Meet our online English teachers: selection of resumes

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Ruth Martins

Native English teacher, CELTA and Cambridge examiner 

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Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Food, cooking and Sci-Fi
What I would take to a desert island: Knife, sheets and blankets
In the last 12 months I have… … tried over 60 new fresh soup recipes

 

Hello! My name is Ruth, I am English but I have been living in Scotland for the last eight years.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. First of all, I always knew that I wanted to be an English teacher! When I finished my degree in the late nineties at the University of Surrey, I decided to get my CELTA qualification and go travelling – combining my two passions in life, teaching and travelling. Once I gained the qualification, I joined a European Educational company with a number of schools located in France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Portugal. This enabled me to get cultural and professional experience through working in the different locations over a number of years. In the last location, I also had the opportunity to work as a School Director and Teacher Trainer.

When I returned to the UK, I trained as an ESOL (English for Speakers of other languages) and worked in colleges, helping immigrants not only learn English but also develop the cultural skills that would enable them to fully integrate in their local communities. I then progressed to working as a Senior Manager with a non-profit organisation providing care and support for the vulnerable living in the community.

Five years ago my passion for teaching became too strong and I returned to teaching, this time online… and I love it! It’s very practical, convenient and I believe it to be the best way to create a close and successful relationship with the student. I specialise in tailor-made English courses for various professions, Teacher Training courses and English for Business Management. I have also been a Cambridge Oral Examiner for KET, PET, FCE and CAE since 2010, so I can help you fully understand the format of the Speaking part of the exam and teach you techniques to help you pass it successfully. On the other hand, I truly enjoy teaching very young children, individually or in groups… it’s very rewarding!

My family is my other passion and I try to spend as much quality time with my three boys as I can. We love travelling and exploring the beautiful Scottish countryside and the isles around the coast. My final (and secret!) passion is cooking. I am a true foodie in the sense I love all that is connected with food: growing it, tasting it and finally cooking it! I have even created a food blog where I share all my cooking experiences and recipes. Well, if you’re still reading this, after such a long speech I thank you for getting this far and I can assure you that I will do my very best to make your English lessons interesting, fun and, most of all, fulfilling. After all, there is nothing more rewarding for a teacher than to see a happy confident student! Get in touch, let’s talk! 

Helen Lunney

Native English Teacher, CELTA and DELTA teacher trainer and assessor

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: I could reminisce for hours about my childhood in the 1980s! Over a glass of wine my friends and I often get the photo albums out and laugh at our hairstyles and clothes. I love getting together with my family too and joking about our mad holidays on our boat, and arguments and games in the car. Such fun!
What I would take to a desert island: I’m not sure how many things I am allowed but let’s say three. I’ll limit this to things rather than people. First I’d take an iPad jammed with books – mainly thrillers. Second a generator powered by coconuts so I could charge my iPad! Thirdly, something practical like a toolbox or maybe a fishing rod.
In the last 12 months I have… … seen a lot of big changes in my life. I have entered a new decade and 150 miles from the South West of England to South Wales. I am beginning to learn a little Welsh which is hard. I have also, randomly, learned off by heart a long poem by Roald Dahl about Little Red Riding Hood.

 

Hello there! I’m Helen and I am a native English teacher from Cardiff in South Wales.

I’ve been teaching English since 1994 when I took my CELTA. For my first three years I worked overseas with International House in Macedonia, Spain and Portugal. I then came back to the UK and have worked as a Teacher, a Senior Teacher, a Director of Studies and a Teacher Trainer. 

I have lots of experience teaching levels from absolute Beginner to Proficiency; and all ages from 7 years old to 83. As well as General English I am very experienced teaching for exams, especially PET, FCE, CAE, BEC and IELTS as well as designing and teaching tailor-made courses for ESP such as Business English and English for Travel and Tourism.

My own educational background is in Law so this is also an area I can specialise in – I love teaching Legal English! I trained and qualified as a DELTA teacher trainer and assessor in 2009 and regularly assess candidates on their lessons. This means I have to keep up to date on teaching methodologies (which also comes handy for the Professional Development course for non-native English teachers), and make sure my grammar knowledge is at its peak. Teaching English is my passion as well as my job. I am very lucky!

When I am not teaching, one of my main hobbies is acting and I am part of an improvisation group and we perform locally and even at comedy festivals. I also love spending time with my husband exploring the UK in our little caravan. 

As an English teacher I am very conscious that the lesson is for the student and that he or she always needs to go away feeling they have learned something useful. I like my online English lessons to be fun, though-provoking and challenging. If you make an error, I’ll help you correct it and understand it. The joy for me in my work as a teacher is to be a part of YOUR journey. Contact me if you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you! 

Katy Muench

Native English teacher, DELTA and CELTA teacher trainer

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Recipes, animals, nature, travel plans
What I would take to a desert island: Several cats, art supplies and tea bags
In the last 12 months I have… … worked in Wales, Italy, Germany, the UAE and Turkey

 

Hello! I’m Katy and I’ve been teaching English for 12 years. I grew up in Birmingham, and my first career was as a newspaper reporter in nearby Wolverhampton. After a few years of writing about court cases and council meetings, I needed a change, and decided to go to New York to take the CELTA course. It wasn’t long until I realised that I liked teaching a lot more than journalism! I then went on to take the DELTA, and I am completing the final module now.

Over my teaching career, I’ve taught English as a Second Language in companies, schools, universities, and working with students of aged from 3 to 70 plus! I also have experience as a speaking examiner for IELTS and Cambridge exams, so I know the exams very well and can help you prepare. I’ve taught IELTS to PhD and Masters level students, and TOEFL as well.

As well as teaching, I also train teachers on CELTA courses, online and across Turkey.

I love creating interesting lesson plans tailor made for student’s individual needs. I particularly enjoy teaching Business English and Conversational English to teenagers and adults.  I’m looking forward to meeting you online, sharing cultures and helping you improve your English. Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions.

Natalie Thoren

Native English Teacher, CELTA and MA English

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Sherlock Holmes stories and TV comedies
What I would take to a desert island: Paper, pens and paints
In the last 12 months I have… …walked over 800 miles

 

My name is Natalie, I’m a native English teacher with over 12 years experience of teaching English. I’m originally from London, but spent many years living in Spain in both Madrid and Malaga. As a result, I speak pretty fluent Spanish. Now I have settled in Leeds in the north of England. I received my degree, an MA English at Glasgow University, and later studied CELTA at International House in London. I have a vast experience of teaching General and Business English for all levels from Elementary to Proficient, and very successfully taught students for Cambridge exams as well. I particularly enjoy creating tailor-made materials for my students, and progressively introduce new vocabulary and grammar, making sure students can practise and test new knowledge straight away.


I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, and in my free time I help organise Fan Club meetings with fellow ‘Sherlockians’. They’re great fun! I also love walking (briskly in the hills in all weathers), swimming, gardening (although I’m not very good at it), playing with my cats, watching films, comedy, cooking and eating!


Although I take my students’ lessons very seriously and prepare for them very carefully, I do believe learning a language should be fun. It should not be thought of as only hard work. I’m pleased when my students laugh but learn at the same time. I can be quite strict on the grammar though! Most importantly, I will treat you, as my student, as an individual with your own language learning needs, and I will make sure that your lessons are interesting, fun, and exactly what YOU need to make good progress. Get in touch if you have any questions, I’m always happy to help!

Gillian Kell

Native English Teacher, BA Open degree, PTLLS and TESOL

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Travel, cultures, food, books, films and cooking
What I would take to a desert island: A good book and some suntan lotion!
In the last 12 months I have… … been busy creating the perfect mango and chilli sauce… and testing it on my children:)

 

Hello! I am Gill. I am English and I have been teaching English language for 18 years in state schools, colleges, private academies and online, to both children and adults. I first decided to become an English teacher after teaching English in Greece and Romania during my holidays at University. I fell in love with my native language and I decided to train to become a qualified English teacher. I now live in southern Spain with my twin sons, dog and three cats. I enjoy cooking and sport, and of course giving online English lessons! I hold a BA Open degree from the University of Chichester and the Open University, and a TESOL Certificate from Trinity College London. I have also participated in many teacher training professional development courses with the British Council: Preliminary Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Certificate in Phonics, Certificate in Assessment for Learning, Certificate in Language Integration, Certificate in Teacher Training and PTLLS (Teaching in the lifelong learning sector).

I consider myself to be patient, professional, flexible and friendly. I like to encourage my students to speak as much as possible and I always correct mistakes, when necessary, in a supportive manner – after all, I know how difficult it can be to learn a second language! My lessons are fun and dynamic, and I will always answer your questions about new vocabulary, grammar or pronunciation. In my free time you will find me either horseriding or kayaking with my twins, and in those rare moments I get to myself, I like nothing better than to be curled up with a good book. I also love going out to eat Indian food with friends and trying to replicate the exotic dishes at home.

For the past four years I have taught online students from China, South East Asia, Russia and Europe. I have extensive knowledge of exam preparation, in particular IELTS, Trinity and Cambridge, General and Business English, and also Conversational English for very young children and teenagers. I look forward to meeting you and helping you improve your English. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

 

Richard James

Native English Teacher, CELTA and PGCE

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Photography and archaeology
What I would take to a desert island: Olympus OM1 or OM4 camera, and my trowel
In the last 12 months I have… …flown over 20 times between Spain and the UK

 

Hello, my name is Richard and I’m a native English teacher.

I am English, born in Nottingham, Robin Hood’s city, but have lived for many years in Brighton on the south coast. I have been very fortunate to have been able to travel extensively and I’ve lived in 11 different countries, as well as visiting many more. When I left school, I worked in a photographic shop, and then as a photographer for British Rail. Photography is one of my great passions!

My second passion is archeology. Once I left university, with Environmental Archaeology BSc and MSc under my belt, I was very fortunate to have a regular position as an archaeologist, firstly with the Museum of London and later with Oxford… only having to  leaving when my knees could not take the perpetual kneeling on stoney ground and the breaking of the ice on cold winter morning! Still, it was an amazing period of my live.

Upon leaving archaeology I was free to peruse my third great passion – teaching. I did a PGCE at Brighton University, gained a Certificate in Financial Administration and also attained a CELTA. Armed with my new qualifications I headed east to China to teach in a state school in Chengdu for two and a half years, which was a wonderful experience. I then returned to Europe and taught in various language schools –  enjoying every one of them!

My speciality is in teaching Intermediate, Advanced and Proficiency level students. I like the challenge of pushing the students to learn more and more and to develop their confidence in their English skills.

I am also very experienced in teaching Business English to professionals, not just general Business skills but also English for various professions, such as English for Banking, Accounting, English for Finance, English for Sales, Business English Writing Skills and many more.

I find teaching extremely rewarding and I love seeing my students grow and develop into confident English speakers and confident professionals.

I look forward to meeting you online and exchanging ideas about our various cultures and, above all, helping you learn and improve your English language skills. You can contact me any time if you have any questions.

 

Natalie Outhwaite

Native English Teacher, CELTA

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: My family and friends, Design and food
What I would take to a desert island: Pens, pencils and paper, tarpaulin and tea
In the last 12 months I have… exhibited my paintings, lived in Italy and explored new landscapes

 

Hello! My name is Natalie and I’m a native English teacher with over 12 years of teaching experience. I am from the South West of England with its rolling rustic coastline and green fields but have been living in Southern Italy for the past two years, just under Mount Etna. 

Let me tell you a little about myself. Teaching is my life and my passion! I began teaching Arts before I graduated from university studying for a Fine Art BaHons degree, and always knew my passion was in teaching. For me, the pleasure of guiding my students in their learning journey and creating a learning environment intuitively, is a very special experience and one I take very seriously.

Many years later, I am now a designer and painter and have been exhibiting in Europe for many years. I have worked with The National Trust as an artist in residence and have created design work for the front cover pages of some national magazines. In 2013, I decided to get my Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and combining my Art and Design background with my English Language teaching. 

Since I obtained my CELTA, I have taught General English to all levels from Beginner to Proficient and all ages from 2 y.o. young children through to adults, as well as Business English, the IELTS exam preparation, OET exams, Cambridge exams, KET, PET, FCE, CAE and CPE. Also, I have experience teaching native and non-native children in a Primary School setting.

I am an extremely dedicated and passionate teacher and take pride in preparing well thought out and tailored English lessons. Every student has an individual need and reason for starting a learning journey. For me, it is absolutely key to create intuitive, thoughtful, structured lessons, utilising student’s existing skills as well as helping therm to develop new skills and making their experience engaging and proactive. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions, I look forward to hearing from you and helping you (or your child!) on the English learning journey!

Joanna Stone

Native English Teacher, TEFL and Cambridge Examiner

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Paranormal and History
What I would take to a desert island: A good book
In the last 12 months I have… ….walked my dog Hugo for over a thousand hours

 

My name is Joanna and I am British, born in the UK. I have been teaching English for the last 19 years and my students have come from all over the world with different levels. I lived in Italy for a year near Milan and then 6 years in Sicily where I had my own teaching business. After that I came back to the UK and have been teaching at local schools.


I am a qualified First Certificate and CAE written exam marker and BMAT (Medical exam) marker with Cambridge English, and I am very experienced with IELTS, PET and KET. I have recently been promoted to Senior Examiner with the British Council where I oversee all the Written and Spoken exams for all levels from A1 to C2.


Regarding my education, I studied Psychology at Royal Holloway University and held a Research Post at Liverpool University as a Criminal Profiler. I then went travelling around Europe visiting Italy, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Slovakia. After I came home from travelling, I did a teaching TEFL qualification and my teaching life began… I absolutely love teaching and my specialities are Conversational English and Exam preparation.


In my spare time, I love reading and writing little stories. I am also interested in the paranormal (I’ve been on many ‘ghost hunts’!), in Egyptology and historical events (this would have been my other career choice!) and visiting museums or places which display items from that time period. But above all, I really enjoy taking my long haired miniature Dachshund called Hugo on long walks.

When I’m teaching, I like to make sure that I listen to my students carefully and that they always feel they are getting better and better. I look forward to ‘e-meeting’ you and helping YOU improve your English!

Brydgette Bryon-Edmond

Native English Teacher, CELTA and PTLLS qualified

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Medieval and Tudor History, woodwork and renovating old furniture, photography, yoga, cooking, learning Spanish and the etymology of language – especially idioms!
What I would take to a desert island: Books, camera, some of my tools, a couple of interesting people and a survival kit!
In the last 12 months I have… …. bought and (nearly) renovated a house in Spain, been adopted by a stray dog, missed my family a great deal

 

Hello! I’m Brydgette. I am English, but I live in Spain after selling up in the UK and travelling around Europe for a few years.

At the beginning of my career I studied a degree in Marketing and Multimedia, and taught Drama to children, then went into business for more than twenty years, as a business consultant and director of a radio station. I then went back to college to study CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) and PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector), and I soon realised that I wished I had been a teacher for many years – it’s so much more fulfilling!

I have been teaching English for around seven years in various countries and for a whole range of lovely students. Utilising my experience of working at the University of the Balearics as a senior tutor, I now specialise in the IELTS and Cambridge exam preparation (KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC) and in teaching General and Business English as well as EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and industry-specific English.

My other speciality is teaching English to young learners. Over the last few years I have taught many children and teenagers, both General English and the English School Curriculum.

For the last year, I have been renovating an old Cortijo in the Spanish countryside. We, and especially the dogs, love it here! I love to cook, take photographs of the amazing scenery around our house and of people, work with wood and renovate old furniture. I am also studying Spanish and yoga, so I can empathise with the struggles of learning a second language! I read a lot – usually about the history of Great Britain and Europe and anything about how our languages have developed. 

But, most of all, I love to teach my language. I like to make my lessons interesting, varied and personal to the learner. Everyone is different and has particular needs, and I love tailoring lessons for my students. Get in touch and let’s discuss how I can help you improve your English and achieve your learning goals!

Harriet Stevenson

Native English Teacher, CELTA

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: I prefer to listen!
What I would take to a desert island: My dog, a piano and some vegetable seeds
In the last 12 months I have… …. grown a lot of tomatoes!

 

Hello! My name is Harriet and I am a native English speaker, born in the south of England. I have completed the CELTA qualification for teaching English, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Master’s in International Development. Following my university studies, I completed an internship with the United Nations Development Programme in Namibia, during which I decided to dedicate my future career to education. In 2007, I moved to Spain to gain more experience as an English teacher and I have been based here ever since.

Over the last thirteen years, I have gained extensive experience teaching General and Business English to all ages and levels, both in academies and giving private classes. I particularly value having had the opportunity to work for the British Council in the north of Spain, where I was able to attend a variety of professional development courses and further develop my teaching techniques. I have also taught in Sri Lanka, South Africa, Tanzania and the UK. Three years ago, when I moved to a very rural area, I switched to teaching online and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that online classes can be considerably more effective for language learning. I’m happy to teach all ages from 5 years old and I have successfully prepared a large number of students for the IELTS and Cambridge exams (KET, PET, FCE, CAE and CPE).

In addition to teaching, I pursue a keen interest in science and technology by collaborating with a journalist and transcribing interviews with scientists, covering diverse themes ranging from artificial intelligence to giant atoms. In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my beloved dog, swimming, gardening, music (I play the piano and clarinet) and generally being creative. Feel free to get in touch with any question you may have. I look forward to hearing from you  and helping you improve your English!