Desiree A. PFISTER
Director of Studies
Desiree gained experience as a TESOL instructor at Business Colleges and Universities in England and China, and then went on to qualify as a professional performance coach with The Coaching Academy in London. Her dedication is directed towards developing the potential in others.
Student Welfare Team leader & TKT/TESOL Co-ordinator
Johanna is from Auckland, New Zealand, but she has lived for over 10 years in SE Asia. With over 15 years English teaching experience, she is passionate about training English teachers and is committed to helping students attain their goals and have a rewarding and worthwhile time at AEC.
Dave earned a Bachelor of Education (Hons) in England, as well as an RSA cert. TEFL qualification. 25 years of teaching experience in both England and New Zealand has given him the skills to help others to grow and develop in English and as people.
TEFL Instructor & Activities Co-ordinator
Shane has been teaching English for 15 years and is passionate to see his students succeed. As the activities co-ordinator he has the privilege of introducing students to the sights and attractions of New Zealand from Auckland to Taupo.
Dan was involved in social work for over 25 years, which included lecturing, training and pastoral care. He earned a TESOL certificate from Trinity College London and now specialises in teaching IELTS exam skills.
Gina has over 25 years’ experience as a teacher. She has been teaching English at AEC for over 12 years. Her lively personality and teaching style makes her popular with the students.
Lyn has had over 25 years teaching experience. She began as a primary and high school teacher and then moved on to teach ESOL in Korea and New Zealand. Lyn teaches her students in a friendly and nurturing environment.
Tersia Elisabeth NAIDOO
Tersia has over 20 years English teaching experience. She graduated with a Diploma in Music Education (Hons), in South Africa and a Masters’ in Professional Language Teaching in New Zealand. She thoroughly enjoys teaching English.
Sue has been teaching for over 18 years. She strives to educate students and empower them with life skills that will enable them to integrate into Kiwi culture.
Her motto is always to Encourage, Educate and Empower.
After qualifying as a teacher with distinction, Julie has taught for more than 20 years, mostly in NZ, but also overseas in Asia. She has been involved in teacher training and she is compassionate and caring.
Zoe is New Zealand born, but lived in China for seven years. She qualified as an English instructor with a CELTA certificate from the New Zealand Language Centre in Auckland. She enjoys teaching entry level English.
Peter holds a B.Com / LL.B, and CELTA qualification. He worked at a Community Law Centre in Auckland with a strong focus on legal education before moving to Mexico, where he gained 17 years’ experience teaching English and Spanish.
Philip has a wide range of cross cultural and teaching experiences: teaching English as a Second Language, Primary Education, Adult Education and Special Education since 2005. He enjoys teaching using acting, drawing and language games.
Bev qualified with CELTA in 2004, and has since taught in China and Vietnam. Her teaching experiences have spanned a wide range of levels from basic General English to Business English. She enjoys seeing her students’ progress.