Meet the team

Richard Davie
Director of Studies
Qualifications: MChem University of Edinburgh, TEFL, CELTA Level 5

Richard is from Scotland and studied Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. After completing a TEFL course and gaining several years of teaching experience abroad, he set up TEFL Iberia to create a uniquely modern teacher training course in Barcelona.

He is responsible for the day to day running of the school, organising the courses and practice classes, as well as carrying out the morning input sessions. Most of his experience is from teaching business English but he also has considerable experience teaching adults and children in private academies. He favours a communicative approach in his lessons and believes in creating a fun, engaging learning atmosphere.

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Joanna Sala
Head Tutor
Qualifications: B.A. English Philology Wroclaw, M.A Applied Linguistics Sussex University, CELTA Brighton UK, DELTA, International House Wroclaw

Joanna is originally from Czestochowa, a town in the South of Poland but she grew up in South Africa and at the age of 20 moved to Brighton in the UK where she spent a very happy 8 years.

She has been teaching English for 8 years in England, Poland and Spain and has experience in teaching adults, business English, Cambridge exam courses, teenagers and multilingual classes. She is an expert in EFL and likes to incorporate the Communicative and Lexical Approach, always giving fun, dynamic, and student-centred lessons.

She is responsible for carrying out the morning input sessions, helping trainees with lesson preparation, observations and conducting feedback sessions.

Carley Spence
Course Tutor
Carley is from Scotland and has a background in management, training and staff development in a variety of sectors.

In June 2013 she moved to Barcelona and completed the TEFL course at TEFL Iberia. She discovered a new passion and has been working as an English teacher ever since, specialising in business English and exam preparation.

She joined the TEFL Iberia team in June 2014, and is responsible for helping trainees plan lessons, organising classes, running specialised seminars, and giving continual support to help our trainees become great English teachers.

Maria Di Mario
Blogger / Social Media Manager

Maria is from Scotland where she studied English literature and Italian at the University of Glasgow. She moved to Barcelona in June 2013 and worked as an English teacher for her first year here, specialising in teaching advanced students. She still has a couple of private students but primarily works as a copywriter and blogger. She is responsible for running TEFL Iberia’s social media and writing blog posts about TEFL teaching and life in Barcelona.

Tom Donohue
Web Developer
Tom designed our website and is responsible for its maintenance and upkeep. He lives and works in London and controls things from afar; he updates the site, organises the database and takes care of all things technical.