Fluentella Teachers

Helena: HEAD English Teacher

Helena is from Cape Town, South Africa. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Drama from Stellenbosch University in 2007 and is also TEFL qualified. Helena has been teaching for three years. She spent two years teaching in South Korea as a classroom teacher at an English Academy and has been teaching students of all ages and levels online for the last year. She has a great passion for traveling and has lived and worked in four different countries. Helena believes some of the most important aspects of teaching are to make your students feel confident and comfortable and aiming to keep your lessons interesting, engaging and fun!


Fluentella Facts about Helena:

Nationality: South African

Qualifications: BDram degree, TEFL certification

Interested in learning: Spanish

Life motto: “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” (Maya Angelou)




What people are saying about helena


“I have learned English for many years with some experienced teachers. For me, Helena is one of the best teachers. I think English teachers must have the ability to design proper levels, prepare lesson material, and be kind to students. Helena knows how to handle her students and organize her lesson well. Her lessons have never been boring and the time passes pretty fast. I’ve been learning English for a couple of months with her. No doubt, my English skills are going to improve and be polished in the future. Helena helps you learn English as a teacher or occasionally as a friend. I recommend Helena as your teacher.”

Sunny – current online student – South Korea

“Helena is such an awesome teacher! She really makes her students feel comfortable and loved. Even a year after she left the school, her students still ask about her and miss her. Helena not only makes her students enjoy the class, but I see a massive improvement in their conversational and grammar skills. I teach some of the children she used to teach and I was amazed at the gigantic progress they have made. She has become friends to the children and a best friend to me.”

Patricia Pelayo, Head Teacher and former coworker – South Korea

Marie: English and afrikaans Teacher

Marie is from Cape Town, South Africa. She has taught English as a second language in a variety of settings, including a kindergarten, after school language academy (in South Korea) and at a world famous language school for adults in her hometown. She is able to help students of all ages and levels. She can help you or your child with English grammar, British or American pronunciation or any type of English test preparation. She especially enjoys Business English and IELTS preparation. She has nine years teaching experience with all ages, levels and many nationalities.   Prior to teaching English, she was a stage manager and assistant to the director for a local South African theater group and TV talk show. Her hobbies include reading, jogging, baking and volunteering. She would love to help you improve your English through her years of teaching experience and love for the language. Marie uses various teaching methods to engage her students. She is focused on student-centered learning and building practical communication skills. She personalizes each lesson to make it memorable, meaning the language will stay with the student for much longer. Language is not something you learn by memorizing only. It needs to be spoken and used by the learner to fully grasp it. Together you will walk the road to fluency, one awesome lesson at a time!

Fluentella Facts about Marie:

Nationality: South African

Qualifications: BDram degree, TEFL and CELTA certification

Interested in learning: Spanish

Life motto: Don’t be upset by the results you didn’t get with the work you didn’t do.




What people are saying about Marie

“Marie is a dynamic teacher, has innovative ideas about what to do in class and she is very entertaining. You’ll never get bored during her classes, she knows how to catch your attention! She is one of the funniest teachers I’ve ever met and won’t stop a moment to smile and transmit her positive vibe. If you have any problem she gives you her total support and will help you out until you fully understand.”  

Eva Ceriani, former student – Italy

“When I started my first class with her, she was so kind to everybody and she made me feel comfortable in class. That was so good because she taught the subject with excellent communication skills. She was organized and driven with the ability to keep all of us on task using very good methods of teaching and I understood everything more easily than I expected. My English skills improved quickly. Before going back to my country I took a final picture with her and since then we still keep in touch. She told me about her new online English course and I am looking forward to taking it with her.”  

Victor Vaca, former student – Ecuador

“Marie is the best teacher I have ever seen. She is not only my teacher, but also is my friend. When I had my first online English class with her, I felt so comfortable the whole time. I couldn’t believe I could speak English like that before meeting her. She has a special magic that helps people communicate in English naturally. She always encouraged me to believe I can do it, and helped me to improve my English level. Even better, when I was upset, she always listened to my problems and gave me advice. Because of the above reasons, if my friends want to study English I’ll  recommend Marie first. I am so lucky to have met her.”

Eden Liu, former student – Taiwan

Jerry: English Teacher

Hello, my name is Jerry. I am from the Republic of Ireland, but I am currently living in Spain. In 2014 I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science Education from the University of I.T Carlow. The following year I moved to Spain and began my adventure as an ESL teacher, where I have been teaching both online and in the classroom for over 7 years. I have worked with all ages and levels and I am TEFL certified with a 160hr teaching certificate. Teaching for me is not just a job, I see it more as a passion and I get great pleasure from watching my students grow and become more confident using the English language. Those moments of achievement may seem small at the time, but when you add them up they amount to something special. The key to success is to enjoy what you are doing and I try to take that to every class. My hobbies include world travel, hiking, photography, and sports. I look forward to seeing you!

Fluentella Facts about Jerry:

Nationality: Irish

Qualifications: BA Sports and exercise education, TEFL certification and TEFL online certification

Interested in learning: Vietnamese

Life motto: You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.





What people are saying about jerry



“I have known Jerry in a personal, sporting and professional capacity and it was evident on many occasions that he is an honest, hardworking and valued person. He shows great character and values, this was evident in his classes. His classes were well prepared, dynamic, fun and everything that encapsulated how we work here in the academy. Jerry is a well-disciplined, industrious teacher, with a warm, fun and affectionate personality. He is a quick learner and always keen to help and improve. Jerry has created a great impression on the kids and without any doubt improved their English learning experience.”
Barry Lynch (Owner of Barry Lynch English, Villagarcía de Arousa Spain) – Ireland

“Jerry is professional from head to toe. He is a very dynamic teacher, who engages you in his classes from the very start. Thanks to him, my English improved immensely and in an entertaining and fun way. I recommend him without any shadow of a doubt, especially if you are looking to improve your English speaking level, or if you require obtaining an official language title.”

Marcos Gáñete (former student) – Spain

“I had the pleasure of working side by side with Jerry. He was my inspiration when I first started my English Teaching journey. Not only was he kind enough to welcome me in his classes, but also beyond interested in showing me how to deeply care about our students. Thank you Jerry for inspiring me to be a better teacher. To thrive on methodologies and techniques. To never give up on any students until you make an impact in their lives. To not just teach a language but to make the kids smile and contribute to their wellness.”

Salvador Mares (former co-worker) – Venezuela

Ray: English Teacher

I’m Ray from Johannesburg, South Africa. I’ve been teaching English to children and adults in a variety of settings. I began as an online English teacher to adults in Johannesburg before moving to Korea to teach children from kindergarten to the 6th grade, in an after-school language program for a public school in Jeonju. I then taught elementary school students in Thailand before returning to Korea to teach at private language schools in Jeonju and Anyang-si. I have 5+ years of teaching experience with all ages, levels, and nationalities. I look forward to speaking with you soon.


Fluentella Facts about Ray:

Nationality: South African

Qualifications: BGraphic Design, TaLK certification

Interested in learning: Korean, French, and Spanish

Life Motto: If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.




What people are saying about RAY



“I worked with Ray from August 2019 to February 2020 at English Republic Language Academy in South Korea. We were both working at this school as English as a Second Language Teachers, teaching students in Kindergarten to Grade 6.
While I was working with Ray, she was the colleague I leaned on as a guide or reference due to her abundance of experience and consistent performance as an ESL Teacher. She possesses the skills and personality essential to being a successful teacher. Ray has a strong worth ethic. She would always go above and beyond to prepare effective and fun lessons for her students, always considering their different learning techniques and catering to their age group. In addition, Ray has a friendly attitude and demonstrates good leadership. These were evident in her students’ love and respect for her, as well as her willingness to help and guide new teachers such as myself.”

Erika Gamboa (former co-worker) – Canada

“Ray has a joy that spreads to the people around her. Her kind heart and energy help her students quickly warm and open up to her. Ray makes her classes so much fun and teaches in a way they would understand easily. I always saw her students smiling, laughing and so eager to do well. We all miss her here and anyone would be lucky to have her as a teacher.

Patricia (Head Teacher and former co-worker) – South Korea

Sophie: Head Mandarin Teacher

Sophie Zhang is from Liaoning Province in northern China. She earned her masters degree in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Xihua University in 2013. She is currently a classroom English teacher and online Mandarin Teacher. She has her own English classroom in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province. Sophie adores teaching both English and Mandarin. She prefers making her own lessons depending on the needs and level of each student. She always gives her students enough chance to speak up so that they may develop their confidence in speaking. Learning Mandarin is becoming a trend all over the world. Online Mandarin learning is great fun and very challenging. Let Sophie help you or your child learn Mandarin in her exciting and interactive online classroom!


Fluentella Facts about Sophie:

Nationality: Chinese

Qualifications: Master of Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Interested in learning: Japanese

Life motto: To an optimist, every change is a change for the better.







What people are saying about Sophie




“Sophie is lovely. We’ve known each other for ten years. I remember I first met her at university, I was impressed by her charming smile and I was sure she was easy-going and accommodating. As a friend, she is considerate and always ready to help others. It has that kind of magic to relieve your stress and give you confidence and courage to tackle your troubles. As a teacher, she is conscientious and patient, always concentrating on her teaching methods and trying to better herself. She has vast teaching experience, this includes college students as well as kindergarten kids. She is good at exploring different and effective teaching methodologies and assisting individual students, which can greatly stimulate their interest in learning. So I can definitely recommend this Mandarin teacher. Sophie is your best choice!”  

Sarah,friend and former colleague — China



“Sophie is a passionate girl, who is knowledgeable, humorous, cute but rigorous. More than anything, she has the pure heart of a newborn baby.  She has a deep love for education. She is hungry for knowledge and full of imagination. She was born to be a teacher! When we are together, my daughter likes talking and playing with her! She is my best friend, my daughter’s favorite aunt and the best teacher we have ever met. We love her!”

Sunny, friend — China


“As fate would have it, I met my son’s teacher, Sophie. I am so lucky to have chosen her as my son’s teacher. She is warm, self-confident and energetic. The kids are hanging on to her every word, fascinated. In class, her experience and enthusiasm can be seen. Both parents and kids love her and her methods of teaching. Thank you, Sophie! It’s you who brought us up and cared for us while we develop.”

Luna, parent of current student — China

Monica: Head Spanish Teacher

Teaching has always been my passion and not my job. Over the last 14 years, I have taught a wide variety of age -groups, and levels, but my commitment has been always aimed at maximizing every student’s performance and making the learning process less challenging and more enjoyable.

Therefore, my students learn how to perform in the four skills through a wide range of dynamic activities related to everyday situations and not through infinite doses of theory and memorization. I strongly believe in teaching as a tool to create and innovate, being my main goal, to offer a meaningful experience over the journey in which learning happens inadvertently.


Fluentella Facts about Monica:

Nationality: Venezuelan

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Psychology, 180 hour TEFL Certificate

Interested in learning: French and British English

Life motto: Always be and bring the best version of yourself.







What people are saying about monica



“Monica was my 3-year-old daughter’s teacher and I was delighted because today many people can teach, but nobody has the pedagogy and patience that she has. These are differentiators that make a professional stand out in this field, the love for their job. She uses entertaining, effective and down-to-earth methods. My daughter did not only learn but always wanted to see her again. I feel happy and satisfied because my daughter did not feel obliged to go to classes and she understood the learning process as a very exciting path. Monica broke up with monotonous teaching patterns. I recommend her 100%. Thanks, Monica!”  

Beatriz García,mother of former student — Venezuela



Monica really helped me a lot! My big problem was speaking in Spanish as I never practiced. Speaking with Monica has given me the confidence to speak more and she always encouraged me to explain my ideas and try to use a wide range of vocabulary! Now I can speak and understand Spanish perfectly. She is a fantastic teacher!

Laura Harney, former student, Ireland


“Monica is an excellent professional. Dedicated, creative, achievement-oriented. Monica plans every detail guiding her pedagogical sequences with interesting activities and dynamic proposals. Her classes are rich in content, strategies, and resources. Meaningful learning plays a leading role in her performance as a teacher. Venezuela misses and requires teachers of her level.”

Gabriela Belfort, former employer – Venezuela

Daniel: Head Portuguese Teacher

Hi, everyone! My name is Daniel, I am originally from Brazil. When I was 16, I moved to China for four and a half years. I have an AA in Economics from the US and a B.A. in Accounting from a university in Brazil. I love to teach, especially kids because I love to see how they develop. I’ve taught Mathematics, Physics, Portuguese and English for the past 12 years and I love a new challenge. I am great at playing video games and use games in my lessons to help students enjoy learning even more! I love to see my students applying their knowledge outside the classroom in real-life situations. I can’t wait to meet you and to share my culture and language, Portuguese, with you!

Fluentella Facts about Daniel:

Nationality: Brazilian

Qualifications: AA in Economics, BA in Accounting, Brazilian CPA

Interested in: Improving my Chinese

Life motto: Work hard until your good is great and your great is greater.





What people are saying about daniel



“I like the classes and the teacher, the classes are very varied in many ways and the teacher always tries to do something different like activities on the court, group activity, and other cool things. I enjoy it a lot.”

Caio Noronha, student – Brazil

A great professional with even better teaching, easy-to-understand language-speaking classes for those who really want to speak the language.”

Pedro Perroud, student – Brazil


“I never thought I would enjoy it so much! Daniel made me feel at ease, not at all like a “school” lesson! Best, friendly and down to earth series ever been!”

Ansie Olivier, former student – Venezuela


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