Academic Team

My name is Tamara

Academic Manager

Hi! My name is Tamara – I have been working at IH Brisbane – ALS for 6 years, and have been in the English teaching industry for over 13 years now. I am originally from Croatia – a country you must add to your list of places to visit – and I’ve been living in (and loving) Brisbane since 2013. I also lived in London, Spain, and New Zealand. My big love is coffee, my favourite pastime is hanging out and having never-ending conversations with people I love, and trying to learn how to paint. I love working at IH Brisbane – ALS because I get to meet so many wonderful people from all over the world!


My name is Stephanie

Assistant Academic Manager; Pathway Coordinator

I speak English, Spanish and French and I’d love to learn more languages.

I enjoy cooking (and eating!), exercise, and of course, teaching English. I’m originally from England and I came to Australia for the good weather, so when I’m not at work, you’ll either find me on the golf course enjoying the Australian sunshine or sitting in the garden enjoying a cold beer.

My name is Jennifer

TESOL Trainer and ELICOS Teacher

Originally, I’m from Mexico where I started teaching English in 2007. I love reading about positive thinking, personal development, and enjoy swimming. I speak Spanish, some French and Italian, and am always learning more. Come and see me if you are studying a Certificate in Spoken and Written English, I’m always happy to answer your questions 🙂

Beautiful Jennifer

My name is Alison

I speak English and (reasonable) French (and very bad Spanish), and I’ve been working in teaching for over 20 years (and I’m still relatively sane).

I started working at IH Brisbane – ALS in 2010 and my favourite part of the job is the people! I love my colleagues and I love meeting/teaching students from so many different places. After work I love to relax on my back deck & look at the greenery.

There’s always more to learn!

My name is Corina

My name is Corina – I speak English and German and I’ve been teaching English since 2011. I started working at IH Brisbane-ALS in 2015. I have also taught in Vietnam and New Zealand. My favourite part of the job is to meet students from all over the world, seeing them progress in their language skills and helping them to reach their personal goals and dreams.

I love travelling, water sport activities especially sailing and lots of sunshine.


My name is Dani

I’m from Newcastle (not Australia’s Newcastle, but in England)! I speak English and very bad Spanish and Polish! I’ve been teaching for a few years now and I’ve taught in England and Poland. I love travelling and doing crazy things and a few years ago I dog-sledged over 200km across the Arctic over 5 days. I love running and exploring and can’t wait to discover what Brisbane has to offer! I can’t wait to meet you all – I love seeing my students progress, learn and have fun at the same time! 🙂

My name is Catalin

My name is Catalin but you can call me Cat (everyone else does). I have lived in Romania, United States, Latin America, Croatia and, since 2013, here in Australia. I speak English, Spanish, Romanian and essential French – e.g. I can say je t’aime (“I love you”) and plus de bière s’il vous plait (“more beer, please”).

Some of my greatest passions are animals, travelling and soccer.

“In every caterpillar there is a butterfly waiting to be born”


My name is Rachael

I’m from New Zealand, the most beautiful country in the world! Besides New Zealand and Australia, I’ve lived in Indonesia, the U.S.A. and Uruguay where I taught English at a Bilingual College. I’ve travelled extensively through South America and two of my favourite experiences were climbing the Inca trail in Peru and visiting Iguazu Falls in Brazil. I’ve been an English teacher for 5 years and I love my job because I get to work with students from all over the world. I love helping people so teaching English is the perfect profession for me. I also love speaking Spanish so if you ever want to chat, I’m always keen!

My name is Brett

At first I was afraid, I was petrified
Kept thinkin’ I could never live without you by my side
Then I spent so many nights Just thinking how you did me wrong
And I grew strong
And I learned how to get along
And so I’m back from outer space

My name is Michelle

I speak English, a bit of Spanish and Hawaiian Pidgin English (yes, it really is a totally different language!)

I’ve been working in teaching since 1992, and I started working at IH Brisbane in 2008.

My favourite part of the job is being part of a positive environment where students and staff are always smiling and laughing. It is wonderful to see students progress thoughout the levels! After work, I look forward to catching up with friends, laughing my head off with my husband, dancing and listening to live music and riding pillion on the back of a motorbike.

My favourite saying is “God never gives you more than you can handle”

My name is Marlon

I was born in Jamaica to teachers and lived part of my life in New York City and Florida so my accent is quite a mash up. After travelling to Australia and communing with its diverse population, I decided I wanted to travel the world teaching English. I have seen a lot of the world in the past 4 years but have returned because Australia is my favourite. I am an NBA enthusiast and took 7 years Spanish classes but was never immersed so I have a heart for all the students who have sacrificed and persevered Down Under.


My name is Lachlan

I grew up in a small town near Sydney. I’ve been teaching for 6 years now. Previously, I’ve worked in Korea, Hungary and Malaysia. I love seeing students grow in their confidence with English. My hobbies are too numerous to mention so I’ll just put reading.

My name is Matthew

Hi everyone!

My name’s Matt and I’ve been teaching and doing other roles in English schools since 2008. I’m originally from New Zealand and have also taught in Indonesia, where I learnt a bit of Indonesian too!

One of the reasons I love teaching is all the amazing people you get to meet and the new things you learn about different countries and cultures every day.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy playing guitar (which I also used to teach), watching movies, gaming, playing board games, and spending time with my family and my cat, Marvin.


My name is Jessica

Howdy! My name is Jessica Ann Smith Nandagopal—but everyone just calls me Jess! I’m from Texas and have taught English on four different continents for over eight years! I’m proud to now be settled in Brisbane with my husband and to call this beautiful city home sweet home!

I’m a big fan of the ocean and all the colourful creatures that live in it! I also love travelling this gorgeous planet, writing poetry, and cooking!

But most of all, teaching is my passion! I’m thrilled to come to work everyday because I get to meet new people and share in their life’s adventures! My goal as an English teacher is to make learning this crazy cool language fun and an adventure in itself! I can’t wait to meet you!

My words to live by: “The journey is my home”

My name is Claire

Hi there! I am originally from Wales in the UK and have been teaching for about 12 years. I miss being able to hop on a plane to other countries easily and cheaply. However, I certainly don’t miss the weather in the UK! I have been living in Australia for almost eight years now and I love it here. In my spare time I enjoy soaking up some nature (Shinrin-Yoku) with my dog, learning about nutrition and cooking healthy things, doing yoga, meditation, taking photos, singing and sometimes even painting (although I’m terrible at it!). I speak a tiny bit of French which I learnt whilst living in France and Switzerland. I am currently learning Spanish as I would like to travel around South America in the future. I love getting to know my students and making them feel confident and comfortable in my classes. Most importantly we have fun in class, while striving to perfect grammar and pronunciation. I like to include music into my lessons and you may even see me bring a guitar in from time to time!

picture coming soon 🙂

My name is Jo

Hello, my name is Jo. I’ve travelled extensively and lived overseas. I love being with people from different backgrounds, hearing their stories and learning about their lives. I also love the English language and the challenge of making the learning experience exciting and fun. Teaching English is my passion.

My name is Rafael

Hello, my name is Rafael Ramos-Meyer and I have been teaching English for about 2.5 years. I am from the United States but I am mixed, Costa Rican/American, so I am bilingual in Spanish and English, obviously. I taught English in an elementary school in South Korea before moving down here to enjoy beautiful Brizzy. I do speak some Korean and I can also speak Italian, although I am a bit rusty. You can catch me playing soccer/football, basketball, going to the park, reading a book, or generally just eating delicious food. I do love a good movie or TV show, so if you have a recommendation, please be sure to let me know!

I enjoy teaching English because of the people you meet and the opportunities that arise. It’s a great feeling being able to help people while also learning from them. If you decide to learn English in Australia, make sure to pop by IH Brisbane to see what all the fuss is about!

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My name is Andrew

Hi! My name is Andrew, or Andy, and I’ve been teaching English at IH Brisbane for about two years. I really enjoy working here with the wonderful staff and students. We have a great school and I think this is a great place to learn.

In my free time I enjoy reading or going to the cinema, and being active – practising martial arts or exploring the city.

Before coming to IH, I taught for nine years in Japan, and I absolutely loved living there. I speak Japanese and English, and I hope to learn another language soon… if I can decide which one to study.

Good luck with your studies. If you have a goal and try your best, you can succeed here!

My name is Glenn

G’day, my name is Glenn and I have been teaching for ten years. I have lived in South America for seven years where I learnt to speak Spanish and even taught subjects in Spanish. I love watching sport (except golf – it’s super boring) and travelling. One of my goals is to step foot on all seven continents, I haven’t accomplished it yet but I am trying.


My name is Stefan

I grew up in Slovakia, but my ethnicity is Hungarian. I previously lived in Hungary for two years and in Austria for a year. I’ve lived in Australia since 2009, moved to Brisbane in 2012 after 3 exciting years spent in Sydney. I completed a Bachelor degree in English literature, and a postgraduate degree in TESOL Education at USQ and I’m currently completing my Master of Education focusing on second language pronunciation at USC. My hobbies are travelling and sports, especially football and basketball. I love the English language and I’m passionate about helping learners to become independent and confident users of English.

My name is Trent

I speak English, some Spanish and a tiny bit of Korean, and I’ve been teaching for over 10 years. I started working at IH in 2017 and enjoy meeting students from all over the world and help them progress in their English skills.

In my free time I go to CrossFit, meet friends over good food or coffee, or enjoy an exhibition or a concert.

picture coming soon 🙂

My name is Helen

Hi, I’m Helen and I love teaching English. My mother was an English teacher, so I grew up in a house full of books and always got into trouble if I used incorrect grammar!

I love literature, art, music, history and traveling. I especially love visiting castles and historical sites. I enjoy meeting people from other cultures and learning from them – my students have taught me so much over the years.

I can speak a little Spanish, Croatian and Italian.

I love working at IH!

My name is Anthony

My majors at university were Chinese and Japanese. I lived in Japan for seven years where I taught English. Besides teaching English I have also worked as a chef so I love all types of foods from different parts of the world. Good luck with your studies!


My name is Damian

Hi! I’m from Queensland. Although I grew up here in the Sunshine State, I have travelled, lived and worked in many different countries over the past 15 years. I’ve studied a few different languages throughout this time, so I can empathise with both the excitement and the frustration of ALS students living in Australia for the first time and learning English.


When I’m not in the classroom, I produce music and play sports.


My name is Nicholas

Hey, My name is Nick and I have been teaching English for five years. I have lived in China for four years and am always working to improve my Chinese. I love learning and teaching languages, especially seeing students grow in confidence and capability and realising their personal goals.

When not teaching I enjoy studying Chinese, reading books and playing computer games.

My name is Tanya

I have lived Brisbane for nearly 10 years. I have also lived in Sydney, Canberra, some small Australian towns, Canada and Indonesia. I can speak Indonesian and some basic Italian, French and Japanese. I love learning about other languages and cultures. That is why I enjoy teaching English at IH so much. I get to meet interesting students from all over the world and share my love of language learning.

In my free time, I also enjoy long walks along beaches, photography, films, music, reading, travelling and spending time with my family.


My name is Kuyun

I speak English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese. I grew up in Coventry, UK and I have been an English teacher for 7 years in both Taiwan and Australia.

One reason I love teaching is the opportunity to meet new people and learn from them. I believe in mutual respect and try to be as courteous as I can – and I promise my classes are crazy and fun. My examples of vocabulary and grammar are unforgettable (I sleep on the couch for this reason).

In the (kind of) words of Eminem:

Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity

to learn everything you ever wanted in one moment

Would you capture it, or just let it slip?

so.. You better lose yourself in the class,

the moment you own it, you better never let it go

You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to learn

This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo..