Mike is originally from Melbourne, Australia. He has been very successful here. Like almost all of our senior staff members, Mike started as an NST (Native-speaking Teacher) and has, through hard work and dedication, developed professionally to fill several other roles, including HNST (Head Native-speaking Teacher) and ARC (Area Recruitment Manager).
Perhaps out of humility, Mike did not mention that he was heavily involved in the interior design of the flagship HESS branch that he now teaches at. Mike is an excellent example of how NSTs can grow within HESS, developing their skills as well as their resumes. Mike recently tied the knot with his Taiwanese partner and now lives with him in the Greater Taipei area.
Mike speaks about how he remembers trying to decide whether to travel and teach in Korea, Japan, or Taiwan. After weighing the pros and cons of each country, he ultimately decided on Taiwan for its open and ground-breakingly liberal society as well as the relaxed teaching environment compared with other Asian countries.