
- IGCSE (AQA, edexcel, CIE)
- ACT, SAT, SSAT, IELTS, TOEFL
Given Robyn’s passion for languages, literature and learning it is not surprising that her career spans from the West to the East. Before coming to The Edge, Robyn was an English tutor in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea; an Academic Coordinator in Shanghai; a Director of International Programmes at Qinghua University; a Teaching-Principal in Hanoi. Aside from her extensive experience teaching students of all ages, and levels, and from various cultural backgrounds, Robyn holds an ATESL (Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language) and is a member of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union.
When not teaching, you’ll find Robyn hanging out with friends, enjoying the local cuisine, and taking in all the sights and sounds that Hong Kong has to offer.
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Robyn’s experience and background make her a good teacher for the type of student that is looking for a modern learning environment where lessons are tailored to students’ unique learning styles and needs; where the atmosphere is relaxed and the delivery casual; where the lessons are goal-driven and results-oriented, and where students are respected, their ideas valued, and their presence celebrated.