About our Teachers...
¡Hola! Thank you for visiting the Mini Lingos website. So, here's a little bit about me... After graduating in 2001 with a BA(Hons) in Business and Spanish, I spent some time travelling around Central and South America before living in Barcelona teaching English in a Primary School. Shortly after, I returned to the UK to start my teacher training and gained qualified teacher status in 2004. I love Spain and all things Spanish and believe another language is one of the most precious gifts we can give to our children. So, it was after having my own two boys (now 8 and 6) that I decided to combine my passion for teaching Spanish together with my enthusiasm and desire for working with young children and set up Mini Lingos. My goal is to inspire a love of learning Spanish to all children that I teach and to ensure that each and every Mini lingos Spanish class, regardless of teacher, is warm, welcoming and FUN!
I graduated from The University of Westminster with a BA(Hons) in Modern Languages, French and Spanish, having lived abroad in both France and Spain. I worked for 6 years as an International Financial Events Manager in Canary Wharf and travelled regularly with work. After having both my daughters (aged 9 and 11), I set up my own private after school clubs, teaching Spanish and French to small groups of children and I also taught in a couple of nurseries. I am passionate about teaching foreign languages to young children. By ensuring the lessons are fun and exciting, children develop a love of the language they are learning. I am so enjoying meeting and teaching your children Spanish with Mini Lingos! ¡Hasta pronto!
¡Hola! I have always had a passion for languages and studied French, Spanish, Latin and Italian at secondary school. I graduated from The University of Birmingham in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in French Studies and Hispanic Studies. The highlight of my degree course was definitely my Erasmus year, which I was lucky enough to spend studying at the University of Seville in southern Spain. That year certainly fuelled my love for all things Spanish, and alongside my studies, I relished having the opportunity to travel around the country and also teach English to Spanish children. After my degree I went straight on to do a PGCE in Languages at the Institute of Education. For the last twelve years I have taught Spanish and French at a leading London secondary school. I am really enjoying teaching my four year old daughter Spanish, and actually met Jo when I took my daughter to a Mini Lingos class. We both adored the catchy songs and the friendly atmosphere. I am so excited to lead some classes of my own and convey my love of Spanish to your little ones! I feel that it is so important for young children to learn another language; it shows compassion for speakers of that language, dedication to a (sometimes challenging) task and the humility to not automatically expect others to speak and live as you do. However, most importantly, it is lots of fun!
¡Hola! I am a native Spanish speaker originally from Santiago de Compostela in the North West of Spain. I am married to a British man and have three bilingual children. Before becoming a mother, I was a marketing manager for a leading cosmetics company. I am very proud that my 3 children are bilingual even though they live in the UK with me being the only person speaking to them in Spanish. This is mainly due to me speaking to them only in Spanish even if they try to talk to me in English! We also spend the Summer holidays with my family back in Spain. We read and write in Spanish too.
I am enthusiastic and passionate about making language fun and enjoyable to learn for children of all ages and to help them love languages. Learn and love the Spanish language with us!
Hola, soy Claudia. I studied Music and Education in Colombia before travelling to Europe and settling in the UK. My musical career has been varied and full of interesting challenges. I have a genuine love for my culture and traditions, Spanish and Latin American rhythms and that passion has given me the opportunity to play with a wide range of musicians, styles and settings from clubs to concert venues, from community halls to festivals.
Having my own children and raising them bilingually, has led me to develop musical workshops for preschool and Early Years where Spanish was a very important element in my sessions as I strongly believe in the power of music to deeply reach and engage with every child. I have been working in a special needs school as a Music learning assistant enjoying making learning inclusive as well as working in a private nursery teaching music in the early years.
It is very exciting being part of the Mini Lingos team where we make learning Spanish musical and fun!!
Our fabulous Pilar is currently on maternity leave but will be back with us soon! Here's a little bit about her...
¡Hola! I am a qualified Primary School teacher and have worked in several schools in Valencia, Spain. My first contact teaching Spanish to English speakers was in 2000 when I arrived in the UK. I mainly taught adults at beginners level at Portsmouth University, Highbury College and WEA (Workers Educational Association) in Portsmouth. It was a great challenge and I loved it! After a few years in the UK, I returned to Spain to teach PE to 5-12 year olds. I love sports (volleyball is my great passion) and I loved watching the children have fun whilst teaching about maintaining a healthy lifestyle at the same time. But then I discovered a new great passion in my life when I became a mum. This really was a huge challenge and makes you see teaching in a different way. After taking time off to bring up my son, we moved back to England where I started to work again. First as a Teaching Assistant in a Primary School in Hemel Hempstead and then as a Art teaching assistant for FineArt4kids. I am enthusiastic and passionate about making language fun and enjoyable to learn for children of all ages and to help them love languages. Learn and love the Spanish language with us!