Teacher Profiles

Elizabeth Mahony, Course Director

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 humour.

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

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 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.

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

Kelly Vadukar, International Development Manager

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, 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 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 Assessor

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"

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."

Judy Alden, Senior Trainer

Judy Alden

Judy has 13 years of experience teaching EFL/ESL.

"I also write EFL assessments for Cambridge University."

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.

"I also write EFL assessments for Cambridge University."

Rachel Thornberry, Senior Trainer

Rachel Thornberry

A combined love of language learning and a hunger to travel led Rachel to enrol 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."

Amy Rashap, TEFL Trainer

Amy Rashap

Amy Rashap, Ph.D., has experienced a varied ESL career over the past fifteen years.

"I am presently working in Australia with refugee and migrant organisations"

She started tutoring English in Singapore, and from there branched out to teaching ESL in private schools, international schools and universities. She has also coached business English, public speaking and pronunciation to business executives, university lecturers and scientists, and has written a 3-book reading series (Reading for Success, vols. 1 – 3). She is presently working in Australia with refugee and migrant organisations and is also a scientific editor for the Earth Observatory of Singapore (of Nanyang Technological University).

"I am presently working in Australia with refugee and migrant organisations"

Ana Cieslik, TEFL Trainer

Ana Cieslik

Ana has ten years of TEFL experience in Italy, China and England and has travelled 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."

Ann Charoux, TEFL Trainer

Ann Charoux

Ann was teaching and living overseas in Mauritius, Zurich, Paris and Chicago until 2012

"I fell in love with ESOL teaching/training quite by chance and initially worked as a volunteer in Africa."

She fell in love with ESOL teaching/training quite by chance and initially worked as a volunteer in Africa (South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia). She’s experienced in teaching children, teenagers and adults from beginner to advance level and from basic conversation to language for specific business needs as well, of course, as teacher training. She loves to keep fit and is an avid swimmer as well as having a love of cooking; even if it doesn’t turn out how she hoped it would!

"I fell in love with ESOL teaching/training quite by chance and initially worked as a volunteer in Africa."

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