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Hadiza Saidu-Bala  – English Language Instructor

I am an Educational Specialist with a genuine interest in students' cognitive and social growth. Actively involved in all areas of education including teacher mentoring, student career preparation, and exploring technology. Combine strong passion for English and writing expertise to motivate and inspire students, while creating a fun and challenging learning environment. A self-driven leader with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who enjoys effectively collaborating with all levels of staff members and fosters quality relationships with students and parents. My hobbies include traveling, landscape photography, creative art and cooking.

James King  – Language Instructor

I have studied languages all of my life. They are my passion. I started studying French and Spanish at school and then studied French, Spanish and Portuguese at university. When I have spare time I love attending language lessons. When I lived in England I regularly attended evening classes and over three years studied Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Greek and Chinese. I am originally from Great Britain but I have lived in France, Spain and Portugal and before coming to Dubai I spent 3 years teaching English in Shanghai, China. Before that, I was a Spanish and Portuguese in-house translator working in the fashion industry in the UK.

Gillian Florez – Spanish Language Instructor

My name is Gillian and I am from Colombia. I have a degree in hospitality and tourism. I travelled to Australia 4 years ago to study English; I lived there for 3 years and started teaching Spanish. Then my husband and I decided to move to Dubai, it’s already been a year since we moved here and we’ve been traveling a lot. I think many of you would agree that traveling is one of the best things you can do to enjoy life. I also enjoy doing other things like reading a good book, exercising in the morning, listening to music and learning about other languages and cultures. That’s one of the reasons I’m interested in teaching Spanish, as it allows me to connect with people from other cultures and to teach them about mine. Thanks to my experience learning another language, I totally understand the obstacles of learning a new language and the significance of practicing with native speakers in a supportive and encouraging environment. I hope to help you with your Spanish, whether you want to learn Spanish for professional or personal reasons.

Asja Lukac – German Language Instructor

Passionate German teacher, recognized for ability to teach culturally diverse students, while developing individualized plans for students at different learning level. Proven ability to improve student literacy through innovative activities and lesson plans. My life’s passion is helping others achieve and learn far more than they thought was possible. I’ve been teaching foreign languages in schools for several years now. This has allowed me to develop my communication skills, but it also helped me realize how much I like working with children and adults. This is one of the biggest reason why I have decided to make teaching my life’s profession. I currently hold a Bachelor degree in Teaching German language and literature at the University of Sarajevo and I’m currently working on my Master thesis. As shown by my experience in schools, I am enthusiastic about education and have always strived to do the best for my students. I am able to take on responsibility for learning and have experience of successfully managing a class. I also have the determination to ensure that I make a success of this role. It is my goal to combine my range of experience with my ability to be a compassionate and enthusiastic teacher.