All of our instructors (be it of Spanish language, film, theatre, dance, or cooking) have something in common: passion and experience. No matter what you choose to learn at Battersea Spanish, it will have a meaningful impact in you. You will fall in love, learn and have a great time! If you’re interested in teaching with us please contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love fresh and inspiring minds!
Founder & Director
Twelve years ago I left my home country, Costa Rica, to study a Masters Degree in Denmark. It was in Copenhagen that I discovered my passion for teaching my mother tongue. I put ads all over the city and started to teach Spanish as a way to support my studies. I kept teaching after my master ended, and continued to do so in the countries and cities where I lived: Boston, Stockholm and now London. In Boston, I joined The Graduate School of Education at Harvard University to strengthen my knowledge about effective teaching and learning, and here in London I complemented these studies with a graduate course from Goldsmiths University and Instituto Cervantes. I love film, literature and writing. I have short stories published both in Spanish and English.
Spanish Tutor for Children
¡Hola! My name is Carolina Briceño. I am from Venezuela and came to London over a year ago moved by the desire to expand my personal and professional experiences. I graduated from Nursery Education in 2006 at Universidad Metropolitana (UNIMET) in Caracas Venezuela, and have been working as a nursery teacher ever since. Additionally, six years ago I started up an educational centre in Caracas where I helped children from 2 to 12 years old to reinforce all learning areas, such as reading, writing, spelling and grammar, expanding greatly their vocabulary and ability to communicate. Through out my professional career I have also promoted and developed initiatives such as summer camps, locally and internationally. I love being part of the Battersea Spanish family as it has allowed me to expand as a person and professional, and has given me the opportunity to implement my ideas in a very stimulating and creative team and organisation.
Following a year out in Central America during my Politics and Spanish degree, I fell hook line and sinker for all things Latin American and promised myself I would return to the continent. In 2008, I moved to South America as a journalist and embarked upon a seven year adventure that took me to the deepest depths of the Amazon, the dizzying heights of the Rio slums and to the wild white beaches of the Caribbean. After many years of life abroad, I returned home with a desire to inform, share and promote all things Latin American here in London. As the event organiser for Battersea Spanish, I look forward to welcoming you at our many Spanish and Latin American cultural offerings!
Hola! My name is Carmen Igarza and I come from beautiful Albacete in Spain. I am a professional Flamenco Dancer and Teacher who has been living in London for more than 15 years! As a dancer, I’ve had the privilege of performing around the UK with Alma Flamenca Company, touring major theatres including The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Hippodrome, Dublin Opera House and the Lowry Centre. I perform regularly at events and tablaos in London, including Ronnie Scott’s and currently I’m working with a number of dance companies as well as teaching. I like to combine very traditional Flamenco with a modern interpretation influenced by other dance styles and music, but deeply rooted in the Flamenco tradition. I feel it is important to create a relaxed atmosphere where students are encouraged to express themselves and develop their personal styles through the enjoyment of this beautiful art form. I also love to have a good time with my students, so I look forward to seeing you in Battersea Spanish soon!
¡Hola! My name is Cristina Gómez de la Torre. I graduated in Economics and joined the Spanish Civil Service as an international trade officer. I have travelled the world and lived in many countries, and I have always been passionate about languages and cultures. While living in New Zealand, maybe inspired by its wild and wonderful nature, I decided to step into teaching Spanish. After following a literary translation course at the School of Languages and Cultures of Victoria University, they hired my services as a tutor in the Spanish Programme. Four years later, I was back in Spain volunteering to teach Spanish to African refugees in Madrid. After being hooked on teaching, in 2013 I moved to London where I strengthened my academic background with a Graduate Certificate in Spanish Language Teaching and became a full time Spanish instructor. I love to see my students progress in fluency and confidence and I am thrilled at the opportunity to join Battersea Spanish community and its great learning environment.
Brought up by a family of teachers in the charming and sunny region of Valencia in Spain, I have always found myself at home in the educational sphere. The inheritance of my parents’ teaching vocation and my passion for foreign languages and cultures has lead me to study a PhD in second language acquisition and Intercultural Education at the Universitat de València and the University of Roehampton. I feel very lucky to have be able to work doing what I love the most teaching and instilling my love for language. ¡Hasta pronto!
Dancer and choreographer born in Madrid. She completed her Spanish dance and Flamenco studies in the Royal Professional Dance Conservatory in Madrid with the highest overall grade. She also studied in the renowned Flamenco studio “Amor de Dios” in Madrid with great Flamenco masters such as Merche Esmeralda, Blanca del Rey, Belén Maya, Lola Greco or Rafaela Carrasco, as well as completing her contemporary dance and classic ballet studies. 2016 has seen the start of her first London based company, Maria Vega Dance Company. She has created “A Dancer’s Journey”, a live flamenco and contemporary show featuring nine internationally renowned artists on stage.
Spanish Tutor for Children
¡Hola a todos! My name is Tania and I am from Lanzarote, one of the seven islands part of the Canary archipelago, where it’s always summer! I studied education in Madrid at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and came to London three years ago with the goal of gaining more experience as a Spanish teacher. My favourite part of the job is when I see that my students are able to put into practice what they have learned in class. It is incredibly rewarding. Thanks to my work as a deputy manager at a local nursery in Wandsworth I have gained a lot of experience working with children between the ages of 2 and 4. My passion is teaching children and thanks to Battersea Spanish I am teaching Spanish to the little ones. ¡Nos vemos pronto!
Miguel Garcia Lopez
Ever since I was a child in Murcia (Spain), I have always been passionate about languages, literature and culture. I studied English at the University of Murcia and the University of Leeds, and afterwards moved to the US to do a Master’s in Spanish literature and Teaching Modern Languages. I returned to London to study a PhD at Royal Holloway on the works of Federico García Lorca, and I currently do research on Spanish literature and cinema, especially on the films of Pedro Almodóvar and new contemporary Spanish filmmakers. I am also an avid writer of poetry and fiction in Spanish and English. Being a Spanish teacher allows me to share my heritage and passions with students while providing a fun and enriching experience. Stick with me and you might get to try some delicious Spanish tortilla!
Juan Carlos Riano
Hola! I am Carlos, a Latin Dance and Fitness Instructor with over 10 years of experience in developing fun dance classes for students of different levels. My work experience includes working as a dancer and dance instructor for different dance and fitness companies in London. As a Salsa dance teacher I aim to produce dynamic classes and motivate the students to reach their dance goals with clear and progressive classes in a friendly environment for all. My teaching style focuses on proper technique, musical timing and leading and following in latin partner dance. I have a natural empathy with people and I make students feel at ease in my sessions. ¡Nos vemos!
Hola! I come from a small and beautiful city in the Mediterranean region of Valencia and one day I decided to leave and come to multicultural and lively London in order to teach my mother tongue and culture. It was during the time when I studied my Degree in Hispanic Studies at Universitat de València that I discovered my true passion: being a teacher. I then enrolled in a Master’s Degree in Education at Universitat Jaume I and I focused in teaching Spanish as a foreign language in some of the best Spanish schools in Valencia. Now I am living in London, where I can combine my passion for teaching and my passion for discovering something new every day. I love to listen to good music and to go for walks by the riverside (in absence of Mediterranean beaches!). I look forward to meeting you in class and learning with you very soon!
Luis Edoardo Torres
Spanish & Literature
¡Hola! My name is Luis Edoardo, and I was born in Nuevo Laredo Mexico, in the frontier with the US. I have always been an enthusiastic reader. I started writing poetry and plays because I wanted to be like Federico García Lorca one day. For 10 years I collaborated with a literary magazine and had the opportunity to meet and learn from many great Latin American writers. My plays have been published in different anthologies, staged several times and translated to English and German. I have also been teaching Spanish and literature to young people and adults for over 5 years, both in Mexico and the UK. These experiences motivated me to study for a master’s degree in Education of the Arts in Roehampton University. Some of my best professional experiences have been working in the Centre for the promotion of Literature, “Estación Palabra-Gabriel García Márquez” and being the coordinator of our very popular monthly Spanish Book Club where I can share my two passions: teaching and literature.
¡Hola! My name is Carolina Navarrete Higuera, from the beautiful city of Santiago Chile and I have been a Spanish teacher for nearly 20 years. Before coming to London, I spent a large part of my career in France, teaching Spanish for children, young adults and adults in a variety of settings. In Lyon France I taught at Instituto Cervantes, at the same time that I obtained a PhD in Latin American Literature. Teaching is for me a passion that I love to transmit in every lesson. My lessons are very dynamic and I try to provide a deep understanding of the subject whilst creating a positive and warm learning environment for all my students. I also love reading and writing about Latin American literature, and chatting about this.
¡Hola! Born and brought up in the beautiful and (mostly) sunny city of Madrid. I studied Psychology at the Univerdad Complutense de Madrid which included a year in Berlin, a city not known for being sunny (especially in winter). Despite the change in temperature I really enjoyed my time there experiencing a new way of life in a new city. After graduation, I began teaching Spanish and English as both a volunteer and private tutor. My passion for teaching developed quickly and after completing my Certificate in Spanish Language Teaching among others training I decided to continue my career in London. I love being in the classroom and I’m always looking into new ways to make lessons as interesting, formative and inspiring as possible. Outside the classroom I love walking in the English countryside, life music and sitting down in front of my sewing machine. I look forward to seeing you soon ¡Hasta pronto!
Lauren & Lucas
Hola! Our names are Lauren Mumby & Lucas Gou and we are professional Argentine Tango dancers, with experience of over 15 years. Lauren is from England and Lucas is from Argentina and after having travelled the world working professionally on cruise ships for the last 8 years we have recently settled in London finally putting our feet on solid ground. After having both completed professional vocational training, Lauren originally in Musical Theatre and Lucas in Argentine Tango, we met whilst performing in the production shows on board MSC Armonia, MSC Cruise Line. It was there that Lauren first got a taste of the dance whilst watching Lucas’s show and was captivated by the magic of tango. We have since performed on board MSC Poesia, MSC Magnifica, MV Pacific Venus Japan Cruise Line as well as teaching various tango lessons, workshops and organising Milongas throughout the UK, Europe, South America, Central America & Asia. We have a passion for Tango and endeavour to pass on our experiences and knowledge with others in order to promote, support and develop tango across our communities. Our hope is to share our love for tango in a friendly, enjoyable and fun environment.
Literature & Writing
Nací en Bogotá pero he vivido en esta gran ciudad más de dos décadas, lo que me hace ya casi un verdadero londinense. Soy productor de radio, traductor, además de crítico de arte y literatura. Escribo crítica literaria para diferentes publicaciones y durante los últimos siete años he co-producido y co-presentado el programa Artefacto Magazine, donde la cultura – en el sentido más amplio de la palabra- se discute y analiza. Anteriormente trabajé por más de una década en la División de Arte del British Council en Londres, y después fui editor de Crónica Latina y Pulso Magazine. Fui además director de Radio Aculco por más de tres años. Actualmente, estoy escribiendo una obra de teatro y relatos cortos.
Percussionist & Teacher
Hola! My name is Ulises Diaz from Toledo, Spain, and I am a teacher and percussionist with a long experience as a workshop facilitator in the education sector. My lessons combine music and language acquisition, through games and interesting activities that seek to improve the communication skills of my learners as well as their music skills. I am a passionate supporter of modern teaching methods that believe in the benefits of learning languages by learning other skills.
Storyteller & Instructor
Hola! I am a Journalist, Spanish teacher and filmmaker now based in London. Over seven years, I have build the Treehouse Secret Club, an imaginary place where I write stories, read and create workshops for children. I also visit schools, libraries and parties as I accompany children in their learning and the fun activities that help them grow. I like to combine drama, dance and storytelling to take the kids on a journey full of adventures. I have collaborated with the Instituto Cervantes developing a space for children at the library and I am also part of the Spanish teaching organization, Canela Fina.
Hello! Hola! Ciao! My name is Pia, I am a positive, creative, and dynamic Chilean/Italian girl who comes from a big family with more than 30 cousins! I am a qualified architect and ballet dancer, but I have have been teaching dance and language to children since 2008. I believe students learn more through practical experiences and engaging activities, so I like working with different elements like the alphabet, colours, shapes and music to encourage children to express themselves in Spanish!
Dr. Carlos Fonseca
Born in Costa Rica, brought up in Puerto Rico, Dr. Carlos Fonseca now teaches at the University of Cambridge at the Centre for Latin American Studies. He has been lauded as a literary star, joining the constellation of the “new Latin American boom” that includes authors Valeria Luiselli, Alejandro Zambra, Álvaro Enrigue, Yuri Herrera, Andrés Neuman, and others. He will be sharing with us newly translated extracts from his 2015 Spanish novel, Coronel Lágrimas, his dazzling debut about the demented final project of a brilliant mathematician that is also an allegory of our hyperinformed age and of the clash between European and Latin American history.
Since 2002, when I was working as a marketing manager for Costa Rica Outward Bound, and later as a school director for an English School in Boston, I’ve been promoting language learning and exchanges and finding interesting ways to use the web to bring people together in the ‘real world’. You are likely to see me at Battersea Spanish Social Events, and I look forward to organizing more. If you run a Spanish or Latin oriented business, restaurant, dance school, night club, etc., and are interested in partnering to create compelling events, please contact me at: ben (at) batterseaspanish.com