Teacher Profiles

Jenny Hardacre, Course Development Manager

Jenny Hardacre

Jenny started teaching in 1982, and was initially surprised to find that she really enjoyed teaching!

"My first job was in Turkey where I discovered how fascinating it is to live in another country."

She was surprised to find English grammar really interesting. Her first job was in Turkey and there she discovered how fascinating it is to live in another country – quite different from being a tourist. After Turkey she worked in Greece and Spain, the Soviet Union and the former Yugoslavia. She came back to the UK in 1990 and worked for a year teaching ESL to immigrants, which she loved. Apart from work she enjoys walking, cooking, gardening, reading and current affairs. She has plenty of advice for new teachers, but thinks the most important thing is to take a genuine interest in your students. It's much easier to teach people effectively when you know a bit about them - and much easier to learn from someone who really cares about your progress.

"My first job was in Turkey where I discovered how fascinating it is to live in another country."

Kelly Vadukar, International Director of Studies

Kelly Vadukar

Kelly's love for travel and teaching began in 2007 whilst on a study tour in Paris.

"I started my EFL career in New York teaching young learners."

Since then it has led Kelly to travel to West Africa, The United States, much of Europe (Turkey being her favourite) and India. Kelly started her EFL career in New York teaching young learners, then to Italy teaching teenagers. In 2010 she began to teach Business English at an international school and went onto become a special purpose lecturer in Business, Marketing and Hospitality Management, for 18+ international students at university level delivering ABE courses. In 2013 alongside lecturing in Marketing at the University of Essex, Kelly worked as a teacher trainer for The TEFL Academy in East Anglia. Kelly’s next stop in her teaching career was to set up teacher training courses in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA and then the rest of the world. She is a budding artist and enjoys painting - most of the time!

"I started my EFL career in New York teaching young learners."

Lynne Roberts, Senior Trainer/ Online Course Manager

Lynne Roberts

Lynne's TEFL journey began by teaching French to English ex-pats.

"Listen to your students, address their needs and SMILE"

She quickly realized teaching was something she loved and returned to the UK to get TEFL qualified. Twenty years later and she still LOVES it! Since then she has worked in the UK, France, Spain, Taiwan, Barbados & Antigua and says she’s taught more nationalities and ages than she could possibly list. Her advice to new teachers is to listen to your students, address their needs and SMILE!

"Listen to your students, address their needs and SMILE"

Elizabeth Mahony, Senior Trainer

Elizabeth Mahony

Liz has been involved in the theory and practice of TEFL education for over 22 years.

"Over the years, I have built up substantial experience teaching in all areas of TEFL and ESOL."

Her career started in Spain in 1991, where her first teaching job was in a small primary school teaching English to children. With no knowledge of the business it was trial and error; however, she loved the job, after returning to England, became TEFL qualified. Over the years she has built up substantial experience teaching in all areas of TEFL and ESOL, including classroom-based teaching, 1:1, asylum seekers and working abroad in language and secondary schools, sharing expertise with colleagues in schools in the UK, Europe and the Caribbean. Liz is our busiest tutor, teaching 5 courses a month with us and is known for her great sense of humor.

"Over the years, I have built up substantial experience teaching in all areas of TEFL and ESOL."

Joseph Piercy, Senior Trainer

Joseph Piercy

Joe is a freelance teacher and writer from Brighton.

"The most important thing when embarking upon a career in TEFL is to have the confidence to take those first steps."

He has over twenty years teaching experience both in the UK and overseas, having spent time living and working in Russia, Spain and parts of Northern Europe. He is the author of several books on a range of subjects including the history of the English language, philosophy and the essentials of good grammar. For Joe, the most important thing when embarking upon a career in TEFL is to have the confidence to take those first steps as knowledge will come with experience.

"The most important thing when embarking upon a career in TEFL is to have the confidence to take those first steps."

Rachel Thornberry, Senior Trainer

Rachel Thornberry

A combined love of language learning and a hunger to travel led Rachel to enroll in a TEFL course in Dublin.

"I believe that empathy and patience are essential for this job."

Her first stop was a small language school in the city of Bursa in Turkey. She advocates language teaching from the students’ perspective and believes that empathy and patience are essential for this job. She has taught children and adults and also worked in a Military school teaching cadets. She has taught an array of nationalities and became involved in Teacher Training when she returned to Ireland. She always considered her TEFL Certificate as her “Golden Ticket” and has remained friends with students whom she taught as young language learners, now successful adults 18 years later!

"I believe that empathy and patience are essential for this job."

Judy Alden, Senior Trainer

Judy Alden

Judy has 16 years of experience teaching EFL/ESL.

"I have a keen interest in supporting both new and experienced teachers"

Judy Alden has taught English as a Foreign Language for over 16 years around the globe (Asia, Europe and North America) to young children, teenagers and adult learners from absolute beginner to advance EFL students in a wide range of contexts. As a teacher trainer, she has a keen interest in supporting both new and experienced teachers so they can strategically assist their non-native English speaking students with their language learning process. Judy is also involved with the writing of English language assessments from A1 to C2 CEFR levels with an internationally recognized language assessment provider.

"I have a keen interest in supporting both new and experienced teachers"

Amber Kanter, TEFL Trainer

Amber Kanter

Amber’s TEFL journey began when she started volunteering in her university’s English Language Institute as part of her senior seminar’s community service learning project and immediately fell in love with teaching English as a Second Language.

"I am passionate about education, and love helping students achieve their language goals."

Amber has taught ESL in a wide variety of educational contexts, including middle school, adult education, community college, Intensive English Programs, and summer camp for international students. She also has experience with EFL in Mexico and Japan. She is passionate about education, and loves helping students achieve their language goals. Amber enjoys traveling, listening to music, and sharing her teaching experience with future ESL/EFL teachers as they pursue their dreams of teaching abroad. 

"I am passionate about education, and love helping students achieve their language goals."

Ana Cieslik, TEFL Trainer

Ana Cieslik

Ana has ten years of TEFL experience in Italy, China and England and has traveled around Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland and Germany.

"I was the English voice on some English language course recordings whilst working in China."

Whilst in China she even appeared on a TV show and was the English voice on some English language course recordings. She began teaching EFL as she was keen to return to Italy after spending time there. After qualifying she found a position in the south of Italy and with experience gained there, she was able to secure employment in China. She then returned to Italy and has now settled in England. She loves visiting new places, the Italian language and culture.

"I was the English voice on some English language course recordings whilst working in China."

Angie White, TEFL Trainer

Angie White

Yuri (Angie) White currently serves as the Assistant Director of Studies at EC Language Centre; Los Angeles. As the ADOS, she has implemented a reflective observation model which promotes professional development and reflective teaching.

"I love being a TEFL trainer because I remember what it was like taking the first step towards a career in EFL"

In addition, Angie mentors teachers in areas of lesson planning, materials development and how to teach writing. Prior to her current role, Angie spent 9 years in South Korea as an English teacher, curriculum developer, and teacher trainer focusing on methods for teaching writing. Angie loves being a TEFL trainer because she remembers what it was like taking the first step towards a career in EFL. She enjoys teaching EFL methodology and sharing her experiences teaching overseas with her students. Angie has presented at numerous conferences and delivered many workshops and presentations focusing on writing and various EFL topics.

"I love being a TEFL trainer because I remember what it was like taking the first step towards a career in EFL"

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