My training and support teamsYears of experience
- “EBC owes its TEFL training success to its team of experienced TEFL trainers and support staff. They are all professionals with years of experience.”
- Tita Ashton – CEO
EBC TEFL training and administration teams
Years of TEFL training experience
EBC has years of TEFL training experience. EBC owes its success in TEFL training to its team of highly experienced TEFL trainers. They are professionals with years of classroom and international corporate teaching experience.
Our EBC trainers bring to our EBC international TEFL certificate course not only their advanced degrees in TEFL but also their years of EFL teaching experience gained from all over the world. At EBC we believe in continuous TEFL training so our TEFL trainers attend EFL courses and seminars to reinforce their existing knowledge and introduce them to new ideas in EFL teaching. Although they all have advanced EFL degrees, EBC supports and encourages further TEFL training studies and practical work.
TEFL training team – Principal EBC TEFL trainers
Head of TEFL TrainingJohn has over 20 years of EFL teaching experience, is a state certified high school teacher and was a university teacher training professor for 10 years.
He holds two Bachelors Degree in Languages (English, German and the Nordic languages) from the University of Tromsoe in Norway. His degrees focus on the foundations of language namely: grammar, literature and history. He has a Masters Degree in Pedagogy from the University of Oslo in Norway where he concentrated on pedagogical theories, current concepts and means of information dissemination in the media. He also has a Masters Degree in the Didactics of Teaching Languages from The Teachers Training School of Oslo where the “communicative competence” theory was analysed in detail, giving light to how different nationalities can adapt most effectively to foreign language learning.
He has been actively giving teacher training lectures and has been running UNICEF summer camps for 11 year olds from all over the world. He has traveled extensively in Western Europe, the USA, Mexico, China and Egypt giving him that all-important sense of cultural understanding, a vital asset in the world of EFL teaching.
Senior TEFL TrainerOlga has been teaching English as a foreign language for over 16 years.
She graduated from the University of Ulster with a Degree in Fine Arts and then completed her TEFL certificate before travelling around Europe doing various part-time teaching jobs.
After having worked in a number of private schools in Crete, she and her business partner Anna Tsoumeni opened a language centre in 2002.
She has accumulated a great deal of experience in teaching English at all levels for general, business, exam preparation and University entry.
Aside from teaching English, she regularly runs art workshops and student exchange programmes.
Senior TEFL TrainerBarbara has been a teacher for more years than she’d like to admit, but those years have given Barbara a wide range and depth of teaching experience and skills.
Barbara ran an in-house English programme for Japanese exchange students in Canada.
In addition to teaching, Barbara has also worked in the private sector. This experience has given her a solid foundation of knowledge for Business English training.
Barbara has excellent interpersonal skills, she is a good communicator and a good listener. She works hard and pays attention to detail, she expects the same from her students. Barbara also has a strong interest in other cultures and countries and will do everything she can to help her students reach their goals.
Senior TEFL TrainerSteve has been teaching English for more than 10 years in a variety of Asian countries from Thailand to Indonesia and finally to the Philippines.
In addition, Steve taught English to students who came to the UK from all over Europe. Steve gained his TEFL certificate in Phuket Thailand and eventually settled in the Philippines teaching Filipino’s who were preparing to work abroad, at the same time teaching Koreans some of whom came from Universities in Korea.
Steve has been around the world due to his work in the travel business many years ago and has qualifications in travel tourism and a degree in Geography.
Steve now lives and works on the Island of Boracay and works as head teacher for Paradise English.
Hobbies include song writing and recording, playing guitar and of course meeting people from different cultures.
Senior TEFL TrainerGladys has been in the EFL sector for the last 10 years. She has a BA in teaching and is a state certified primary school teacher. As well as being a TEFL trainer, Gladys is also in charge of training English teachers for corporate management courses run by our sister company, EBC y Asociados Idiomas.
Her main areas of specialisation are : Corporate Training , Business English and Educating Primary School Children in English. Gladys has been teaching corporate clients of EBC in diverse sectors ranging from : Banking, Finance, Logistics, Engineering, Retail, Marketing, Advertising and Education.
In relation to her EFL career, Gladys has lived, worked and travelled in Argentina, Spain, the United States and Europe. Gladys brings to the EBC TEFL Certificate programme her in-depth understanding of learning practices gained from years of EFL teaching all over the world.
Andrie Nelson Ceballos
Senior TEFL TrainerAndrie has been teaching English for 8 years. He is a trained IELTS coach and an experienced teacher trainer. He is currently the administrator of Paradise English. He is in charge of the teachers training program and the ESL curriculum.
He has a degree in teaching English, and has passed the academic requirements for a Master’s Degree in Education Management.
Andrie enjoys the peaceful island life and its diverse culture.
TEFL training program administration team
TEFL training program centre coordinatorBorn in Athens, Anna studied Food Production Management as well as Photography before moving to Crete in 1989.
Her involvement in the tourist industry resulted in her studying English as a foreign Language as well as attending courses in teaching children with learning disabilities.
Since then she has worked in a number of private foreign language schools until 2002 when she opened a language school with Olga McLean. Apart from teaching, she is involved with many other aspects of the language centre as well as the administrative side.
Maria Laura Mecias
TEFL training programme centre coordinatorMaría Laura is a native born “Porteña”. She owns and runs the school in Buenos Aires that is home to the EBC International TEFL Certificate course. Her school is a long and well-established organisation in Buenos Aires. María Laura has a degree and masters in Spanish, is a TEFL certified English teacher and an examiner for the DELE Spanish proficiency examinations.
She understands learning and how it is carried out in different cultural settings, an important factor in her role as the EBC TEFL programme coordinator in Buenos Aires.
In addition to her language and work experience, María Laura grew up in Buenos Aires which makes her a great source of local and national knowledge.
TEFL training program centre coordinatorWilliam was born in London and has spent his growing up years between the UK, the USA and Spain.
William is bilingual in English and Spanish, and is a permanent resident of Madrid, making him an invaluable source of information and advice for our course students in Madrid.
William’s hobbies include photography, golf and show jumping. He also loves to travel and (as he works in Madrid) dance the night away in discos.
Being young, dynamic and dedicated to his job, William is always ready to help students have a good time in Madrid.
TEFL training executive team
EBC TEFL training program owner and Managing DirectorTita has lived, worked and studied in the major cities of the world namely: New York, San Francisco, Manila, Paris, London and Madrid. She has been in corporate business for the last 20 years and she holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), a Masters Degree in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She has attended the following universities: New York University, University of Greenwich and Maryknoll College.
The majority of her career has been in Investment Banking, Finance, Business Consultancy, Information Technology and Telecommunications. In 1995, EBC y Asociados Idiomas was founded when she saw the need for a language consultancy staffed by teachers who were not just trained educators but who also possessed actual corporate experience.
In 2002 to meet her own company’s need for qualified EFL teachers, the EBC International TEFL Certificate course was launched. As she continuously recruits EFL teachers for her multinational clientèle, she knows exactly what the job market requires and as such the EBC TEFL International Certificate was designed and developed to be an intensive, practical and hands-on programme.
TEFL training program course and centre coordinatorJim is an ex-Wall Street and City of London Business Consultant, he’s also a trained teacher with a B. Ed. in English. Over the last 20 years he has held senior management positions with the following blue-chip companies in the banking, finance and manufacturing sectors: ABN AMRO, UBS, Morgan Stanley, Seiko, Bell Communications, Merrill Lynch, MHT, Lucas World Services and BBVA.
Jim brings a wealth of knowledge to EBC pertaining to the day-to-day management and performance of the training centre. His technical knowledge of how successful businesses are run, plus his implementation of quality control procedures, continually ensure that you get up-to-date, quality, value for money training. Jim’s also a good LinkedIn networking source with 500+ contacts from many sectors.