On this page you’ll get to know some of the people who make up our school. These administrators and teachers work to offer practical and relevant language courses, to support students in their learning and to maintain a welcoming and professional atmosphere at Oxford House.

Teacher Interviews

Want to know more about the team at Oxford House? We interviewed four great teachers who were happy to tell us a little about what goes on in their lives outside the school. Read on to find out about Hannah, Erica, Matt and Amy and discover some of the reasons why they were chosen to be part of our team! Go to interviews »

Teachers

Neil McMillan

Neil, originally from Perth in Scotland, has been teaching English as a second or foreign language since 2001, but before that was a university tutor and lecturer in English and Scottish literature for around three years. Bored of being confined to the ‘ivory towers’, he tried his hand at freelance music journalism and even DJing before taking his teaching qualification and settling down to a job he still finds stimulating, challenging and continually surprising. He took his Diploma in 2005, started a teacher-training programme in Guatemala and Honduras in 2008-2009, and moved to Barcelona in October 2010. Teaching students and training teachers at Oxford House have helped him feel at home in Barna, but the city’s atmosphere, lovely weather and impressive array of second-hand record shops have helped him settle too!

Kate Williams

Kate arrived in Barcelona in 2010 and has been part of the Oxford House team since September 2011. She teaches adults at the school and in the offices where they work. Originally from Lancashire in the UK, she has worked in Honduras, Bolivia, Galicia and the London teaching English and supporting teachers. When she#8217;s not teaching, organising resources at the school or getting involved in Oxford House social events she enjoys hiking in the mountains and exploring beautiful Catalonia. She often mixes up Spanish and Catalan, but speaks Spanglish fluently.

Billie Haase

Billie did an MA in Communication Research and Phonetics at the University of Bonn and after that studied for a PGCE in primary education at the Manchester Metropolitan University. After teaching children for five years, she decided to change her career path slightly and enrolled for a Trinity TESOL certificate at Oxford House Barcelona. After all that studying she is now happily teaching English to adults and teenagers. In August 2013 she completed the Trinity Diploma and decided to leave the UK in order to live and work in the beautiful city of Barcelona. In her free time she loves hiking, reading novels, blogging and spending time with her friends.

Glynn Euston

Since graduating University in 2002 Glyn has worked in advertising and marketing. He has been fortunate enough to live and work in New York, Sydney and London. In early 2012 he came to Barcelona for a two week holiday and he is still here. He is currently teaching Business English and in his spare time he enjoys learning Castellano, playing football and siestas.

Gary Harding

He is originally from Bristol, England, and he has an interesting and varied trajectory, first in H.M. Forces and then in business, both in sales and management. After 20 years#8217; experience in business, he decided to explore his interest in teacher training and travel working as a teacher. He successfully completed the Trinity College London certificate to teach English with Oxford House in Barcelona. He has been working with us since September 2008.

Geoff Hignett

Geoff was born in Oxford and he grew up in various places in the South of England. He studied theory, philosophy and Spanish at the University of Nottingham in 2006 until 2009. Until recently, he was working in the gaming industry but he decided to find a more rewarding job. In August 2013 he came to Barcelona and obtained the Trinity Cert. TESOL at Oxford House. Since then he has enjoyed giving private and group English classes. In his free time he learns Catalan and salsa.

Regina Cardenas

Regina was born in Mexico City and grew up in Monterrey, very close to the U.S. She learnt English when she was very little and perfected it when she lived in California, U.S., for four years. She has worked in different schools, language centers and summer camps. She loves to be a teacher, especially when she works with children; she enjoys the energy and joy they transmit. Regina is also the Administrator and Careers Counselor at Oxford TEFL, our teacher training department. When she isn#8217;t preparing lessons or teaching them, what she enjoys most is traveling, listening to music, dancing, studying reiki, doing yoga and eating sushi.

Aurora Ielpi

Aurora was born in Argentina and she grew up in California, US. She has studied language and translation. At Oxford House she is an English and a Spanish teacher, combining her passion for languages with her ability to teach. She likes theatre -she studied Drama in Buenos Aires- dancing and reading novels.

Alexandra Albuera

Alexandra was born in Mataró, a coastal town to the north of Barcelona. From an early age she felt the call of Spanish language teaching, so she studied Hispanic Studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she graduated four years later. Soon after, she decided to specialize in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, so she did an ELE teacher training course. She has been teaching Spanish in Oxford house since 2012 and not only loves teaching languages ​​but she is also passionate about learning other languages ​​and cultures, so she has studied English and French too.

Traci Dailey

Traci moved to Barcelona from Toronto, Canada in 2007 after completing her TESOL.  Before that she had a very different life, working in Welding, Technical Services and finally, the Purchasing department for a subsidiary of Honda Canada.  She also has a degree in Psychology and she has trained with the Coaches Training Institute here in Barcelona.  She truly loves helping people build their confidence and improve their English. She enjoys reading, traveling, meeting new people and hearing their stories.

Alan Ritchie

Alan has been teaching in Barcelona and at Oxford House since he qualified in 2006 with the Trinty Cert. TESOL. 5 years later he went on to take his Diploma in teaching English to adults. His background is in Anthropology and Linguistics and he is a keen language learner, most recently studying Catalan. So he understands what you students are going through! Alan enjoys speaking to students, learning about their cultures and lives and helping them to express themselves. Outside of the classroom Alan is a keen cook, an avid reader and an amateur martial artist; so you better do your homework#8230;

Tom Johnson

Tom is 26 and arrived in Barcelona on the 9th of September this year and is loving his new life. Originally from Sheffield, he spent six years studying and working in Manchester and gained his CELTA qualification during this time. Tom has taught lots of different nationalities since qualifying as a teacher including Saudi Arabian, Japanese, Brazilian, Ukrainian, Turkish and many more. He has a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and is a self-confessed football nerd who supports Sheffield Wednesday.

Kat Robb

Kat is from Brighton, England, and has almost 20 years of experience teaching English, French and Spanish. She loves travelling and has combined her two passions to work as a teacher in Chile, Brazil, Japan and China, as well as France, England and Spain. She has just finished the Trinity Diploma and is currently studying an MA in TESOL specializing in educational technology. Kat is new at Oxford House and has been living in Barcelona on and off since 1997.

Administrative team

Duncan Foord

Duncan Foord is the co-founder of OxfordTEFL and Director of the school in Barcelona. He has more than 20 years#8217; experience teaching English and training teachers, administrative teams and managing teams in matters of methodology, communication and leadership. He has also worked in France, the Czech Republic and Great Britain. He has published two books: #8220;The Language Teacher#8217;s Survival Handbook" (co-written with Lindsay Clandfield) and #8220;The Developing Teacher". His interests include music (he plays the guitar once in a while) and sports (he plays football, but slowly).

Nick Rawlinson

Nick is the co-founder of OxfordTEFL. He is from London, England, and he started to teach English in Barcelona in 1987. In 1990 he arrived with the idea of staying#8230; for a few months! Since then he has focused on teaching and developing English course programs for companies of all sizes. Nick has the Trinity TESOL Certificate, obtained in 1995.

Ivón Segura

Ivón was born in Cuba and came to Barcelona in 1992, aiming to participate in the Olympic Games as a swimmer. She has been working in Oxford House for six years, in which she has been a receptionist and an accommodation assistant. She is currently the head of Administration. This means managing the paperwork for teachers, students, clients, etc. It sounds boring, but she loves it!

Judy Rose

Judy is the Director of Studies. Her role at the school is to make sure that things go as well as possible and that the students are happy with their classes and their progress. She is originally from Royal Leamington Spa in England. She moved to Barcelona years ago to complete the TEFL training course, and happily she was able to stay and teach at Oxford House. She is really excited for the next year of challenges that come with teaching English. Outside of the classroom she is an avid cook and is often seen researching what new and exciting recipes there are to be created!

Irene Serafini

Irene is the Director of the in-company language department and she teaches English. She was born and grew up in Italy. As an adolescent she discovered her passion for languages and so she studied to be a translator and interpreter. She decided to come to Barcelona on Erasmus 8 years ago to fulfill her dream to live in a big city and she hasn’t looked back. After discovering by accident her passion for teaching English she has worked in a number of language schools in Barcelona. She also managed to get a Masters in the Teaching of the English language at the University of Barcelona. When she’s not teaching English you will find her taking photos or cooking delicious meals for her friends.

Brenda Lagos

Brenda is our Marketing and sales coordinator. If you ask Brenda, she will tell you that she loves to work in Oxford House for the variety of people she meets every day and for having such a great team to work with. In a short time she has become essential to the well-functioning of the school.

Sandra Ferrés

For Sandra, working with the public is an exciting challenge. She enjoys the satisfaction of helping a person find the answer they were looking for. In her personal life she enjoys trying new things. Lately she is learning to sew and to in-line skate, even though they are very different activities! Her real passions, however, are dancing, eating and cooking, especially anything sweet. There#8217;s no better achievement than preparing a meal that everyone enjoys.

Laura Vázquez

Laura arrived to Barcelona in 2010 to study journalism and stayed because she fell in love with the city. What she enjoys most about working at Oxford House is getting to know new people and interacting with the students. She has a passion for music so every summer she goes to as many music festivals as possible. She loves visiting new places, getting to know new cultures and she’s also very fond of sushi and Mexican food. Laura is currently studying Business Administration.