About Us

Welcome to OpenEFL, a venture proudly brought to you by Gallery Teachers – a devotee in the global English language teaching community for over a quarter of a century. Gallery Teachers has been steadfastly committed to enhancing the English language teaching landscape through sustained training and innovative programmes.

Highly Recommended by ELT Professionals

Thomas has lived in more than a dozen countries and delivered training in over 70. Teacher, trainer, examiner and long term summer principal of international colleges.

“I have been working with Gallery Teachers to deliver teacher training in Europe and Middle East for many years, this course crystallise all of the important EFL knowledge in an online interactive package. Superb!” – Thomas Jones

“… I was surprised to see the level of professional content, structure, and trainers, all world-class experts in their field. I was delighted to see that all of this was available at a reasonable price for future teachers looking to make a difference in the field.”

Rob is a teacher, trainer, author, EFLtalks founder, Online Language Center owner, Business Language Training Institute managing partner, worldwide speaker on Business English. IATEFL BESIG Online & Web joint coordinator

Mark has written a number of EFL books including ‘Relay 3’ which is a successful and innovative book written especially for English language short courses. Mark was the Director of Millfield English Language Courses and Chair of English UK South West.

“I did my first TEFL course 40 years ago. I didn’t realise then the career, travel and friendship doors it would open for me. I can highly recommend the Gallery Teachers EFL course to you. ” -Mark Greenow

Our Lead Trainers


CELTA Trainer, Director of Studies

With over 25 years in the EFL industry, Gabi has worn many hats, from teacher and academic manager to teacher trainer. Specialising in needs-based learning and learner autonomy, she has devoted her career to crafting seminars, workshops, and training courses on subjects like creative methodologies and special educational needs. Gabi holds a Philosophy degree and DELTA, and is an accredited CELTA Trainer.


CELTA Trainer, Director of Studies

Hedvig first graduated as a biologist and technical translator and later on as a teacher of English Language and Literature. She is also CELTA qualified and has over 15 years of experience of teaching English. She has prepared students for several different language exams, including Cambridge, Trinity and Language Cert and TELC. Her outside interests are science, energy medicine, reading, sports and travelling.

Trainers & Guest Speakers

Steve Hirschhorn

Award-winning Teacher Trainer, Former School Principal & Director of TESOL

Steve Hirschhorn has been teaching and training teachers for around 40 years. He has lectured and delivered workshops from Peru to Japan and most stages in between, going the long way round! Steve has been a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, school Principal and Director of TESOL; he was External Examiner for three UK universities’ MA TESOL and English Language boards. He has written numerous articles on various aspects of teacher-training, teaching and learning language.

Khanh-Duc Kuttig

Lecturer @University of Siegen (Germany)& TESOL 2021 – Teacher of the Year

Khanh-Duc Kuttig, a distinguished instructor at the University of Siegen, boasts a notable career in academia. Garnering the prestigious 2021 TESOL International Association Teacher of the Year award, Ms Kuttig is renowned for her expertise and dedication to enriching the learning experience for her students.

Susie Bridges

CELTA Trainer, Former Academic Manager @British council

With two decades of dedicated service in Education & Training, Susie boasts a rich professional background encompassing renowned TEFL franchises such as IH & EF, intimate private language schools, esteemed UK and International Universities, The British Council, and an FE College. Functioning as a versatile freelance Teacher Trainer, she revels in the diverse roles she assumes.

Charles Goodger

Teacher Trainer @Bologna University & founder of FunSongs Education

Originally from London but living in Bologna, Charles Goodger speaks six languages and plays the guitar and piano.
As well as writing action song materials for FunSongs Education in Windsor, UK, Charles is a language expert and teacher trainer at Bologna University.

Harry Waters

Founder and Lead Trainer at Renewable English

Harry wears many hats, both literally and figuratively. One of them is as a multi-award-winning teacher trainer, others include teacher, writer, climate activist, podcast host, TEDx speaker and hat wearer. 

His journey into sustainability-driven education culminated in the inception of Renewable English, a platform merging language learning with environmental consciousness. This initiative reflects his fervent passions for the environment and English Language Teaching (ELT), extending his influence beyond conventional educational boundaries. 

Neil Harris

Teacher Trainer & Director of Marketing@CELT Language School

Neil Harris started his career in ELT in 1993 after completing a CTEFLA with IH London. He quickly realized that language learning and teaching was his true passion. Neil has worked in a variety of roles in the UK and Italy, including as a teacher, Senior Teacher, EAP Lecturer, DoS, Teacher Trainer, Business Development Manager, and Director of Marketing. Currently, Neil focuses on developing online ESP medical English and teacher development programmes in his role in agent-based marketing and course development.

David Byrne

Author, Teacher Trainer, & Director of Studies @EC English

David Byrne has worked in EFL for over a decade and in that time has taught all the ages, levels and exams he could find. He’s worked in Ireland, England, Spain and South Korea, but the majority of his career has been spent in the UK where he currently works for EC English.


Mark Heffernan

Author & Teaching Fellow @Queen Mary University of London

Mark Heffernan has taught English for over 18 years. From the very beginning, he shared lesson ideas and started to run CPD sessions. He spent many years focusing on exam teaching before moving to Queen Mary University of London in 2016, where he teaches EAP and is a module convenor.



Luke Meddings

Award-winning Author & Teacher Trainer.

Luke Meddings is an award-winning author, trainer and international speaker. In 2000 he co-founded the Dogme ELT movement with Scott Thornbury, and their book Teaching Unplugged (Delta, 2009) won a British Council ELTon award in 2010. Since then Luke has trained extensively, and in 2011 set up independent e-publishing collective The Round with Lindsay Clandfield. Their own book, 52: a year of subversive activity for the ELT classroom, was published in 2012.




Marie Pettigrew

Teacher Trainer, Assessor, Consultant (EFL and CELTA) & Freelance Teacher

Marie Pettigrew embarked on her teaching journey in ihHastings, where she pursued CELTA and DTefla under the guidance of Adrian Underhill, who served as the Head of Training. Over the course of her career, Marie has contributed her expertise in teaching and teacher training across diverse locations. Marie pioneered the introduction of the online CELTA, making their center the first in the UK to offer the course outside of ihLondon.

Nicky Partridge

IELTS Expert & Teacher Trainer

Nicky Partridge, Founder of Peartree Languages, is both Owner and Manager. With a profound commitment to teaching, she specializes in English for Exams, notably IELTS, amassing nearly two decades of expertise. Her passion extends to teacher training, continually enhancing her skills to provide the best for her students. Proficient in grammar, pronunciation, and natural English, Nicky imparts knowledge both in-person and online. 

Mayra Crosthwayt

Teacher Trainer & ELT Specialist

Mayra Crosthwayt has extensive experience as a teacher and trainer across Mexico, Latin America, and recently, Asia. She has collaborated with international publishers as a consultant and has spoken at several international educational events. She successfully managed a school for business English in Mexico City for 7 years. She is a percussionist interested in exploring Latin folk and plays several types of drums in her band. 

Riccardo Chiappini

Award-Winning ELT Materials Writer, Editor & Teacher Trainer

Riccardo Chiappini is an ELT materials writer and teacher trainer based in Madrid, Spain. He is the author of Activities for Mediation: Building bridges in the ELT Classroom (DELTA Publishing/Klett), which has recently won the British Council ELTon award for Innovation in Teacher Resources. He has also written mediation-related and many other types of course materials for the Spanish Ministry of Education, National Geographic Learning, Macmillan, and Oxford University Press.

Dylan Gates

Trinity Cert TESOL Course Director Teacher Trainer & Course Designer.

Dylan is a highly experienced ELT professional. He currently lives and works in Spain as a freelance teacher trainer, business English coach, and course designer. His qualifications include an MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT, the Cambridge DELTA, and he was recently awarded a distinction grade on a course entitled ‘Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners’. 

Rachel Paling

Neurolanguage Coach, Author & Keynotes Speaker

Rachel Paling created the method and approaches Neurolanguage Coaching ® which incorporates professional coaching and principles of neuroscience into the learning process. She globally coaches and trains teachers, turning them into certified and ICF-accredited Neurolanguage coaches. She has established the Neurolanguage Coach® network, comprising over 1000 coaches in 70+ countries.

Gabriel Clark

Academic Director & Content Creator @Clark and Miller.

With almost two decades dedicated to teaching English as a Foreign Language, Gabriel brings a wealth of expertise to the field. His teaching journey spans various contexts, and he possesses a rich background in Teacher Training and Professional Development. Outside the classroom, Gabriel is the driving force behind a thriving blog, website, and podcast specifically tailored for English Learners.

Hugh Dellar

Teacher Trainer & Author @Lexical Lab & National Geographic Learning.

Hugh Dellar is a teacher and teacher trainer with over twenty years’ experience in the field. Hugh has given teacher training and development sessions in over twenty countries. He has spoken on such wide-ranging topics as the nature of English as a Lingua Franca, the uses and abuses of corpora, approaches to teaching grammar and vocabulary, and many others.

Holly Morgan

Teacher Trainer & Academic Coordinator @English Path

Holly Morgan is the Academic Coordinator at English Path and has been working and teaching in the ELT industry since 2014. She has worked in Spain, Japan and the UK and holds a BSc in English Language and a DELTA certificate from Cambridge Assessment. She has taught a variety of levels and ages but is particularly interested in Business English and Teacher Development.

Robert Hanley

Teacher Trainer & Quality Manager @Atlantic Language

Robert has crafted and delivered impactful courses, integrating engaging strategies like game-based and student-centered learning. At the core of his philosophy is empowering learners to confidently apply new skills, ensuring authentic success in their educational journey.




Krisia Justesen

Teacher Trainer & Founder @Lightning English.

Over the past 15 years, Krisia Justesen has been dedicated to teaching English in three different countries. With a remarkable global footprint, she has resided in eight countries, immersing herself in six distinct languages. As an English educator, Krisia has cultivated inventive techniques and teaching methods. Krisia’s instructional philosophy aims to provide an efficient and effective path for learners to achieve linguistic proficiency.




Lydia Summerfield

Teacher Trainer & Academic Manager.

Lydia Summerfield is a Delta-qualified English teacher with a wealth of international teaching experience. In her professional trajectory, Lydia has served as the Academic Manager at a summer school in Bath. Additionally, she actively contributed to the British Council Prelim project, where she played a key role in designing and delivering a 10-week teacher training course for non-native English teachers.Beyond her role as an educator, Lydia is a certified mental health first aider.



Cristina Nicolaou

Experienced CELTA Trainer, University Lecturer & Examiner

Cristina Nicolaou, with 15 years in ELT, is a CELTA trainer, Cambridge examiner (IELTS, BEC, FCE), and a TESOL Master’s holder from the University of Manchester. She’s pursuing a Ph.D., focused on student-centered, enjoyable classrooms that enhance communication between learners and the world.

Milica Vukadin

ESL Teacher & Teacher Trainer

Milica Alice Vukadin holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with double minors (one in TEYL and another in Serbian language teaching methodology for VYL) from the Faculty of Education in Jagodina, University of Kragujevac. She is especially proud of her Master’s thesis on environmental education in bilingual preschools, and she loves teaching young and very young learners.

Gabriella Kovács

Language Coach & Teacher Trainer

Gabriella Kovács brings a professional perspective to language learning and soft skills for corporate clients. Originally hailing from Australia, she holds international certification from ICF as a language coach. Gabriella adds value through her expertise in business communication training, language teaching (B.Ed., M.A.), mentoring, facilitation, and teacher training.

Olga Stolbova


Olga Stolbova boasts over 20 years of experience in English teaching and has served as a teacher trainer since 2010. Having taught in China, the USA, and the Czech Republic, Olga extended her impact by conducting CELTA courses across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Embracing the belief that continuous professional development is imperative, she actively seeks new challenges annually.

Fiona Dunlop

Teacher Trainer & Principal @Wimbledon School of English

Fiona Dunlop is the Academic Director at Wimbledon School of English, London (one of the oldest ELT schools in the UK). Fiona has been involved in many aspects of ELT over the past 20 years, including Teacher Training, Business English and Academic Management. She spent several years at International House Cairo and  Rio/Sao Paulo before returning to London in 1997. She currently gives talks and provides training on many aspects of ELT such as course design, training new teachers, teacher observation, academic quality and motivating long stay students. She also runs  teacher training and development courses at Wimbledon School of English.

Burns Walton

Award-Winning Materials Writer, Senior Editor @Alphabet Publishing

Walton is a  materials writer, editor, book designer, and publishing consultant. He has been an EFL and ESL teacher since 2001. He has  also been an award-winning materials writer with experience professionally since 2007. He is  currently write teacher resource books, textbooks, and lesson plans for ESL schools.

Joe Dale

Modern Foreign Languages Guru, Technology & Language Learning Expert.

Joe Dale is an independent languages consultant from the UK with 13 years of teaching experience who works with a range of organisations such as Network for Languages, ALL, The British Council, the BBC, Skype, Microsoft and The Guardian.

Ania Kolbuszewska

Teacher Trainer, Mediator & Former Eaquals Board Member

Ania has worked as a language teacher, trainer, manager and consultant, providing business and academic consultancy in mainstream and private education at primary, secondary, tertiary and further education level. She is also a mediator with a keen interest in conflict management theory and practice. She has been worked in Eaquals Accreditation and Consultancy Services as a former member and director. She was the Author for Eaquals Self-help Guide to Teacher Development, Eaquals management competency framework and Use of English materials for Pearson.


Jennifer Schmidt

CLIL Teacher Trainer, Specialist in Bilingual Education & Erasmus+ Trainer

Jennifer Schmidt has been a collaborator in 3 bilingual and international education master’s programs with the University of Alcalá in Spain for the past 13 years. She has been a teacher, trainer, and professor for over 23 years. She has created and taught over 100 courses in centers of teacher formation in all parts of Spain, Europe and worldwide. She specializes in maker education CLIL, project-based learning, social and emotional learning, creativity through music, cognitive skill development, neuroeducation, and growth mindset.


André Hedlund

Bilingual Education Mentor, ELT trainer, Freelance writer

André Hedlund is a Chevening Alumnus, MSc Psychology of Education – University of Bristol, Educational Consultant, Speaker, and Guest Lecturer on Bilingualism and Cognition in Postgraduate courses. He currently works as an Edify Bilingual Program Mentor and as a member of BRAZ-TESOL’s Mind, Brain, and Education SIG. He blogs at http://www.edcrocks.com.

Anna Cuccia

Teacher Trainer and ELT Consultant

Anna started teaching English as a foreign language at university, and this led to many professional development opportunities: CELTYL Young Learner Endorsement, LCCI/Arels Teaching English for Business Certificate, preparing students for all Cambridge main suite exams, as well as training up to be a CELTA and DELTA tutor.  She  has been worked with most nationalities and have taught in the private and state sector, she developed and delivered countless training courses to students, teachers, and trainees at all levels. She has also written papers and speak at conferences, including delivering EAL training to NQTs.

Sophie Cocault

CELTA/ CELT-P/ CELT-S Trainer, EAL & ESOL Specialist

Sophie has over 15 years’ teaching experience and she has been training educators for 10 years. She has taught and lived in different countries and she has been researching multilingualism and how to use learners’ mother tongues in the classroom. She runs a multilingual story club called Tongues and Tales where people come and tell stories in various languages then all discuss in English. In her free time, she collect international children’s books, swim in the cold Irish sea and doodle!

Rob Howard

Teacher Trainer & Joint Coordinator @ IATEFL BESIG

Rob Howard is online as an active EFL Teacher and Neurolanguage Coach and training teachers to build their own freelance businesses. Rob is the owner of Online Language Center, managing partner at Business Language Training Institute and founder of EFLtalks – teachers teaching teachers. 

Sophie Cocault

CELTA/ CELT-P/ CELT-S Trainer, EAL & ESOL Specialist

Sophie has over 15 years’ teaching experience and she has been training educators for 10 years. She has taught and lived in different countries and she has been researching multilingualism and how to use learners’ mother tongues in the classroom. She runs a multilingual story club called Tongues and Tales where people come and tell stories in various languages then all discuss in English. In her free time, she collect international children’s books, swim in the cold Irish sea and doodle!

Aoife Tamura

Teacher Trainer & Academic Coordinator @Atlantic Language

Aoife has been involved in developing courses for Teachers and Young Learners for the past 10 years at Atlantic and has been a Teacher and Teacher Trainer in both Ireland & Japan since 2001. She currently oversees Erasmus Courses for Universities, Secondary Level Institutes and Primary Schools based throughout the EU.

She has also developed many specialised courses in the area of Teacher Methodologies for Educators, delivering training or training trainers, in areas such as CLIL/Innovative Methodologies/Learner Motivation/ Engaging Young Learners/ Digital Tools as a Trainer, Course developer & Centre Manager for Young Learners and for partner Erasmus organisations on behalf of Atlantic Language for a number of years.

Sheila Corwin

Teacher Trainer

Sheila currently works as an expert teacher trainer in Florence, Italy where she designs and facilitates courses in teaching methodologies and approaches for both primary and secondary school teachers from all over the EU through the Erasmus+ program. In the same location, she has led the Weekend and Advanced TEFL courses in collaboration with the Europass Teacher Academy. She also works online as an instructor for the TESOL International Association and became the course director of ICAL TEFL, a teacher training company previously located in London, England; after working as an online tutor with them for many years.

Steve Tulk

Principal @Stafford House International

Steve Tulk is an experienced teacher trainer and has held academic management and school management positions in the UK, France and Lebanon. Within the ELT classroom, Steve is particularly interested in diversity and representation, in particular making sure that students see ‘people like them’ in the lessons. Steve is also a big fan of increasing the representation of international accents in class materials.


Erin Vickerman

Teacher Trainer & ESOL Lecturer/Specialist.

DELTA qualified teacher and freelance trainer with 14 years’ experience in EFL with 3 of those in FE.


Suzanne Brown

Teacher Trainer & Managing Director @BLISS

Suzanne Brown is an experienced International Director with a demonstrated history of working in the international education industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Training Needs Analysis, Training Delivery, Management, and Interviewing. Strong professional with a BA (Hons) focused in Marketing and communication from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Svetlana Kandybovich

Education Consultant, Teacher Trainer and Learning Designer

Svetlana Kandybovich has accumulated over 20 years of experience in the education sector. Beyond her teaching role, Svetlana excels as an experienced education consultant and teacher trainer. She has led teacher training sessions and presented at numerous national and international conferences, generously sharing her wealth of knowledge and insights. Her expertise extends to various topics, including teaching English for general purposes, EAP, ESP, learning impact assessment, curriculum design, CLIL, and leadership teacher training.

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