Our TEFL team

Meet the team!

 

Miriam Levie
Founder & Course Tutor
Nationality: Dutch
Qualifications: MA Applied Linguistics, TEFL Certificate, BA Translation Studies, BA Tourism Managament
Experience: Over 10 years´experience in ELT and Teacher Training.

I gained my first experience in teaching English as a foreign language when I came to Spain in January 2005 to study Spanish. Spanish people have a generally low level of foreign language skills and I found out there was a big demand for English teachers. First, I started giving one-on-one classes and later I was offered a job at a language school, followed by a position as an in-company English teacher. I enjoyed it so much that I realised teaching foreign languages was my true vocation. I understand what my students are going through, because I know exactly what it is like to learn another language. After several years of teaching I wanted to further develop my skills related to the theory and practice in the area of teaching English and decided to study a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. In this programme I became specialised in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Training and I decided to set up a high quality TEFL school in Malaga and Rome with other experienced teacher trainers.
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Charles Marshall
Course director
Nationality: British
Qualifications: BSc(Hons) Politics, MSc Social Research, Cambridge CELTA, PGCE (ESOL and EAP), and Doctor of Education (pending).
Experience: Over 10 years´experience in ELT and Teacher Training

Ten years ago I took time out to get teaching experience prior to taking a place on a PGCE (Sociology). After doing a Cambridge CELTA and teaching in Spain for a year I returned to the UK to do a PGCE but this time in ESOL and EAP (English for Speakers of Other Languages and English for Academic Purposes). I returned to Spain and 10 years later I’m still here and enjoying my work very much. My doctoral thesis focuses on professional development, particular on the formation of professional identities in EFL.
Vana Panayotatou
Course Tutor
Nationality: Greek Qualifications: Trinity DipTESOL, TEFL Certificate, Subtitle Specialist, University of Cambridge C2 Experience: Over 15 years´experience in ELT and Teacher Training After more than 12 years of being an EFL teacher in Athens, Greece, I decided to travel and teach abroad. The passport for that was a TEFL certificate, so I came to Malaga. I learned a lot and I developed even further as a teacher. Less than five years later I got involved into teacher training and I am aiming at making people enjoy teaching as much as I do by guiding and supporting them along their training.
Megan Wummer
Course Tutor
Nationality: American Qualifications: Cambridge DELTA; TEFL Certificate with specializations in Teaching Business English, Young Learners, and Grammar; BA Spanish & Italian Experience: Over 10 years’ experience in ELT and Teacher Training I began volunteering as an ESL teacher in the United States and quickly discovered that teaching was my passion. After studying abroad in Málaga in 2007 and falling in love with this vibrant city, I moved here and began teaching EFL in companies, bilingual schools, and academies. I later moved into academic management where I coordinated in-house teacher training. When I’m not in the classroom, you can find me doing yoga, cooking, or enjoying Málaga’s cultural and gastronomical offering. I look forward to sharing my passion for Málaga and teaching with you on the Trinity CertTESOL course!
George Accioli
Course Tutor
Nationality: Brazilian / American Qualifications: B.A in Psychology and a M.S in Clinical Psychology (University of Connecticut), Cambridge CELTA, Trinity Dip. TESOl, M.Ed in TESOL (pending). 6 years’ experience in Teacher Training. Experience: After having worked as a Clinical Psychotherapist in Texas for five years, I decided to change careers and followed my dream to travel around the world and do what I like the most – teach English. I have had the privilege to teach EFL in London, Bangkok, Cape Town, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo among other places. I started doing workshops, tutoring the TEFL International, Cambridge TKT and TKT YLand eventually was trained up to be a Cambridge CELTA tutor. Aside from that, I have implemented a full-scale teacher training programme for a binational centre in Sao Jose dos Campos (Brazil) and have worked as a Teacher Trainer and Developer for another language academy. Now I am sharing my passion for training between Malaga and Rome. I enjoy running (at least 5km a day), baking, travelling and writing. Now I have returned to Europe and am looking forward to meeting you at one of our courses.
Emanuele Sisti
Co-Founder & Branch Manager
Nationality: Italian Qualifications: MA Telecoms Engineering, Master in Marketing and Digital Business Experience: More than 10 years in corporations leading projects worldwide.
Esme Fegan
Sales & Marketing Manager
Nationality: British Qualifications: Advanced Diploma in Online Digital Marketing, Trinity CertTESOL, TYLE Certificate, TEFL Certificate in Teaching Business English, TEFL Certificate in Teaching Cambridge Exams, Foundation in Art & Design.   Experience: After spending 28 years in Wales, I decided to follow my dream and make the journey to sunny Spain. The Trinity Certificate in TESOL allowed me to change my life path and finally work in a position that allowed me to teach others. I loved teaching from the first minute and had found my calling in life. I completely fell in love with the cosmopolitan city of Málaga and decided that I would never leave. I have over 6 years experience in ELT and Business English. I later studied marketing which had always been another passion of mine. I am happy to say that I am now blessed to be able to work in the two areas that truly excite me and bring joy to my everyday.
Susanne Blöcher
Marketing and TEFL Intern
Nationality: German Qualifications: TEFL certificate with specialisations in Young Learners, Business English, Phonology, Cambridge Exams, BA Tourism Management with French Experience: After having done some volunteer teaching in Asia, I decided to kick-start my teaching career by doing the 4-week Trinity CertTESOL in Málaga. Now, as an intern at TEFL-in-Spain, I have the unique  opportunity to expand my skills by completing all the teacher development courses and by teaching my own classes - challenging at first, but only practise makes perfect! Since I have a background in Marketing, I am also responsible for updating social media and the website. Any questions? I'll answer your e-mail!