“Team of passionate educators”
Staff who believe in what they do are by far the best educators. This is why we view our staff as our key investors in our Spark project, meaning we make a big effort to guide and nurture them to provide the best quality of education and support to our students possible. Choosing Spark is a guarantee that you will encounter staff who not only care about what they do but also genuinely care about YOU.
Inge is the Educational Mastermind behind what happens at Spark, the one who keep things ticking. She is the Educational Director of our Adult Spanish Courses and coordinates our school group programmes. She is originally Dutch but fluent in English and Spanish. Her great passion is passing on to students her own love for learning languages. Inge is one of the three founders of Spark. Read more about Inge on LinkedIn.
Our man behind the scenes: Douglas Haines
Douglas is the General Manager at Spark. His role is to keep the admin and logistics ticking behind the scenes as well as doubling up as the in-house IT specialist. He also assists Inge with running of the different programmes and plays a big role in the professional development of the Spark team. Douglas is Scottish but has lived in Spain for long time and is is fluent in Spanish. His great passion is people development and team building, something that started from his role in running children summer camps. He is also the author of 100 steps to leadership on the 100stepmission blog on self development. Read about Douglas on LinkedIn.
Our Receptionist and Spanish Teacher: Inés
Inés is the first face most people see when they come to Spark being the overall responsible of reception and day to day client attention of the Spanish and English Academies. She is also a fully qualified Spanish teacher and does many of the classes for the school groups and the English teachers. She is the communicator between parents and students for the English part of the academy, and she is the one who checks the reservations to ensure that the groups that visit Spain will have an unforgettable experience. Her great passion is teaching Spanish and sharing the beauty of her culture with the foreign visitors, but she is also very satisfied and happy with her other responsibilities and she constantly aims to improve.
Our Group Chaperone and Spanish Teacher: Raphael
Raphael is the fonzie of Spark, the coolest of us. He is our whizz with the school groups, attending each group with minute detail and passion. He ensures that every individual in that group will have an amazing time and is also a fully qualified Spanish teacher who does many of classes for the school groups. His great passion is teaching Spanish and seeing the progress of the group from the day they arrive to the day the depart. He sees it as his duty to pass on his great passion for his own language to others.
Our “Limpiasora”: Iris Arauz
Iris is the Spark cleaner of the communal areas of the residence and the classes. However cleaning is not only her only role as she is also a profesora, loving to interact with the students and learn about their life and help them to practice their Spanish. For us she is la Mama de todos” because she looks out for everyone, both staff and students. not She is originally from Panama, but she has lived in El Puerto for quite a few years now! Her great passion is making others smile.
Profesora de Español: Mari José
Mari José has also been with us in Spark since the very beginning and she teaches a range of Spanish classes. She is also from the local area and has a huge passion for passing on her knowledge of Spanish and of the Spanish culture. Her great passion is validating student’s belief that they can speak Spanish.
Profesora de Español: Mónica
Monica is always full of energy when teaching her classes. She is a fully qualified English and Spanish teacher. Her passion for teaching vibrates thoughout her classroom everytime. She is a also a qualified flamenco teacher and prepares flamenco lessons for the school groups on the Spark rooftop. You always know when she´s around by the loud sounds of flamenco shoes tapping on the rooftop!
Profesora de Español: Pilar
Pilar is also a fully qualified Spanish teacher and does some of the classes for the school groups and the English teachers. Pilar is a local from Sevilla and strongly believes that Andalucia is the most beautiful place in the world.
Other Teaching and Admin Staff
We have other teaching staff in Spark, both of Spanish and English. All of our teachers are fully qualified in teaching Spanish (or English) and all have experience teaching as a foreign language. We especially select our teachers not only on their qualifications and experience, but even more so for their desire to run dynamic and innovative classes that inspire our learners to achieve and follow up on their own learning both inside and outside the classroom.
Our Head English and Spanish Teacher: Cat
Cat has been working with our Summer Camps for four years now and is very passionate and excited about teaching. She is the head of the English and Spanish Academy, making sure that all students are happy everyday coming into Spark.
Our English Teacher: Miles
Miles is from the UK and had studied Sports Science at University but moved to EL Puerto last year where he also worked for our Summer Camp before joining us here at Spark to teach English. He is full of energy and always makes sure to create a fun and interactive classroom environment for his students.
Our English Teacher: Kika
Kika is from Poland and travelled around the world before deciding to settle in El Puerto where she fell in love with teaching English. Kika often likes to bring her Polish culture into her classroom, explaining aspects of her culture to the students whilst creating an engaging multicultural environment where the students learn lots of new and interesting things.
Our English Teacher: Aideen
Aideen is yet another one of our amazing English teachers who is from Ireland. Aideen studied English at University and wished to work abroad after graduation. She settled in El Puerto where teaching quickly became her passion. She is excited to be able to teach a variety of students, ranging from just 3 year olds to teenagers.
We also have placement staff who help on client attention and with general admin tasks. They also look after students who stay in our residence and encourage them to speak as much Spanish as possible.