Our Online English Teachers

Steve Waller

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Football and Politics
What I would take to a desert island: Water purifier
In the last 12 months I have… … been to the pub 365 times

Hello! My name is Steve, I am British and I teach English online to students from all over the world.

Teaching English is my second career. My first career as a Detective working at the famous New Scotland Yard in London, took me to many fascinating places where I met some very special people. I certainly have some stories to tell! In 2006 I left it behind and moved to Spain with my family.

I then decided to reinvent myself, “go back to school” and become an English teacher. I worked very hard and got my CELTA in Valencia in 2008, and began working in Alicante. Having moved to Spain at a relatively mature age and needing to learn the language, I can say without doubt that I understand the needs, fears and concerns of my online students very well – having been a struggling yet committed one myself.

Over the last few years I taught English to non-native school teachers, lawyers, civil servants, business professionals, police, doctors, footballers and basketball players, not to mention the occasional pop stars. I used to run a local radio station “English show” and a weekly newspaper “English class”. I also enjoyed teaching Business English to Japanese and Russian students gaining a terrific insight into their rich and colourful cultures.

I specialise in Cambridge Advanced, Proficiency, IELTS, TOEFL and Trinity exams and have helped numerous students to fulfil their dreams of gaining scholarships in the USA and university places in the UK.

So what can I offer you? I teach adults and deliver classes across a wide spectrum of subjects, particularly in practical Business English for those professionals whose learning needs are based on their jobs – everyday communication in the workplace, meetings, negotiations, presentations, interviews etc, all within their own specialised area. I look forward to meeting you online!

Natalie Thoren

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Sherlock Holmes stories and TV comedies
What I would take to a desert island: Paper, pens and paints
In the last 12 months I have… …walked over 800 miles

My name is Natalie, I’m an English teacher with over 12 years experience of teaching English. I’m originally from London, but spent many years living in Spain in both Madrid and Malaga. As a result, I speak pretty fluent Spanish. Now I have settled in Leeds in the north of England.
I received my degree, an MA English at Glasgow University, and later studied CELTA at International House in London. I have a vast experience of teaching General and Business English for all levels from Elementary to Proficient, and very successfully taught students for Cambridge exams as well. I particularly enjoy creating tailor-made materials for my students, and progressively introduce new vocabulary and grammar, making sure students can practise and test new knowledge straight away.

I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, and in my free time I help organise Fan Club meetings with fellow ‘Sherlockians’. They’re great fun! I also love walking (briskly in the hills in all weathers), swimming, gardening (although I’m not very good at it), playing with my cats, watching films, comedy, cooking and eating!

Although I take my students’ lessons very seriously and prepare for them very carefully, I do believe learning a language should be fun. It should not be thought of as only hard work. I’m pleased when my students laugh but learn at the same time. I can be quite strict on the grammar though! Most importantly, I will treat you, as my student, as an individual with your own language learning needs, and I will make sure that your lessons are interesting, fun, and exactly what YOU need to make good progress. 

Joanna Stone

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Paranormal and History
What I would take to a desert island: A good book
In the last 12 months I have… …walked my dog Hugo for over a thousand hours

My name is Joanna and I am British, born in the UK. I have been teaching English for the last 19 years and my students have come from all over the world with different levels. I lived in Italy for a year near Milan and then 6 years in Sicily where I had my own teaching business. After that I came back to the UK and have been teaching at local schools.

I am a qualified First Certificate and CAE written exam marker with Cambridge English, and I am very experienced with IELTS, PET and KET. I have recently been promoted to Senior Examiner with the British Council where I oversee all the written and spoken exams examiners mark.

Regarding my education, I studied Psychology at Royal Holloway University and held a Research Post at Liverpool University as a Criminal Profiler. I then went travelling around Europe visiting Italy, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Slovakia. After I came home from travelling, I did a teaching (TEFL) qualification and my teaching life began… I absolutely love teaching and my specialities are Conversational English and Exam preparation.

In my spare time, I love reading and writing little stories. I am also interested in the paranormal (I’ve been on many ‘ghost hunts’!), in Egyptology and historical events (this would have been my other career choice!) and visiting museums or places which display items from that time period. But above all, I really enjoy taking my long haired miniature Dachshund called Hugo on long walks.

When I’m teaching, I like to make sure that I listen to my students carefully and that they always feel they are getting better and better. I look forward to ‘e-meeting’ you and helping YOU improve your English!

Joseph Rochford

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Different cultures
What I would take to a desert island: A hammock
In the last 12 months I have… …read over 50 books

My name is Jack and I’ve been teaching English for over 11 years. I’m originally from Cornwall, a small but beautiful county in the south west of England. I have a BA and MA and I’m also CELTA and ICELT qualified. 

I have experience of teaching all age groups, from four years old to over seventy, and all levels of English from Elementary to Proficient but I tend to do particularly well with teenagers and young professionals. My other area of expertise is in pre-sessional programs for university entry and both IELTS and TOEFL preparation. 

My strengths are in English for Academic purposes. I particularly enjoy teaching in this area and I find it challenging and yet, extremely rewarding. As my academic background is strong, I know what it takes to realise one’s potential. I have worked long enough in education to know that talent is not enough and I also know that each student needs to be motivated in slightly different ways. My work has taught me how to help motivate people to achieve their very best and to truly believe in themselves. I believe this to be a real strength of mine.

I truly enjoy online teaching, and I especially enjoy meeting people from countries which I haven’t visited before. I love hearing about different cultures, traditions and experiences from all around the world and I’m always keen to learn more. I really hope to meet you online and guide you through your English learning journey!

Ruth Martins

Nationality: British
What I could talk about for hours: Food, cooking and Sci-Fi
What I would take to a desert island: Knife, sheets and blankets
In the last 12 months I have… … tried over 60 new fresh soup recipes

Hello! My name is Ruth, I am English but I have been living in Scotland for the last eight years.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. First of all, I always knew that I wanted to be an English teacher! When I finished my degree in the late nineties at the University of Surrey, I decided to get my CELTA qualification and go travelling – combining my two passions in life, teaching and travelling. Once I gained the qualification, I joined a European Educational company with a number of schools located in France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Portugal. This enabled me to get cultural and professional experience through working in the different locations over a number of years. In the last location, I also had the opportunity to work as a School Director and Teacher Trainer.

When I returned to the UK, I trained as an ESOL (English for Speakers of other languages) and worked in colleges, helping immigrants not only learn English but also develop the cultural skills that would enable them to fully integrate in their local communities. I then progressed to working as a Senior Manager with a non-profit organisation providing care and support for the vulnerable living in the community.

Five years ago my passion for teaching became too strong and I returned to teaching, this time online… and I love it! It’s very practical, convenient and I believe it to be the best way to create a close and successful relationship with the student. I specialise in tailor-made English courses for various professions, Teacher Training courses and English for Business Management. On the other hand, I truly enjoy teaching very young children, individually or in groups… it’s very rewarding!

My family is my other passion and I try to spend as much quality time with my three boys as I can. We love travelling and exploring the beautiful Scottish countryside and the isles around the coast. My final (and secret!) passion is cooking. I am a true foodie in the sense I love all that is connected with food: growing it, tasting it and finally cooking it! I have even created a food blog where I share all my cooking experiences and recipes. Well, if you’re still reading this, after such a long speech I thank you for getting this far and I can assure you that I will do my very best to make your English lessons interesting, fun and, most of all, fulfilling. After all, there is nothing more rewarding for a teacher than to see a happy confident student!