Teaching Staff

Jessica Hamilton
Undergraduate degree in English Literature.

From: Leeds, UK

Education: Undergraduate degree in English Literature.

Teaching Qualifications: CELTA in 2012.

Teaching Experience: Has taught in Hong Kong, Kenya and Spain.

Specializes in: Young learners

About: Jessica has been living in Barcelona since 2015. She enjoys writing, theatre, and travelling.

At BAI: Since 2015. English Teacher.

Matt Webber
Undergraduate degree in photography from the University of Derby in Derby, England.

From: London, England.

Teaching Qualifications: CELTA (certificate in English language teaching to adults) 2005. DELTA (diploma in English language teaching to adults) 2012.

Teaching Experience: Matt has taught in several schools in London and Portsmouth, England since 2005, including LSI, Portsmouth.

Specializes in: Adults, Cambridge First Certificate exam preparation courses, IELTS and general English.

About: Matt has been living in Mataró since October, 2015 and began learning Spanish in August, 2015. He enjoys learning languages and learning about different cultures, playing tennis and football and travelling.

At BAI: Since 2015. English teacher

Kate Ochsner
Undergraduate degree in cultural studies & Spanish from the Evergreen State College in Washington, USA

From: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Teaching Qualifications: TEFL certificate 2008. DIPLOMA certificate 2015.

Teaching Experience: Kate has taught in Guatemala and Spain since 2008.

Specializes in: Young learners, teens, adults, Cambridge first certificate exam preparation courses.

About: Kate has been living in Barcelona since 2007.She enjoys earning languages, travelling, and playing cards.

At BAI: Since 2015. Director of Studies and English Teacher.

Colm Cross
BA in Language and Cultural Studies at University of Limerick, Ireland. RSA certificate in 2007.

From: Limerick, Ireland

Teaching Qualifications: CELTA-equivalent certification from University of Limerick.

Teaching Experience: Colm has overten years of teaching experience and has taught in Argentina, Ireland and Spain since 2005.

Specializes in: Teens, adults and Cambridge exam preparation courses.

About: Colm has been living in Spain since 2008. He enjoys music, reading, hiking and all styles of football.

At BAI: Since 2009. English teacher.

Eric Blankenship
BA in German language (Arizona State University); MA in German (ASU); PhD (ABD) in German Literature (University of California, Irvine).

From: Wenatchee, Washington, USA

Teaching Qualifications: CELTA certification in 2009.

Teaching Experience. Eric has taught in Germany, USA and Spain since 2002.

Specializes in:

About: Eric has been living in barcelona since 2009 and enjoys travelling, reading, and music.

At BAI: Since 2011. English teacher.

Ernest Kovats
BA in Social Science (California State University, Chico)

From: Walnut Creek, California, USA

Teaching Qualifications: CELTA-equivalent certification in Mexico City in 1978.

Teaching Experience: Ernie has over thirty years of teaching experience and has taught in Mexico, Ireland and Spain since 1978.

Specializes in: Teens, adults and Cambridge exam preparation courses.

About: Ernie has been living in Spain since 1981. He enjoys reading, writing, and sports.

At BAI: Since 1991. Director and English Teacher

Marta Rodriguez
CAP and Magisteri - Llengües Estrangeres (Universitat de Barcelona).

From: Barcelona, Catalonia.

Teaching Qualifications: CAP and Magisteri – Llengües Estrangeres (Universitat de Barcelona).

Teaching Experience: Marta has been an English teacher for more than 15 years, and has taught English syntax and phonetics at the Universitat Autònoma Barcelona.

Specializes in: young students and adults (beginner to intermediate levels).

About: Marta lived in Manchester for a while. Se loves running, playing tennis, and travelling around the world.

At BAI: Since 1999. English Teacher.

Julia Southorn
BA (Hons) in French and Italian from the University of Sussex, England.

From: Haywards, Heath, UK

Teaching Qualifications: RSA Certificate in TEFLA, Brighton, England in 1990

Teaching Experience: Julia has twenty-six years of experience teaching in England, Chile and Catalonia since 1990.

Specializes in: Adults, seniors, in-company, medical, Cambridge Exam preparation and translations

About: Julia has been living in Mataró for fourteen years, after four years in Premià de Dalt and one year in Barcelona. She loves reading and theatre, hiking, swimming and music and plays the “gralla” with the Colla Castellera Capgrossos de Mataró.

At BAI: Since 2010. English Teacher.

John McDonald
BA in Business & Finance

From: London, UK

Teaching Qualifications: TESOL Diploma in Barcelona in 2005

Teaching Experience: John has fifteen years of teaching experience and has taught in England and Spain since 2002.

Specializes in: In-company, adults and teens

About:

At BAI: Since 2011. English Teacher.

Paul Hetherington
BA in Psychology (Western Australia University) & MA in Clinical Psychology (Curtin University).

From: Tynemouth, UK

Teaching Qualifications:

Teaching Experience: Paul spent fourteen years as Lecturer at the University of Western Australia and the Curtin University of Technology, Perth, West Australia. English teacher in Catalonia since 1991. Paul has taught in Australia and Spain.

Specializes in: Adults and Cambridge exam preparation courses.

About: Paul has been living in Spain since 1991. He enjoys horse-riding, swimming and squash.

At BAI: Since 1992. English Teacher.