Get to know our Management Team and Teaching Staff

Discover our exceptional management team and dedicated teachers. Explore their profiles to get to know our Spanish teachers better. Prepare to be impressed by their expertise and unwavering commitment.

Leadership Team

Chris Haworth
Chris Haworth

Position - Founder and Director

Meet Chris Haworth, the visionary director and founder of AIL Español. With a profound passion for Spanish language education and cultural immersion, Chris has diligently crafted a dynamic learning environment. His commitment to excellence and innovation ensures students receive an enriching educational experience that goes beyond language acquisition.

Jesús Palomares
Jesús Palomares

Position - Assistant Director

Jesús Palomares, our proficient Head of Marketing and Communication, plays a pivotal role at AIL Español. With his strategic expertise, he spearheads our outreach efforts, ensuring our message resonates with students worldwide. Jesús's passion for language education and dedication to fostering connections have been instrumental in AIL Madrid growth.

Susana Marqués
Susana Marqués

Position - Head of Academic Services

Susana Marqués, our dedicated Academic Director, is at the heart of AIL Español's educational excellence. With her extensive experience and innovative approach, she oversees our dynamic curriculum, ensuring students receive top-tier Spanish language instruction.

School Directors

Teresa
Teresa

Position - Director of AIL Málaga

Teresa is a fun and jovial person who spreads her good vibes wherever she goes. Although it has been a while since she last taught, Teresa remembers many anecdotes from when she was a teacher and every day at AIL Malaga, at the head of the school, she looks for the best ideas to make our students learn Spanish in a fast and fun way so that they remember their stay at the school as the best experience of their lives. read more

Valerio
Valerio

Position - Director of AIL Barcelona

Valerio, our director with a solid 9 years of experience at Olé, is a global citizen with a unique perspective. With two degrees in journalism and French philology, he combines his love of cultural diversity with an overflowing passion for education. As the leader of our school, Valerio brings not only academic knowledge, but also his infectious energy and commitment to meaningful learning. His love of pizza is almost as legendary as his connection to sports, where he is not only an enthusiastic spectator, but also a coach and referee. read more

Study Tours Team

Dora
Dora

Position - School Groups Manager

Dora doesn't need caffeine to be fully energized every morning. Her secret lies in her Spotify account and a playlist she's named "Full Energy." That's why you'll always see her with her headphones on, recharging her batteries for the day ahead. She's a true music lover and listens to all kinds of music in different languages, as she's fluent in 5 languages. Sometimes, she thinks in multiple languages at once in her head, but she takes it in stride, just like she does whenever someone calls her "Dora the Explorer." With a laugh, she tells us that as long as she lives in Spain, she'll never give up her straight bangs. Dora, it's a good thing you understand Spanish humor!

Hugo
Hugo

Position - School Groups Advisor

Hugo is like a Benetton ad, he is a citizen of the world. Although he was born in the UK, he has also lived in Spain and France. He is a very extroverted person, he is always smiling and he wastes charisma wherever he goes. However, he has a mini flaw that has led him to garner a bad reputation among his friends: he cooks with a lot of spice. He is working on improving it, but he tells us that he likes it that way. He is passionate about social networks and is always being told that he should open an account to post his motivational phrases, as he always sees the glass as half full. Hugo, we want to get rid of your bad reputation, when are you going to prepare your star dish?

Luca
Luca

Position - School Groups Advisor

Luca was born in Pordenone and laughingly tells us that he only needs a Vespa to fulfill many of the clichés about Italians. He is funny, outgoing and loves pasta. In particular lasagna and watch out, because he has a secret recipe that makes everyone who tries it lick their fingers. In addition to cooking, he loves to see new countries and photograph new landscapes. During his trip to Australia, in addition to perfecting his English, he fell in love with its wildlife and beaches. Luca loves sunbathing like any good mediterranean. Luca, we want to know more about your trip to Australia. We want to hear all about it!

Marlena
Marlena

Position - School Groups Advisor

Marlena was born in Poland and is a real lover of languages and tourism. As a good "guiri" she loves the sun and the beach and since she arrived in Malaga it was clear to her that this was her place. Her CV is bigger than Warsaw and she has worked in many places. She speaks German perfectly but prefers to speak Spanish because she says it sounds nicer and sweeter. She joins any plan that comes up but always reserves a little bit of the weekend to go diving and have anecdotes to tell her precious cat Tano. She loves the sea and feels like Ariel every time she puts on her long diving fins. Marlena, we want you to show us the best beaches in Malaga!

Teacher Team

Berna
Berna

Position - Spanish Teacher at AIL Madrid

Berna is a versatile teacher who loves challenges. She knew from a young age that teaching was her calling. She decided to go to Germany to teach Spanish and proudly shows her Goethe-Institut certificate, confirming that she speaks ... read more

María N.
María N.

Position - Spanish Teacher at AIL Madrid

María, AKA the queen of paella at AIL Madrid, is one of those people who quickly gains your trust. If you're wondering whether María could audition for the next season of Masterchef, the truth is, she can't. In fact, she jokingly ... read more

Beatriz
Beatriz

Position - Spanish Teacher at AIL Madrid

Bea is a teacher who radiates energy and vitality 24/7. She has a contagious enthusiasm and is up for anything. She has even recorded some videos for our social media, and she's really good at it. She tells us that she has picked up ... read more

Javi
Javi

Position - Spanish Teacher at AIL Málaga

Javi, because only his mother and when she's angry calls him Javier, is one of those teachers you always remember with a grin from ear to ear. He's more "malagueño" (from Malaga) than the "tortillita de camarones" (shrimp fritter) and the fair. He proudly embraces the typical culture and slang of Malaga. That's why his students know that when Javi says something is "perita" (slang for great), it means that something is really cool. He became a teacher because he loves languages, and he's particularly passionate about teaching Spanish culture. Javi, sign us up for a master class in Malaga cuisine! read more

Marta
Marta

Position - Spanish Teacher at AIL Málaga

Marta is one of those people whose enthusiasm is contagious as soon as you meet her. She is from a small coastal town in Malaga and always jokes that she is a water sign in her horoscope because whenever she is near the beach she feels free and calm. She loves to teach her students curiosities of her city and show them unique places, those that do not appear in Trip Advisor. Of course, as a good horoscope lover, she always likes to read her students' birth charts. Marta, we don't see the future but... We want you in our school forever! read more

Marina
Marina

Position - Spanish Teacher at AIL Málaga

Marina is a person with unstoppable energy that she radiates to everyone she crosses paths with. She loves to travel and languages. That's why, as soon as she had the opportunity, she went to the United Kingdom to perfect her English and enhance her credentials as a Spanish teacher. After a few years abroad, she got tired of fish and chips, and thanks to fate, when she returned to Spain and began looking for work, she had a perfect match with our school because she's as crazy about Spanish as we are. Marina, you have to give us a British pronunciation class! read more

Almudena
Almudena

Position - Spanish Teacher at AIL Barcelona

Almu, with nearly 20 years of experience, has been teaching Spanish to foreigners. Her passion for her work intertwines with her love for traveling and exploring diverse cultures. For her, immersing herself in the world's diversity while teaching becomes a genuine pleasure, allowing her to have "bits and pieces" of different parts of the world within her classroom. read more

Iván
Iván

Position - Spanish Teacher at AIL Barcelona

Ivan is from Barcelona. Since high school, he knew his calling was to become a Spanish teacher. He pursued Hispanic Philology, a master's in ELE (Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language), and another in Teacher Training. He believes he holds one of the most beautiful professions because he witnesses the evolution of his students in their Spanish learning journey and gets to explore diverse cultures. read more

Marcos
Marcos

Position - Spanish Teacher at AIL Barcelona

A graduate in Hispanic Philology, a teacher, and an eternal student. Passionate about cinema and literature. I perceive learning as an exchange. I'm equally interested in imparting my language and culture as I am in learning from my students, listening to what they have to say about their own cultures. I strive to approach my classes with a sense of humor and empathy. read more

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