Faculty

Our English language faculty is comprised of native English-speaking professional language teachers, all of whom have TESOL, TOEFL, CELTA and/or other language teaching certifications and extensive experience working in the field of language instruction with students ages 3-16.

They are selected for their talent, their varied experiences in their disciplines, their enthusiasm, and above all their ability to inspire our students. Led by these outstanding teachers, our courses immerse students in learning a language through engaging topics and themes about which they are passionate. Read more about our outstanding faculty in their bios listed below.

ELC Faculty programs guide: WKD (Weekday), SAT (Saturday), SUM (Summer)

Early Childhood/Kindergarten (K groups)

Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown was born in London England and grew up in Kensington. She studied music, piano & violin as well as combined teaching methodologies at the Royal College of Music. She has lived in Barcelona since 1996. She has extensive experience in young learners and believes fun and variety assist pre-schoolers in natural and fun language acquisition. Making English fun at the early stage encourages children in the later years to flawless fluency. Jenny is one of the longest serving members of staff having taught the early learner program since 2002. It gives her pride in her work to meet some of her earliest students who are now studying at university in either the USA or UK. In her spare time she restores antique furniture and plays music. SAT, SUM

Roísín Breen

Róisín Breen grew up in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. She studied psychology at Liverpool Hope University. Her love for travelling and the thirst to learn new languages led her to Barcelona, where she completed her SIT TESOL. Róisín fell in love with Barcelona and it was her home for eight years before falling in love and returning to live in Belfast for three years. Róisín continued to work in primary education in Belfast and also completed a diploma in Early Years Child Care, learning and development. Róisín has recently returned to Barcelona with her partner as their love for the city drew them back every summer and it is now their permanent home. Róisín has been working in Kindergarten during the summer program for ten years. She loves that she can share her creative ideas, have fun and learn something new every day from the children. Róisín teaches art in the afternoons, where she shares her creative expertise, inspiring others to be creative and have fun while learning English. In her spare time Róisín loves exploring the Catalan countryside, finding medieval villages, creating new recipes in the kitchen and reading a good book. SAT, SUM

Rosaura Paredes

Rosaura was born and raised in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Central America. She graduated from an international school in her hometown and began her professional career as an assistant. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, she continued working for four more years as a teacher. Rosaura came to Spain in 2010 and after 2 years she earned her Master’s degree in “Intervención en Dificultades del Aprendizaje”. Meanwhile, she met her husband (also from her hometown) and got married. Now, they have a beautiful baby girl. Rosaura has been working at ASB and English Program since 2012. She loves working with the “little ones”, help them grow in independence and develop all the necessary skills needed to continue their journey through the program. Rosaura enjoys spending time with her family at the beach. WKD, SAT, SUM

Laura Darby

Laura grew up in Norfolk, England but has called Barcelona home for the last 13 years. She has been working in the ASB English Language Programs for as long as she’s been here in the city and she loves working and playing with the younger children in Kinder. Laura’s love of languages moved her to study an MA in Translation Studies and her thirst for knowledge of other cultures and languages has kept her travelling regularly around the globe to places such as Japan, Tanzania, New Zealand and Bolivia. When she’s not in the classroom she loves to keep active (as if being in class with young kids isn’t enough!) and you might see her on her bike riding to and from school each day. SUM

Adelina Vaquerizo

Adelina was born in Spain and has both Spanish and Belgian nationalities. Fluent in Spanish, French and English, she has traveled the world thanks to her husband’s responsibilities as an expatriate. Her travels have allowed her to find a home in many countries, among them are Belgium, Egypt, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and USA, as well as Europe. Adelina is passionate about her work with children and sports. In China she was an elementary P.E. teacher at the International School of Beijing. She was also a Kindergarten and Elementary Teaching Assistant and P.E. teacher at the American International School of Guangzhou. Adelina also has experience as a Kindergarten and psychomotricity teacher at Escaan in Sitges. For the past twelve years, Adelina has been a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant at the American School of Barcelona and after-school activity teacher in Yoga, Music and Movement, Life and Science and Drama. SAT, SUM

Emily Bucknall

Emily was born in Wales but lived mostly just outside London until coming to Barcelona in 2002. She has a BA Hons. in Classical Studies and a post graduate diploma in English Language Teaching. She has recently completed a course in teaching Early Years students. Emily has taught in England, Thailand and Hong Kong but predominantly in Barcelona, a city she fell in love with at first sight. What Emily enjoys most about teaching English is the opportunity it provides her to meet so many people, and help them achieve their goals. In her free time Emily enjoys taking care of her family, walking in the mountains, doing yoga, meditating, cooking, listening to music and reading. SAT, SUM.

Primary (A groups)

Cristina Branea

Cristina was born in Transylvania and has lived in France and Luxembourg before settling in Barcelona in 2010. She has a BA in English and Japanese Studies and an MA in Cultural Management. She is also fluent in Spanish and Catalan and advanced in French. She has been teaching English since 2012 to both (very) young learners and adults and has been working in the ASB Saturday and Winter Programs for three years. Cristina believes a welcoming and friendly class environment is the best way to encourage students to develop their language skills and absorb input in a beneficial way. Cristina loves spending time outdoors, so when she’s not travelling you’ll find her playing beach volleyball with her friends, swimming in the sea or reading a book and eating some fresh fruit somewhere in the shade. SUM

Anna Cochrane

Anna is from Wimbledon, near London, but has been living in Barcelona since 2003.  She has a BA Hons in Literature, Theatre and Dance and recently completed a post-graduate diploma in English language teaching. She started her professional life working in advertising but soon realised that teaching was the job for her. This is her twelfth year teaching first and second graders in the ASB English program!  She loves incorporating her love of music, dance and theatre into her classes.  She has visited many countries in Europe, Asia and North and South America and hopes to visit Africa some day.  In her spare time, she enjoys eating out, photography, dancing and cooking food from all over the world. SAT, SUM

Joan Metzger

Joan was born and raised in Barcelona and received a a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Sports Management at La Salle Barcelona. After working at a Marketing Firm for one year, he had the chance of moving to Florida and working as a 2nd Grade Teacher for two years and a P.E. (Physical Education) Teacher for another three years. In Summer 2015, he came back to Barcelona and started his own sports marketing firm. He has also worked at American School of Barcelona for the past years as a substitute teacher. He graduated from American School of Barcelona ten years ago. Joan loves sports, especially soccer, loves to travel, and enjoys the Mediterranean diet, particularly paella and tapas! WKD, SUM

Christina Church

Christina is from Bath in the UK. She grew up there and studied in the University of Birmingham.  After university, she worked in a summer camp in Massachusetts and loved it so much she decided to take a TEFL course in Oxfordshire to be a EFL teacher.  Christina loves seeing children progress and helping them enjoy English.  She has been teaching with the ASB English Language Programs for 8 years now and still loves it.  When Christina’s not teaching, she loves music, singing in a choir and playing lots of instruments including the accordion. Also, you´ll always see Christina cycling to school as she loves cycling and swimming. SAT, SUM

Lisa Rubin

Lisa grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and later lived in New York City, where she taught art in public schools with a non-profit organization, for 10 years. She received a BFA from the University of Michigan, and a MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She spent her summers growing up in Valencia, Spain, where her mother is from, and she has had double nationality since moving to Barcelona in 2006. Lisa teaches both English and Art to adults and children, as well as working on her own as a collage artist. This is her 10th year teaching at ASB. SAT, SUM

Charlie Whitehouse

An experienced English and Drama teacher, Charlie spent many years touring throughout Europe delivering English language education through interactive theatre. Originally from the U.K., she has been based in Spain for almost nine years. Besides directing and acting in numerous professional theatre productions, she has taught English and delivered drama workshops to all age groups and ability levels, in a variety of different educational contexts. A strong believer that learning should be fun, she is very excited to be in her first year working in the English Language Center. Charlie enjoys swimming, yoga, cooking and eating. She spends most of her free time walking in the mountains with her best friend, a beautiful Labrador/Shepherd cross called Mora. SAT, SUM

Jen Smith

Jen grew up in England, and received a BA in English from the University of Exeter. After university, she soon developed a passion for travelling, and went on to live in Australia and Fiji. In the latter, she worked as a Learning Support Teacher at International School Suva, in Fiji’s capital. She loved this hands-on experience, and was inspired to take a TEFL course in Barcelona in 2014 to become an EFL teacher. Jen was then lucky enough to be offered a job as a teaching assistant for 4 year olds at the American School of Barcelona, and she has enjoyed working in this role for 2 years. During this time, she has subbed regularly at the English Language Center, and worked in the Summer Program as a lead teacher last year. Outside of school, Jen loves to go running, write poems and short stories, and explore as much of the world as she possibly can. SUM

Upper Primary/Middle School (B groups)

Jaki Scott

Jaki has a degree in English and Education Studies and a CELTA qualification in teaching English as a foreign language. She has worked in the ASB English Language Center for ten years. During the year, she works in language schools in Barcelona and teaches private English classes. She is from London, where she also worked with children for many years. She specialises in working with 7-10 year olds, and enjoys teaching using games, art, the computer and other fun activities to engage the students. In her spare time she enjoys camping along the Spanish coastline, reading on the beach and looking after her husband and three cats at home. SAT, SUM

Steve Brown

An experienced, qualified, teacher with a Master’s degree and TESOL qualification, Steve has worked in the ASB English Language Center for fourteen years, teaching a variety of age ranges. Originally from London, he lives in Barcelona with his family. During the year he works at a school in Sant Cugat , teaching a wide age range of students and preparing them for the official Cambridge English Exams. In his free time, he hangs out with his kids at the beach, plays sport, listens to music and perfects his home-made sushi skills. WKD, SAT, SUM

Teo Polanco

Coach Teo, as he is commonly called, has been a teacher for the past ten years  in all the ASB English Language Center programs, as well as the ASB community. He is a native New Yorker, who has been living in Barcelona for 12 years.  He is married to his lovely Catalan wife, Susana, and they have two children born in Catalunya: Sienna, 11, and Aaron, 5.  Teo is an Early Childhood Center and Lower Elementary Physical education teacher during the regular school year. When he’s not teaching, Teo is a true admirer of American Football, as he played college football in the USA. He is deeply involved in coaching American football in Spain and Europe, being one of the winningest football coaches in Spanish history. Teo initially came to Catalunya with The NFL Europe Barcelona Dragons, and has coached some of the Spanish 1st division top teams like: Pioners of L’Hospitalet, Barcelona Bufals, Rookies of Barbera, as well as being a Head Coach of the men’s Spanish national teams, and a coordinator with the women’s teams. He loves the outdoors and the ocean, which makes Barcelona a natural place for him to live. WKD, SAT, SUM

Amy Woolard

Amy was born and raised in Indiana in the United States but as she has always lovedother cultures she decided to try out life in Barcelona. She fell in love with the city and also with a Catalan man so Barcelona has become her home. As a mother of a 5 year old she loves seeing children learn English and grow in being able to express themselves in another language. She enjoys encouraging students as they learn and start to believe that they can speak English. When she isn’t working at ASB, like she has been on and off since 2008, you might find her at the beach, in the Pyrenees or enjoying a delicious cup of coffee. SUM

High School (C groups)

Michelle Ndrika

Michelle has a degree and CELTA qualification teaching English as a second language. She is also a Cambridge examiner and has a wide range of teaching experience with children between the ages of six and sixteen. She hails from London, has lived in the USA and is now a long- time resident of Barcelona. As well as having been a member of the ELC teaching team for over 6 years, she also works at a secondary school in Barcelona, where she incorporates her love for music and the arts with her passion for English teaching. In her free time, Michelle enjoys singing in her band and working out at the gym. SAT, SUM

Corin Tanner

Corin is from San Francisco, California and has been teaching in the ELC programs for the past ten years. He received a BA in Literature and Writing from UCSD and a Master’s in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. He has lived in Argentina, Brazil, France, Austria, Italy, and Spain, speaks six languages, and understands full well the challenges of language learning. One of his favorite things about English teaching is seeing shy, unconfident students blossom when they stop caring about making mistakes and take risks when speaking. He is married to a woman from Barcelona, has two children ages 4 and 7, writes fiction, and loves to surf, ski, and play basketball. SUM

Summer Afternoon Activities Program (A, B, C groups)

Roísín Breen

Róisín Breen grew up in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. She studied psychology at Liverpool Hope University. Her love for travelling and the thirst to learn new languages led her to Barcelona, where she completed her SIT TESOL. Róisín fell in love with Barcelona and it was her home for eight years before falling in love and returning to live in Belfast for three years. Róisín continued to work in primary education in Belfast and also completed a diploma in Early Years Child Care, learning and development. Róisín has recently returned to Barcelona with her partner as their love for the city drew them back every summer and it is now their permanent home. Róisín has been working in Kindergarten during the summer program for ten years. She loves that she can share her creative ideas, have fun and learn something new every day from the children. Róisín teaches art in the afternoons, where she shares her creative expertise, inspiring others to be creative and have fun while learning English. In her spare time Róisín loves exploring the Catalan countryside, finding medieval villages, creating new recipes in the kitchen and reading a good book. SAT, SUM

Charlie Whitehouse

An experienced English and Drama teacher, Charlie spent many years touring throughout Europe delivering English language education through interactive theatre. Originally from the U.K., she has been based in Spain for almost nine years. Besides directing and acting in numerous professional theatre productions, she has taught English and delivered drama workshops to all age groups and ability levels, in a variety of different educational contexts. A strong believer that learning should be fun, she is very excited to be in her first year working in the English Language Center. Charlie enjoys swimming, yoga, cooking and eating. She spends most of her free time walking in the mountains with her best friend, a beautiful Labrador/Shepherd cross called Mora. SAT, SUM

Peter Wilson

Peter was born and raised in Northern Ireland and educated at Queen’s University Belfast where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with Ethnomusicology  in 1997. After a short spell teaching woodwind instruments peripatetically for the SE Board of Education, he moved to London to work in the tourist industry. Peter has been at ASB since 2004 and obtained his Master’s Degree in International Education in 2008 from Endicott College Beverly, MA. In his spare time, Peter enjoys hanging out with his family, travelling, playing tennis, reading, watching movies, playing the piano, drums & singing and is an avid follower of Liverpool FC. SUM

David Matiano

David considers dance to be his first love because it is thanks to dance that he has travelled the world. He is originally from Mexico where he started his training at the age of 17. But as long as he can remember his dream was to live and perform in New York City. That dream became within reach in 1986 when former Martha Graham’s principal dancer, Peter Sparling, and Bill De Young, artistic director of Arbor Dance/Works at the University of Michigan, offered him a scholarship and a chance to work and live in the US. David never looked back and right after Ann Arbor moved to NYC where he danced and performed professionally for many years. In 2004 he and his beloved wife decided to move to sunny Barcelona to start a new life. He currently teaches English and Dance to children and adults. Now he is more than thrilled to be part of the ASB ELC Afternoon Program. David’s favorite hobby is to spend time playing with his son, Leo. Nothing else makes his heart as happy as his adorable son. SUM

Noemi Sjöberg

Noemi grew up in Paris and Stockholm and received her BA and MA in Fine Arts specialising in Video from the University of Aix en Provence. She also got her MA in Education from the University UNIR. She moved to Barcelona in 2003 and is currently teaching moviemaking at ASB during the school year. She is also currently showing her film works in several exhibitions in Italy for the Festarte Group. In addition she is filming for the granted winner project Y tú, ¿Cómo lo ves?, as well as designing audiovisual educational resources for school use, at San Sebastian European Capital of Culture 2016. She has been working with children, teenagers and adults since 2003. Giving film editing workshops, film skills and stopmotion animation classes in different schools and universities in Spain and abroad (France, Tokyo, Sweden). She is passionate about film and art. Creating her own film work or helping other making their own, makes her feel fully satisfied and happy. Both her film groups in Middle school and High school won prizes in film festivals this year (CINED and Manos Unidas (Against food waste). When she is not teaching or filming, she spends her time with her two young daughters sharing other big adventures and love! SUM

Joan Samarra

Joan Samarra is a telecommunications engineer who graduated from Ingeniería LaSalle. He developed his professional career in the fields of marketing, consultancy and teaching new technologies in schools. Joan has a deep cross-cultural understanding of the Spanish and American cultures as he studied an International MBA in the United States and travels there extensively. During the school year, he teaches Lego Robotics to elementary and middle school students at ASB challenging them to program robots using Visual Programming Languages. This is Joan’s second year in the Summer English Program and his third year of teaching experience in the regular ASB academic program. Joan is a strong believer that new technologies will change and transform the way that we study and learn in schools in the next few years. When he’s not teaching, Joan enjoys jogging and hiking. SUM