English Language Support (ELS) Teachers

The English Language Support (ELS) program has seven full-time English teachers. The ELS takes students whose English skills aren’t strong enough to handle regular homeroom work. Students that are assessed and placed in the ELS program benefit from small classes (anywhere from 8 to 15 students). ELS teachers offer them an intensive English language program with the sole goal of returning them back to their regular English classes with the language skills needed to be successful. ELS students are assessed four times during the school year to return to the homeroom. Over the years, students from the ELS that return to the homeroom tend to remain in the homeroom, with a 99% retention rate. While learners learn a second language at different rates, most students only require one or two semesters to return to the homeroom. ELS teachers work on a supportive team where they share resources and best teaching practices.


Drew Wachter

Nationality: U.S.A

Year starting at Clifford: 2019

Position: English Language Support (ELS) Teacher

Qualifications: B.A. Psychology TEFL-C Certification

Teaching Experiences: Over 8 years teaching in China

"The best part of my job is seeing the smile on a students face when they know that they have done a good job and have learned something new, used it independently, and had fun doing it. My goal is to see this type of smile every day.


Mark Briscoe

Nationality: Australian

Year starting at Clifford: 2013

Position: English Language Support (ELS) Teacher

Qualifications: Masters TESOL

Teaching Experiences: Taught in Thailand and China

“It's an honour to watch students progress from little or no English to confident and competent communicators of English.”


Todd Gittinger

Nationality: American

Year starting at Clifford: 2014

Position: English Language Support (ELS) Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of English and Communications

Teaching Experiences: Taught English in South Korea, Malaysia, Libya

“Teaching at Clifford is a great pleasure. The change in the students from not speaking to carrying conversations in English about everything is fun to be a part.”


Marat Gataullin

Nationality: American

Year starting at Clifford: 2013

Position: English Language Support (ELS) Teacher

Qualifications: BA in Communication, TESOL Certified

Teaching Experiences: China

“I enjoy teaching because I learn a great deal from my students as I witness their growth and success. I make an effort to have my classes challenging and at the same time interesting and fun.”


Chris Tataryn

Nationality: Canadian

Year starting at Clifford: 2015

Position: English Language Support (ELS) Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of International Relations, Post-graduate Graphic Design, TEFL certificate, Yoga Teacher Training

Teaching Experiences: I've taught in China, Korea, Peru and Canada

“I am looking forward to many years filled with student success and learning.  Happy to be at Clifford!”


Rebecca Gataullin

Nationality: American

Year starting at Clifford: 2013

Position: English Language Support (ELS) Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science in Special Education and English as a Foreign Language

Teaching Experiences: 3 years in USA, teaching in China since 2011

"Watching children learn is a great privilege. I love to see each child grow confident enough to develop and express their own ideas and opinions."