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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Marta Alvarez 

Director

“My name is Marta Alvarez and I am the founder and director here at Spanish Connection.

I am originally from Madrid, but I earned my Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs at NYU in New York City and my Master’s degree in Education with a focus on Spanish as a second language from Goldsmiths, University of London.

After moving to London, I started teaching and really enjoyed the experience. I then decided to start a School of Spanish and created Spanish Connection in 2003, and since then it has grown tremendously; we now have three administrators, including myself, over ten teachers (we update this page with some of their profiles for you to read about them) and over 250 students.

As of 2015, I have over thirteen years of experience as a teacher of Spanish as a second language.”

A short biography of our team is available by clicking on their name, should you ever wish to review it.

Admins

"Hi! My name is Andrea and I have been part of the Spanish Connection Team for over two years now. I am a very open-minded person with good communication skills. Interaction with people is my key strength and passion. My studies in languages are driven by a deep interest in building relationships and interacting with people, especially in active and intercultural environments.

I studied English Literature and Linguistics in Madrid for 5 years and I complemented it with a Masters in Education. After living in Belgium and Ireland, where I taught both English and Spanish, I arrived in London to work as an intern for Spanish Connection. I loved every bit of the philosophy of the school, the way they implement the Communicative Approach in the lessons and I developed many skills to teach Spanish as a second language to adults and children.

As an intern, I was also trained in the administrative part of the company. The administrative tasks include the organisation of the classes and schedules, communication with clients and contact with teachers.

Nowadays, I combine my work as the person responsible of the administration and enrolments with my lessons of English.”

“My name is Marta, I am an energetic and enthusiastic Spanish native from Madrid with fluent English and have been living in London since 2009. I hold a BA in Advertising and PR, an internationally recognised certificate in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (CLTA) and a qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. I have a full DBS certificate available.

I am passionate about children’s and adults’ education, and modern foreign languages, and I love teaching students about different aspects of Spanish language and culture in a creative and engaging manner. In my opinion the key point is to learn while having fun. I have experience teaching both group and one to one classes to adults and children at all levels from complete beginner to advanced, and currently work at ICS International Community School.”

Hi! My name is Judith and I have been part of the Spanish Connection Team since April 2016.

After studying Management Science, I worked in a variety of professional roles in human resources and training in local government and the NHS. During this time I organised training programmes and tutored on a variety of training courses for managers and staff.

I now enjoy using my administrative skills to support Spanish Connection in the organisation of the classes and schedules, communication with clients and contact with teachers.

Teachers

"Hola a todos, my name is Manu and I am from a small town in La Mancha in Spain, where the windmills inspired Cervantes to write the most popular Chapter of Don Quixote. I have been for nearly 5 years in London.

I have a Degree in History, I am passionate about languages and having the chance to teach Spanish is wonderful. I believe learning a language is more than oral skills and it means to find out more about culture and life aspects.

My teaching is based on considering every individual's needs and keeping students highly motivated as I understand that is the key to learning a language.

I am looking forward to meeting you!

Nos vemos."

“Hi! My name is Alicia and I am from a small town in Andalucía, the south of Spain.

I have a degree in Administration and two different degrees in Tourism. I have gained experience and continue to develop my teaching skills with Spanish Connection, as well as undertaking further related studies.

I decided to move to London in 2012 to improve my English and because I love the city and its multiculturality. I love languages, travelling and meeting people from different cultures. I believe languages are very important to understand the culture and all the aspects of a country.

I am looking forward to meeting and teaching you!"

“Hi! Mi name is Anabel and I'm from Punta Umbría, a coastal town in the south of Spain.

I studied at the University of Huelva and received a graduate degree in Hispanic Philology. I'm really passionate about linguistics and literature.

I have also worked as a volunteer teacher for the Red Cross in Spain and I really loved it. Currently, I am working in London and I've decided to join Spanish Connection because I really enjoy teaching Spanish and meeting people from different cultures.”

"Hi everyone!

My name is Belinda and I am an enthusiastic Spanish teacher born in Toledo, central Spain. My academic background includes a degree in Arts and a master's in Education and another in Spanish as a Foreign Language. As for my experience, I have mainly worked in the field of teaching :) My students have ranged from little kids to adults and they were both from Spain as well as from other countries, including UK.

My passion for Education, Linguistics, cultures and especially language teaching and travelling brought me to London. It is a city whose multiculturality, variety and dynamism turn the place into a great venue to learn a foreign language and also to teach : )

And just to finish this short introduction I just want to add that I am looking forward to teaching you as well as learning from you! Cheers!"

“Hi! My name is Alicia and I am from a small town in Andalucía, the south of Spain.

I have a degree in Administration and two different degrees in Tourism. I have gained experience and continue to develop my teaching skills with Spanish Connection, as well as undertaking further related studies.

I decided to move to London in 2012 to improve my English and because I love the city and its multiculturality. I love languages, travelling and meeting people from different cultures. I believe languages are very important to understand the culture and all the aspects of a country.

I am looking forward to meeting and teaching you!"

"Hi everyone! I am Iria and I am Galician. To those who are not familiar with Galicia, I would say it is a paradise located on the northwest corner of Iberian Peninsula. The passion for teaching manifested itself in me at an early age. It influenced me to make an easy decision, to begin my first higher degree in Spanish and Galician Philology. After this amazing accomplishment I decided to pursue my study as an Erasmus in Portugal, where I started my second degree in Portuguese Philology. All the hard work I willingly put in has then been rewarded. I acquired a Master Degree in Secondary Education Teaching and immediately started working as a Secondary School language teacher.

I resided in London almost three years ago where I have been captivated by its way of life and multiculturalism as significant factors in a teaching environment. This allows personal and teaching developments. As a teacher, I would say that one of the most rewarding experiences is to see the students improving and enjoying simultaneously. In my opinion, this feeling is the best satisfaction for a teacher who is really excited about her job."

My name is Julio, I am an empathetic and enthusiastic Spanish native from Córdoba with an endless passion for teaching Spanish. I studied English Philology and I hold a Master’s Degree in Teaching Skills, as well as a recognised certificate in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. I also have considerable experience teaching Spanish at different levels and contexts.

I am passionate about ensuring positive learning experiences for people. In order for students to learn, they need to feel comfortable and encouraged, and that is the atmosphere I always seek to establish during my lessons.

Language learning is a continuous process and, for this reason, I believe it is key for students to progress over time by building their skills through the use of scaffolding and recycling of prior knowledge. Similarly, in the world we live in today, ICT skills are essential in order to become successful members of society. For language learning, they are particularly beneficial and this is the reason why I love to include them in my lessons.

I am looking forward to meeting and teaching you. ¡Hasta pronto!

"Hola, my name is Montse Trujillo. I am from the very charming city of Seville, in the South of Spain. I also lived in Madrid and Barcelona for a while before moving to London more than 20 years ago.

After qualifying with a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Translation, I worked for many years as a Public Service Interpreter and Translator. My journey into teaching began in 2008 and, after a career break following the birth of my two children, I qualified with the Instituto Cervantes and University of Roehampton.

I love being a teacher and find it extremely rewarding. It gives me immense personal satisfaction to know I’ve planned and delivered an interesting and challenging class and sent my students home with new skills and a real sense of achievement. I enjoy including the cultural and social aspects of Spanish civilisation, apart from the linguistic ones. This is something which I find really engaging for my students and sustaining their interest and motivation."

"Hello!

My name is Paloma, originally born in Madrid, I grew up in Valladolid in the center of Spain, the city where Philip II the only king of Spain who was also king of England was born in the XVI century. This city has the reputation of speaking the best and purest Castilian of Spain.

I have a BA in History and a PGDE as well as a PGD in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. My passion for History reflects what I try to incorporate in my lesson plans, and all my students end up learning some of the History as well. I have had students of all ages, levels and nationalities. I have strong experience with GCSE and A levels, private tutoring as well as in schools, but also teaching Spanish as a foreign language from complete beginners’ level to more advanced students improving their fluency.

I have been living in London for over five years now, and lived in the US many years ago. Considering myself a citizen of the world, I am fascinated with this multicultural city where everybody feels at home.

I have learnt so much from my students, that I couldn’t be happier teaching my language and culture and finding similarities and differences with my students’.

I look forward to accompanying you in this adventure of learning Spanish language and culture."

“HOLA A TODOS my name is Carmen Ruiz I am from Seville (Andalusia). I studied Communication and Public Relations in the city of Malaga. After I graduated I went to South East Asia to work as a Spanish teacher.

In Singapore I found my interest for other cultures and races. That was the time when I discovered how much I love teaching.

I enjoy the classes a lot and more when the students do so too.

I hope to see you soon in my next class! Enjoy!"

"¡Hola! I'm Sara, I come from Mallorca, a beautiful island in the Mediterranean where the sun is always shining. Now is when people would ask me ''Coming from Mallorca, why are you in London?''. The reason is simple as I have always wanted to live in this cosmopolitan city. I came in 2013 when I finished my degree in Primary Education. Currently, I'm studying my degree in English Language.

I work as a Spanish Teacher in a Primary School and I teach students from A-levels, GCSE and adults. Teaching Spanish in London is very interesting as it is a multi-cultural city where, while I teach Spanish, I am also learning new things from other cultures and languages. As you can see, I am passionate about teaching and learning languages. I want my students to really enjoy the lessons and feel in a happy atmosphere where they can express themselves.

Nos vemos en Spanish Connection, ¡hasta la vista!"

"Hola a todos!!

My name is Conchi and I was born in Guarena, Spain. I have obtained my QTS primary teacher degree from the University of Extremadura and later completed a Master Programme in Child Psychology at the University of Huelva. I am also a MFL Spanish teacher who has been living in London for the last 5 years.

I am an enthusiastic and energetic person (really organised too). I worked in primary school, after-school clubs, nurseries and as a private tutor for adults. I moved to London in order to learn from its multi-culturality and I fell in love with this city that I can't leave now. I like to plan and organise my lessons in a creative and enjoyable way to make sure that my students learn while having fun.

Nos vemos in the class!!"

"Hello everyone. I am Jordi, born and raised in Barcelona. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and have worked for several print and online media. After that, I worked as a translator and obtained my certificate in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.

Languages have always been a significant part of my life, be it either when writing, translating or teaching. I believe a language is not just a tool we can use to communicate with other people, but also a way in which we see and understand the world. The different words used by each individual to describe the same thing, object, topic, noun or meaning together with the variety of structures used... It is fascinating.

Teaching a language is teaching a whole new concept of life and perceiving the world. Learning a new language broadens your mind in a very unique and priceless way and I feel very privileged to be able to be part of that process."

"Hola a todos!!

Hello, I am Veronica - a bilingual Spanish-English expat. I have a Degree in Translation and Interpreting backed up by a wealth of experience in language teaching and translation. I have been in the UK for a year and a half after having lived in France and Denmark. I am really looking forward to teaching you at Spanish Connection."

"Saludos!

My name is Gala, and I am from Laredo, a lovely coastal village in the North of Spain.

I am a Spanish speech therapist and teacher, with seven years of experience behind me and looking forward to keeping working and learning.

My passion for communication and languages, combined with my interest and training in Arts, has led me to do a Md.E. in Social and Emotional Education and Creativity. Along with my experience as a Drama and Music teacher, my teaching methods are based on humour, happiness and creative learning.

In my classes, I pay special attention to the specific objectives of each pupil, seeking that the student feels comfortable and enjoys every moment.

Above all, I would like to transmit my love for such a beautiful language, so much present in our society.

Nos vemos, amigos!"

"Holaaa!!!

My name is Mar. Born in Badajoz, South West of Spain, I nevertheless lived in many places in Spain, such as Salamanca and Mallorca. I also lived in different countries and I love to learn about other cultures and lifestyles.

I have a Degree in Philosophy and a PgD in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. I work as a Spanish Teacher Assistant in a Secondary School and I teach students from A-levels to GCSE and adults. I like to plan and organise my lessons in a creative and enjoyable way to make sure that my students learn while having fun. I look forward to meeting you and showing you the beauty of Spanish language, as well as of the Spanish culture.

Hasta pronto!!!!"



"¡Hola a todos! I am Alfredo and I was born in Madrid although I lived in Zaragoza for some years. I have a Degree in English Studies and hold a Master’s Degree in how to teach Spanish as a Second Language from Alcalá de Henares University, the town where Miguel de Cervantes was born.

I have been working as a teacher for nearly four years and I have experience preparing A-LEVEL and GCSE. I love teaching and learning a language implies also learning a culture. I must admit that I am passionate about learning languages and cultures."

"Hello everyone! My name is Xisca and I was born in Palma de Mallorca. I studied Philosophy in Barcelona and completed my Master’s Degree in Teaching Skills in Madrid. Last year I lived a season in London and fell in love with the city, so this year I'm here again.

After working in hospitality and administration, I have opted to focus on my passion: the world of letters and the humanities, reading and teaching. Being able to help others learn Spanish is very rewarding and stimulating. This is why kindling a real passion in learning my native tongue in those who are already interested in it is a rewarding adventure for both you and me. I hope to see you soon."

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