Our Online English Teachers

Ruth Martins

Native English teacher (CELTA) and Managing Director

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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! 

Chris Brent

Native English teacher (CELTA) 

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Aside from the family my passions include sport, travel and good beer! Preferably all of these together would make for the perfect evening of discussion
What I would take to a desert island: I always said I would take a deck of cards because i think you could entertain yourself with this more than anything else for the longest time
In the last 12 months I have… … relocated from China to California, had a baby boy and learnt the guitar

Hi! Very nice to meet you! My name is Chris and I reside and spend my time between the UK and the USA.

A little bit about myself: I have been teaching English as a second language for nearly 10 years after graduating from Swansea University with a BA in English. I moved to China in 2010 to begin my career teaching both adults and young learners with passion, enthusiasm and drive to be the best teacher I could be.

I began in small training centres in smaller cities such as Chengdu (home of the pandas), before taking on an academic management position for one of the larger ESL companies, Disney English. In this position I was able to have more say on academic content, delivery and teacher training to help other become the best they could be!

I have a lot of experience teaching kids from the age of three as well as teenagers and I absolutely love doing it but I also enjoy teaching adults, especially with improving their vocabulary and communication skills.

I am an animated teacher who loves to have my student be active in class. I enjoy singing songs, dancing and having a great time in class and I believe this is an extremely effective way to learn. You can always have fun in my class, and it certainly helps the students feel at ease.

I was fortunate enough to meet a wonderful wife, and begin an ever growing family during my travels, and it is for this reason that I have now moved back to begin a new journey here at The White Apple. I look forward to meeting you, teaching you, but most importantly sharing the language journey with you.

Send me a message and i’ll be in touch with you soon.

Thanks, Chris

Helen Lunney

Native English Teacher, CELTA / 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! 

Caeley Elcock

Native English Teacher, CELTA

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Travelling
What I would take to a desert island: A few good books to read
In the last 12 months I have… … worked in 3 countries – Scotland, Turkey and Greece

Hi! My name’s Caeley and I’m a CELTA qualified native English teacher hailing from the chilly North East of England. 

I moved to Scotland to attend Glasgow University in 2008 and the city was so lovely I accidentally stayed for a decade! Whilst there I studied my undergraduate degree in Theatre, working in a variety of jobs including events management and marketing. I studied my CELTA in Edinburgh and, after moving to a sunny Greek island, settled into my online teaching position. 

I particularly love teaching Young Learners and Very Young Learners as I’ve worked and volunteered with children for over 16 years. I like to use my natural sense of fun and love of silliness to help make English lessons interesting and always tailor each session to my students’ needs. 

Outside of my day job I can regularly be found treading the boards of the theatre in shows for young people and children, most recently as Eliza Dolittle in an educational theatre tour of My Fair Lady at schools throughout Turkey. 

I can offer English classes to children as young as three years old, and also teenagers and those studying towards the IELTS exam. Where I’m from we’re known as a chatty bunch, so I relish the opportunity to deliver general conversation classes too! Let’s meet online for fun-filled English classes! Get in touch if you have any questions.

Natalie Thoren

Native English Teacher, CELTA / 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!

Richard James

Native English Teacher, CELTA/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.

Steve Waller

Native English Teacher, CELTA

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Football and Politics
What I would take to a desert island: Water purifier
In the last 12 months I have… … been to the pub 365 times

Hello! My name is Steve, I am British and I am a native English teacher.

Teaching English is my second career. My first career as a Detective working at the famous New Scotland Yard in London, took me to many fascinating places where I met some very special people. I certainly have some stories to tell! In 2006 I left it behind and moved to Spain with my family.

I then decided to reinvent myself, “go back to school” and become an English teacher. I worked very hard and got my CELTA in Valencia in 2008, and began working in Alicante. Having moved to Spain at a relatively mature age and needing to learn the language, I can say without a doubt that I understand the needs, fears and concerns of my online students very well – having been a struggling yet committed one myself.

Over the last few years I taught English to non-native school teachers, lawyers, civil servants, business professionals, police, doctors, footballers and basketball players, not to mention the occasional pop stars. I used to run a local radio station “English show” and a weekly newspaper “English class”. I also enjoyed teaching Business English to Japanese and Russian students gaining a terrific insight into their rich and colourful cultures.

I specialise in Cambridge Advanced, Proficiency, IELTS, TOEFL and Trinity exams and have helped numerous students to fulfil their dreams of gaining scholarships in the USA and university places in the UK.

So what can I offer you? I teach adults and deliver classes across a wide spectrum of subjects, particularly in practical Business English for those professionals whose learning needs are based on their jobs – everyday communication in the workplace, meetings, negotiations, presentations, job interviews etc, all within their own specialised area. I look forward to meeting you online! Send me a message if you have any questions. 

Kellie Neal

Native English Teacher, CELTA/TEFL

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Documentaries
What I would take to a desert island: A fire starter and a cooking pot
In the last 12 months I have… … I have flown 15,000 miles

Hello, my name is Kellie and I am a native English teacher.

I was born in Bournemouth, a seaside town on the South coast of England, and grew up in Wokingham, a town in the county of Berkshire near London.

I have qualifications in Art and Languages and I have a teaching certificate in CELTA and in TEFL.

I have 8 years of experience which has been gained by teaching children in two international schools in Bangkok, and teaching Cambridge English in Spain to prepare students taking university entry exams. Online, I have taught Business English to adults in Japan, and children and teenagers in China.

My speciality is in preparing students for the IELTS and Cambridge exams. I believe in preparing students carefully and fully for the exams, so I always ensure that they understand the techniques for answering the questions and practise all the necessary 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, Medical English, Legal English, English for Sales, Business English Writing Skills and many more.

I love teaching English to young children and teenagers, as it’s so rewarding to see their improvement and dedication. I always take my time to prepare the most engaging and varied materials to make my onlineEnglish  lessons fun and interactive, and I use lots of different activities to keep learners motivated. 

My hobbies are cooking (especially attempting dishes from other countries), swimming, walking to keep fit and reading non-fiction. 

I look forward to meeting you online and starting an exciting English learning journey with you! Send me a message if you have any questions.

Joanna Stone

Native English Teacher, Cambridge exam marker and Senior examiner with the British Council 

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. I am a native English teacher, and I have been teaching English for the last 19 years. 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 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 examiners mark.


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. Send me a message if you have any questions, let’s talk! 

Joseph Rochford

Native English teacher, CELTA and ICELT

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Different cultures
What I would take to a desert island: A hammock
In the last 12 months I have… …read over 50 books

My name is Joseph and I’ve been teaching English for over 11 years. I’m originally from Cornwall, a small but beautiful county in the south west of England. I have a BA and MA and I’m also CELTA and ICELT qualified. 

I have experience of teaching all age groups, from four years old to over seventy, and all levels of English from Elementary to Proficient but I tend to do particularly well with teenagers and young professionals. My other area of expertise is in pre-sessional programs for university entry and both IELTS and TOEFL preparation

My strengths are in English for Academic Purposes. I particularly enjoy teaching in this area and I find it challenging and yet, extremely rewarding. As my academic background is strong, I know what it takes to realise one’s potential. I have worked long enough in education to know that talent is not enough and I also know that each student needs to be motivated in slightly different ways. My work has taught me how to help motivate people to achieve their very best and to truly believe in themselves. I believe this to be a real strength of mine.

I truly enjoy online teaching, and I especially enjoy meeting people from countries which I haven’t visited before. I love hearing about different cultures, traditions and experiences from all around the world and I’m always keen to learn more. I really hope to meet you online and guide you through your English learning journey. Get in touch, I look forward to hearing from you!

Craig Willson

Native English teacher, CELTA

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Golf, shoes and cooking
What I would take to a desert island: A cookbook
In the last 12 months I have… … won 10 golf competitions

Hello! My name is Craig. I am 38 years old and from Northern Ireland in the UK. My background is a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing and my work was in Sales, Merchandising and Banking.

In 2012 I decided to pursue my true calling – teaching – and obtained my Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults CELTA the following year. I have now been teaching English for over 5 years to all levels and ages of students, and I thoroughly enjoy it! I have taught in South Korea as well as in Spain in Murcia, Jaen and Almeria. I speak functional Spanish and Korean… just enough to ask for a coffee and how to get around! In my spare time I am usually found at my local golf club, Royal Portrush, either practising or playing. I also have a keen interest in personal fitness, and animals – I have a dog and a horse.

My teaching style is based on the idea of laughing, smiling and enjoying using conversational English language. I teach in the PPP style of Present, Practice and Produce. This allows my students to be engaged in the process of learning, and able to ask any questions at any time. I actively encourage my students to try their best and not to be afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes are the best way of learning. I use a method of immediate error correction, as well as delayed error correction at the end of each session.

I truly believe that a teaching session needs to be fun, and working in this way will lead to the best results and the biggest improvement. I hope you aren’t afraid of laughing at yourself, as I laugh at myself all the time! I look forward to meeting you online so we could laugh together! Get in touch if you have any questions.