Our teachers are certified professionals. They are fully qualified and experienced in teaching English as a foreign language and use progressive methods of teaching to help you communicate and enjoy the experience of learning English.

Iryna Musaieva

Iryna Musaieva

Core Teacher

Hi, I am Iryna. I started teaching English even before I got a Master's degree in teaching. After graduation, I spent a year working as an interpreter for an insurance company. In 2016 I returned to teaching, working as an English tutor and a teacher in private language schools. I am a Cambridge CELTA (Pass A), IELTS (overall band score - 8), and TKT (module 1) certified teacher. In January 2020, I received a job offer from British Council Ukraine, and I have been working here since then. 

Kate Powell

Kate Powell

Core Teacher

Hi! I’m Kate. My decision to become a teacher came from childhood, the first degree I acquired was in music. Not long before my graduation I felt the need to make a change and steered into English. I got a BA and MA in English which allowed me to travel/teach in many countries. While in Malaysia I earned Pass A in CELTA and secured a position at BC Malaysia. However, I felt it was time to go home where I completed TYLEC,IHCVYL,DELTA. I teach students of different level, ages and purposes. 

Kate Stenzia

Kate Stenzia

Core Teacher

Hi, I’m Kate. I started teaching English even before I graduated from my University. In 2000, I participated in the two-month Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Internship Program, the experience that broadened my horizons. In 2018, I completed CELTA and joined BC, in 2019-2020 I completed TYLEC, in 2020 I passed my CPE. I sincerely admire all people, from young learners to adults, who learn foreign languages, and do my best to assist those who are in their big adventure of studying English.

Katya Strikun

Kate Strikun

Core Teacher

I’m Katya and I’ve been working at the British Council here in Kyiv since August 2009. I hold an MA Hons. in Linguistics and I am a CPE, CELTA and IHCYLT certified teacher. In addition, I’m an international speaking examiner. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked as a translator and interpreter and as a legal assistant in the USA. My current teaching interests are in working with young learners and Exams. Outside of teaching, I practice yoga, calligraphy and enjoy spending time with my daughter.

Lena Nesterenko

Lena Nesterenko

Core Teacher

I’m Lena, and I’m from Dnipro. After graduating from the Dnipropetrovsk National University with two majors in psychology and TEFL in 1994, I started teaching English. I’ve been teaching students of all age groups and levels since then. Like most teachers, I am passionate about lifelong learning. My qualifications include an IH Cert.in TEFL, an IH Certificate in Business English, an IHCYLT, an IH Certificate in Advanced Methodology. I’m keen on making my lessons as communicative as possible.

 

Lidia Kurylo

Lidia Kurylo

Higher teacher

Hi, I’m Lidia. I studied linguistics and teaching English in Kyiv (PhD). Since 2002, I have got extensive experience teaching kids and adults. I came to the British Council in 2012 after doing CELTA. During 8 years of being employed here, I have used multiple opportunities to develop professionally: I got a certificate for teaching kids(TYLEC in 2018) and an international diploma for teaching both kids and adults (Delta in 2020). I enjoy working with groups of students, both online and offline.

 

Maria Penner

Maria Penner

Higher teacher

I was born in Russia, I’ve studied in Ukraine, Spain and Switzerland. I have a degree in English, but I realised that teaching is my calling only in 2010 when I came to the British Council. I’ve taught adults and children and worked as a teacher trainer. I have a Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English and a Cambridge Proficiency in English Certificate. I’m keen on teaching online and believe that good English classes should be challenging yet fun. In my free time I travel a lot and go hiking.

 

Marigold Gordon

Marigold Gordon-Gray

Core Teacher

Hi, I’m Goldie. I’m from England. After a career in publishing, I realised I wanted a job that would facilitate a life abroad once my kids had flown the nest, so I did CELTA in 2008 and gained a teaching Diploma two years later. My first teaching job was in England, where I helped immigrants prepare for the UK job market. After that came Bulgaria and now Ukraine. I’ve taught all ages and levels, but particularly enjoy teaching corporate and exam prep classes. I love travel and wine.

Mariya Dynnichenko

Mariya Dynnichenko

Higher teacher

Hi! I’m a teacher and trainer from Kyiv. I have two degrees, one in psychology, English and literature, another in speech therapy. My teaching qualifications are: IHCTYL, Cambridge CELTA and DELTA. I taught students of different ages (from 18 months old) and backgrounds at all levels and a variety of purposes. Before I joined the British Council in 2010, I’d worked as a translator, a business trainer, an authour, a career consultant and as an HR manager on top of being an English teacher.

Martin Ogilvy

Martin Ogilvy

Higher teacher

Hi, I’m Martin. I’ve worked as a teacher trainer for the British Council for more than 16 years now. I’ve worked in Russia, UAE and South Korea. I have extensive experience of all kinds of teaching and training, being also a Celta Main Course Tutor and IELTS examiner. I enjoy the fact that I can still learn things from my students and colleagues and that even after 20 years teaching, something new and surprising can happen any time. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family.