Our team is made up of professionals who have found a connection with teaching and know how to apply their entrepreneurial knowledge inside the classroom:
Heidi Schmidt | Founder and Teacher
Moved to Barcelona in 2006 from San Francisco, California where she graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s in English and Creative Writing.
She has worked with many profiles of students from illiterate students, adults with special needs and language immersion programs to CEOs, Doctors, Lawyers and Directors of major European companies and associations. Her specialization is Business English and she uses her skills to adapt to each specific profession. She understands the difficulties of learning a new language and speaks fluent Catalan and Spanish to demonstrate that it is necessary to learn a language to grow and understand cultures that influence you most.
Madeleine Cooke | Teacher
Originally from London, Madeleine worked in the design sector as a Business Manager and Operations Director for both established and start-up companies in London. Before combining her skills and specialising in Business English teaching, she lectured in Art & Design at Kingston University, one of the top universities in the UK, and has a Masters Degree in Fine Art Printmaking from the Royal College of Art in London.
An experienced teacher with a friendly and professional approach, she has taught all levels of EFL from beginner to advanced, and is passionate about helping people make the most of their careers by developing their language skills. Bringing her free thinking and creative knowledge to all she does, she enjoys adding that little bit extra to her lessons, setting a relaxed environment where her students can learn to the best of their abilities.
Claire Dru Drury | Teacher
Claire is a British national who has lived in Barcelona since 2006. She is an experienced communications professional having worked in London in Public Affairs and Internal Communications for a number of years for both the Royal Family and a large Charity. One of her passions is encouraging business people to enhance their English potential through fun, relevant and inspiring methods, enabling them to move forward with confidence while enjoying the journey!
Caroline Bagnara | Teacher
Originally from Montreal, Caroline has been living and teaching English in Barcelona since 2008. For the past twenty years she has also been working as a translator and interpreter and has subtitled over 60 documentaries and movies. She formerly worked as Project Manager for several charities, travelling worldwide and appreciating new cultures and environments. She enjoys interacting with people from different backgrounds and finds it greatly rewarding to help her students reach their goals and master the English language.
Jessica Erler | Teacher
Born in Canada and raised in the States, Jessica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s in Nutrition. Her varied background includes time teaching English in Japan, working with an indigenous group in Panama and time in Los Angeles teaching Yoga and Nutrition. She has a deep love for the English language and appreciation for working in culturally diverse settings, along with a great desire to learn what motivates her students and help them to meet their goals with confidence in a supportive environment.
Alicia Kersting | Teacher
Alicia is an American, originally from Manchester, New Hampshire. An artist and entrepreneur, she received a BFA in Boston and has a background working in the energy sector, mainly in CCS/Climate Change at the US Dept. of Energy in Washington DC and the Global CCS Institute in Australia. In 2012 she moved to Berlin Germany for a career change and began painting, running a gallery, and teaching English. This sparked the flame and she’s been teaching ever since; working with Fortune 500 companies, At EF in Boston, and throughout Spain. She resides in Barcelona where she’s raising a Trilingual babecita with her Catalan husband and learning Castellano and Catalan.