Meet our Team

Our Mission

Here at the The TEFL Institute of Ireland, we live in a world filled with tenses, verbs, nouns and sentences. Good English is a part of the combined bundle of teaching with laughter, lifelong experiences, creativity and not forgetting a bit of music in the classroom. As one of the most accredited TEFL course providers in Ireland, we have a strong reputation for our high-quality learning experiences, and our internationally recognised TEFL courses. We help connect dreamers, doer’s and risk-takers with the best employers to learn about captivating cultures, aromatic smells, incredible sunsets and lasting memories.

We have created this page to give you the opportunity to book your chat time with one of our TEFL advisors.

Upcoming Events:

Name of Event
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Recruitment Session – Teaching in South Korea
Zoom Virtual (GMT+1): Zoom
Tuesday, 27th July 2021
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
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Gap year for college students | Where to TEFL?
Virtual (GMT+1, Irish Time): Zoom
Thursday, 12th August 2021
5:00 pm-6:00 pm
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Information Session | Teaching in China
Virtual (GMT+1, Irish Time): Zoom
Wednesday, 25th August 2021
5:00 pm-6:00 pm
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How to get Teaching Practice/Techniques in the Virtual World?
Virtual (GMT+1, Irish Time): Zoom
Thursday, 9th September 2021
5:00 pm-6:00 pm
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Start up your own business teaching English online
Virtual (GMT+1, Irish Time): Zoom
Tuesday, 5th October 2021
5:00 pm-6:00 pm
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How to gain extra income | The knacks for a side hustle
Virtual (GMT+1, Irish Time): Zoom
Wednesday, 27th October 2021
5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Book Appointment

Meet the team:

So who are we then?

We are a bunch of like minded TEFL tasters…we have been there and done it ALL. Well, almost! The tantalising world of TEFL seduced us all and it is what we all have in common as it’s the one thing that we are all passionate about having done it ourselves. We can tell you stories and give you the low down on the good, the bad and the ugly so that you know exactly what you are signing up for with TEFL.

TEFL teaching is the type of training that will take you all over the globe. It keeps on giving with lots of different opportunities from online teaching anywhere in the world and one to one tutoring to general English classes in Spain or perhaps exam preparation classes in Thailand? Where to go and when is up to you!

There is a whole wide world of teaching positions out there waiting to be explored in locations like Spain, Malta, and Germany to Abu Dhabi, Japan and Taiwan. Not convinced, nah me neither but maybe our team here can convert you:

Sales & Marketing


Kate is our talented, thrice certified TEFL lover who works in sales – I mean hello? She has covered all bases between Online TEFL, CELTA and her BA in Education.

Kate’s passion is online teaching and she even opened her own business for teaching English online. She has travelled to over 30 countries from Europe and Asia to Australia and South America (TEFL teaching & and tasting every local cuisine along the way!).


Emma is our marvellous customer care executive and is a walking, talking advocate of our 120 Hour Premier TEFL course & 10-hour day course, having done it herself in Cork.

As well as giving a warm welcome to all our aspirants, Emma also acts as our resident D.J. here in the office to keep us all PUMPING and even jumping to the TEFL beat!


Ola is our pretty Polish native who has been through the ranks of TEFL training herself as a non-native speaker. She has been living in Ireland for 13 years, has always loved to travel and visit new, exciting places but decided to settle in the Emerald Isle as she just fell in love with its beauty and people – one in particular.

She graduated from UCC with an MBS in Management & Marketing to look after the marketing department for The TEFL Institute, however she is always open for new adventures!


Sienna is one of our talented content creators. Born and raised in Hawaii, she has always had a passion for traveling and teaching abroad. While in school, she studied abroad in Switzerland, Germany, and Japan!

After finishing University, she completed one of our internships in Thailand, where she taught English to high school students. She absolutely loves to travel, meet people from different backgrounds, and try new and exciting foods!



Partnership & Development


Katie is our legendary Managing Director in the TEFL Institute of Ireland and she looks after all EVERYTHING, including all of us! She has always had a love of teaching since her days in Mary I in Limerick. So much so, she travelled to Zambia to teach in an orphanage for 3 months and with her background in play therapy, she taught the little tots in Abu Dhabi for a year.

Since Katie started working with the TEFL Institute of Ireland she has visited our partners in Thailand, Myanmar and Italy so you can get the low down on all of those glorious locations when you contact us to take off on your TEFL journey!


Becky is our B2B specialist with a knack for forming long-lasting relationships with our highly-reputable partners globally.

She believes (and knows) that close collaborations with English learning networks are the sure-fire way to achieve the best experiences for you all! It’s all about building on each other’s strengths and learning from one another.

Alongside forming international partnerships, Becky is actually a statistic nut, and lives and breathes all things data. In her spare time, she travels to every corner of the world – laptop packed of course!


The idea behind the Institute originated in 2001, when founder Caroline Keevers and her husband travelled to Costa Rica to voluntarily teach English.

Caroline was inspired to work in an industry where she could change and improve the lives of others and give them the opportunity to travel the world and gain lifelong experiences.

Assessment & Academic Support


Jacob Head of Academic Team. DELTA trained Jacob’s international career has taken him across Thailand, Germany and Spain teaching English. His specialist teaching experience includes Cambridge assessment as well as IELTS preparation and online teaching.

He loves travelling and his top travel spots are: Koh Phangan, Thailand and Miedzyzdroje, Poland (his partner’s hometown). He said traveling and having experiences that take your breath away!


Michelle’s TEFL career spans over 20 years. After graduating with an English degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and a TEFL qualification, she decided to teach English abroad for six years both in Botswana, Africa as well as Tel Aviv, Israel.

On her return to Ireland she completed a Master’s in TESOL from the University of Limerick. Since then Michelle has been teaching English to adults in The Further Education and Training Centre in Limerick city. Her students come from over 30 different countries, from Afghanistan to Brazil.


One of the assessors for the 180 hour TEFL course. She is originally from Wales but has been living and teaching in Spain for five years now. She is CELTA and Delta qualified and have also taught in Italy, Switzerland, Romania, the UK and Greece.

She loves teaching, meeting new people and learning languages (On her 6th!). Teaching has opened up new travelling opportunities for Rachel which is her favourite part of the job. She has been to 25 countries so far and she aims to keep going!


Steven has an MA in TEFL as well as a CELTA and has taught in Canada, Portugal, and Japan. He currently works in educational management in the UK. Alongside his love of travelling, he enjoys running and tries to combine the two hobbies as often as possible.

Steven believes the best part of travel is meeting new people, seeing new places, tasting new food (and drink!)
“Knowing English opens many travel opportunities. Knowing how to TEACH English opens so much more: living, working, and experiencing the day-to-day life of a country and its culture. There is nothing like it!”


Lucy is CELTA and Delta trained with many years of experience teaching at all levels, ages and many different types of courses. She has taught face-to-face in Ecuador, the UK and across Central Europe and the Balkans and currently teaches online.

Lucy has been to over 40 countries and would like to add to that! Travel is her passion but she’s also a great fan of history, art, anthropology, food, the outdoors and sport.

Lucy believes the best part about travel is the freedom, the big ‘wow’ moments, but also the small yet culturally revealing, often serendipitous encounters or discoveries.


DELTA trained Anya has been working in English language teaching for 17 years as a teacher, trainer and assessor. She loves travelling and has been lucky enough to live and work in Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Sri Lanka.

Her favourite travel spot is Buenos Aires. She loves Indian food, especially all things curry-related. She loves exploring new cultures and her next travel destination is Japan!

Design & Development


Chess-addict Przemek is our Web Developer. This movie buff enjoys Lord of the Rings and The Shawshank Redemption but they’re not the only classics he loves.

Przemek also has a keen interest in literature and ancient manuscripts. #checkmate


#VisCom specialist Darragh is responsible for making sure our website looks on point.

This guitar-owning rock music fan also loves a good soccer match. He’s the office comedian and has absolutely no guitar-playing skills.

Our Team Mascot


Leni is new around here, but he has certainly proved his worth  on several high-profile projects in course development. His daily roles include making sure everyone is on task, watching the door and cleans the office daily , although he’s not too keen on the vacuum cleaner.

Speciality: Taking laps around the Marketing department to see who’s available to pet him.

Check out what makes us special:



We are one of the most accredited course providers in Ireland, with a strong reputation for our high-quality learning experiences, and our internationally recognised TEFL courses.

We are one of the most accredited course providers in Ireland, with a strong reputation for our high-quality learning experiences, and our internationally recognised TEFL courses.


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  • Best countries for TEFL Jobs
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    • The TEFL job market
    • Types of employers
    • Job advertisement & examples
    • Interview questions
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