Meet the Team
Natasha Mason Kennedy (UK) - Owner and Director
Natasha has a background in Law (LLB) and Human Resources (Dip HRM). Over the last eight years, she has been teaching business English extensively throughout the Madrid province. During this time she has acquired an in-depth knowledge of writing materials, teaching groups, conducting telephone classes, seminars and intensive courses targeted at the business community.
Natasha was also the Director of Studies for an in-house programme with a leading 5 consultancy firm in Madrid. This involved training, managing teachers and ensuring that all 140 students were happy and reached their language targets.
Natasha is a TEFL trainer who has worked in various TEFL schools in Madrid before starting up Tt Madrid.
Whilst being a trainer on the course, Natasha is also very active within the teaching community in Madrid and it often in meetings with lawyers to make sure the visa information is up to date, working on projects with the Ministry of Education and currently helping the University of Alcalá to incorporate the TtMadrid TEFL course into their Masters in Bilingual and Multicultural Education.
John Hewson (UK) - Academic Director
John has been teaching English in Madrid since 2008 and has earned a reputation teaching directors and executives while working in corporate environments around Madrid, such as Telefonica, Caja Madrid, Sony-Ericsson, KPMG and General Electric.
John started training with TtMadrid in 2010 and after becoming a qualified observer, he become a part-time trainer and now holds the position as Academic Director.
John comes from a strong business background with a web design agency and providing live stage sound services to a number of household names in the UK. All this experience has allowed him to flourish as a business English teacher with a particular interest in the latest cutting edge educational technology.
During his time teaching, John has been busy developing materials for both face to face classes and online /telephone teaching material. As a former TT Graduate he finished his course finding a passion for elaborate, useful and fun class materials.
Lisette Miranda (American) - Marketing & Teacher Support Manager
Lisette is a wealth of knowledge and advice before, during and after the course. After a degree in Arts in Psychology with a Double Minor in Business and Education obtained at University at Albany in New York, Lisette completed her TEFL Certification with TtMadrid in March 2009. Upon completing her TEFL she received a Masters in Bilingual and Multicultural Education at the University of Alcalá in Madrid while teaching English. She has extensive experience in Marketing and Event Planning.
Lisette actively introduces TtMadrid to local and international organization with hopes to develop future collaborations. She manages the Social Media outlets via Facebook and Twitter. She interviews incoming TtMadrid Trainees from all over the world ie. USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, France, Israel, Italy, Portugal, and the Philippines, to name a few. Once in the course Lisette moderates teaching practices, assists in resume/CV revision, and provides an overview of what to expect from the teaching market in Madrid. In addition, she is the point of contact for language academies and agencies looking to hire our graduates and the liaison for our graduates and the teaching world. Lisette has an infectious personality which makes her an excellent person as the liaison contact. She also arranges amazing social events which keeps our TtMadrid community very close.
Megan Worcester (American) - Observer and Trainer
Megan has her background in Foreign Language Education, with a focus on Spanish. Throughout college she worked extensively with Ambassadors for Children, a non-profit organization which helps and builds schools and libraries in Third World countries. After studying abroad in the south of Spain, Megan decided to make Spain her home. She completed her Student Teaching in Avila before completing her TEFL certification through TtMadrid. She is currently completing her Masters in English as a Second Language through Indiana University.
Heather Twombly (American) - Trainee Support Coordinator
Heather, who is originally from Boston did a summer course in Salamanca, Spain back in 2003. From that point on her return to Spain became a top priority. Since then she has been teaching English in Madrid since 2007, and completed her TEFL course with TtMadrid in October 2009. She is the first point of contact for all our potential trainees. After earning a double degree in Communication and Spanish at Umass Amherst in Massachusetts, Heather worked as an English teacher for the Community of Madrid. She recently completed a Masters in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the University of Alcalá, here in Madrid. Heather’s teaching experience is principally with children at the primary school level. She is here to answer your questions from your first email up until your arrival, her experience and knowledge of Madrid is extensive and she is always available to help and advise you.
Home country: United States
Previous Job: Speech-Language Pathologist.
Age: 30 years old.
My husband Sean and I did the September TtMadrid program and are thrilled with the results. The course was initially a way for us to move to Spain legally and immerse ourselves in the Spanish culture. Sean was a math teacher and I was a Speech Pathologist in the US; teaching English seemed like a happy medium. I was a bit apprehensive- I had never taught before- but the TtMadrid method thoroughly prepared me. The program is quite comprehensive and lectures cover many practical and theoretical aspects of teaching. The teachers present a sort of recipe for how to conduct a class from start to finish.
The TtMadrid staff is unbelievably helpful and they foster a family-like atmosphere. I was impressed from the start of my journey while in the US, communicating primarily with Lisette, who helped us with every step of the daunting visa process. She could not have been more patient! During the course, we spent countless hours with the talented teachers John and Tem, who are genuine, kind, and experts in their craft. During my teaching practice, I appreciated the one-on-one attention they provided after each class. The feedback was invaluable and it helped shape my emerging skills. Of course, present throughout the process was Natasha, herself a gifted teacher and always lending a nurturing, helping hand. We’ve sought her guidance on everything from teaching and setting up a schedule to bank accounts and cell phones. You are never a number with Natasha and she stays connected well after graduation. As a married couple, she made us feel incredibly comfortable with this huge transition.
I strongly recommend the TtMadrid program to anyone interested in becoming TEFL certified, as well as to anyone wanting to live in Spain and work a very manageable schedule. I started working the week immediately following the course. I have actually turned down multiple job opportunities due to less ideal travel time or requirements for working in Fridays... TtMadrid truly makes you marketable and you can have a work schedule that suits your needs. I currently work 20 hours a week and have a three day weekend every week!
Check out our fun and interactive Spanish classes at our sister school here in Madrid, Spain www.laemadrid.com