Enthusiastic about web design and graphics, passion for teaching, and writing with a touch of photography. A software geek who loves caring for the environment. Also, an advocate for mindfulness and well-being with good time management.
Nigel Openshaw is a TESOL-qualified teacher and has taught and managed classes in South Korea for eight years for elementary, middle, high, and adult students. His successful book series, "ESL Discussion Topics," came from working in teams, co-teaching, and individual classes. He also developed the ESL Practical
As well as being an author, he is a professional graphic and web designer. His company has clients in Australia and the UK. He now focuses on improving his local Manchester area.
He is currently working on a CFS/ME book covering mental health support and education.
I can brag about having two successful companies, but what you don't know is that those successes came from reworking poor initial ideas into something I had never thought of. It's the same with writing books. The first ones are not so good, and we learn from that. Over time we pick up new tips to make a better attempt. The trick is to always want to grow by being the student in whatever we do.
Within that time, he ran his own successful home-schooling business with many happy parents as their children overcame shyness and excelled in speaking
His previous business was in South Korea, where he taught in the education sector from elementary to adult-level students.
He knows firsthand the frustration with student-teacher connections. So he helped students and teachers come together by showing how a kind and caring nature can create harmony and a better learning experience.
English. None more so than when he helped a student who had a complete fear of foreign people. He now gets top grades and is a family friend.
Even though he no longer has physical classes, the teaching side is still there. All that came to practice again during lockdown and home-schooling helped him be closer to his kids. In addition, he now focuses on creating books, including publications, on assisting new teachers in fitting into other cultures.
It’s a lovely way to share and care for others. He would have loved to have a mentor when he first started teaching.
Nigel has been a developer since 1999. And with his small team of testers, he looks after customers' needs on a personal and friendly basis. He works closely with clients in his latest web design/development business, helping them be at ease and engage with their ideas to make their dream marketing platform.
Since 1999, he has had five years of professional experience and has become a web design, development, and graphics specialist.
I have a passion for UI and how people interact with devices. It has driven me to create some inspiring projects and ideas.
He can analyze and develop software, initially in a professional role, but now as a hobby. Testing and finding errors is something he is enthusiastic about doing. But creating is only part of the life cycle. Again, helping others is something he feels driven to do.
Examples of successful projects include Android apps and Windows-based software, whereby the customers have a seamless interaction with a minimal design. Above are a few retro titles.
Although he loves photography, he has never taken to it professionally, with only low to mid-quality cameras.
Nigel has always focused on looking into a subject rather than seeing the bigger picture. To see something that no one else has thought about in the same way triggers a quirky sense of view of the world. Macro and close-ups bring something unique and highlight things that would never be seen most times.
Most of the photos taken recently have come from his kitchen garden.
The colors and shapes, for example, on a broccoli head, have such alien properties. And the flowers on courgettes with bright yellow trumpets that give way for the vegetables themselves.
He has always been around a family that has gardened and grown vegetables. And so he has used that to show children the timeline for growing vegetables. The aspect of nurturing and design in the landscape gives a fantastic sense of achievement in being fed by our own hands.
His youngest boy asked only a week or so after planting seeds together, “Are they ready yet?” Children are criminally denied a proper education in growing different vegetables. How much more criminal can you get when supermarkets cut and pack fruit in plastic containers and the people have no idea of their natural conditions?
Learning about ecology and being a naturalist is a wonderful hobby. It is a field he felt had passed him by, and he regretted not being more involved earlier. Over the past five years, he has learned about conservation, the balance of flora and fauna, and what we do daily should not be purely focused on ourselves but its effects on the environment.
Well-being is a helpful process that has helped with problems in my life. Self-help and Meditation have helped in centering focus. As well as the practical exercise and produce we get, we should look more in-depth at gardening in a more critical light to keep our mental health and stress to a minimum.
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Mental health is a complicated field to be in. Nigel has had his fair share of problems to deal with, and the main issue was how physical and mental boundaries cross so easily. And on top of that comes the spiritual side too.
After being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and social anxiety, it has eased much of the pain since getting a diagnosis. He felt there was still something deeper and recently was diagnosed with Autism.
He is now an advocate for well-being, a wonderful tool that helps many others. Not knowing where there are problems only hinders us in focusing our efforts, says Nigel.
It’s hard as we are driven to succeed, but I had to take it easy and go slow. I almost had to become someone new and break all previous routines. It is a harsh thing to do but very rewarding in the long run as we see our true path in life.
What he does each day is almost rebooted. Previously, he had to rethink what could be done and achieve anything.
Thank you for listening, Nigel