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Gina Perron

Gina Perron

TEFL Trainer

Gina has a wide range of experience teaching online, including teaching virtually as an English Language Fellow at two universities in Vietnam.

"As an ESL teacher, I feel it is imperative to learn about your students' cultures and create lessons that incorporate them, making sure that your learners are constantly engaged and using the language in creative ways. "

After moving from Indiana to Scotland and graduating with a master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Edinburgh, Gina moved to the island of Malta where she spent 7 years teaching English to students from all over the world, ranging from beginner to advanced level.  During this time, she developed a love for creating materials that helped students to use the language in meaningful ways. After sharing these with her colleagues and seeing the benefit they had for both students and teachers, she chose to self-publish a resource book on Amazon called ‘On the Go English’

Martin Bennett

Martin Bennett

TEFL Trainer

Martin is originally from the UK. About 7 years ago, he took time out from his successful management career to pursue his interests and lifelong dreams of travel and teaching English full time.

"I find teaching, tutoring and training a rewarding and fulfilling career. Watching someone’s journey from a beginner to an advanced level and interacting with them is an opportunity that few other jobs allow."

Since then he visited and taught in countless countries. During his time in Africa, he has worked with various charity organisations including helping with the Ghana rice feeding program and working with local and international organisations in the fight against diseases like Malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS. He is now based semi-permanently in South Africa.
He has thousands of hours face to face and online classroom teaching experience.  As well as TEFL, He is able to teach IELTS, Cambridge Advanced, Cambridge First, Cambridge Key, CLIL and TEYL.
He has taught a wide array of students from young learners aged 4-5 at Level 1 (no exposure to English) all the way through to successful company directors with a solid grasp and understanding of English. He finds teaching, tutoring and training a rewarding and fulfilling career and feels watching someone’s journey from a beginner to an advanced level and interacting with them is an opportunity that few other jobs allow.

Jo Carr

Jo Carr

TEFL Trainer

Jo has ten years of TEFL experience in Italy, Spain, Colombia and England and enjoys helping her students grow and gain confidence.

""not only do we teach, but we get to analyse the mechanics of the craft we do every day""

Jo started teaching EFL in 2008 in Barcelona, spurred on by a love of language and adventure.  Since then she has taught all ages and levels of student in Spain, Italy, Colombia, England and Ireland.  She says that the best language teachers are language learners and so has attempted to learn Spanish, Catalan, Italian and French, to greater and lesser success.  She believes the most exciting thing about being in the classroom is going on a journey with your students and helping them grow and gain confidence.  Engagement and effort are also key to learners’ success.  Having gained her Delta qualification, Jo has taught English for Academic Purposes to help students gain the skills needed in order to do their Master’s in an English speaking country and also tutored students for scholarships such as the Fulbright programme.  She branched out into teacher training in 2017, providing training for teachers of adults and young learners alike.  She loves teacher training because, not only do we teach, but we get to analyse the mechanics of the craft we do every day and that’s fun and exciting for her.

Sheila Sanjaime Weir

Sheila Sanjaime Weir

TEFL Trainer

Sheila comes from a bicultural, bilingual home. Some of her first memories include her reciting all the numbers from 1 to 100, in English, to her very impressed Spanish friends.

"Teaching English involves being able to put one´s self in another´s shoes in order to be able to connect English to their life and walking with them as they face their fears and gain confidence."

She began teaching English and Spanish in 1999 and was an assistant to the language professor during her university years. She got her Bachelor´s degree in Social Work but focused on School Social Work and worked with many Hispanic families in the USA. Part of her job with the Indiana Department of Education was teaching English to the parents of Hispanic children to improve their children´s education and advance their adaptation to the USA. She then returned to Spain and worked in an English Academy teaching children, teens, adults and business groups. In 2010, she got her TEFL teaching certificate and has been teaching formally and informally ever since. She is currently teaching full time in a private school as an English teacher. Teaching English involves being able to put one´s self in another´s shoes in order to be able to connect English to their life and walking with them as they face their fears and gain confidence.

Baphiwe Ncanana

Baphiwe Ncanana

TEFL Trainer

Baphiwe started teaching back in university when everyone was struggling with Financial Accounting except for her. She started tutoring friends and when they started seeing progress, they would tell their friends about her.

"Baphiwe says the key to her success as a teacher is that she just loves people and helping people understand things."

The best part was that moment when the lightbulb would come on. The glow in their eyes when something that seemed so foreign now looked slightly clearer, was pure joy.

Having never travelled further than 60km away from home, Baphiwe decided going to China to officially kickstart her teaching career would be a fantastic idea. She was right. She taught kids aged 3 to 18 at one of the biggest language schools in China. She enjoyed listening to their stories, discussing the history of culture with them, and mostly seeing them become more confident in the four major English learning areas, reading, speaking, writing and listening.

Baphiwe worked in Istanbul, Turkey after that and then settled in Kobe, Japan for two years. In Japan she worked at a language school, teaching mainly Business English. It was as challenging as it was fun. Many of the students were already fluent and were getting ready to emigrate or to attend conferences where the language would be English.

Baphiwe says the key to her success as a teacher is that she just loves people and helping people understand things.

Clare Innard

Clare Innard

TEFL Trainer

Clare started teaching in Madrid after completing her CELTA in 2009. She remained there for nearly two years teaching adults, teenagers and children.

"I have found that TEFL teaching is a great way to experience other cultures"

She has found TEFL teaching a great way to experience other cultures. Clare then went on to study a modern languages degree at the University of Manchester where she taught English, while studying. She has taught on a number of intensive summer courses both in the UK and abroad.  She has also spent one year teaching in Chile which she found to be an unforgettable experience. She really enjoys teaching English and especially likes the creative side of TEFL teaching. She also really enjoys teaching grammar! Her hobbies include; playing music, swimming and reading.

Alexandra Squire

Alexandra Squire

TEFL Trainer

Alex holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and is CELTA certified.

"Alex specializes in learner experience, learner engagement and the development of targeted learning interventions to address any deficiencies the learners might encounter in their language acquisition cycle. "

She taught English face-to-face in Romania and China and online to learners from around the world. Her teaching experience covers General English, Business English, English for Specific Purposes and IELTS preparation. She worked with a variety of student demographics ranging from K-12 students to working professionals and corporate executives.
Alex specializes in learner experience, learner engagement and the development of targeted learning interventions to address any deficiencies the learners might encounter in their language acquisition cycle. She currently works in Chicago, IL as Learning Professional designing, developing and implementing blended learning solutions that result in positive desirable change in human performance, work processes and organizational outcomes.

Michaela McDaid

Michaela McDaid

TEFL Trainer

Michaela began teaching thirty years ago and has taught students of all ages and backgrounds in schools, language centres and colleges.

"Knowing student goals, backgrounds and barriers to learning is essential to the success of her students."

She taught in international schools in The Netherlands and for non-profit agencies meeting the needs of immigrants and refugees in the USA where she lived for over twenty years. She has a Masters degree in TESOL methods and has managed ESL programs based in schools and churches, workplaces, juvenile centres and community colleges. She is particularly keen on providing support and encouragement to newly qualified ESL teachers or those wishing to expand into online ESL teaching. She has extensive experience in the training and management of faculty and volunteer teams in addition to program development and blended learning. She believes that knowing student goals, backgrounds and barriers to learning is essential to the success of her students.

Mike Stoner

Mike Stoner

TEFL Trainer

Mike has been involved in the TEFL world for 18 years.

"My experiences while teaching in Asia inspired me to write a book. "

He has taught business and general English in the Czech Republic, Indonesia and also at summer schools in the UK. He was College Director of a Japanese School in the UK for twelve years, where he observed teachers, made materials and taught English to high school kids.
Mike is also a published fiction author. His first book, Jalan Jalan, was the Guardian’s Self-published Book of the Month winner prior to finding a traditional publisher. The book was inspired by his experiences while teaching in Asia.
He lives just outside Prague with his wife and two kids.

Ruth Ashford

Ruth Ashford

TEFL Trainer

Ruth started her teaching career with a PGCE and worked as a primary teacher for 4 years before training as an EFL teacher.

"With EFL certificate I was able to fulfil a lifelong ambition to live and work abroad. "

With her EFL certificate she was able to fulfil a lifelong ambition to live and work abroad.  First, she lived in Budapest, Hungary and was employed as an EFL teacher of children and adults. She gained her DELTA and after 2 years she moved to another post in Prague, Czech republic, teaching adults and children and also editing the monthly British Council Czech newsletter.  After 4 years she was employed as Young Learner Co-Ordinator in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where she worked for 2 years, helping to set up courses for young learners as well as teaching adults.

Ruth returned to England in 2006 and worked in Newcastle for 2 years as an ESL teacher for adults.  From 2008 to 2018 she combined her skills teaching children with her language teaching experience and worked as an EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher in primary schools.  She also gained a diploma in Bilingualism in Education from Birmingham University.  Since September 2018 she has worked as an ESOL teacher in Further Education as well as delivering teacher training for The TEFL Academy.

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