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At Explore English, you will find our English teachers are supportive and culturally sensitive. Many of them have travelled the world and therefore have the knowledge of really making our students feel safe while they learn English in Melbourne. Our operations staff are dedicated to positive learning outcomes and love what they do. Please read the below profiles to learn more about us!

DR. SUSAN DELAHUNTY

DIRECTOR OF THE LANGUAGE CENTRE

In 2015, Dr Susan DELAHUNTY set up Explore English, a new, funky, boutique style ELICOS Centre in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. As the Director of the School, she oversees academic output and is also responsible for implementing and designing strategies to help strengthen and grow the Centre’s position in the marketplace. Prior to this project, Susan gained valuable teaching and managerial experience in Australia and overseas working in stand-alone ELICOS schools as well as University and TAFE language Centres.

In fact, Susan has over 20 years’ experience in the teaching industry and maintains her membership with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Her two Masters degrees in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) and Education (Special Needs) has equipped her with the expertise to devise teaching and learning strategies that support a range of diverse international students. Her overseas experience lies in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Malaysia and Japan. Susan has maintained an interest in those who cross international borders to learn English, particularly students from the Middle Eastern Gulf. To this extent, her PhD thesis illustrated the stories of Middle Eastern Gulf female university students in Australia. More recently, Susan was a finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards for the state of Victoria.

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ELLY BEOLCHI

ACADEMIC LEADER

Elly is the Teacher/Marketing Specialist at Explore English and has a very versatile and bubbly personality with a genuine and contagious passion for foreign languages! She started off her career as an Interpreter and Translator in Milan, providing language services to multinationals and businessmen. She holds a Bachelor of Interpreting and Translating in English and French with a specialisation in adapting texts for movie dubbing and subtitles.

LUCIANNA HARVANKOVA

ACADEMIC LEADER

Lucianna is the Academic Leader at Explore English. She comes from a family involved in English Language teaching and therefore Lucianna was destined to become a teacher herself. She is an energetic and passionate teacher that forms close bonds with her students. Her previous experience includes teaching English in Europe (Slovakia, Russia and Italy) to a diverse cohort of students. In Australia, Lucianna has worked for government and private education institutions in Melbourne teaching General English, English for Academic Purposes and Exam Preparation courses. Her global experience and exposure in a multicultural environment has equipped her with the skills to provide a safe and quality learning setting to international students. Her language skills include Slovak, German and French.

JORGE GOMEZ

FINANCE OFFICER

I am originally from Colombia, but long time ago I decided to move to Australia for better career opportunities. I fully embraced the Australian culture, however I love working in an international environment.

Passion and dedication under good principles have been my milestones to achieve several goals. One of them is being part of the fantastic Explore English Team.

I invite you to follow your dreams and cross your journey with similar thoughts. I can guarantee that it will bring you not only satisfaction but also peace and happiness as it has happened to me.

MARIA NEVES

CAREER ADVISOR & MARKET SPECIALIST

I am Maria Neves and I am from Brazil. My career has been driven to assist international students seeking for jobs. I came to Australia in 2005 to study one year during high school and I had an amazing experience living and studying in Melbourne.

Last year, I came back to study a Master Degree in Business Administration, and I am back as an international student again!

I have a Human Resources background and I will do my best to provide information, guidance and support related to jobs, as well as being a marketing specialist for the Brazilian market!

TATIANA ORREGO

MARKETING SPECIALIST

Tatiana is our South American Marketing specialist who originates from Colombia. She is currently an international student herself studying business and project management at university here in Melbourne.

Just like our ELICOS students, Tatiana came to Australia to learn English and really understands what it is like to be in a new country far away from home.

Our students love her because she relates personally to what they are going through and is always on hand to provide them with guidance.

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PAULINE DRAYTON

MARKETING SPECIALIST

Pauline, originally an English Teacher, has worked in the International Education Sector for 20 years. Her experience includes Management in International TAFE Offices, Marketing Consultation in the University and TAFE sectors and working in Management in two large offshore education consultancies. Pauline’s international consultancy work for MCIE and Explore English now concentrates on South East Asia and the Sub Continent but she has also worked in North Asia, the Middle East, Bhutan and South America.

SANDRA FILIPOWICZ

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT CO-ORDINATOR

My career has been driven through my desire to achieve my goals and make a difference through assisting others to achieve their dreams and objectives. I have enjoyed building my career across the community services sector which has included human services and rehabilitation services. While working full time in Human Resources, I also completed a Degree in Management (Human Resource). All in all, I have worked in the Human Resources sector for 16 years with national and international brands. These employment experiences certainly developed my skills and knowledge in Human Resource practices; from intuitive leadership, people and culture engagement, work force diversity, emotional intelligence and resilience to career development.

BILLIE MERTENS

INTERATIONAL ADMISSIONS MANAGER – MARN: 1386705

Billie holds a Master of International Relations, a Graduate Certificate in Australian Immigration Law and Practice, and a Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Applied Linguistics. Billie has worked in the migration industry for 4 years, working with people from a range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. This has allowed Billie to develop the knowledge and skillset to be the MCIE visa expert. Billie offers advice and information to both internal and external stakeholders. Billie has lived, worked and studied in Belgium, Singapore and New Zealand and relates well to those who are going through the migration process and understands struggles that new migrants face when adapting to life in a new country.

RISA OSHIDA

MARKETING SPECIALIST

I am RISA and I come from Japan. I studied English in two native English speaking countries – Australia and Canada. I really liked my experience as an international student because in my current position as a Marketing Specialist, I can really talk about the classroom experience. For me, learning English wasn’t easy, but when you have kind, passionate and culturally sensitive teachers, it makes that whole experience worthwhile. I like to think I am pretty fluent now!

I love travelling and have been to nearly all the main cities in Australia and America. Travelling and studying really built up my confidence and here in Australia, I really got to appreciate Melbourne’s multicultural environment.

EDWARD CHUNG

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER – INTERNATIONAL

Edward has worked in the international education industry for 10 years. He worked as an agent for most of his career and has built successful relationships with students and schools from a wide range of backgrounds such as Korean, Japanese and other Asian students in Australia.

He has also worked as an Account Manager in an advertising agency, English teacher in Korea, and an International Student Education Consultant, which has helped him to build an extensive knowledge and develop a high degree of professionalism in business development and with interacting and managing clients.

ANETA BIELOWIEZEC

ADMINISATRATION ASSISTANT

Aneta first came to Australia with very little English at the age of 19. She has a clear understanding of how our students feel when they have to adapt to a different culture and learn a new language. After studying English, Aneta completed a Certificate III in International Hotel Operations in Adelaide, before doing a Diploma in Switzerland at the Les Roches School of Hotel Management. Following a calling for change and adventure, she then moved to the UK for almost 2 years where she completed her internship and acquired a BA with Honours in Hotel Management.

Finally, after returning home to Poland and managing her family business for several years she decided to come back to Australia. Aneta recently joined our team as Administration Assistant and she hopes that she can support our students, so they enjoy their journey with Explore English.

Our English Teachers

JESICKA GESSNER

SENIOR ENGLISH TEACHER

Jesicka Gessner holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Linguistics from Latrobe University and a Cert IV in TESOL. Her love of language is evidenced by her ability to use four languages which include German, French, Polish and English. Her teaching credentials include organisation, preparation and facilitation of both English and German speaking classes as well as researching and organising extracurricular interactive cultural learning activities.

Jesicka’s passion for language is infectious and her technique to motivate and engage students leverages both conventional methods of class room teaching blended with a fresh energetic approach. This approach creates an engaging and comfortable environment that promotes and encourages student participation and learning.

CAROL MORGAN

ENGLISH LANGAUGE TEACHER

I’m from a city called York in the North of England. I first started teaching 3 years ago when I completed my CELTA certificate after graduating from Northumbria University in English Language Studies.

I then moved to Valencia in Spain in 2014, where I taught English to various ages and levels of Spanish students. Teaching English to monolinguals was fun, I was able to learn about their difficulties with speaking and understanding English. I also got to experience a new culture and relate to the difficulties with adapting to a new place, culture, and language.

My time in Spain allowed me to progress personally and professionally and find my niche within teaching.

3 years later I decided to make a new adventure in Australia, so now I am here in Melbourne at Explore English.

MARCUS CARDEN

ENGLISH LANGAUGE TEACHER

Marcus has over 4 years’ international experience teaching English as a second language and has worked in provocative destinations such as Kenya, Ghana and Vietnam, as well as Britain.

During his diverse teaching experiences, Marcus has gained insight into the different learning needs of various cultures. Always passionate about teaching and focused on developing strong professional relationships with his students, Marcus believes in a friendly open atmosphere in the classroom.

As well as holding a Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) Marcus holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics and takes pride in having an inclusive classroom for all cultures and backgrounds.

ANDREA EZROVA

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER

Andrea holds a Master Degree in English Linguistics, Literature, Didactics and Pedagogy; Language Awareness Course Certificate (IHLAC); International House Certificate in Business English Teaching (IHBET); Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Adult Speakers of other languages (CELTA); IH Certificate in Teaching Young Learners IHCYL. She attended NEAS Session on Practical Assessment Validation and is keen on developing her teaching skills even more in the future. 

Andrea has been working as a teacher for more than 9 years. She started her career off as a General English, Business English and Young Learner’s teacher and whilst she has many years experience and qualifications, she particularly specialises in Exam Preparation Courses – PTE ACADEMIC and Curriculum and Assessment development.

SARAH WOLTON

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER

Sarah holds a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education from Canterbury Christ Church University and a Cert IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Trinity College, London. She shows an eagerness to continue developing her teaching skills and qualifications further. Sarah started her teaching career working in primary education before moving on to teaching English. Her love of languages and meeting new people from different cultures are the reasons she loves teaching English and Melbourne is the place to be due to the multi-cultural environment.

Sarah has over five years of experience teaching at International Schools and Language Centres, as well as working as a private tutor. She has lived and worked in England, China and Australia, so understands the learning experience that moving to a new country presents, particularly when having to adapt to a new culture or learn a new language. Sarah, a native English speaker from the UK, is currently studying Spanish and so understands the challenges students can face when learning a new language. She has taught a diverse range of students from all over the world.

SHAHIN AGAH

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER

I am a Melbourne university graduate who has two masters in English, one in TESOL and one in English literature and language. Having 8 years of teaching experience in EFL/ESL education and three years in tertiary education, I am dedicated to providing the highest quality of educational service at all times for my students.

My all-consuming passion for teaching English stems from the delirious joy that I receive when I am a witness to my students’ making progress and gaining the capability to realise their dreams. My skill at gaining a profound and clear understanding of my pupils’ exact needs, coupled with my encyclopaedic knowledge of English language and literature, has assisted me in developing an excellent rapport with my students throughout my professional career. Here at Explore English, as a superb, culturally sensitive communicator, I try my hardest to provide the students with a pleasant classroom ambiance in which they can get an unrivalled experience of learning English.

MONICA SANTOS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER

Born in the north of Argentina, Mónica is a teacher of English as a Foreign Language and holds an English Language and Literature degree from the same University.

With almost 10 years of experience in the art of teaching, Mónica has a passion for transmitting all her academic and practical knowledge.

She is truly a great believer in the importance of English as an International Language to promote bilingual and intercultural communication and to protect the identity of the world’s rich cultures and diverse communities.

KAREN WEST

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER

Karen is a highly experienced and qualified teacher, with nearly 10 years working in the education field. She holds a B.A (Japanese), a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood), and a Master of Education (TESOL), and she is always interested in furthering her knowledge and understanding of English language education.

Karen is committed to providing students with a well-rounded, dynamic and engaging learning experience. When teaching, she believes in building a strong theoretical groundwork, with a focus on practical implementation of language in real situations. Karen also aims to create a fun classroom environment that facilitates a cross-cultural exchange of ideas between students and supports diversity and inclusiveness.

ANNA AVDYUKHOVA

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER

Anna has a Bachelor Degree in teaching English as a Foreign Language and has earned Cambridge ESOL Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA). Anna is  highly compassionate teacher with  10  years of hands-on teaching experience. She has taught in Russia, China and Australia.
She is committed to inculcating a passion for learning, creating multicultural awareness through teaching the fundamentals of the English language. Anna can develop and implement creative, hands-on curriculum that reaches every student`s learning style and ability, empowering students to succeed and realize their individual goals. 

STEVEN MONDY

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER

Steven is an experienced teacher, who completed his Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) at R.M.I.T. University, then left for Japan to seek teaching experiences in another country. In Japan he worked for a variety of schools, such as The Osaka YMCA International College, IBU (International Buddhist University) and Kwansei Gakuin University (Kangaku).

He elected to complete his Master of Education (TESOL) at USQ, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (C.B.D College) to further his knowledge in Education. He returned to Australia in 2014 and has been working in Melbourne at a number of English schools.

MARJAN KHADEMI

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER

The very first time I started teaching English was back in 1996 as a private ESL tutor for high school students preparing for University entrance tests and ESL exams and the like.

After graduating in 2009 with my masters in teaching English, I started my career as a TEFL teacher in a Persian university before moving to Australia.

ANDREW WADDELL

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER

Andrew has a Master in TESOL and Literacy, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and a BA (20th Century History and Asian Politics. He has been teaching English for almost 20 years, working in High Schools, Universities and educational organisations around the world. Having lived and worked in China and Turkey he understands the challenges of living and working in a foreign country.

He is particularly interested in how the brain works and how people learn and builds these learning skills into all his lessons so that students can develop skills that enable them to develop important skills for life.

 

LAURA ALACQUA

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Linguistics and a Certificate IV in TESOL. She started her teaching career in Italy as a General English and Business English teacher and has now been working in the ESL industry for more than 5 years.

Her love for languages and passion for teaching combined, pushes her to continuously develop her knowledge and skills as a teacher.