Meet TtMadrid TEFL Team

Letter from our Director of Studies

My name is Andrea, and I’m the Director of Studies at TtMadrid. Together with the rest of the TtMadrid TEFL team, I’ll guide you through all the necessary steps to ensure that you’re a well-rounded, confident TEFL teacher by the end of our intensive four-week course!

Our course is pretty full on, so it’s normal that you’ll find some days more challenging than others, but we’ll always compensate the stressful days with lots of fun, high energy and laughter!

As a TEFL trainee, you’ll get full support during the course and afterwards for as long as you need it. Your six teaching practices will be invaluable in allowing you to practice, reflect and grow as a teacher, ensuring that when you finish the course you feel confident and prepared. You will also receive unlimited support as we tackle the grammar sessions head-on and get a good grasp on the present and perfect tenses, as well as other grammatical terminology.

Apart from the academic challenge; the change of career, culture, and country all add to the experience that you’ll get during and after the course. This is, for many of us, a life-changing experience, one that can test you, challenge you, but above all enlighten you, whether you’re an experienced teacher or entirely new to the world of ESL teaching in Madrid.

The whole TtMadrid TEFL team looks forward to meeting you on the course and watching you develop into a great teacher.

Andrea de Lusignan
Director of Studies

Natasha Mason Kennedy (British)

Owner and Director

Natasha moved to Madrid over 15 years ago and as she spoke no Spanish, didn’t know how to progress with her career. She decided to get her TEFL certificate and teach English and went on to teach business English extensively throughout Madrid and acquired an in-depth knowledge of writing materials, teaching groups, conducting telephone classes, seminars and intensive courses targeted at the business community. After being unsatisfied with the variety of training for English teachers in Madrid and the quality of the courses on the market, she decided to start her own! Since then she has launched LAE Madrid, a Spanish academy for adults, and LAE Kids, a Spanish academy for kids.

Natasha is now married and has a son, Jack, and lives in the foothills of the mountains outside Madrid. She has a background in Law (LLB), Human Resources (Dip HRM) and has a Master’s in TEFL. Natasha is also very active within the teaching community and has taught on various Master’s programs in Bilingual Education.

Natasha Mason Kennedy - Owner of TtMadrid
Andrea - Director of Studies of TtMadrid TEFL Course

Andrea de Lusignan (British)

Director of Studies

Andrea is from Bedfordshire, England.  After working as a Management and Leadership Trainer for large corporate businesses for more than 10 years, she decided to leave the rat-race and head over to Spain to start a new life. After 3 months of travelling and enjoying Spanish life and culture, she settled on teaching English as a foreign language as her next career move, and has stayed in Madrid ever since. Andrea has been a freelance teacher throughout most of her time in Madrid, working on various projects, but more recently has been working as an academic coordinator, and now as Director of Studies for TtMadrid.  She has plenty of advice from her experience working in the TELF industry to share!

Andrea LOVES to challenge herself so feel free to ask her about half marathons, the Camino de Santiago and Spanish life in general!

Helen Finnegan (British)

TEFL Program Manager

Helen was working as an optician 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 are extensive and she is always available to help and advise you.

Helen Finnegan (British) - TtMadrid TEFL Program Manager
Brittany - TEFL Course trainer

Brittany Rios (American)

Trainer and Student Housing Coordinator

Brittany studied Spanish and Linguistics at university and has always loved all things language, literature, writing and communication.  She came to Spain for a year to get to know her heritage and immerse herself in the culture, but and ended up falling in love with everything Spanish and has no plans to go back! She’s worked in many different educational setting from high schools, summer camps, academies and some of the top businesses here in the city. What she loves most about teaching is forming relationships, helping students to make breakthroughs with their English and reaching their goals to develop their communication skills.

Brittany loves all things related to self-improvement and emotional intelligence, travelling and seeing new places, yoga and meditation.

Start your TEFL adventure today!