Our vision is to see non-English speaking children learn to speak English fluently. 'Sam and Mel' is designed especially for children who are beginner learners of English. We want children to learn good grammar and pronunciation from native English speakers. 'Sam and Mel' has been tested and used extensively in primary schools in Europe and Asia.
B.A. (U.S.A.); Maîtrise d'anglais (France) ; Dip.Tch (N.Z.)
Tony first started teaching English in refugee camps in South-East Asia in 1981. He has since taught English and French in primary schools in Europe, the West Indies and New Zealand. In addition to managing ‘Sam and Mel’, he teaches Business Studies part-time at Macleans College, one of the best academic high schools in New Zealand. Tony designs the lessons for 'Sam and Mel'.
"In my spare time, I enjoy reading and walking on the beach with my wife and dog Gus. I love traveling to exotic lands. I also enjoy rowing competitively."
B.A. (Political Studies, Spanish); Trinity Certificate in TESOL; BCounselling
Sam has taught English as a second language in an international school in Auckland. He is now a counsellor by profession and teaches counselling part-time at university level. He has also played a small role in a local television series. He speaks English, French and Spanish.
"I am married and have 3 young children. I enjoy coffee, books, poetry, writing, drums/guitar, playing with my son and jogging."
B.A. (Film and Media); BCounselling; Masters (Teaching/Educational Leadership)
Mel has taught French to young children at the Alliance Française in Dunedin, New Zealand. She has also featured in a TVNZ documentary and some short films. Mel is currently an English teacher in a high school in Auckland. She speaks English, French and gets by in German.
"I enjoy singing, good music and outdoor adventures. I am happiest when spending quality time with friends, dreaming about the future and eating fantastic food."
B.A. (Honours) (Philosophy), M.A. with Distinction (Philosophy), Dip. Art and Creativity (Honours) (Illustration and Design)
Dennis is an experienced illustrator whose work has been primarily focused in the educational market. He focuses on digital illustration as this enables him to produce quality work quickly and efficiently. He uses the research and analysis skills he learned from his philosophy degrees to inform his illustrative process. Dennis produces the illustrations for 'Sam and Mel' alongside his brother Alan.
"I enjoy drawing, reading, watching movies, and taking walks around the beautiful estuary and beach near my home on the Kapiti Coast."
B.A. (Honours) (Philosophy), M.A. (Merit) (Philosophy), Dip. Art and Creativity (Honours) (Illustration and Design)
Alan is an experienced illustrator who has worked primarily in the education market with his brother Dennis. Prior to illustration work, Alan has worked as a tutor and guest lecturer in the Philosophy department at Victoria University of Wellington, as well as an English language teacher in Japan. He works primarily in digital illustration to produce images quickly and efficiently.
"In my spare time I enjoy reading, drawing and painting in both traditional and digital media."