Our Teachers

Merces Castro

Professional back ground

Merces CastroI have been a TEFL teacher for over 20 years, both in Italy and England.

Why should students learn your language?

Portuguese is a language which became quite popular in recent years and English is a well spoken language that open the door to everyone who is looking for a better job.

What do you most enjoy about teaching?

I enjoy teaching very much the most rewarding thing for a teacher is to see the student’s progress.

Country of Origin: Brazil

Languages Taught: Brazilian and European Portuguese and English


Carmen Blanco-Olaizola

Professional back ground

I’ve been teaching Spanish as a foreign language for more than 20 years to students of all ages and levels of Spanish language competence, including Spanish GCSE, A-Levels and preparation for the exam DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera).I use different techniques, materials and resources to make my students advance at a quicker pace when learning Spanish.

I also have ten years of experience conducting and marking Spanish language exams for different official governmental departments in the UK. Furthermore, I’ve been working as a translator and interpreter for about then years, as well.

Why should students learn your language?

Learning Spanish gives people a greater range of opportunities in different contexts. Such as job opportunities, social context and travelling around the world. Spanish is the most spoken language in the world after Mandarin. Spanish is also spoken as an official language in more than 20 countries around the world. In the USA it is the second language spoken after English.

What do you most enjoy about teaching?

I love teaching because my lessons are always fun. Teaching for me is about learning as well. I also learn from others’ language and culture when teaching. Furthermore, I use songs, games and media to make learning Spanish very interesting and fun.

Country of Origin: Venezula

Languages Taught: Spanish


Maria Pia Masella

Professional back ground

Maria Pia MasellaLiterature and Contemporary Arts.

Why study Italian Language?

It’s good exercise for the brain. Furthermore, if you work in any arts related job, being able to speak Italian, opens the door to more opportunities.

What do you most enjoy about teaching?

The personal contact, sharing knowledge and witnessing the progress of my students.

Country of Origin: Italy

Languages Taught: Italian


James Thurgood

Professional back ground

Teacher/Trainer within the Hospitality industry – now I am a CELTA qualified English teacher.

Why should students learn your language?

As English is now considered an international language, many people feel it important to have some understanding of the language. For those looking to progress into business or academia, understanding English can greatly enhance ones professional opportunities.

What do you most enjoy about teaching?

Discovering a student’s motivation for learning English and then helping them achieve their goals.

Country of Origin: England

Languages Taught: English


Melanie Collins

Professional back ground

I have worked in the field of education for the last 6 years. I obtained my CELTA (Pass A) in the summer of 2017 and have been teaching ever since.

Why should students learn your language?

You will never regret learning a language! It boosts your brain and enables you to make cross-cultural connections and friendships – and it’s fun!

What do you most enjoy about teaching?

Language teaching is really enjoyable for me as I love to see the progress of my students. I am
extremely enthusiastic about teaching English and this rubs off on my students!

Country of Origin: UK

Languages Taught: English