Elizabeth Mahony, Course Director
Liz has been involved in the theory and practice of TEFL education for over 22 years. 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 humour.
Jenny Hardacre, Course Development Manager
Jenny started teaching in 1982, and was initially surprised to find that she really enjoyed teaching! 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 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 enjoy 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.
Kelly Vadukar, International Development Manager
Kelly’s love for travel and teaching began in 2007 whilst on a study tour in Paris, since then it has led Kelly to travel to West Africa, The United States, A lot 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 is to set up 6 teacher training courses across Australia. She is a budding artist and enjoys painting - most of the time!
Lynne Roberts, Senior Trainer/ Online Course Assessor
Lynne's TEFL journey began by teaching French to English ex-pats; 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!
Joseph Piercy, Senior Trainer
Joe is a freelance teacher and writer from Brighton. 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.
Agnes Orosz, Senior Trainer
Agnes has been a TEFL teacher for almost 15 years and in fact helped develop The TEFL Academy weekend course which all our tutors now use! She started teaching English to students of all ages in Greece and then moved to Ecuador where she continued to teach English in a secondary school and at the University of Cuenca. This is where she first started teacher training. She loves to travel and has visited around 30 countries with no sign of stopping yet! She speaks Hungarian (native language), Greek and Spanish fluently and loves salsa dancing and volunteering. She has volunteered in Haiti and even set up her own volunteer project in Ecuador helping improve infrastructure for an impoverished community there.
Judy Alden, Senior Trainer
Judy has 13 years of experience teaching EFL/ESL. During this time she has taught young children, teenagers and adults both abroad and in Nottinghamshire. She also writes EFL assessments for Cambridge University! She has been lucky enough to have travelled through all of the continents other than Australia, which which she intends to make her next travel destination. She has taught in France, the Czech Republic and to a diverse range of nationalities in the UK. She also taught for 5 years in Southern Taiwan where she rescued a Taiwanese dog and brought him over to England and they love to go on plenty of rambling walks together. She tries to brush up on her French by watching quirky French films and is an avid yoga student.