About

MEET OUR TEAM

Darren Smith
CEO / Director of Studies
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.”

Yusuf Buz
Academic Manager
BA in ELT, MA in Linguistics

"I have over 10 years experience, developing, assessing and preparing candidates for various proficiency English exams. I hold a BA in English Language Teaching and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Leeds. I am also the author of several titles on the English language."

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 in Computer Science

"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."

Rachel Lazenby
Admissions

"Hi, I'm Rachel, before joining the college I taught Performing Arts for eight years, delivering music and dance lessons as far away as Nepal. I love learning new languages, discovering new cultures, and have a passion for supporting others in their learning journey. I am responsible for making your admission to the college run as smoothly as possible and I am always happy to help with any issues you may have. "

Megan Rae
Student Services Officer
BA in Graphic Design

"I did my BA in Graphic Design at Leeds Arts University in 2020. I enjoy working at MDA College helping international students settle into the college ensuring that they have a fantastic experience."

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."

Thomas Plaskitt
EFL Teacher
BA,DipTesol

I have over 10 years ESL teaching experience and have taught students from all over the world. I studied Visual Communications at Leeds University then moved to China to teach. I studied for my DipTESOL in 2016 and always enjoy being in a classroom seeing students learn and interact in English and gaining confidence with the language."

 

Naomi Holland
EFL Teacher
BA,MA, CELTA

 

“I have been teaching English since leaving University and have had the opportunity to travel the world because of it. My love for English and languages must have come from being brought up by an English Teacher and in a home where we spoke English and Korea. I enjoy teaching and particularly love to see the growth and progress of my students and being a part of it.”

Sarah Lowe
EFL Teacher
BA, MA, CELTA, DELTA

“I’ve been working as an English teacher since 2011 and I completed my DELTA in 2017. I’ve taught in Poland, Portugal and the UK, working with everyone from complete beginners to advanced level. Before working in Leeds, I taught exam preparation classes and academic English. My favourite thing as a teacher is seeing my students achieve their goals. 

 

Niall Currien
EFL Teacher
BA,MA,CELTA, DELTA
"I did a BA in TESOL and Japanese at UCLan. When I was a student I lived, studied and worked in Japan and I graduated in 2015. Since then I have worked in Spain, Australia and South Korea. I've also worked at a university here in the UK and developed courses for them. I did my MA in English Language Teaching and I did a DELTA at the same time at Leeds Beckett University. 

 

Ahmed El-Turabi
Student Recruitment Officer
BA,MA

"Hello students! My name is Ahmed and I’m responsible for inviting you to choose the wonderful city of Leeds to live and MDA College to study. I was born in Leeds and I can tell you that I love my city! It has everything you need from a UK study location. I have worked with the College since 2014 and seen it grow and grow! When you join MDA you join a vibrant forward-facing international family."