Meet the team who do their best every day to make you study an unforgettable experience.
Hello, my name is Monika and I am the Managing Director of Connect International English Academy. Together with my dedicated colleagues, I do my best to create a rewarding and enjoyable learning experience for the students who are here to improve their English.
I am involved in all areas of running the academy, and I am responsible for marketing, finance and accommodation. I am also one of the academy's trained first aiders.
I look forward to welcoming you at the academy and helping you to succeed on your English language learning journey.
Hello, my name is Walter and I'm the Director of Studies at Connect International English Language Academy. With over 30 years' experience teaching English in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, I am familiar with the varying needs of students from different cultures seeking different learning outcomes. It's my job to make sure that every member of our wonderful teaching team is fully equipped with the ideas and resources to provide you with an engaging, effective and memorable learning experience.
Out student-centred approach to learning and our personalised service means that Connect is all about you. I believe that our friendly and welcoming academy, our small and intimate classes, and our dedicated teachers combine to offer you the best learning destination in Cardiff.
I hope you make the right choice to study here and I look forward to meeting you soon.
Hello, my name is Robyn and I am the Administration Manager here at Connect. I have been teaching English for over five years and during that time I have had the privilege to live and work in many different countries in Asia and Europe. I love to travel and discover different cultures – so please feel free to come and tell me all about yourself and your home if you see me around the academy, I’ll be happy to listen!
I have really enjoyed my teaching career and I quickly discovered that one of my passions is helping people, so as I am the student welfare officer, I am always happy to help our students with any questions or problems that they have, whether it’s about their studies or about life in Cardiff. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Hello, my name is Lorraine and I have been teaching at Connect since 2016. I achieved my CELTA teaching qualification over ten years ago and since then I have taught students from all over the world at schools in London, Malta and now here in Cardiff.
Teaching is my passion and I truly believe that learning should be a positive and fun experience. Here at Connect, I work as part of a fantastic team and together we have created a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our students.
Connect is a great place to study and, in addition to our classes, we have a varied social programme for our students to enjoy. I hope you can join us and I look forward to meeting you.
Hello, my name is Gareth and I am a teacher at Connect International English Academy and I am really happy to work at such a wonderful place. Everyone here is very friendly and the academy really makes every effort to improve students' learning.
I have been teaching for over four years now, and am very passionate about English language teaching and learning new ways to get students participating in fun and creative English classes.
I have lived in five different countries and on three different continents, including the Marshall Islands in the remote Pacific Ocean, Italy and Greece. I believe that these experiences have helped to shape me into a better teacher and person.
I think learning English should be fun and engaging and be focused on improving problematic areas. They don't have to be mutually exclusive and they shouldn't. Come and learn English with us, you won't regret it, it's a terrific place.
I have always had a love of English and the arts since childhood. I started teaching English as a foreign language in 2003 by moving to Guangdong province in China to teach school children English which was a very rewarding and valuable experience. Upon returning to the UK I gained further qualifications in English Language teaching notably the CELTA accredited from Cambridge University. I have taught at British Council accredited schools in Cardiff being promoted in 2009 to Business Development Manager while working at one Cardiff language school. This mean that I had the opportunity to travel to meet agents in countries such as; UAE, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, China and Italy. I also developed the English Language section for Swansea Metropolitan University from 2009-2011 which saw me also periodically teaching the International Foundation Year.
2012 saw me move to Dubai to become country manager for a reputable English language college that have around 350 schools worldwide. I was also lucky enough to learn conversational Arabic whilst working. In my spare time I like to read about History and the arts especially enjoying The Tudor Period. In 2013 I also studied in a make up artistry course at college and still enjoy "making up" friends and family in my free time.
I have been working in the field of education for over twenty years and have taught pupils of all ages (from 4 to 64 years old), from Beginner to Advanced.
I have worked with students from all over the world, as an EFL, Primary and Special Needs Teacher. I especially enjoy teaching Academic and Literary English, helping pupils develop and refine their creative and essay writing skills, and am a published author and illustrator.
Hello, my name is Deanna and I have recently joined the teaching team at Connect. My first experience of teaching English as a foreign language was during my third year of University, where I had the opportunity to teach English in France and Spain as part of my course. In 2015 I moved to Barcelona where I taught English for almost 3 years.
I am very passionate about languages in general and I love creating dynamic classes for my students to help them develop in their language learning. I really enjoy meeting students from all over the world and learning about different countries, cultures and traditions.
Connect is a warm and friendly environment to work in and I have met some great people here.