Teachers are one of the most important factors in guaranteeing success for our students. That is why we are committed to providing you with the best qualified and the most experienced teaching professionals.


  • highly qualified. Many teachers have a diploma-level qualification such as the Cambridge University DELTA or Trinity College London DipTESOL. All teachers have as a minimum a certificate in teaching English.
  • very experienced. All teachers have at least two years full-time teaching experience.
  • highly expert in the use of the English language.
  • are engaged in continual professional development. 
  • educated to degree level. 

Meet some of our teachers

Claire Porter

Claire Porter

I have always had a passion for language learning and teaching. After completing a degree in European Studies with German and Spanish I started teaching English in Spain. I have the Trinity Diploma in TESOL and the Trinity Young Learners Extension Course.
I enjoy teaching English to all ages and levels. What I love about my job is that every day is different and that I meet people from a variety of backgrounds.
I enjoy reading, listening to music, taking photographs and trying to learn Slovak.

Laurent Lapi

Laurent Lapi

I studied in France, Sweden and Australia and got my Cambridge CELTA in 2014. I’ve now taught English in 5 different countries and I find teaching very rewarding and enjoyable. I really love languages and I’m currently learning Japanese. During my free time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, playing the guitar, reading, movies and video-games.

Rob Smith

I studied at the Universities of Bristol and Stockholm and did my Trinity CertTESOL in 1999. I first came to Slovakia in 1999, living in both Žilina, where I taught history in a gymnázium, and Nitra. I have also taught in Sweden and the UK. I have worked for the British Council since 2012. What I enjoy most about living in ‘the heart of Europe’ is that having a love of artistic culture of central Europe of early 20th century, there are many cultural opportunities here. 

Júlia Stehliková

I started teaching English in 2005 and have taught a wide range of adult courses and young learners from four to sixty four. Before joining the British Council I spent three years working as a young learners coordinator. I have also worked as an exam manager. I am a certified Cambridge examiner for young learner exams and have an IH Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers. In my free time I like hiking, going to concerts and collecting illustrated children's books.

Philip Brooks

Having worked as a lawyer for 20 years, I changed career and have been teaching in Slovakia since 1999. I find teaching very enjoyable and satisfying. I’ve taught adults at all levels and young learners from age seven. I’ve many years’ experience of teaching for Cambridge English exams and utilise my previous experience in teaching Legal English. I hold a DELTA and am an examiner for Cambridge young learners exams. I enjoy travelling, music, literature and art and am a keen fan of HC Slovan.

Edward Egan

I come from Australia, Adelaide. After university where I studied History I went to live and work in London. After a very enjoyable 3 years I decided to change my life again and went to Madrid, Spain where I did my CELTA and began to work as a teacher. After many happy years in Spain another change came and I spent 3 years teaching in Seoul, Korea. I recently arrived in Slovakia and I’m enjoying discovering this part of Europe. My interests are reading, cinema, running, hiking, museums…

Glenda Murray

I have been teaching at the British Council for six years and in Slovakia for nine years. Before that I taught in Poland, Czech Republic, Costa Rica and Britain. I did my CELTA in 2000 and certificate for teaching children in 2005 and my DELTA in 2006. I especially enjoy teaching exam classes and teenagers. In my free time I like to go salsa dancing, cycling and hiking.

Richard Veal

I ve been teaching for about 14 years in Slovakia and Romania. Previously, I worked in zoos and safari parks. Currently, I am closely involved with Cambridge exams. During my work at the British Council, I have developed an interest in the particular requirements of Slovak learners of English.