Our team

Ayako Ota

Accounts Manager

Ayako is from Japan and is a native Japanese speaker and has a good command of Mandarin and English.

Katinka Csizmadi

Communications and Marketing Manager

Katinka was born in Budapest, Hungary. She is a native Hungarian speaker, but she speaks English, Spanish and a limited amount of Portuguese as well.

Katinka has an English Philology BA Degree with a Cross-Cultural Specialisation. She also obtained a second degree in Conference Interpretation with English, Spanish and Hungarian languages.

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Glenn Moffat

Administrator/IT Technician

Glenn was born and bred in Glasgow, he speaks a limited amount of French.

Before joining Live Language, Glenn completed his Higher exams and graduated from Hyndland Secondary School (May 2008). He then did volunteer work at Clarence Court Nursing Home assisting the activities officer until October 2008.

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Alessandra Lorenzon

Administrator and Student Services

Alessandra was born in Italy, in a little medieval town called Marostica which is near Venice. She is a native Italian speaker and she speaks English, Spanish and a little French.

Sharon Chalmers

School Manager

Sharon became an English Teacher after completing her degree in Accountancy and Postgraduate Diploma in IT. She’s been teaching since 1997 and has worked in the Middle East, Far East and Europe in that time. Sharon has also worked with the British Council, delivering teacher training workshops for IELTS teachers.

Jane Mair

Senior English Language Teacher
Jane is from Aberdeen, a city in the north east of Scotland, known as the Granite City. Jane graduated from Stirling University in 2012 with a degree in French and Spanish. As part of her degree, Jane went to University in Cordoba, Spain where she took every opportunity to travel, try new food and experience the Spanish culture .

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Allison Steven

English Language Teacher

Allison is a native of Glasgow and loves the city. She has worked at Live Language since January 2007.

She has experience of teaching English as a foreign language for over 8 years. She has taught English in Japan and South Korea and travelled extensively throughout Australia, Central America and Northern Asia.

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Kenny Arnott

English Language Teacher and Academic Tutor

Kenny is the longest serving teacher at Live Language having started in November 2006. He is from a small town just outside Glasgow and has been teaching for over 15 years, both in Scotland and abroad.

Heather Whytock

English Language Teacher

Heather was brought up on the Isle of Lewis in the northwest of Scotland. After school she moved to Glasgow to study for her M.A (Hons) in German and Celtic Civilisation. As part of her degree she spent nine months working as a language assistant in a secondary school in Germany where she got her first taste of English language teaching.

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Morag McIntosh

English language Teacher

Morag is from Perthshire in Central Scotland. She has been an English teacher since 2007, and she is also qualified as a lawyer and a fitness instructor. Morag loves travelling and learning new languages, and she speaks, German, Spanish, Italian and French.

José Antonio Ibáñez Rodríguez

Spanish Language Teacher

José was born in Granada. He is a native speaker of Spanish and fluent in English. He studied Philosophy at Granada University and London Metropolitan University. He has also undertaken an MSc in International Development Management at Granada University and the Spanish PGCE Equivalent, before moving to Glasgow in 2008.

Eleanor Caldwell

German Language Teacher

Eleanor is a Paisley buddy and grew up in Dunoon on the Clyde coast. Before studying German and Education at Stirling University, she worked in a hotel in Bavaria where she became fluent in German and its colourful Bavarian variations.

Agata Marczak

Polish Language Teacher

Agata comes from Poland where she obtained a degree in English Studies with Translation. She also studied at the University of Zadar as a part of her course where she learnt Croatian language and met people from different countries.

Nozomi Clements

Japanese Language Teacher

Midori Dilear

Japanese Language Teacher

I grew up in Osaka which in the second biggest city in Japan. I studied English at University in Osaka. And in London and Oxford. I moved to the UK in 2008 and have lived in Glasgow since 2009. I love Glasgow. It's a big and friendly city just the same as Osaka I think. I like eating, traveling, listening to music and want to continue growing as a person.

Nikki Odenhoven

Dutch Language Teacher

Nikki was born in Singapore, but has lived in the Netherlands most of her life. She moved to Glasgow last year to study Chemistry & Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. Besides her studies Nikki has always had an interest in languages, and has helped expats learn Dutch growing up.

Izumi Sakata

Japanese Language Teacher

Izumi is from a small town near Nagoya which is in between Tokyo and Osaka. Nagoya is the forth biggest city in Japan. She spent 4 years in Tokyo where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Home Economics. Before she came to Glasgow in 2011, she lived in New Jersey, USA for 5 years. In her free time, she enjoys working in a Oxfam shop. Izumi is delighted to meet those enthusiastic students who want to learn her native language, Japanese and its culture.

Adriana Molina

Spanish Language Teacher

Adriana is a native Spanish speaker originally from the Gulf of Mexico.She holds a MSc in Quality Systems Management and is currently pursuing and MBA. Adriana has experience as training and career coordinator for personnel in industries such as manufacturing and Oil & Gas Services for international companies. Her experience is based upon Spanish for Business.

Elsie Perez

Dutch and French Language Teacher

Elsie is from Belgium. She studied a Bachelor’s in Education in Gent and a Master’s in Literature at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. She speaks Dutch, Spanish, French and English. She loves cooking, travelling and learning new languages!

Paula Veiga

Portuguese Language Teacher

Paula is a native speaker of Portuguese. Born in hot and sunny Brazil, she taught English as a second language for over 10 years in São Paulo. She has a Master’s Degree in Translation and also works as a volunteer English teacher. After moving to Glasgow in early 2019, she learned how to survive a gale, constant rain and cold days, always wearing as many layers as possible. She enjoys good music, good food, good coffee, and hugs. Her favourite word in Portuguese is “saudade”.

Jana Wienken

German Language Teacher

Jana grew up in a small town in Germany, but left the small town life behind when she moved to the beautiful and exciting city of Cologne to study German Language and Literature and Media and Cultural Studies. University and the big city life have taught her a lot and she has since been on a journey to learn from and with others. During her studies, Jana was fortunate enough to spend some time in Melbourne and Glasgow. Having fallen completely for Glasgow, she vowed to come back one day. And here she is: 4 years, a degree, a teacher training and some exciting adventures later. She enjoys getting to know people and places, climbing mountains and sitting under trees, reading and learning new things. She hopes to play an instrument one day.