Head of Training
Carolyn Nicholls BA (Hons) MA, MA, MSTAT, OCN founder
Carolyn Nicholls trained as an Alexander Technique teacher with Walter and Dilys Carrington and graduated in 1982. Carolyn spent a year as Dilys's apprentice, learning the systematic approach to the training of new students in the use of their hands. Her first MA is in Alexander Teacher Training, concentrating on the 'Analysis of the Specialised Use of the Hands in Alexander Technique Teaching'. She gained a distinction for her Masters research study from the University of East London, by work based learning. her second was in Creative Writing and she encourages students to write fluently about the Alexander Technique. She founded The Brighton Alexander Technique College in January 2003. Carolyn runs postgraduate refresher courses both here and overseas and has taught in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Sweden and Mexico. She has given three F. M. Alexander Annual Memorial lectures and was named as a 2nd generation teacher at the 8th International Congress of Alexander Teachers. Lugano, Switzerland August 2008. Her book Body, Breath and Being - a new guide to the Alexander Technique, is available from HERE Her new book The Posture Workbook is now available from Amazon Carolyn is an AT advisor to the ASPEN trail, an NHS funded trial looking at the effectiveness of AT on lower back pain. This is run by Prof. Paul Little of Southampton University.
Deputy Head of Training
Francesca Jane Aldridge BSc, MSTAT, OCN accreditation
I trained at the Brighton Alexander Technique College becoming a qualified teacher registered with the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) at the end of 2007, and gaining OCN accreditation in Alexander Technique.
Now I teach from my home in central Brighton, and have also taught at the Ardingly International Music School (summers 2008, 2009). I am an assistant teacher at the Brighton Alexander Technique College.www.alexandertechnique-teaching.com
Astrid Holm BA, MA, MSTAT OCN acc.
I started having Alexander Technique when I was in my twenties and had a bad back and felt very stressed. I had already been to the physio who had told me I had a scoliosis, fallen arches and one leg longer than the other. Now I just felt like a freak with a bad back! Being 'clicked' once a week was not the answer. I wanted to understand WHY I had back pain and learn how to sort it out myself... For me, Alexander Technique was the answer. I have now been teaching for fifteen years and I am an associate tutor of The Brighton Alexander Technique College, working with Carolyn Nicholls. I am also a creative writing mentor in an exciting new project in schools, bringing my extensive knowledge of AT to this discipline. www.astridholm.com
Deputy Head of Training
Janet Jacobs BEd(Hons), Postgrad Dip/SpEd, MSTAT
My journey to becoming an Alexander Technique teacher began in 2005. I had backache and little understanding how undue stress and tension I was holding in my body affected my coordination and wellbeing.
My training was a period of intense learning, exploration, discovery and change, both in my body and my thinking. My background as an Advisory teacher for the deaf gives me an endless fascination with the processes of teaching and learning. I very much enjoy assisting on the training course at BATC. I teach private lessons from my home in Hove and offer bespoke small group workshops, presentations and talks at Cornerstone Community Centre. I also run workshops for AMAZE, a Brighton charity supporting families and children with disabilities. www.hovealexandertechnique.co.uk
Teresa has taught for us for over two years now and is undertaking further training in running the 'hands-on' groups. She runs her own teaching practice in Brighton www.alexander-technique-brighton.co.uk
Tutor Cecile Ambrose
Cecile has recently joined our teaching team as a trainee. She is a fully qualified AT teacher, but teaching on a training course is a different skill. Welcome Cecile!