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.”

Daniela Prataviera
Operations & Academic Director
BA, MA ELT, CELTA, DELTA

“I’ve been teaching since 2012 all over the world, and I came to Leeds to complete my DELTA and MA in 2015. I enjoy how friendly MDA College is; everyone talks together and it feels like a family. We focus on each student, so they progress at their own speed.”

Zahra Ali
Administration and Welfare
BA, MA, CELTA

“I have always been a teacher, working as an EFL teacher in the UK and as a maths teacher in Saudi Arabia. I am responsible for the admin and welfare of students and I want to help you enjoy your time in Leeds and at MDA College. Talk to me if you have any problems, I am here to help you.”

Alex Smith
Financial Director
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.”

Hannah Bungard
EFL Teacher
BA, MA, CELTA

"I enjoy working with all kinds of students and helping them to use English in their studies, work and life."

Tom Weale
EFL Teacher
BSc, CELTA

“I have been teaching mostly in the UK. I came to Leeds in 2016, and decided to stay. I love my job because I enjoy watching students being able to show their personalities through language. It’s a great pleasure to see them grow in confidence."

Matt Labunda
EFL Teacher and IELTS Specialist
CELTA

“I have taught IELTS for the last few years, mostly in Malaysia. I enjoy teaching IELTS because it helps students to do the things they want: go to university, get a job or improve their lives. At MDA College, we work individually with students to help them progress. I am from Yorkshire, and I hope you love this part of England as much as I do."

Elizabeth Downey
EFL Teacher
BA, CELTA

"I have over 18 years of teaching experience, and I enjoy seeing students gain confidence and independence in using English."

Wanda Selby
EFL Teacher
BA, MEd, CELTA

"I have worked in education all my life and I love languages; I can speak 4! I enjoy working with all types of students and helping them live happy lives in the UK"

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."

Rob Hutchinson
EAP Teacher
BA, MA, CELTA

"I successfully graduated from my MA with a distinction, as well as being awarded the university prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement. As a teacher, my skill as an active listener has been developed as the students are not always fluent and thus, I need to be able to question, clarify and explain in a tactful manner"