About our Teachers...

Jo Morris

¡Hola! Thank you for visiting the Mini Lingos website. So, here's a little bit about me... After graduating in 2001 with a BA(Hons) in Business and Spanish, I spent some time travelling around Central and South America before living in Barcelona teaching English in a Primary School. Shortly after, I returned to the UK to start my teacher training and gained qualified teacher status in 2004. I love Spain and all things Spanish and believe another language is one of the most precious gifts we can give to our children. So, it was after having my own two boys (now 10 and 7) that I decided to combine my passion for teaching Spanish together with my enthusiasm and desire for working with young children and set up Mini Lingos. My goal is to inspire a love of learning Spanish to all children that I teach and to ensure that each and every Mini lingos Spanish class, regardless of teacher, is warm, welcoming and FUN!

Claudia

Hola, soy Claudia. I studied Music and Education in Colombia before travelling to Europe and settling in the UK. My musical career has been varied and full of interesting challenges. I have a genuine love for my culture and traditions, Spanish and Latin American rhythms and that passion has given me the opportunity to play with a wide range of musicians, styles and settings from clubs to concert venues, from community halls to festivals.Having my own children and raising them bilingually, has led me to develop musical workshops for preschool and Early Years where Spanish was a very important element in my sessions as I strongly believe in the power of music to deeply reach and engage with every child. I have been working in a special needs school as a Music learning assistant enjoying making learning inclusive as well as working in a private nursery teaching music in the early years.It is very exciting being part of the Mini Lingos team where we make learning Spanish musical and fun!! 

Carolina

¡Hola! I am a native Spanish speaker originally from Santiago de Compostela in the North West of Spain. I am married to a British man and have three bilingual children. Before becoming a mother, I was a marketing manager for a leading cosmetics company. I am very proud that my 3 children are bilingual even though they live in the UK with me being the only person speaking to them in Spanish. This is mainly due to me speaking to them only in Spanish even if they try to talk to me in English! We also spend the Summer holidays with my family back in Spain. We read and write in Spanish too.

I am enthusiastic and passionate about making language fun and enjoyable to learn for children of all ages and to help them love languages. Learn and love the Spanish language with us!

Claudia H

Hola! I am a native Spanish speaker. I was born in a small and beautiful city called Salamanca, but my family moved to Asturias, in the north, when I was 19. I came to the U.K. 4 years ago as I wanted to improve my English and I wanted my daughters to be bilingual. I am a nurse assistant but I have worked as a teaching assistant in Spain for many years, in Primary and Secondary schools giving extracurricular lessons about the environment and how to have a healthy life (I am a dietitian and an environmental health technician too). I have experience as well, working in schools for children with special needs. I will be pleased to help your kids learn Spanish whilst having fun dancing and singing during our classes!

Pilar

Hola! I’m Pilar, a qualified Primary School teacher and I have worked in several schools in Valencia, Spain. My first contact teaching Spanish to English speakers was in 2000 when I arrived in the UK. I mainly taught adults at beginners level at Portsmouth University, Highbury College and WEA (Workers Educational Association) in Portsmouth. It was a great challenge and I loved it! After a few years in the UK, I returned to Spain to teach PE to 5-12 year olds. I love sports (volleyball is my great passion) and I loved watching the children have fun whilst teaching about maintaining a healthy lifestyle at the same time.

 

But then I discovered a new great passion in my life when I became a mum. This really was a huge challenge and makes you see teaching in a different way. After taking time off to bring up my first son (now 9), we moved back to England where I started to work again. First as a Teaching Assistant in a Primary School in Hemel Hempstead, as an Art teaching assistant for FineArt4kids and then joined Mini Lingos in 2017. Now, I run my own online art shop, PilArt, and am back working with Mini Lingos after a maternity break. I enjoy having fun with the children, singing and dancing, during our weekly musical Spanish classes!

Juliet

I graduated from The University of Westminster with a BA(Hons) in Modern Languages, French and Spanish, having lived abroad in both France and Spain. I worked for 6 years as an International Financial Events Manager in Canary Wharf and travelled regularly with work. After having both my daughters (aged 12 and 14), I set up my own private after school clubs, teaching Spanish and French to small groups of children and I also taught in a couple of nurseries. I am passionate about teaching foreign languages to young children. By ensuring the lessons are fun and exciting, children develop a love of the language they are learning. I am so enjoying meeting and teaching your children Spanish with Mini Lingos! ¡Hasta pronto!