Meet the Staff
Staniford, Director of Studies, has been an English teacher
for over 12 years. She has worked in Lithuania, Japan and
Brazil. She loves meeting new people and having adventures.
Her favourite sport is sleeping, although being a relatively
new Mum she doesn't always have a lot of time to do so! She
loves books (especially history/literature) and hopes to write
one herself one day. She's looking forward to teaching on
the Internet and wants to know all about you as well!
Haverstock, Managing Director, has had a rather unusual mix
of careers since leaving university where he studied environmental
sciences. Following a brief spell of teaching in the state
system, he moved into sports management (including university
sport) and sports centre management. This was followed by
some 12 years of managing shopping centres on behalf of organisations
such as the Prudential, Norwich Union and Taylor Woodrow.
Finally teaching drew him back and he is now a certificate
qualified TEFLer with experience in teaching business English,
interviewing certificate applicants, teaching practice tutoring
and examining students! Mark's involvement with NLL is, however,
less on the academic side and more on the business and marketing
aspects. In his limited spare time, Mark enjoys sports including
squash, tennis and swimming. He is also a softy-cyclist who
likes nothing better than idling along country lanes in pleasant
weather; like-minded companions are always welcome!
Baber, Director, has been involved in teaching EFL and teacher-training
for a number of years, and has taught in a variety of countries
such as Germany, Thailand and Laos. He began piloting live
online language teaching 1997, and feels that this is a major
step forward in global communication and allowing access to
high-quality teaching to the world.
In his free time Eric enjoys reading and travelling,
as well as educating himself and others about "renewable"
energy sources. He loves telling people about the solar panels
on his roof, which give him all the hot water he needs almost
40% of the year – in London! His dream is to build an energy
self-sufficient building south of London, from which NetLearn
Languages could operate. Watch this space….
De Angelis, 30, completed her degree in Teaching Italian as
a Foreign Language at the University of Rome. During her studies
she spent several years in Germany, and has taught Italian
for a number of companies in Germany, Italy and England. Since
October 2000 she has been living in Berlin because she find
Berlin to be a town in motion! In her free time she likes
to cook Italian pizza for her friends and to work with German-Italian
Sass (the one in the middle, of course) is a qualified teacher
with lots of experience in teaching German as a foreign language.
She taught German for many years while living in England,
after her return to Germany she continued teaching German
to emigrants from Eastern Europe. She also taught English,
German and Maths at a secondary modern school for many years.
Right now she is busy looking after her two kids but - once
a teacher, always a teacher - she teaches classes at the local
college in the evenings and teaches for NLL whenever they
In her free time (should there ever be any) Heike likes doing
research into e-learning, goes cycling or works in her garden.
Vicente, our French teacher, was born in Paris and completed
her degree in Teaching French as a Foreign Language at the
Sorbonne University. After having spent two years in Spain
on the Canary Islands she taught French and Spanish for a
number of companies in Paris. In 1993 she decided to leave
Paris for the Provence to where she was attracted by the quality
of the life and the sun. She spent several years working in
different areas for the same company: management, marketing,
administration, and, finally, as webmistress for a site of
reproductions of artistic masterpieces. But she missed teaching,
and when Céran Provence opened near Avignon, she found herself
back in her professor's job with pleasure. Passionate about
data processing and especially the world of the Internet,
she spends her free time between her computer, the discovery
of the Provence, and reading.
Zagorodny, 36, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and is
our "Russian connection". He has had a wide and varied background:
he holds Masters degrees in Chemistry and Physics from the
University of Pennsylvania and St. Petersburg, is currently
finishing his Master's in Applied Translation in London, and
has taught Russian as well as a range of other subjects both
privately and for various institutions. He is therefore in
an excellent position to offer Russian tuition for a range
of scientific purposes, and is also available for translations
from English or Italian into Russian.