About

MEET OUR TEAM

Darren Smith
CEO
BA, MA TESOL, CELTA

“I completed my CELTA whilst I was living in Turkey. Since then, I have worked in several different schools mostly in the UK and I completed my MA TESOL at King’s College, London. I also have a Master’s in Law.”

Yan Chan
College Manager
BA, CELTA

“I acquired my CELTA in 2019 and worked as an English teacher online. I love learning new languages and learning about different cultures. I ensure the smooth running of internal operations in the college. I am always happy to help so please feel free to come to me about any issues you may have.”

Yusuf Buz
Academic Team
BA in ELT, MA in Linguistics

"I have over 10 years experiance, developing, assessing and preparing candidates for various proficiency English exams. I hold a BA in English Language Teaching and an MA in Linguistics from University of Leeds. I am also the author of English Grammar, YDS Test Pro, YDS Exam Pack, Test Your Comprehension and Vocabulary and Advanced English Learners' Tests"

Michael Smith
Assistant Director of Studies
BA in ELT, CELTA

Once I completed my CELTA I worked in 2 schools in the UK and Turkey. I have worked in education since 2018 helping students not only improve speaking fluency but help build confidence. My unique teaching style aims at improving students’ social skills and methodical skills in addition to their English.

Ali Smith
Business Development Manager
BA

"I have been in business all my life. I also own a nursery in my hometown, Hull. MDA College is special because everyone who comes here becomes part of our family, to learn and improve together."

Sabrina Sarmoria
Business and Marketing Administrator
BA

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Tugce Kazan
Student Services Manager
BA

"I have over 4 years of teaching experience, and I enjoy seeing students gain confidence and independence in using English."

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Antonia Tsiakiri
EFL Teacher
BA, MA TESOL, CELTA

"Since 2014, I had the pleasure of teaching students of different backgrounds and levels, mainly in Greece, Spain and the UK. I like making my classes fun, interactive and the students get to explore the language themselves."

Richard Tatterton
EFL Teacher and IELTS Specialist
CELTA

My decision to become an English language teacher emanates from my love of languages and literature. You see, language is at the heart of everything we do; being a language teacher puts me right in the center of the action, helping others to develop and use their language skills to flourish and blossom."

Helen Slee
EFL Teacher
BA, CELTA

I have been teaching English for over ten years to students of all ages and levels across five different countries including Spain and China. I have a great deal of experience teaching Cambridge and Trinity exam preparation, as well as general English courses. I love empowering learners to progress and support their English language learning journey."

Julie Carr
EFL Teacher
BA, MA, CELTA

Hi, I’m Julie, or Jules for short. I’ve been an English teacher for over seven years. I have two degrees and a CELTA and I´m a Cambridge examiner. I have taught many nationalities across different countries. Prior to teaching, I advised the UK Government on education and immigration. I love all aspects of teaching and it’s great to work closely with you at MDA College to help you in your language journey. "

Zain Hanif
College Driver

"If you get picked up from the airport I will be the first person you see. I also help students get to and from the college and take them on trips."