Natasha Mason Kennedy (British) - Owner and Director
Natasha has a background in Law (LLB), Human Resources (Dip HRM) and is currently studying for her Masters in TEFL. She initially came to Madrid to be with her boyfriend and wondered what a girl should do in Spain when she doesn’t speak Spanish – teach English of course! She taught business English extensively throughout the Madrid province from 2003. During that time she has acquired an in-depth knowledge of writing materials, teaching groups,conducting telephone classes, seminars and intensive courses targeted at the business community.
Natasha became a TEFL trainer and worked in various TEFL schools in Madrid before starting up TtMadrid in 2005.
Whilst being a trainer on the course, Natasha is also very active within the teaching community and has taught on various Masters programs in Bilingual Education.
The love worked out and they got married, had a lovely baby and now live in the foothills of the mountains outside Madrid. Natasha is passionate about siestas and thinks anyone who doesn’t believe in them shouldn’t live in Spain.
Héctor Martín (Spanish) - Director of Studies
Hector has worked at TtMadrid for nearly five years and is Director of Studies for both TtMadrid (TEFL) and LAE Formación (our Spanish teaching training center). He studied Translation and Interpreting in the beautiful region of the Canary Islands. He then went on to complete his Master’s in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and Other Modern Languages at the University of Seville. He has been involved in foreign language teaching since the age of 21, and has loved every minute of it. TtMadrd saw him present at a conference and we were so impressed we made him an offer to come and life and work in Madrid with us. Hector has lived in Scotland and America and if you want to know how to get tickets for a Real Madrid game, or want a 1-on-1 basketball game, he’s your guy!
Helen Finnegan (British) - TEFL Program Manager
Helen was an optician in her previous life in England and, looking for a challenge and some sun, she decided to move to Madrid. She completed the TEFL course with TtMadrid in January 2009 and began teaching business English in and around Madrid. In 2011, she was selected to be an in-house language consultant for Coca-Cola where she taught English and designed courses.
Helen joined the Tt family in January 2013. She is here to answer your questions from your first email up until your arrival - her experience and knowledge of Madrid is extensive and she is always available to help and advise you. To get in her good books, bring her some chocolate!
Rory Shine (British) – Assistant Director of Studies
Rory is from the land of the Beatles and football – Liverpool! He studied Psychology and Sociology at university and then went on to complete a master’s in mental health nursing at the University of Sheffield. He spent 5 years working as a nurse until he fell in love with Madrid, Spain and Spanish on a visit to the capital. Looking for a way to move to Madrid, he discovered TtMadrid, and the rest is history! After teaching English at some of the most well-known businesses and academies in Madrid, he worked as headteacher at a large English academy in Madrid before venturing back to our TtMadrid family as a trainer and then Assistant Director of Studies. He loves practicing Spanish, eating tapas and visiting different parts of Spain!
Alina Radulescu (Romanian) – Trainer and Observer
Alina is our fantastic non-native English expert and studied English, Spanish and Arabic at Uni, with a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies. She initially came to Madrid to study TEFL with TtMadrid but soon fell in love with Madrid (and a Spaniard) and decided to call it home for the long run. She has worked as an English teacher for years and has managed academies here in Spain.
Alina is a real foodie, she loves history and is passionate about interior design.
Tim Otway (British) – Trainer and Observer
Originally from Surrey, England, Tim studied History at the University of Warwick. He lived in Clermont-Ferrand in France where he studied languages and translation before deciding to swap the rural calm of the Auvergne for the bright lights of Madrid. After doing the TEFL course, Tim taught English in companies such as Deloitte and The Red Cross before returning to TtMadrid as a trainer. He loves all-things cycling, tennis and guitar but it’s coffee that really fuels his passion!
Originally from the US and with a university degree in Theatre, Nicole worked in the field of theatre education for several years before making the decision to venture abroad and teach English as a foreign language. She completed her TEFL course with TtMadrid, after which she spent time teaching both children and adults in schools and academies around the city. She later came back to TtMadrid as a trainer and observer. Her particular passion in the world of TEFL is phonology, and she'll gladly geek out about all things related to pronunciation and linguistics over a cup of tea. Nicole loves travel, the outdoors and, most importantly, yoga!
Testimonial - Bethany Lucas
Home country: United States
Previous Job: Speech-Language Pathologist
Age: 30 years old
My husband Sean and I did the September TtMadrid program and are thrilled with the results. The course was initially a way for us to move to Spain legally and immerse ourselves in the Spanish culture. Sean was a math teacher and I was a Speech Pathologist in the US; teaching English seemed like a happy medium. I was a bit apprehensive- I had never taught before- but the TtMadrid method thoroughly prepared me. The program is quite comprehensive and lectures cover many practical and theoretical aspects of teaching. The teachers present a sort of recipe for how to conduct a class from start to finish.
The TtMadrid staff is unbelievably helpful and they foster a family-like atmosphere. I was impressed from the start of my journey while in the US, communicating primarily with Helen, who helped us with every step of the daunting visa process. She could not have been more patient! During the course, we spent countless hours with their talented teachers, who are genuine, kind, and experts in their craft. During my teaching practice, I appreciated the one-on-one attention they provided after each class. The feedback was invaluable and it helped shape my emerging skills. Of course, present throughout the process was Natasha, herself a gifted teacher and always lending a nurturing, helping hand. We’ve sought her guidance on everything from teaching and setting up a schedule to bank accounts and cell phones. You are never a number with Natasha and she stays connected well after graduation. As a married couple, she made us feel incredibly comfortable with this huge transition.
I strongly recommend the TtMadrid program to anyone interested in becoming TEFL certified, as well as to anyone wanting to live in Spain and work a very manageable schedule. I started working the week immediately following the course. I have actually turned down multiple job opportunities due to less ideal travel time or requirements for working in Fridays… TtMadrid truly makes you marketable and you can have a work schedule that suits your needs. I currently work 20 hours a week and have a three day weekend every week!