Meet the Team
Say hello to our main team …
Jose Brinkmann – Managing Director
Jose is the Managing Director of Country Cousins. Jose was a student at Country Cousins from the age of 9 to 17. He then became an Activity Leader in the summers whilst studying at the University of York. He enjoyed his time at the school so much that he bought it in 2006!
Jose arranges the programmes for Country Cousins, and plans all the timetables, he’s the person who makes activities so fun! Jose is also a first aider and one of the EnglishUK main board trustees.
Feel free to talk to him at any time; he is a really approachable person who will always do his best to resolve any situations that might arise. If he isn’t at his desk he can usually be found around the school grounds.
Maribel Cabrera – School Director
Maribel is a co-director of the school. She is responsible for the day to day running of the school. She develops, implements, and oversees all of the policies, programmes, and procedures at Channel School. She is a friendly and happy member of the team who always makes everyone feel at home.
But Maribel is more than just the School Director, she is also a Designated Safeguarding Person, this means she is available to help all students with any concerns or problems they may have. Maribel is also a first aider.
Maribel can be found in the main office.
Matt Boni – Transport Manager
Matt is the Transport Manager at Country Cousins. He manages all the minibuses, coaches, and drivers who go to the airports to meet students. He is a cheerful, helpful member of the team who is equally happy helping out in the office, driving minibuses, or playing football with the students.
If you have any questions regarding your travel Matt is the person to talk to. He can tell you where you should be, and when. Matt is also first aided.
Matt is usually in his office however if he is not try looking for him near the buses!
Francesa Penfold – Welfare and Accommodation Officer
Francesca is the new Welfare and Accommodation Officer at Country Cousins. Her job is to find the right homestay for our students.
Francesca will be managing students’ welfare while they are with us. She brings a very valuable experience working with children and her cheerful and outgoing personality fits perfectly with the rest of the team. WELCOME ON BOARD!
Alicja Szyszkowiak – Director of Studies
Alicja is the Director of Studies at Country Cousins. She manages the teaching department, overseeing teachers, checking student levels, and ensuring the curriculum is exciting and relevant. She is always looking for innovative and fun ways to make lessons interesting for international students.
Alicja is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer and director of studies and has worked in four different countries. She is often inspired by her teacher friends living all over the world.
Alicja is also a Designated Safeguarding Person so approach her with any concerns or questions. She can be found in the Director of Studies Office.
Sharon Mason – School Secretary
Sharon is our newest member of staff.
Sharon is the new secretary for Country Cousins. She manages the reception area and her job is to make sure all the students information is kept correct and up to date.
Sharon will be in hand in reception should the children require any help or information. She is very friendly and active and knowledgeable of the local area.