Staff

Our Staff

All of our instructors (be it of Spanish language, film, theatre, dance, or cooking) and staff have something in common: passion, experience and excellence. No matter what you choose to learn at Battersea Spanish, or who you deal with at our organisation, it will have a meaningful impact in you.  If you’re interested in teaching or working with us please contact us today at hola@batterseaspanish.com. We love fresh and inspiring minds!


 

Sara Caba

Founder & Director

Costa Rica is my home country. There, I studied Psychology at Universidad de Costa Rica.

Sixteen years ago I left looking to expand my horizons. I went to Copenhagen, where I studied a Master’s degree in Science, Technology and Society at Roskilde Universitet, and stayed four years, collecting work experience as a Spanish teacher and at IBM.

I then moved to Boston, where I gained further experience teaching. I enrolled at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and worked as a Project Officer at Harvard University LASPAU. I then came to London, where I took the Spanish Teaching Certificate from Goldsmiths University and Instituto Cervantes, and became the proud founder of award winning Battersea Spanish.

I love to work, watch films, write, travel and read.


Ben Hope

Co-Founder

benSince 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


Felisa Dios

Enrolments and Events ManagerFelisa Dios

Felisa DiosBorn and raised in London to a Galician family; I grew up speaking Gallego, Spanish and English! I have over 6 years of experience in administration, event management, office management, and a variety of other things. Over the years I’ve worked for charities, museums, gaming companies and the Business Improvement District of Central London. Now, at Battersea Spanish, I make sure everything runs as smoothly as it should!  I love Latin dance, Spanish & Latin cinema, and anything creative – for instance making my own clothes. Most weekends you can find me hanging out with my dog Thor, and you may even see him around the school!


Belén Sánchez

Spanish Instructor & Academic Directorspanish teacher

belen¡Hola! Born and brought up in the beautiful and (mostly) sunny city of Madrid. I studied Psychology at the Universidad 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 other 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, live music and sitting down in front of my sewing machine.

My teaching at Battersea Spanish is complemented with my role as Academic Director.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon. ¡Hasta pronto! 


Luis Edoardo Torres

Director of Taller de Escritura Creativa & Spanish/Literature Instructor

edoardo¡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, writer and educator. 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 6 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. I am also the Director of the prestigious and innovative Taller de Escritura Creativa en Español at Battersea Spanish. ¡Nos vemos pronto en persona!


Irene Martínez

Spanish Instructor & Spanish for Children CoordinatorSpanish Tutor

Spanish Tutor¡Hola a todos! My name is Irene Martínez and I come from the beautiful and sunny Córdoba in Spain. I was led into the world of art by my grandfather, a well-known Chilean artist. I studied a degree in History of Art at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After graduating, I started working with children in the field of arts and Spanish learning, and it was soon clear to me that in this juncture, laid my real passion and talent. I enrolled in the Cervantes Institute Diploma for Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and started working at Battersea Spanish teaching children and adults. I am as well the coordinator of our Spanish for Children Programme.  I am a caring and engaging teacher, who is always looking for ways to adapt the lessons to the needs of her students, in order to make them meaningful. ¡Saludos y nos vemos pronto!


Carolina Durán

Spanish InstructorSpanish Teacher

Spanish Teacher¡Hola! I am Carolina from Bogotá, Colombia. I studied Modern Languages at EAN University in my city. I moved to São Paulo, Brazil in 2013 and worked as a teacher and language coordinator on an elementary school for almost 5 years. This experience taught me a lot about language acquisition and effective language teaching. I learned how to “think outside the box” in order to develop lessons that improved student’s outcome and confidence when speaking a foreign language. I was also a private tutor of people who wanted to learn Spanish so that they could travel, study or do businesses in Spanish speaking countries. I recently moved to this vibrant city and I am very proud to see that Spanish is one of the top languages people are willing to learn. If some of your personal and professional goals have to do with Spanish, I am more than happy to give you a hand!


Diana Twiselton

Spanish Instructor

¡Hola! My name is Diana Twiselton and I come from Bogotá, Colombia. I’ve been living in London for 7 years. I studied Social Communication and Journalism and then moved to Barcelona to do Master’s degree in H.R.  Whilst studying my degree, I had the opportunity to work as a teacher in many organisations, such as Berlitz Language Center, and found it so rewarding I made it my career.

Teaching has allowed me to interact with people from different backgrounds, ages and cultures, which I love. To me, languages are all about connecting with people.  I strive to make learning memorable, fun and engaging and I’m really looking forward to meeting you all.


Noelia Carracedo

Spanish InstructorNoelia Carracedo Spanish Instructor

¡Buenas!Noelia Carracedo Spanish Instructor I am Noelia, a Spanish and Italian teacher from Galicia, the greenest corner of Spain! Growing up in a bilingual environment – speaking Galician and Spanish – made me curious about languages for as long as I can remember. I studied Modern Languages at Escuela Oficial de Idiomas in Spain, before gaining a Master’s degree in teaching languages at the Università per Stranieri di Reggio Calabria.

For me, languages are the instrument for human success and understanding, as well as the link that keeps us in touch with our own culture and helps us discover new ones. They are also a lot of fun! ¡Hasta pronto!


María de la O Garrido

Spanish InstructorMaría de la O Garrido

María de la O Garrido¡Hola! My name is María and I come from one of the capital cities in Andalusia, Jaén, paraíso interior! I have been enjoying teaching Spanish since I moved to England, first in beautiful Cornwall, now in London. I graduated from the Spanish Language Teaching to Adults Program from Instituto Cervantes and the University of Roehampton in London, and have been gaining experience as a Spanish teacher for children and adults in a variety of settings. I am also a contemporary artist whose work is multidisciplinary and includes sculpture and photography and has a strong influence from literature. In my artistic practice, there is an emphasis in the educational field, developed through workshops and exhibitions. I studied a BA in Fine Arts in Valencia and spent my last year in Guadalajara, Mexico. I also have an MA in Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies from Central Saint Martins London. I am really looking forward to meeting you all, so see you soon at Battersea Spanish!


Camila Merlo

Spanish Instructor

¡Hola! My name is Camila and I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have always been passionate about language and literature, which is why I studied Letras at Universidad de Buenos Aires. Teaching my language and transmitting my culture is one of the things that I enjoy the most because it is about creating bonds between people through communication. In my free time, I love going for a walk in a park while drinking mate, playing football with my friends and, of course, watching a good film. Saludos and I look forward to meeting you in Battersea Spanish!


Marina Ortola

Spanish InstructorSpanish Instructor

¡Hola! My name is Marina. I was born in the beautiful city of Barcelona but grew up in lively Madrid, where I graduated in Psychology. I combined my studies with my love for books and dedicated my early professional years to book restoration and bookbinding in London, Madrid and Valencia. I always loved teaching so decided to dedicate myself to it when I moved to Asia in 2013. I graduated from the degree in Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and also became a DELE examiner of levels A1-A2 and C1-C2. During my years in Asia I had the great opportunity to work as a Spanish teacher for various language and international schools. Being part of Battersea Spanish gives me the opportunity to fulfil my passion for teaching while sharing the love for my mother tongue and my culture.


Laura Anzalone

Spanish Instructor & Book Club CoordinatorLaura Anzalone - Spanish Instructor

Laura Anzalone - Spanish Instructor¡Hola a todos! My name is Laura and I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. I moved to Italy when I was young where I studied Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Florence. In 2005 I gained a European Scholarship and I spent eight months teaching Italian in a small village in Lithuania. There, I worked with children with special educational needs. It was a brilliant experience which confirmed my desire to pursue a career in this direction. Learning a second language opens up a ton of opportunities: work, cross-cultural friendship, deep brain connections and much more. ¡Nos vemos pronto!


Verónica Monreal

Salsa and Latin Dance InstructorSalsa Teacher

Salsa Teacher¡Hola amigos! I was brought up in Cali, Colombia, where I learned to dance Cali Style Salsa. When I came to England at the age of 20 years old, I got involved in dancing L.A Salsa while teaching along the well known Salsa teacher Carlos Paz in Kingston. I have ever since been teaching L.A and Colombian Salsa at different venues in London and have also been involved with The Alegra Dance Company performing Latin dance around town. I look forward to meeting you in Battersea Spanish and starting our dance journey together!


Carmen Igarza

Flamenco InstructorFlamenco Teacher

Flamenco TeacherHola! 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!


Sara Gale

Cuban Salsa InstructorSara Galle - Salsa Instructor

Sara Galle - Salsa InstructorBio text


Juan Carlos Riano

Salsa & Latin Dance InstructorJuan Carlos Riano

Juan Carlos RianoHola! 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!


Juan Carlos Otero

Flamenco & Visual PerformerFlamenco Artist

Flamenco Artist

I graduated in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, producing painting, conceptual video, sound and performance. I continued developing conceptual work in design, and worked extensively in education but my main artistic output for the past two decades has been as a flamenco dancer and choreographer. Since 2013 I have also been devising multi disciplined experimental theatre. My practice has evolved around the dichotomies of my dual nationality/ cultural identity and the split between my background in traditional culture and my education in contemporary art. For years now I have been trying to create projects that unify my various creative strands. FLAMENCO LIFE DRAWING with Battersea Spanish is the latest venture, fusing my two main areas of expertise, Fine Art and Flamenco.


Laia Jufresa

Writer and InstructorLaia Jufresa

Laia JufresaLaia Jufresa ha sido nombrada como uno de los mejores escritores jóvenes de México (México20) y de todo Latinoamérica (Bogotá39). Su novela Umami se ha traducido a nueve idiomas y ganado premios en Estados Unidos y Francia. Laia también ha escrito para periódicos (El País), televisión (Netflix), radio (BBC) y revistas (McSweeney’s, Vogue, Pen Atlas, etc). Ha impartido talleres en Francia, Argentina, España, Reino Unido y México. Vive en Edimburgo.


Blanca Romero

Spanish Tutor for Childrenblanca romero

blanca romero¡Hola a todos! My name is Blanca and I come from the sunny capital of Spain, Madrid. During my professional career I have been able to combine my background in fashion and design with my passion for teaching. After graduating from my postgraduate studies in Madrid, I started working with children in a non-for profit organisation and began running extracurricular activities. Here in London I have continued to expand in my roles as Spanish Playworker and Arts teacher. I strive to create a stimulating and safe environment for the children and adolescents I work with. I look forward to meeting you in person soon!


Jorge Bravo

Guitarist and ComposerFlamenco Guitar Instructor

Flamenco Guitar InstructorHola everyone! My name is Jorge and I’ve been a musician for more than three decades. My passion for and dedication to music has enabled me to travel around the world as a concert guitarist, and collaborate with amazing musicians either as a guitarist, arranger, songwriter or composer. Alongside my career as a performer and producer, I love sharing my enthusiasm for the beautiful art-form of flamenco guitar with students of all levels. I’m delighted to join Battersea Spanish’s team of teachers and I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with new groups of students!


Mar Moreno

Storyteller & InstructorStorytelling and Instructor

Storytelling and InstructorHola! 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.


Tania Betancor

Spanish Tutor for Childrentania

tania¡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!


Camilo Menjura

Musician & Choir Leadercamilo menjura

camilo menjuraHola! My name is Camilo Menjura and I look forward to singing with you! I am a Colombian musician,  guitarist, singer and choir leader based in London since 2006. I hope to transport you to warmer Latin American altitudes through a selection of traditional and well-known songs that will have our Spanish voices singing out loud. You can get to know more of the work I do here: https://www.menjuramusic.com/ Nos vemos!

 


Dr. Carlos Fonseca

Writercarlos fonseca

carlos fonsecaBorn 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.


Maria Vega

Flamenco DancerMaria Vega Dancer

Maria Vega DancerDancer 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.


Demi García Sabat

Cooking Instructor

Demi is a professional pastry chef from Barcelona based in London. He hails from 4 generations of patissiers and studied and worked with some of the best chefs in Barcelona. Demi‘s greatest inspiration, however, was his grandfather, maestro Jaume Sabat. Demi moved to London 16 years ago to study music. He is now very happy to combine both passions, food and music, to a professional level. For him, it is not work, rather a way of life.


Paloma Bordons

Creative Writing InstructorWriting Instructor

Writing Instructor (Madrid, 1964). Es licenciada en Filología Hispánica e Ingeniería Técnica Forestal. Tiene una larga trayectoria como autora de libros para niños y jóvenes, con más de treinta títulos publicados en España. También es ilustradora. Algunos de sus libros han sido traducidos a otras lenguas (francés, alemán, griego, tailandés, chino, coreano). Ha recibido los premios de literatura infantil Barco de Vapor y Edebé, ambos en 2004, y Ciudad de Málaga, en 2017. Para más información puede consultarse su página en internet palomabordons.com


Lauren & Lucas

Tango InstructorsTango Teachers

Tango TeachersHola! 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.


Cintia Rodríguez

Events AssistantMember Services

Member Services¡Hola a todos! ¿Cómo están?
My name is Cintia, and I was born in La Tacita de Plata, Cadiz (Spain). I moved to London from Andalusia six years ago to pursue my studies and expand my cultural understanding. My professional experiences in customer service, sales and hospitality are a perfect match with my role as Events Assistant. Battersea Spanish is a place that allows me to share the passion I feel for my country and culture with other people, and also to enjoy the things that I love, such as dancing! You will see me around the school and the events, making sure you are all having a wonderful time and feeling at home. ¡Nos vemos!