Our Teachers

All Sparkfish Teachers are highly-qualified with a minimum university degree level education, many with formal teaching qualifications or advanced degrees. 

To teach with Sparkfish, our teachers have at least two-years online teaching experience with a proven track record of delivering dynamic online classes. 

Every teacher undergoes our thorough in-house vetting and training programme to ensure that the student receives a high quality and enjoyable learning experience within a safe and trusted platform. We look forward to meeting you!

Helen Poole


BA TESOL and Special Needs (University of Wolverhampton)

Accredited TESOL Certification

Helen has been teaching English for over 20 years both in the UK and abroad. She notably spent some years in Japan working for the JET programme where she taught Elementary and High School Students. She also ran an after school drama club to facilitate complete immersion.

Helen has wanted to be a teacher ever since she was very young, and has pursued her career with passion and commitment. She aspires to engage and inspire her students in every class, and also believes she learns just as much from her students. Helen lives in Devon with her family and beautiful dog, who is aptly named Bella!

Helen Hodgson


BSc  Anatomical Science ( University of Birmingham)

Accredited TEFL Certification

Helen has been teaching for over 4 years , and has taught children , teens and young adults of all ages and levels. She also has much experience teaching on-line to large groups , where she is skilled in creating relaxed ,friendly and informative lessons.

Prior to teaching English,  Helen had an extensive career as a Director of Health and Social care. Her speciality was looking after children and adults with Complex physical and mental  disabilities. She has also been an owner of a million pound plus turnover business. Helen now enjoys life in Spain  with her family.

Hollie Rose



Accredited TEFL

Hollie has a background in governess roles and private tutoring in both London and Sydney. She can teach a range of academic subjects from Mathematics and Chemistry to English and Spanish.

Hollie has lived in 3 different countries: England, Australia and Brazil, and she speaks and teaches English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Her love of learning and natural curiosity has led her to work in multiple industries and take on lots of interesting hobbies, such as cooking, growing vegetables, cycling and yoga, to name a few.

Hollie is inspired by the multiple ways in which we can learn, and her goal is always to instill confidence and motivation via my teaching methodologies for students of all ages.

Megan A OConnor


BA Language and Cultural Studies ( University College Cork)

PGCE Modern Foreign Languages (Institute of Education (UCL))

Accredited TEFL Certification

Megan has been teaching since 2009 and has a lot of experience including at an international school in Abu Dhabi and at a language school in Peru. She is multilingual and also has experience teaching French and Spanish as Deputy Head of Languages at a high school in London.

Aside from being a language expert,  Megan is an avid animal lover and has volunteered at shelters globally, including in Peru, Mexico and Thailand.  She is also a qualified Yoga teacher and she also loves to play the guitar. She is currently living in London.

Nikita McBride


Teacher Nikita is from Ireland, currently living in Greece.
Nikita graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University where she studied Fine Art. Before university she studied Contemporary Textile Design and was awarded a Higher National Diploma. Nikita has a creative background working as an artist and curator after graduation.

Nikita has an accredited 168 hour Level 5 TEFL certificate . She has taught students of various levels, ages and nationalities in public schools, private one to one, online and small group classes. Nikita has worked in Cambridge Language Centres in Italy where she prepared students for their KET, PET and FCE exams.
Nikita is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher, her goal is to make her students feel confident and inspired whilst learning in a fun, and dynamic environment.
Nikita has travelled to many countries around the world. In her spare time she loves to get creative. She is also a plant and garden enthusiast.

Nicolette (Lette) Atkin


Bachelor´s Degree in Education

Accredited TEFL and TESOL certificates

Lette is a highly qualified primary school teacher with over 20 years of experience, teaching in English state, private and international schools.

During that time, she has been dedicated to helping children from a variety of different ages, abilities, and cultures, foster their love of learning. She has also become extremely passionate about delivering specialist phonic and literacy tuition to all, to ignite their own love of reading. Lette is an enthusiastic, engaging, and creative teacher who thrives on encouraging her students to be happy, hardworking and proud of their own achievements

Philippa Fellowes


Bachelor´s Degree in Sociology from University of Durham

Studying a Post grad in Psychology and Counselling with Open University

Accredited TEFL Certificate

Philippa has been teaching English online since 2019 to children all over the world and specialises in teaching younger kids – ages ranging from 3 – 13. She enjoys teaching all levels, but really thrives with the younger ones.
In her spare time she grows her own vegetables on her allotment, and she loves walking in the countryside with her family.

Rachel Navaro


BEd Primary Teaching Language and Communication

Cambridge English Teacher Certification

Accredited TEFL Certification

Rachel’s teaching career has spanned more than 22 years. Starting at Primary schools in the UK where she specialised in Bilingual  Language Acquisition, and eventually taking her to Turkey in 1999. There she ran a bi-lingual preschool helping children thrive in both Turkish and English.

Tom Sargeant


Accredited TEFL certificate


RSA certificates

Tom has 7 years’ experience teaching in Asia and Europe from kindergarten to University level, including Business. He has also helped to develop Education and Development NGOs community programs, published a report on pathways into Higher Education so that work experienced people could gain qualifications, and he has created and taught a Business English conversation course for a University in Finland.

You can see that Tom likes to travel and he has helped to fund and build a primary school in Nepal and also taught English in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery whilst he was living there! He will tell you that the monks do play football and Tom shares this passion for activity with his love of Yoga, Zen, walking, nature and swimming.

Stef Anaya


A BA Hispanic Studies (University of Sheffield) graduate, Stef has Accredited CELTA (University of Guadalajara) and TESOL Certification (Sheffield Hallam University).   She has  taught for over 14 years, working with children, teens and adults at prestigious institutions and businesses in Mexico, Portugal and Spain and online.  Stef has extensive experience in preparing students for all levels of Cambridge English Examinations.  In the UK she taught refugees and asylum seekers in London and also  led a ground-breaking project improving access to health, education and training for marginalized communities.  Having worked as an interpreter, she  spent 10 years managing the largest public sector interpreting and translation service in the United Kingdom. Keen to promote a love of reading, Stef  owns an English Book Shop and Storytelling business in Spain, where she has  lived since 2011.

William Honaker


BS Business Administration ( Xavier University , Cincinnati, Ohio)

LEED AP  ( Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) (The U.S. Green Building Council)

Accredited TEFL Qualification

William has over 15 years experience, including many years teaching College Preparation English in Private schools. He is also a Language consultant to career minded adults who wish to achieve their business goals.

William has designed many sustainable living homes and offices which have been constructed in the US. Amongst these are residencies using ‘Smart Technology’ specifically designed to assist the elderly.

He also loves travelling ( where he always learns to cook a native dish!),   listening to music and reading.. Everything!