Shân Smythe created The Language Locker with the aim of providing a safe, secure hub where students can access continued support - as and when they need it - from experienced, DBS-checked teachers.
She has a passionate belief that languages should be made accessible to all and every student can have a positive, enriching language-learning experience, given the right support.
Shân's love of languages began at school, where she combined French and German A'Levels with evening classes in Italian. After graduating from Aberystwyth University with a BA (Hons) in European Languages & Linguistics, she put her language skills to the test, using both French and Italian at work daily. Initially in the IT industry and then predominantly in Travel, where she worked over a number of years in contracting, product management and marketing roles which took her all over France and Italy.
A career change came after becoming a mum and Shân turned to teaching, running a successful local franchise teaching French to 4-11 year olds. She then completed a PGCE at the University of Gloucestershire and qualified as a teacher in 2010.
Shân has had experience of teaching French and Italian across all key stages over the last ten years; working as a class teacher, a head of department and as a private tutor. She lives in Gloucestershire with her family.
Shân tutors French for The Language Locker.