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Meet the INTESOL Staff

INTESOL staff are dedicated to providing the highest level of tuition, be it onsite or online. All trainers are well qualified in TESOL at all levels, with a wealth of experience in teaching ESOL, ESP and EAP at all levels from primary to university, plus examining for the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and materials writing.

INTESOL WORLDWIDE has been established since 1993 and has sold many TESOL/TEFL courses to students who have been looking for a quality, accredited TESOL course. INTESOL is run by Course Director, Lynda Hazelwood, who has vast experience in the field of teacher training in ESOL. Lynda is assisted by Technical Administrator, David Buckle who has a background in English and IT.

INTESOL Head Office

Lynda Hazelwood – Course Director

Lynda Hazelwood has been teaching languages since 1971. Since then she has taught in England and overseas, in both the public and private sectors, in primary, senior and adult education. She also has experience of English for Academic Purposes and materials writing at university level. Lynda has been employed by the British Council for whom she taught all levels including Cambridge exam classes and English for Specific Purposes. She has been an examiner for the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and for the Pan-Hellenic Association of Language School Owners in Greece.Lynda founded INTESOL in 1993 in Bristol, England. A variety of courses and services were provided including one-to-one language tuition; adult language classes; French clubs for 5 – 11 year olds; English home stays for foreign learners and weekend introductory courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The most successful of these became the weekend introductory courses in TESOL. 80% of the participants wanted to take a course, which would qualify them to teach ESOL, but most could not give up four weeks of their time to study. Lynda decided to develop course materials for home study which soon developed into the world renowned INTESOL Certificate in TESOL by distance learning. A short time later the course achieved accreditation and is now one of the most respected courses worldwide.

David Buckle – Technical Administrator

David Buckle has been working for INTESOL since 2001 and looks after the technical aspects of the business. He has a BSc in Computing and Technology, and a good knowledge of both computer hardware and software systems.
David’s duties cover general IT matters including website updates, maintenance of computing equipment and general technical administration tasks. He also assists in the production, printing, and sending out of prospectuses, information packs and course materials.


Claire Negus – Online Admissions Office

Claire worked as an English teacher in Thailand for 2 years before moving on to teach in Seoul and Taipei. Claire loves all things TEFL! She is passionate about helping the world learn English and regularly travels to new countries to set up TEFL programs. When not recruiting TEFL teachers, Claire can be usually be found island hopping in Southern Thailand!


Phil Negus – Online Admissions officer

Phil started off in TEFL over 10 years ago. Since then the journey has taken in Thailand, South Korea and Taiwan. Phil taught English for 5 years before moving into TEFL recruitment. Phil lists his favourite travel experience as a walk through Serokasan National Park in Korea followed by a traditional Korean BBQ. Phil has helped over 5,000 teachers achieve their dream of teaching abroad since starting recruitment in 2008.


Vincent Ferrer – Senior Tutor

Vincent has been working for INTESOL Worldwide since 2003. He holds an MA in Education and English Language Teaching and a Diploma in TESOL. Of American and Spanish descent, Vincent has had a long career in TEFL / TESOL. He has had a number of teaching and managerial positions over the years: from teaching young learners to Director of Studies on EFL Summer Camps to Course Director and Academic Consultant on a number of TEFL training courses. Vincent is the author of a number of articles on various aspects of TEFL and has been a guest speaker in international conferences and symposiums. Currently he is utterly committed to training English Language teachers and his main motivation is, in his own words, to ‘better our courses constantly so that our teachers not only satisfy the demands of the market but actually make a difference when they teach’.

Mihaela Dascalu – Senior Tutor

Mihaela has been working for INTESOL Worldwide since 2003. She has run many pre-service and in-service training courses both face-to-face and distance courses in Romania and Greece; and delivered workshops at many international conferences. She has worked for a number of British Council projects on developing teacher training and training of trainers programmes. Mihaela has developed and coordinated onsite and distance training courses and has trained teachers for over thirteen years. She is the co-author of the In-service Distance Training Course for Teachers of English, British Council. She holds a Licentiate Diploma in English Language and Literature and French Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching at the School for International Training, Vermont, USA. Being a non-native speaker of English, she has experience of being a learner of English that is invaluable for developing the native speakers’ awareness of teaching their own language.

Alex Semakin – Senior Tutor

Alex has been working for INTESOL since 2011. He got his Bachelors degree in TEFL in 1995 and has been teaching English ever since. His students have been adults and children in Russia, where he has worked in high schools and a language centre, and also as a private tutor. In addition to that, he has substantial experience teaching students across the world via the internet. Alex’s specializations include exam skills training, teaching advanced level learners and teaching academic writing. He was an official examiner for the Russian Department of Education, administering the National Exam in English. He is currently writing his dissertation for the MA TESOL programme at the University of Manchester, which he is completing online.

Hans-Gustav Schwartz – Tutor

Hans is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and has attended law school and studied graduate education. He also holds a Diploma in TESOL. Hans has been teaching for over twenty years and has lived and taught in over ten countries. He is happy to be of help in assisting you through this course and offers direct, yet friendly advice to help you get through the varied modules. Hans will hold you to a high standard, and, on occasion, chide you for your mistakes, but only because he knows you can do better, and he will always push you to do your very best, not only for yourself, but for the benefit of the students you may teach.


Lidia Egorova – Course Coordinator

Lidia Egorova, joined the international education services industry and has been working in the field of education for more than 8 years. She has a degree from the Far Eastern Federal University in Russia and has been living in China for one and a half years. She studied at Cambridge University. She is a very energetic, easy-going, communicative person. Lidia likes travelling to foreign countries, reading and learning different cultures.

Elena Plekhanova – TESOL Trainer

On graduation from Orenburg State University Elena committed herself to the education sector. She has been involved in teacher training and development since 2006. Elena has graduated with a Masters Degree (Language Theory) from the Orenburg State University. She has attended professional retraining according to the programmes “Teacher of specialized educational institution” and “The teacher of the higher school”. In her free time Elena enjoys ski mountaineering, yoga and travelling.


Hogara Okamoto – Administration Officer

Hogara joined the education services industry after he had worked for advertising agencies for 19 years, mainly in the field of global business. He has a bachelors degree from Sophia University, Tokyo. He likes travelling to foreign countries and singing songs in karaoke.

Rocco Nigro – Tutor

Rocco has been working for INTESOL Worldwide since 2005. He has been involved in the TEFL industry for many years as a teacher, teacher trainer, academic manager and examiner for TOEIC. He is currently based in Brisbane, Australia and has previously worked in Japan for two years and in China from 2001 to 2003. His initial studies include a Diploma in Engineering, and afterwards he completed a Master of Applied Linguistics through Macquarie University in Australia to add to his TEFL qualification.


Charlie Ritchie – Manager

Charlie manages iCan International Education and teaches its professional courses. He has a Master of Science in Engineering and has had many years in managing NGOs and in the corporate world. He speaks four languages and is an avid lifelong learner.

Bernard Lee – Academic Director

Bernard Lee, our Academic Director holds a MA in English and Linguistics. He has taught at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and has had many Vietnamese government officials as his students. He is an experienced storyteller, mime artist and talented musician.

Betty Ritchie

Betty has a Master’s in Education and is a licensed practicing counselor. She has taught many years in the Canadian public school system and has worked with children with special needs. She recently helped the Vietnam Handicapped Association train their front line care workers in case management.

Ruth Fuentes

Ruth Fuentes Ruth has a BEd. specializing in TESOL. She has taught preschool to elementary school children. She recently had spent 4 years in Jilin, China teaching University students. She is often mistaken for a Vietnamese and causes many to wonder at how it could be that a Vietnamese can speak American English with such a flawless accent.

Lilian Lee

Lilian has a BA in English and is a licensed teacher. She has taught many years in the Singapore school system. She also is a multi talented musician. She teaches piano, guitar, cello and drums.

INTESOL Nicaragua

Paul Mallick – Director & TEFL Trainer

Paul’s love of teaching has seen him work and volunteer in many countries, including Spain, the UK and Nicaragua. An experienced teacher, he has built a solid reputation among his Nicaraguan students as a patient, reliable and knowledgeable educator. He is passionate about the natural beauty of Granada and the surrounding area. This, and his interest in meeting new people, led him to setting up INTESOL Nicaragua, Granada’s first TEFL teaching school.
Prior to teaching, Paul managed several restaurants for a large restaurant chain in the UK. He successfully founded and operated an online retail start-up which he grew into a profitable business. Paul’s entrepreneurial skills inform his teaching style and make his lessons engaging and varied. When he’s not teaching, Paul can be found kayaking on the nearby Lago de Apoyo, enjoying a mojito at his favourite restaurant or chasing after his two cats.

Harriet Parker – Director & TEFL Trainer

Harriet holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and has worked as a solicitor for a leading commercial law firm in the UK. Her experience dealing with landlord and tenant disputes has proven a solid foundation for understanding, motivating and educating adults. TESOL certified, Harriet is focused and driven, and ensures her lessons deliver the best learning outcomes for her students. Alongside her teacher training, Harriet runs workshops for local Nicaraguans working in the tourism industry, equipping them with the English skills needed to communicate effectively with their customers. Harriet has traveled extensively and is adept at understanding the needs of various cultures and tailoring her teaching to different learning styles. Outside of teaching, Harriet enjoys paddle boarding on Lake Nicaragua, practising yoga and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Amy Blackmur – Administration & Social Media Coordinator

Amy spent several months traveling through Central America, and fell in love with the relaxed and friendly nature of Granada and its people. So much so, she never left. Her project management background well equips her to manage the day-to-day operations of INTESOL Nicaragua. A traveler herself, she is sensitive to the needs of students new to the country, and ensures they receive the information necessary to making their stay in Granada as comfortable as possible. In addition, Amy manages the school’s social media presence so you may find her lurking on Facebook or Instagram during office hours (at least that’s what she tells her boss). When she’s not working, Amy is usually at the gym, satisfying her caffeine addiction at her favourite cafe or hunting for Granada’s best Fritanga.

Chris Allodi – Marketing, Communications & Events Advisor

Chris has lived and worked in Nicaragua since 2010, running a successful guesthouse that is consistently voted number one on Trip Advisor. Over the last five years he has built a reliable network of contacts and is well placed to advise on Granada’s best tours, activities and events. He is a wealth of local information and is well accustomed to Nicaraguan culture. He provides support and advice to the team on living, working and running a business in Granada. Chris is currently overseeing the building of two new houses in Granada, while still finding time to indulge in a weekly massage.

INTESOL South Africa

Karin Wiese – CEO

BA, B.ED Hons, Certified Mediator. Karin has years of experience in Education and Education Management as well as in the Aviation Industry. Her relevant experience includes: Leadership Training in Doha and Abu Dhabi, Principal of Schools in Kuwait, Duty Controller at George Airport for Domestic Carrier FLITESTAR and ex cabin crew South African Airways. Karin has also established several successful businesses including a Guest House, Coffee Shop and various Nursery Schools. She has always been passionate about Education, Aviation and the Tourism Industry.

Stuart Marran– Director

Qualifications: Honours Diploma in Human Resource Management, ICAO Level 4 Examiner. An Honours Diploma in Human Resources Management qualification and over 20 years local and international experience in the retail, advertising, leisure, sales, media, IT, F&B and Debt Counselling industries. Stuart has worked in the USA, UK, UAE and has travelled extensively. Stuart will be our in house ICAO Level 4 Examiner.

Ilse Marran – Operations Manager

Ilse has local and international experience in multiple industries managing staff and resources. She has worked in the UK and the Middle East having vast experience in the corporate world and working for Nakheel, one of the largest Real Estate Developers in the Middle East. Ilse was a Flight Purser for Emirates Airlines based in Dubai. Ilse is qualified in the Film and Television Industry, majoring in Film Editing.

INTESOL Ayutthaya

Travis Hammond – Teacher

My name is Travis Hammond. I was born in Durban, South Africa. I have always loved teaching and have run many youth camps to help promote the importance of hard work and equality.

I started teaching English as a foreign language in Ayutthaya, Thailand back in 2014. I fell in love with the culture and the work. It’s amazing how you can be so far away from home but still feel so moved and accepted. I have taught all age groups and wouldn’t be able to pick one over the other. I simply love teaching.


Katie Langhorne – Academic Director

I´m Katie and I´m the Academic Director here at Instituto Exclusivo and the Course Director for the TESOL course. I have a Masters degree in geography from the University of Edinburgh and I worked as an English teacher before moving into administration. I love to travel and first came to La Paz as a backpacker 6 years ago. I fell in love with the city and now I’m lucky enough to live and work here. Working at i.e is great as I get to meet and interact with people from all over the world. We’re here to help with anything you might need during your stay in La Paz, come and see us soon!


Colin Young – Teacher Trainer

Hi, my name is Colin Young. I am a teacher, a trainer, a traveler, a runner, and a language enthusiast. I am originally from Canada, but have been living overseas for over 10+ years in China, Korea, Turkey, Malaysia and Australia! English teaching was what brought me around the world and I have experience teaching all ages and levels, ranging from 5 year old kindergarten classes to rocket scientists at Samsung. I arrived in La Paz, Bolivia in January 2016 and have been enjoying training the English teachers of the future in our TESOL Certificate program at instituto-exclusivo!

Pablo Palacios – IT Manager

Hi! My name is Pablo, I’m from La Paz, Bolivia. I’m a System’s Engineer and I’m currently working as IT Manager at the Instituto Exclusivo, making sure that our Skype clases are functioning at the best level posible. I also speak Spanish, English, French and Japanese.

I love to learn new languages as well as I like to meet people from over the world to speak with. I like to make the Instituto a better place for the students and teachers, always trying to improve the study experience, helping the students with their lessons or even just talking about the city or about Bolivia.

Come and visit us!

Patricia Zamora – Business & Finance Director

Hello, my name is Patricia. I´m from La paz, Bolivia and I have a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. I have spent most of my life traveling, and now I have the opportunity to work in a great place like Instituto Exclusivo.

I have 2 kids, Brian and Leonardo, one is already a professional and they both live in the USA. Like me they want to travel and meet new people and learn about new cultures. I love working at the Institute because it gives me the opportunity to meet people from all around the world.

Come to visit us!

Daniel Huayllucu – Administration

Hi, my name is Daniel Huayllucu, I’m from La Paz-Bolivia and I speak Spanish and Aymara. I have worked in the Instituto Exclusivo’s administration for almost 7 years. I’m in charge of the library and preparing materials for the students and between all these we have a lot of Bolivian movies that help our students learn about our history and traditions. I’m looking forward to meeting you!

Qatar Skills Academy

Rahima Yunus – Trainer & Assessor

Rahima is a UK qualified IT, English, Communication and Business Administration trainer who has worked with numerous individuals and a variety of multi-cultural organisations in Qatar over the last 2 years. Rahima has extensive experience in teaching English and IT working very closely with Qtel over the past year on their English and Technical Diploma programme as well incorporating specific work skills development programmes into their everyday teachings. Rahima also provides continuous professional development and IT training to Al Khaliji Bank on a weekly basis. Rahima has also taught IELTS and Business English with Capco and QChem. Previously Rahima worked at the Aeronautical College teaching English in specialise fields. Prior to moving to Doha, Rahima worked as Project Manager, IT and English Trainer for a selection of firms in London. Rahima has a Cambridge qualification in English as well as TEFL training, Train the Trainer and is a qualified ECDL Instructor. Rahima is currently studying for BA Hons in Islamic Studies. Rahima is described by our clients as of one of most positive and proactive trainers they have met. She is heavily customer focused with a commitment to providing solutions and services tailored towards specific requirements for all our clients.


Antonis Ioannou – Course Director

Born in Limassol and educated in the UK, Antonis is a holder of two degrees and a post graduate degree in Greek , English and a PGD in TEFL respectively. He is one of the most experienced tutors in Teacher Training we have at Plato. He began as a teacher of English where he taught in Greece and in Governmental Schools in Cyprus. He was promoted to deputy and then head of the English Departments of more than 8 Governmental Lycea and Gymnasia and ended as the Headmaster of Polemidia Gymnasium, a governmental high school in Limassol Cyprus . Now with more than 27 years of experience in TEFL he is an asset to the TEFL Plato Team. Antonis has written hundreds of TEFL Materials and he is a member of ICM ,the IETFL Cyprus .


Caner Akan – Operations Manager

Caner has a BA degree in English Language and Literature. He attended countless Oxford Teachers’ Academy courses and Oxford Professional Development seminars. He is the General Academic Coordinator of YDS Academy Language Schools, responsible for the quality of education and teachers’ development. He has been teaching English to academics and university students for 9 years and he is specialised in national and international English language examinations. Caner is Turkey Operations Manager of BTCE (The British Test Centre for English) and he also represents the institution in ALTE and EALTA.


Mohamadreza Tavaf – ELT Manager & TESOL Trainer

Born in 1976 Tehran
MA in Teaching
Manager of International Affairs

Kiarash Kasaie – ELT Manager & TESOL Trainer

Born in 1976 Tehran
Cambridge Celta




PhD (Philosophy of Language, Mind)
INTESOL Director in IRAN
CEO of International Language Center of Amirkabir University of Technology

INTESOL Cambodia

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