Teaching Children to Read, Write, and Speak English

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Our English teacher – Lisa Gillespie


Miss Lisa grew up in Perth, a small town in Ontario, Canada. Growing up she followed her three older sisters and joined the local swim team. Her dream was to be able to swim through university and this came true when she received a full athletic scholarship to University of Nevada, in the United States of America. In 2012 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education concentrating in general sciences. Not long after did she decide to travel to London, England to pursue a career in teaching and has gained experience working at the Primary level, teaching the UK curriculum. She believes in motivating her students to achieve their best in and out of the classroom. In her free time, she enjoys leading a balanced lifestyle which includes family, friends, fitness and of course swimming too!

Our English teacher – Daniel Russell


Mr Daniel was born and raised in San Diego, California where he studied history and German. Coming from a long line of teachers including his grandfather, mother, uncles, aunts, cousins, and brothers his passion for education runs deep in the family. He obtained a master's degree in teaching from the Universidad de Alcalá in Madrid where he also taught English at a Spanish secondary school. His love of traveling and learning languages has also taken him to Austria where he taught English for two years. In his free time he enjoys being active outdoors participating in a multitude of sports including hiking, surfing, soccer and long distance running.

Our English teacher – Rachel McKinnon

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Ms Rachel hails from Aberdeen, Scotland and has been living in Budapest since 2016. She began working at the ESB as a class teacher and was shortly thereafter promoted to Head of Curriculum; she will assume a new, key position, Director of Education, from August 2018. Prior to joining the ESB, Ms Rachel worked in a variety of different educational roles including support worker for pupils with special educational needs, youth worker, and English teacher in England, Scotland, and Hungary. Ms Rachel completed an undergraduate degree in English and Scottish Literature in 2014 before moving to Brighton to complete her PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in English Language and Literature. Her love for teaching, combined with her love for travel, lead to Rachel applying for a position at the English School of Budapest. Since joining the ESB, Ms Rachel has strengthened her skills as a classroom teacher by teaching a wide range of ages and abilities. In addition to her work, Rachel has founded an English language book club in Budapest and continues to actively study Hungarian. Ms Rachel loves cooking, reading, or enjoying the outdoors in her free time!

Our English teacher – Kayla Robinson

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Miss Kayla is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she received her bachelors in Secondary Social Studies Education with a minor in Educational Psychology. She also completed her CELTA certification in Athens, Greece, teaching English as a second language to adults. Before joining ESB, Ms. Kayla spent two years teaching secondary English Literature, Grammar, and World History at an International school in Shanghai, China. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys travel and exercise and recently became a certified fitness instructor for TRX training and boot camp. When she isn’t running around or teaching she usually has her nose buried in a book and is always more than happy to recommend some of her favourites, but be prepared for dystopian novels or historical texts! She also enjoys music and theatre, which she eagerly includes in her classroom activities.

Our English Teacher - Marcel Fanara


Miss Marcel is from Brookeville, Maryland. Growing up, she watched closely as her mother taught English to international students and learned in turn about many new places and cultures. She studied History, Literature, and Writing at both Franklin University in Switzerland and Swansea University in Wales. Wishing to share her passion for the English language with others, she obtained a CELTA in Edinburgh and has since taught English as a second language to international students and immigrants in the USA, as well as to Chinese high school students and Hungarian primary school students. Throughout all the twists and turns, love of travel and engaging with people of all descriptions is what really drives her adventures.

Our IELTS specialist, university preparation teacher - Agota Szekely


Agota is a British - Hungarian national with 10 years of experience in teaching English to international students. Following her MA in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching in the UK, she started her teaching career at the University of Southampton (UK) as an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Teaching Fellow. She then moved to China, where she continued to teach EAP at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University. Currently, she works as an EAP and IELTS exam preparation teacher. Her interests include Argentine tango, mindfulness meditation, traditional Chinese medicine and spending time in nature. She is also a felting artist who combines traditional embroidery with modern fashion.


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