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We demonstrate to our staff that we value their role within our organisation and in return our staff are often loyal to Celtic and want to stay with us to grow and develop their career.

Office Support Team

As well as having quality teachers, Celtic also has caring support staff. They help create a warm atmosphere and make you feel like part of a big family. We strive to meet every student's needs with our pearsonal attention to detail as well as a friendly and flexible approach.

Hello! I am the Admissions Officer at Celtic English Academy. I am always happy to answer enquiries from both students and agents, book any courses, and organise your airport transfers. I also run the social activities programme and lead our weekly Conversation Café and monthly Book Club, so if you want to arrange a trip or just have a chat come and visit me anytime!  

I am also particularly responsible for the Central and Eastern European market. I am looking forward to meeting new agents and establishing strong links with these countries both locally and abroad.

About me:

After training as a teacher in the United States, I came to Cardiff to complete my Master’s degree in Creative Writing. While studying, I travelled to over 25 countries but knew I wanted to make Wales my home. Now, as an American living in Cardiff, I enjoy sharing the things I love about Welsh culture with other international students.

Outside of Celtic, I spend my time conducting PhD research, running creative writing workshops, and hosting poetry events around the city. I also love trying new food, particularly from the Middle East and Africa, and have made it my mission to visit every restaurant in Cardiff!

My Favourite…

My favourite travel quote is: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

I am responsible for the marketing of Celtic English Academy by managing relationships with its partners worldwide and promoting the school overseas. I work with four talented and dedicated colleagues – Emelyne, Claire, Jenna, Christina and Maria - to establish and develop contact with new partner agencies and maintain good relations with our existing agencies. I have particular responsibility in the Far East, South East and Central Asian markets, and I regularly travel abroad to meet agents and attend fairs.

I am probably one of the most familiar faces at Celtic for students and agents because I was one of the first students to study English at Celtic ten years ago! I spent several years as a receptionist, the accommodation coordinator and the client services officer before becoming the marketing manager. Celtic is such a friendly, welcoming academy where our students and staff are always happy and smiling. I am passionate to share our experiences with our new potential students.  

As I am a native Japanese speaker, I also give support to any Japanese students who may need help and I always enjoy speaking to students and agents from all over the world.

About me:

I’m from Japan and have lived in Cardiff for ten years. Although Cardiff is far away from my home country, I am very fond of the warm, welcoming Welsh capital city. Outside of work, I’m a mother of two beautiful children. We enjoy playing together, going for a walk to the cliff top or the lake nearby our house with our dog or baking cakes at the weekend. I also love music! I originally came to Cardiff to study a brass instrument called the Euphonium at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD). I still play in a brass band twice a week and I enjoy this traditional British hobby.

My favourite…

My favourite things to do are cooking and baking. I enjoy eating different types of food when I’m travelling abroad and I like trying to re-create similar foods at home. I am fond of Korean food in particular, but I also love chocolate and wine. 

Hello! I have worked at Celtic English Academy since 2011. I help with the day-to-day running of the school, from organising residence accommodation to answering student enquiries. In addition, I am the school’s designated Safeguarding Officer so I am responsible for the welfare of students who are under the age of 18.

If you have any questions during your stay, please do not hesitate to come and ask!

About me:

I am from Mumbles, which is a coastal village near Swansea. I went to university in Bath and spent a year living in Malaga, Spain. Whenever I have a holiday I try to go back to Andalucia as it is such a beautiful region! In my spare time I like cooking, hiking, running, and going to the pub with friends.

My favourite…

My favourite time of year is summer!

Hello! At the Celtic English Academy l am the Business Development Manager and University counsellor. l am on hand to assist students in their academic and vocational career paths, providing advice and guidance whilst representing students to the best of my abilities, with the aim of helping them achieve their goals. I work closely with UK universities and assist Celtic to advance and diversify its businesses objectives whilst continually providing a dedicated and diligent approach to business growth and development.

About me:

My experiences and love of teaching has allowed me to travel the world for many years. I started my teaching career in Bulgaria before moving to China whereby l taught a variety of subjects in an international school. Following this, l moved to Saudi Arabia where l gained further experience teaching and contributed to curriculum development for the King Saud University in Riyadh for a period of two years. Following this l relocated to Oman and taught at the Sur College of applied sciences before returning to the UK to complete my master’s degree.In my spare time l enjoy walking in the Welsh countryside and keeping fit and healthy. I enjoy reading, good conversation and healthy debate over a glass of red wine and some good food. I’m a positive person and always aim to be cheery and you can usually hear me in the school corridors singing or humming a tune.

My favourite…

My favourite books are by Enlightenment thinker Thomas Paine and notable contemporary writer Christopher Hitches.

At Celtic I work with Shoko, Marketing Manager, to carry out all marketing-related activities from producing marketing materials to taking care of all our partner agencies. I enjoy working with agents from all corners of the world and have particular responsibility for the European market from the French speaking countries of France, Belgium and Switzerland to Austria and Germany. I am also branching out to our Asian market, in particular Thailand and China.

I am always happy to respond to new agent enquires and developing relations with our new or existing partner agents, either in Cardiff or at fairs overseas, is always a highlight of my role. I assist with the day-to-day marketing of all our courses and services and am involved with the running of the Junior Summer Programme. This year I am looking forward to our StudyWorld FAM Trip and Celtic English Academy Launch Event in September in celebration of Celtic’s 10th Anniversary!

About me:

As part of my English & French degree I spent an Erasmus year working in France as a British Council teaching assistant and as a public relations assistant at the Cannes Film Festival. I love meeting people from all over the globe and I have a huge passion for languages! I can speak French fluently and am learning Spanish and Thai in my spare time.

I have been in dancing shoes since the age of three. I love anything from ballet to Latin dancing and my dream is to one day dance the Argentine Tango on the streets of Buenos Aires, Salsa on the streets of Havana, Cuba, or Samba in the carnival in Brazil!

My favourite…

My favourite place to be is the South of France. I have a true affinity with the sleepy hills of Provence, the markets full of delicious fresh foods and the beautiful azure coastline. Heaven!

Hello! I’m Marketing Officer at Celtic English Academy. I work in the marketing team with Shoko and Emelyne, carrying out different marketing activities such as producing marketing materials, analysing data or managing our social media channels. I also sometimes help with bookings and student enquiries. I really enjoy working at Celtic - you get to meet really nice people from all parts of the world everyday!

About me:

I am from Spain and have lived in Cardiff for a year and a half now. Time flies! I like living in Cardiff, although sometimes I miss the good Spanish things like the weather or food. At the weekend I love going to new places in Wales. I think it is a really beautiful country and has a lot to offer. In my free time, I really enjoy a good book, going to the cinema or watching the latest American TV series, which I love! I am still studying English, but if I pass my recent Cambridge Advanced English exam, I want to take up my French again in September.

My favourite…

My favourite country is Italy. I have been there several times and really enjoyed the food, the people and the atmosphere, especially Florence as the city and cathedral are amazing. I can’t wait to have the chance to go there again!

I am a teacher at Celtic English Academy but also Celtic’s Health & Safety Officer. I love my job because, without having to leave home, I get to meet so many interesting people from all around the world and listen to their stories. Our students are all on their own language learning adventure and I try to make my classes relaxed, informal and interactive as I believe that this type of environment is the best one in which to learn.

My main message is don’t be afraid to make mistakes. I am a great advocate of ‘discovery learning’. Paulo Coelho, the acclaimed Brazilian novelist said that, “Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.”

About me:

I’ve been a teacher at Celtic English Academy since gaining both a CELTA and a PGCE in Adult Education more than 6 years ago. Before that I worked as a property manager in London and West Yorkshire. So, why did I move and why did I become a teacher? I came to visit some friends in Cardiff in 2003, loved it here and decided to stay! I was also ready for a career change and I have always enjoyed explaining how things work, so teaching was the natural choice for me.

Unlike a lot of EFL teachers, I didn’t travel much during my 20’s and 30’s, but have now been bitten by the travel bug. In the last three years I’ve been to South Africa, Kerala in southern India, Vietnam, Kenya and, closer to home, the Mediterranean islands of Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily. I love talking about my travels so come and find me for some speaking practice!

My favourite…

My favourite film is Groundhog Day, a comedy about a reporter who has to re-live the same day over and over again, learning from his mistakes until he achieves his dream.

Academic Team

On the first day of your course, one of the Academic Team will carry out a placement test to determine your level and place you in a suitable class. They are experts of English Language teaching and training, and are always happy to help you and to give any advice or tips on how to improve your English during your time with us at Celtic English Academy.

As Director of Studies and a Celtic English Academy teacher, I meet new students to evaluate their language level, discuss each student's language needs and their timetable. Generally, the most important part of my job is to help students with any academic problems they might have and to find the best solution to their language needs. I also timetable teachers for classes and try to help teachers with whatever problems they might have.

About me:

I am originally from Cardiff but I have spent time teaching English in Turkey and the Czech Republic. I speak English, Welsh and Turkish, but I also enjoy trying to pick up and memorise phrases in other languages, which is also useful to do as a language teacher is constantly trying to discover ways of helping students to do precisely that! Although lots of my work is done outside the classroom, I love teaching English at Celtic, and most of what I do aims to improve things for the students and teachers within the classroom.

I have two children, who take up most of my 'free' time, but I still enjoy going for walks, reading books, listening to music and eating and drinking, ideally in restaurants and pubs. I feel compelled to garden and am also a reluctant DIY-er.

My favourite…

My favourite city really is Cardiff because it is my home and has everything you need without being too big and impersonal. My favourite book is probably Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, simply because virtually every sentence is so vivid and meticulously, expertly created. However, Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox comes a close second.

I am an EFL teacher at Celtic School. Before joining Celtic, I completed my CELTA course in Prague and spent two years teaching in France, which really helped me to improve my French. What I love most about my job is meeting students who come from all around the world – it can be really interesting. In my lessons, I try to focus on making language learning fun and encourage students to speak as much as possible. My top tip for learning English is to submerge yourself in British life by chatting to people, watching films and reading as much as possible.

About me:

I’m a real foodie, so during my spare time I love cooking! I love travelling and getting to know new and exciting places too.

My favourite…

My favourite city is Rome because of the wonderful history, food, architecture and ice-cream!

My name is Jenn, and I have been teaching at Celtic School for just over a year. I started teaching English about six years ago and, before Celtic, I taught in a bilingual school in Spain, at International House in Kiev, Ukraine and at another language school in Cardiff. I am very passionate about languages, and studied Spanish and Italian at Cardiff University. I believe that language is there for real life communication, and I encourage all my students to interact with each other and native speakers as much as they can to improve their communication skills. My main tip would be to start speaking English from day one – don’t wait until you feel you can use the language perfectly; this will come with time!

About me:

I love travelling and have been to lots of really interesting countries around the world. I also really enjoy reading (I’m a member of a book club in Cardiff) and hanging out with friends and family whenever I can. Another area that I’m really interested in is Spain and Spanish culture in general. I try to maintain my level of Spanish by reading Spanish books and watching Spanish films.

My favourite…

My favourite film director is Pedro Almodovar. Some of my favourite exotic places are Seville, Marrakech and, of course, the Rhondda Valley in South Wales (my hometown!) Plus I love Italian food. My favourite band is the Italian group, Modà.

I am an EFL teacher at Celtic English Academy, and I also write the curriculum for the Celtic Junior Summer Programme. I have been teaching English for over 5 years, and I love the fact that I get to meet so many interesting people.

About me:

I’ve lived in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Morocco where I was able to develop my own language skills. I’m passionate about languages, and I take a lexical approach in my teaching while incorporating games to give it a fun twist. Naturally, in my spare time, I relish travelling and I’m lucky enough to have visited countries throughout Europe, Africa and America.

My favourite…

My favourite city is Rome because it is like a large, open-air museum full of amazing things to see and do.

I am a teacher at Celtic and the Buildings Manager. I have been teaching for over 10 years now and have taught in Japan, South Korea and the UK. I have many teaching styles, dependant on the students preferences. My favourite is student-led which means my students tell me what they need and I balance that with what I think will help them as well. My main tip for studying English is to enjoy it! Studying languages can be stressful and difficult so just have fun. Speak as much as you can, read as much as you can and practise, practise, practise!

About me:

My hobbies and interests include painting war-game miniatures, playing video games and playing board games with my 4 best friends. We call ourselves the Friday Night Five. However, I spend most of my time with my young son Teo. He will be 5 in December so I play Lego and TTR Racing with him all the time. We also collect bus numbers! I love Transformers so if you like giant fictional robots, please come and speak to me.

My favourite…

My favourite book is Neuromancer by William Gibson and my favourite TV show is Star Trek: The Next Generation. My favourite quote is: “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” T.E. Lawrence

Teachers

Our teachers are all qualified and are native English speakers. Most of them have experiences teaching abroad too, and they know what it’s like to live away from home.

I am still finding teaching enjoyable and rewarding because of my experiences abroad.

About me:

I have a keen interest in gardening.

My favourite…

My favourite day of the week is Saturday!

I have been an English teacher at Celtic Academy since 2012 and I really enjoy meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds.

About me:

I started my working life as a Town Planner before switching career to become an EFL teacher in 1995. Since then, I have taught in Turkey, Spain and Vietnam. In 2003 I decided to take a short break from teaching, firstly by running a small guest house in an 11th century fort in the Thar desert in northern India and then, moving back to the UK to set up my own jewellery business. I resumed my teaching career in 2010 at the University of Glamorgan before moving to Celtic.

My favourite...

II’m a real culture vulture! I am happiest when I’m going to see plays or films, listen to concerts or opera , watch dance performances or visit art galleries. However, in the summer I enjoy being outside and love camping near the sea or in peaceful countryside.

I’ve been teaching English for over 10 years. I’ve taught at private language schools, colleges and universities in Wales, England and the Netherlands. I lived in Amsterdam for a year but didn’t learn much Dutch! I can however, understand lots of Spanish, and I’m learning Italian. My teaching style incorporates all learners’ needs to ensure that my students feel relaxed, welcome and prepared. I love technology and use interactive tools to deliver interesting and memorable lessons.

My personality is warm and friendly, so I really enjoy getting to know the students and having lots of fun. I love my job and my favourite part is when students go away feeling really capable and confident.

About me:

I am a trained lawyer and have a keen interest in law and the English legal system. I enjoy reading academic journals and crime novels! I love all things Italian (language, country, people, weather, culture, art and food!) and visit friends in Siena almost every year.  In general I love life! I love to dance, cook, sing, entertain, eat, make new friends, try new things, read, run, go to the movies, shop and my guilty pleasure is collecting egg cups!

My favourite…

My favourite quotation is: “The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.” - Stephen Richards.  My favourite book at the moment is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak but, this changes every month!

I am a teacher at Celtic English Academy in Cardiff but, I have been lucky enough to live in a variety of countries; I was born in Bahrain, lived in Jamaica, Botswana and Lebanon. I studied anthropology and linguistics in Vancouver, where I also taught. I have recently returned from living and teaching in Costa Rica.

About me:

I love travel and seeing new places as well as meeting new people; when I am not doing that, I enjoy playing board games and socialising with friends. I read all the time and also play the ukulele (badly).

My favourite…

My favourite board game is Malifaux.

I’ve been working for Celtic School since 2013, and I still teach other languages as well. I speak Spanish, French, Welsh, some Italian and German, and I’m learning Arabic at the moment. In my lessons, I try to focus on communication, particularly speaking, but I also love grammar! I really enjoy my job, because I love sharing languages with other people. My number one tip for you is to speak English with native speakers as much as possible, even if you don’t get things right all the time. It builds your confidence and lets you practise communicating in a natural way.

About me:

I am originally from Jersey, a small British island off the coast of France. I lived there until I was 16, when I moved to Zambia for a year with my family. While there, I tutored a boy and looked after babies whose mothers had died in childbirth. We then moved to England, where I studied languages at Exeter University (spending a year teaching English in Chile). After university, I trained to be a teacher and taught languages in a secondary school for a while, before working for two different charities. As part of those jobs, I took groups to Kenya and The Gambia (where I met my husband).

I spend my free time learning languages, crocheting (a bit like knitting), reading, going to the cinema, singing, chatting and relaxing with my family.

My favourite…

My favourite book is The Power of One by Bryce Courtney. I also love the Harry Potter books. My favourite quotation is: “If you think you’re too small to be effective, you’ve obviously never been in bed with a mosquito.


I am currently a teacher at Celtic English Academy. I’ve lived and worked as a teacher and trainer in Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Thailand, Italy and even Newcastle; I speak fluent Geordie with a sprinkling of Spanish, French, German and enough Thai to take a taxi and get out of trouble if needs be!

About me:

I enjoy travelling and my favourite recent destinations have been; Thailand for the food and the smiles; India for the food and the colour; Penarth for the pier, Gregg’s and the charity shops.

My favourite…

My favourite quotation to use with my students is: “The person who never made a mistake never made anything.

Hi, I’m Rachel and I’ve been a teacher at Celtic for three years. In my classes I enjoy using visual aids and being creative. The students have even made things to eat in my classes

About me:

I love cooking cakes and usually make one for the teachers on their birthday. I am a keen runner and have run the New York Marathon. This year I am hoping to run the Cardiff half marathon in October, for the third time.

I also enjoy reading and have just finished the book One Crowded Hour. It tells the life story of an Australian cameraman called Neil Davis, who covered many dangerous events including the Vietnam War.

My favourite…

My favourite place is New Zealand. I have been to Australia and New Zealand and hope to visit again next year. I especially enjoyed New Zealand’s beautiful scenery and mountains, one of which, named Mount Taranaki, I climbed last year.

I originally started working at Celtic in 2006/7. After working here for 5 years I left to pursue other interests for a while. I returned to Celtic in 2015 and I love being back here. It’s like coming home and great to be part of the family again.

About me:

I have been teaching English for nearly 20 years now. I trained in London many years ago and immediately left for Japan where I lived and worked for 11 years. Japan is still a country with a big place in my heart. I loved the country, the people and I had the most wonderful experience there. Teaching English is a very rewarding profession to be in. I love meeting all the new people and hearing about their cultures and the countries they are from. Although I am here to teach, I find that every day I learn something too. I haven’t always been a teacher. When I left school I studied psychiatry and worked for a number of years as a psychiatric nurse at a hospital in London. My career seems to indicate that I have a great interest in people! Apart from the usual pastimes of reading, music and movies I am a keen gardener. I love spending time in my garden digging, planting and pruning. I enjoy flowers and shrubs and watching and caring for them as the seasons change. It makes a great place to invite my friends and family to have a barbecue in the summer. I also like to do yoga, visit the countryside and old castles and historic buildings (I love history too).

My favourite…

My favourite historical figure is Elizabeth 1 of England. She was a remarkable person who had a very interesting life. Despite a lot a challenges and difficulties she ended up being one of the most important figures in British history. It is because of her that Britain is the way it is now.

I am an EFL teacher at Celtic English Academy. The best thing about this job is getting to know the students and finding out about their countries and cultures. In addition, seeing the progress that they make is incredibly rewarding.

About me:

I have been an EFL teacher for 16 years and have taught English in Argentina, Canada and around the UK in Cambridge, Oxford, London and now in Cardiff. I’ve been living here for nearly three years and before that was living and working in Toronto, Canada for a year.

In my free time, I like to make the most of Wales and go walking with my family in the Brecon Beacons or enjoy one of the many beaches near Cardiff. I also really love cooking and trying out different dishes. One perk of this job is that sometimes I get to try the students’ cooking too! I’m an avid reader and when I go on holiday I try and get through two or three books as I don’t have that much time while I’m working.

My favourite…

My favourite book is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It’s quite a complicated book, and difficult to get into, but once you get past the first chapter it really is fantastic. It takes you on a journey through different times in the past and the future, and it is truly unpredictable.

I am a teacher and all-round morale booster! I’ve been teaching English since 2008 in Exeter, Bristol, Spain and now Cardiff. Before this I studied French and Russian at university and have been lucky enough to live or travel in Russia, France, Central and Southern America. My love of travel extends to meeting people from all over the world; sharing cultural knowledge and experiences is the best part of the job. I’ve recently begun to specialise in teaching IELTS and Academic English, and I enjoy the challenge of helping students achieve their IELTS score to help them progress to university.

I like to have fun in my classes, but we learn a lot too. If you study here, remember to use your English outside the class as often as possible. You will progress so much more quickly if you do that.

About me:

Cardiff is a great city because it’s small enough to meet lots of people but big enough that there is always something happening. Since moving here I’ve started singing and performing in an acappella choir, swing dancing and samba drumming. As might be obvious, I love music and am often out in Cardiff’s clubs watching bands or dancing until the morning!