Meet the team
Helping you live the life you want to live
You have the potential to live the life you want. We help you unlock it. Whether your dream is to travel the world and teach or set your own hours working from home, our mission is to get you there. We help connect dreamers, doers and risk-takers with the best TEFL employers to learn about captivating cultures, see unforgettable sights and make lasting memories. Where will TEFL take you?
Who Are We
We’re a bunch of like-minded TEFL experts… We’ve been there and done it all. Well, almost! The captivating world of TEFL seduced us all, and it’s what we have in common. That’s why we’re passionate about TEFL and committed to helping aspiring teachers succeed. With over 20 years of combined experience in TEFL, we’ve got a well-seasoned team to help you launch your teaching career.
Sales & Marketing
With a passion for language learning and travelling, Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in French, Irish and English. She is also TEFL qualified and taught English online for three years. A keen traveller, Sarah enjoys sharing her experiences with our students and helping them with their course options and job opportunities as Course Enrollment Officer.
As our Head of Marketing, Ola is the best person to keep you all updated on all our upcoming events and TEFL course news. She listens to our students’ needs and makes sure we run the most relevant, valuable webinar and info sessions.
Ola is also highly knowledgeable about the legalisation of certificates and visas and is our encyclopedia on the subject.
Emma is our brilliant Enrollment Officer, dedicated to helping aspiring teachers choose the right course and reach their TEFL goals. Whether you want to teach English abroad or online (or need help deciding!), Emma is on hand to guide you in the right direction. Need assistance? You can catch Emma and her team on our live chat system or by requesting a call.
Our course enrolment advisor is Annelies. She moved to Ireland from Holland in 2016 and because Dutch is her first language, she understands the significance of English for non-native speakers. Annelies enjoys working with people and assisting others, which has allowed her to meet people from all over the world throughout her life.
Emily is one of our interns this year and is charge of creating content. She is a third-year Marketing student at Munster Technological University with aspirations of working in Content Creation and Social Media Marketing. She enjoys writing, and you can find a couple of her blogs on our website.
Paula is a marketing intern in her third year at Munster Technological University. During her time here, Paula will be the digital and affiliate assistant. Paula is originally from the Philippines, but she has lived in Cork for over 15 years and speaks English and Filipino fluently.
Angela is a University of Limerick business student specializing in marketing. Angela intends to put her marketing knowledge and skills from university to use while working at the TEFL Institute of Ireland, where she is in charge of customer relations.
With a Bachelor of Education degree, CELTA and Level 5 TEFL, our Academic Tutor Kate has the expertise to help you succeed. Her passion comes from years of teaching English abroad in over 23 countries. So, she knows a thing or two about what employers look for in teachers, too! Kate runs our 10 Hour Virtual TEFL Course and deals with student enquiries.
Partnership & Development
With teaching experience and a degree in education, Katie has a vast amount of knowledge to help our team grow and succeed. Her love for teaching has taken her to Zambia and Abu Dhabi to teach young learners. Katie’s educational and professional background means she’s an asset to our academic team and liaises with them daily to ensure the best possible journey for our students.
As a well-travelled professional, Becky started out as an enrollment officer and then became a Partners Specialist. Now, as Head of Operations, she has a wide range of knowledge of all departments, which is why she is perfect for overseeing all day-to-day operations. In her spare time, she travels to every corner of the world – laptop packed of course!
The idea behind The TEFL Institute of Ireland 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.
Jessica is our Partner and Recruitment Specialist. She has a business degree with TEFL and CELTA qualifications, as well as TEFL educational placements in Thailand and Italy. She has firsthand knowledge of the experience, which means she has the skills and understanding to assist you in finding the top quality jobs and internships to meet your needs.
Assessment & Academic Support
As Head of Assessments, Jacob oversees our courses and grades to ensure they’re of the highest quality for our students. Jacob is DELTA trained, and his 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.
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 in Botswana, Africa and Tel Aviv, Israel. Since returning to Ireland, she has completed a Master’s in TESOL From the University of Limerick and teaches English to adults.
We know that online self-study courses can sometimes be tricky. That’s why we have Rachel, who’s responsible for maintaining our policies and ensuring student support is to the highest standard. She is CELTA and DELTA qualified and has taught in Italy, Switzerland, Romania, the UK and Greece. Rachel loves teaching, meeting new people and learning languages (she’s on her 6th!).
After finishing his CELTA, Steven’s first job was teaching in a private language school in Portugal. Since then, he has taught in universities and summer schools overseas. Steven’s TEFL experience and love of the industry means he’s best placed to provide our students with the necessary advice to help them pass their courses and get started on their TEFL journey.
Lucy is CELTA and DETLA 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 Balkans, and the UK and central Europe. She currently teaches online. Lucy has been to over 40 countries, and travel is one of her biggest passions. Lucy has been to over 40 countries and would like to add to that!
Anya has worked in English language teaching for 17 years as a teacher, teacher educator and assessor. She is CELTA and DELTA qualified and has worked as a CELTA tutor. After graduating with a French, Spanish, and Portuguese degree, Anya started teaching and has never looked back. She has lived and worked in Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Sri Lanka.
Design & Development
Chess-addict Przemysław is our in-house genius who is responsible for the smooth running of our dashboard system. To make your experience better and faster, we try to automate a lot of corrections and issuing certificates, as well as fast responses, and Przemyslaw will always make the experience better.
With years of experience with the digital arts, Darragh makes sure all our images and designs look on point. From photo editing to course design, there is nothing Darragh can’t do. Now living in the UK, he couldn’t be happier working on his initiative and coming up with amazing creative ideas.
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We are one of the leading TEFL course providers in Ireland, renowned for our high-quality learning experiences and globally recognised online courses. In this video, our MD, Katie, and Founder, Ian, explain more about TEFL and what The TEFL Institute of Ireland offers you and other aspiring teachers. Click the button below to watch the video and find out more.
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