Meet our teachers

Alberto Zayas

¡Hola! I’m Alberto from Burgos, in the north of Spain.

I studied at Complutense University of Madrid where I obtained a Degree in English Language and Literature and a Masters Degree in Teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

I follow the communicative approach in my lessons, creating a relaxing and friendly environment in class where everyone feels comfortable and eager to participate and interact with each other.

Teaching my native language is an amazing experience that gives me the chance to meet people from all over the world and share the Spanish language and culture with them.

Looking forward to seeing you in class at ¡Vamos!

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Amaya Alonso

Hola! I'm Amaya from the famous city of Salamanca.

I studied at University of Salamanca where in addition to my Spanish teaching degree I obtained a Masters degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

I have many years experience in the education sector, including seven as a class teacher (three at Salamanca University) and one as an A-level teacher in London.

Since joining Vamos in March 2012 I have helped develop the school's academic department as well as extra activities here at Holborn and in Spain. In addition to teaching, special projects remains part of my role.

I do hope you enjoy your experience at Vamos. With such a warm and friendly atmosphere it’s really fun to learn!

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Ana Martin

Hola, chicos! ¿Cómo estáis? I am Ana from Los Molinos, a town near Madrid!

I have a degree in Spanish Language and Literature and a Master’s degree in teaching and I obtained them both at the Complutense University in Madrid.

I am also an official DELE examiner for B1, B2, C1 and C2 levels, but it is important for you to know that teaching Spanish is not only my work but my passion as well.

I love to see the evolution of my students from the very basics of saying ‘hola’ to having fluent conversations in Spanish - and by involving the Spanish culture and spirit, I am inviting you all to join me for an exciting journey called ‘aprender español’.¡Vamos!

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Andi Amistadi

іHola! I'm Andi from Buenos Aires, Argentina!

Teaching is what I love and I worked for several language schools in Argentina before joining Vamos in August 2012.

Since then my role has grown and I am now one of the school's academic managers.

Learning a language involves getting to know different cultures and ways of living, but it’s also about having fun and laughing in order to make the most of this amazing experience. What I enjoy most about my job is that it gives me the chance to meet people from all over the world, learn a little about their culture and share my own.

I hope you enjoy learning with us!

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Andrea Cortina

¡Hola! I’m Andrea from Bilbao, in the north of Spain!

I have a 4-year degree in Spanish Studies from the University of Deusto, which covered linguistics, literature, grammar and the history of the Spanish language and I later qualified as a teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language.

I am an official DELE examiner (awarded by Institute Cervantes, London) for levels A1 to C2 and since joining Vamos in September 2012, I am also one of the school's academic managers.

My teaching style places particular emphasis on a communicative approach and I always want my students to get the most out of their lesson.

I love teaching so much that it hardly feels like a job and I hope you enjoy your course at ¡Vamos!

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Carla Arnaldes

іHola! I am Carla from Madrid.

 I have a Degree in Spanish awarded by the Complutense University of Madrid, Master’s Degree in Spanish Language and a QTS in the UK. I am also qualified as a DELE B1/B2 examiner at the “Instituto Cervantes”.

For me, learning a language means much more than just being able to speak the language. It means travelling, working and meeting amazing people. Essentially it means broadening our knowledge and discovering the world. I am eager to share with you my love for learning a foreign language.

I have been teaching Spanish for the past three years in Spain, USA and now in England. Teaching is an amazing and rewarding experience and Vamos is a perfect place to do so!

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Carolina García

Hola! I'm Carolina from Madrid, the “heart of Spain” although I was born in Barcelona!

After finishing my University studies in Spain I qualified with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in the UK and since then I have been teaching Spanish for more than 12 years.

I really enjoy sharing my knowledge of the language with people from all over the world and I hope you will enjoy my lessons at Vamos!!

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Cristina Padovano

іHola a todos! I am Cristina from Madrid!

I started teaching when I was 17 and loved it so much I haven’t done much else since! Everything that followed has focused my career on this path.

I have a degree in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and one in Linguistics and Literature. I also have a certificate in Teaching Spanish to Adults from Instituto Cervantes and Roehampton University and QTS in the UK.

I believe learning a language should be fun and useful, which is what I try to convey in my lessons and why I like to bring tasks from the real world into my class.

That’s me! A language fanatic and a very vocational teacher who is looking forward to seeing you at !Vamos!

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Diana Pollán

Hola, I am Diana, from Galicia, in the North West of Spain.

I moved to London in 2013 and I am loving my life in this multicultural city. I am a very enthusiastic and optimistic person who enjoys being fully immersed in all the projects I am involved with. I have been in education for ten years and found that teaching Spanish as a foreign language to adults is my passion.

I am a qualified Spanish teacher by Instituto Cervantes of London and I have a Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. I enjoy embracing and learning from all life's experiences such as travelling, working and meeting people. I feel so lucky that this job gives me the opportunity to meet amazing people from all over the world.

Hasta pronto, amigos!

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Elena Castillo

¡Buenas, gente! I am Elena and I am from Córdoba in the south of Spain!

I love to teach and I love to study too. My qualifications include a B.A. in English Studies and an M.A. in Spanish and I also have a Certificate in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from International House, Barcelona and I am a qualified DELE Examiner for C1/C2 levels. And in addition to that I am also halfway through my Masters in Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies.

I have been teaching Spanish since 2008 and I couldn't be happier. It is very rewarding to teach my native language, but especially to make my students discover the Hispanic worldview.

A bit more about me? Well, I can spend a week without checking Facebook and sneeze with my eyes open. I can race around Ikea and go to the gym and not work out. And I can bake a 30-minute-brownie in 20 minutes; sleep on a Ryanair flight… and if all that does not impress you then come to Vamos and discover how fast you can learn Spanish and how much fun it is.

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Elena Rodríguez

¡Hola! My name is Elena and I come from Seville, the capital of Andalusia, in the south of Spain.

I am a qualified teacher with a Certificate in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from International House and I also have a degree in Dramatic Arts and studies in English Literature and Linguistics.

I love studying languages and learning new aspects of different cultures, and I hope I can help you in getting to know those of Spain. I always try to create a comfortable and creative atmosphere in class, where everyone feels confident and is eager to participate.

I am so glad to become a member of the ¡Vamos! team and I hope you will enjoy my lessons as much as I will.

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Elvira Tallo

Hola! I am Elvira Tallo from Vejer, a beautiful Andalucian town in the south west coast of Cádiz where Atlantic meets Mediterranean sea.

I studied Audiovisual Communications in Málaga and Warsaw and it was during my time in Poland when I discovered my passion for teaching and being part of a Spanish literature and language club.

After my experience, I moved to London and decided to prepare myself for becoming a teacher, so I studied a Graduate Certificate of Spanish language at Instituto Cervantes and Roehampton University.

I find it really interesting being able to communicate in other languages and discovering new cultures and ways of thinking through them. That is one of the main reason I love being a Spanish teacher. It is really rewarding and fun to give the tools that students need to instill themselves with passion for Spanish and Latin American cultures and language and helping them in their adventure of learning a new language in a fun and dynamic way.

I love culture, travelling, music, gigs, gardening and cooking, all mixed with a big passion of learning and sharing ideas.

¡Nos vemos en clase!

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Enric Sancho

Hola! I am Enric Sancho from Barcelona.

I've always loved to study different languages and learn about other cultures, so 3 years ago I decided to make teaching Spanish my profession and I love it.

I qualified as a teacher at International House London where I learnt about the communicative approach and a few months ago I also qualified as a DELE A1/A2 examiner at Instituto Cervantes in London.

I always aim to make my lessons interesting and enjoyable with cultural tips, so my students travelling to South America and Spain can communicate with native Spanish speakers.

I love teaching Spanish and I'm looking forward to seeing you in my class!

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Fiamma Serra

¡Hola! I'm Fiamma from Barcelona.

I love teaching languages. After working in Spanish Primary Schools for the past ten years, I moved to London in 2014, looking for new experiences.

I have a degree as a Primary School Teacher Specialising in Foreign Languages (Barcelona University) and a certificate in teaching Spanish to Adults from Instituto Cervantes and Roehampton University and I also have QTS status in the UK.

I am a very enthusiastic person and a vocational teacher and I strongly believe that teaching a language is immensely rewarding for both the student and the teacher. That's because we get to meet people from all around the world and share the richness of language and its culture.

I can't wait to see you all at ¡Vamos!

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Lola Garcia

Hola! I am Lola from the small city of Ávila in central Spain.

I studied at the University of Salamanca and I am currently completing a Masters Degree in Spanish Teaching. I have QTS status and have been a secondary languages teacher in London for four years.

I follow a communicative approach that enables students to practice their speaking skills as well as learning about my own Spanish culture as well.

I have lived in five different countries and love learning and teaching languages because for me it's about getting to know about different cultures and having fun in each lesson. I am passionate about sharing my language and culture with you, so I hope you enjoy the lessons as much as I do!

¡Hasta luego!

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María Paton

Hola! My name is Maria and I am from Jaen, which is one of the capital cites in Andalusia (close to Granada) in the south of Spain.

I have a degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Jaen and a certificate in teaching Spanish as a foreign language at Instituto Cervantes, London. I love languages and I've been teaching Spanish in London for three years.  I really enjoy it.

To express yourself in another language gives you freedom and independence. Also it is very satisfying for me to help people progress in their studies. I am an enthusiastic and energetic teacher and I believe the communicative approach with dynamic and fun lessons are the best ways to learn.

See you soon at Vamos!!

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Mariluz Sánchez

¡Hola! My name is Mariluz.  I am originally from Toledo, although I studied and lived most of my life in Madrid.
I have a degree in Modern Languages and a PGCE in Teaching from Universidad Complutense (Madrid). I have also trained and certified at Instituto Cervantes, London

I have been working as a teacher and translator for over 15 years and I can speak English, Italian and French fluently. I think that learning to communicate in a new language is one of the most challenging yet rewarding skills to achieve, so I can fully understand how a learner feels: I have been in your shoes myself!

I love to present engaging lessons with a good balance of Spanish culture and language and most of all, interacting with students in order to add to learners potential for success. Come onboard!!

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Miguel Stucchi

Hello Everybody I’m Miguel from Lima, Perú

I have a Certificate in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from International House Barcelona, an MA in Business Administration at Lima University and an MBA at Maastricht School of Management in Holland.

After more than 8 years in the corporate world I discovered my real passion lies in teaching and helping people discover more about this beautiful world through the Spanish language.

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Olaia Andaluz

¡Hola! I am Olaia and I come from Cantabria, in the north of Spain.

I hold a BA in Translation (English-Spanish) from the UPV/EHU with a year abroad at King’s College London and an MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the CIESE-Comillas. I also studied the Spanish equivalent to the PGCE. I have taught Spanish at different centres, including the University of Bristol.

I am passionate about teaching Spanish. I believe that learning a language is an enjoyable process that opens a new world of ideas and experiences. I am keen to include engaging activities in the classroom to help you progress in different skills, facilitate learning about Spanish culture and fuel your motivation. My lessons are interactive and I promote a good atmosphere where everybody feels comfortable.

I look forward to seeing you at ¡Vamos!

¡Hasta pronto!

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Paloma Morcillo

¡Muy buenas a todos! I'm Paloma from Albacete, in Castilla-La Mancha, the land of Cervantes’ Don Quixote!

I studied Modern Languages (English and German) at the University of Murcia and several years later completed my MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at the University of Alcalá. I have QTS in the UK and completed my training as a teacher of Spanish at Instituto Cervantes and International House Madrid.

I absolutely love building my students' confidence in learning a foreign language and bringing culture into the classroom with fun materials.

I'm looking forward to meeting you at Vamos for a Spanish adventure!

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Patricia Ávila

Hola! I am Patricia from Madrid, in the center of Spain!

I have a Degree in Teaching Foreign Languages and a Postgraduate Degree in teaching Spanish for adults.

I have been teaching Spanish in London for five years using the communicative approach, which balances the four skills and gives students the opportunity to interact which each other in the classroom.

My lessons include a variety of materials and include cultural content, but the most important thing for me is they are fun too!

I look  forward to seeing you in my classroom soon and hope you enjoy your course at ¡Vamos!

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Patricia García

¡Hola! I am Patricia from Alicante - Spain’s south-east, sunny Costa Blanca!

I have a degree in Teaching from University of Alicante, a Certificate in teaching Spanish to adults from Instituto Cervantes in London and the Qualified Teacher Status in the UK. I am also studying my MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.

I have taught Spanish for the last year in Thailand and it has been the most rewarding experience in my life and I have realised that sharing my culture and language with others is what I love the most.

See you soon at Vamos!

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Paula Granados

¡Hola chicos! I am Paula, and I come from the wonderful city of Madrid!

I hold a BA (Hons) from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a postgraduate in teaching Spanish as a foreign language certified by Roehampton University and Instituto Cervantes. I completed my MA in September 2016 at Kings College London and I am also a PhD candidate at the Open University.

Since completing my degree, I have sought to keep increasing my knowledge of linguistics and communication. I fully appreciate the importance of learning a language and the value it brings to both job and leisure opportunities. For this reason I love teaching at Vamos and developing dynamic and communicative activities where everyone feels welcome and confident. I am also a firm supporter of introducing debate and different contents in the class, so that students can improve their language skills while discussing interesting and current topics.

I love working at Vamos because staff and students have both created a big family. Why don’t you come and join! See you soon at Vamos!

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Paula Ruiz

¡Hola! I’m Paula from Valencia!

I started teaching over ten years ago and have worked with students from all over the world. I studied Modern Languages at the University of Valencia and I completed my studies with a MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, but I am also a qualified teacher with a Certificate in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language by the Instituto Cervantes.

I love creating a relaxing and fun atmosphere in the classroom where students feel comfortable and confident. Be ready to learn and practice a lot!

I am looking forward to meeting you at Vamos!

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Ruth Andrés

¡Hola! my name is Ruth and I am from a small city called 'Soria' in Castilla y Leon, which is in the middle of the Iberian Peninsula.

I have a Spanish degree and I am a qualified teacher with a Certificate in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from International House and the DTLLS (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector) and I have just completed my MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.

Teaching is my passion. I love giving my lessons as well as preparing them and searching for new activities and materials. My teaching method is communicative and I use a wide range of styles and activities to engage with my students and help turn the classroom into a fun and friendly environment.

I think I will love working at Vamos because the school offers so much more.

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Sara Lopera

¡Hola! I’m Sara from Córdoba, a beautiful small city in Andalusia, south of Spain.

I am a qualified Spanish teacher with a CLTA in Spanish (Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults) which has given me the opportunity to work doing something that I love: teaching my mother tongue to people from all over the world!

The style of my lessons is based on a communicative approach where students practise all skills through a lot of interaction while performing very dynamic and varied tasks. There’s a very pleasant and friendly atmosphere at Vamos and I really like the fact that students don’t just learn the language but also learn about the culture.

I hope to see you soon!

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Vanessa Insua

¡Hola a todos! My name is Vanessa and I'm from Galicia, in the North of Spain.

I’m qualified as a Spanish teacher with Roehampton University and Instituto Cervantes in London and I've been teaching Spanish in the UK for more than two years now.

I’m passionate about languages and communication, so teaching my mother tongue is delightful. And being surrounded by students from all over the world and taking part in their progress is really gratifying too.

My interest in Spanish and South-American cultural life and current affairs are supported by a background in Journalism and Art, which means culture and news are often included in my lessons.

For me, learning and having fun are synonymous. You don’t believe me? Let’s meet at Vamos and you’ll see!

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Yaiza Jiménez

Hola everybody! I am Yaiza from Córdoba, a small city in the south of Spain.

I'm a qualified Spanish teacher from Cordoba University and I also have a degree in English Studies and a Master in Second languages for professional qualifications.

I have taught Spanish as a second language in Poland and in Spain, but now I'm very happy to be in England and a country whose culture and people I love. I always make my students the centre of my lessons and give them the opportunity to practice the language as much as possible. I guarantee my classes will be enjoyable as it's always better to learn with a smile!

I look forward to having fun with you learning Spanish at Vamos!

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