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.

Meet the teachers

Charlotte Smith

Senior Teacher (Adults)

Charlotte has a BA in English Literature and French and holds the Trinity College London CertTESOL and the Cambridge DELTA teaching qualifications. She taught English in the UK to students from all over the world for several years and was the Director of Studies at a language school before moving to Bulgaria in 2021 to work with the British Council. She loves reading, travelling, meeting new people and adding to her collection of vintage clothing.

Maya Ivanova

Senior Teacher (Young Learners)

Maya has CELTA and DELTA qualifications and a Master's Degree in English Philology. She has taught the whole plethora of English levels and student age groups. Maya has gained vast experience in examining for internationally recognised English language tests. In her free time she studies foreign languages – French and Portuguese – and enjoys city life.

Alexander Kirov

Alexander Kirov

Teacher

Alex has a BA in English Philology from Sofia University, the Cambridge CELTA and a specialist qualification in Teaching English in Pre-Primary Education. Since he started working at the British Council, Alex has taught adults and young learner groups of all ages and levels, and he is known and loved by many of our younger students. Alex is extremely passionate about the arts. His voice has been described as 'heavenly' and his friends often find it hard to stop him singing.

Barry-John Daly

Teacher

Born in Ireland, Barry grew up in France and in 2016 adopted Bulgaria as his home away from home. He has an M.A. in Psychology from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and worked in marketing for many years before deciding to become a teacher, obtaining his CELTA qualification here in Sofia. He speaks fluent French and Spanish and tries to get by in Bulgarian. In his free time, he loves getting out of the city – to the mountains for all things snow-related or to the sea to catch a wave.

Borislav Vasilev

Teacher

Bobby has a BA in English and American Studies, an MA in Conference Interpreting from Sofia University, the Cambridge CELTA and a specialist qualification in Teaching Young Learners. He worked as a Teaching Assistant at the British Council for several years before becoming a teacher in 2021. Bobby enjoys cinema, even more so when Tom Hardy is involved. He also enjoys listening to music and loves playing the guitar, especially acoustic.

Cathal Leonard

Cathal Leonard

Teacher

Lenny, as friends and students call him, is from County Mayo in Ireland. He has an MA in Political Science from Queens University Belfast and attained his CELTA teaching qualification in Budapest. Lenny has experience in teaching adults and teenagers of various levels. He enjoys playing the guitar, or trying to at least.

Chloe Sims

Chloe is from the East of England. She grew up in the UK and relocated to Bulgaria at the age of twelve. Moving abroad and learning a new language inspired her to become a teacher. For her, the best part of teaching is seeing students gain confidence. She obtained a CELTA qualification back in 2017. She has taught children, teenagers and adults at all levels. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending quality time with her family in the mountains, reading, and listening to music.

David How

David How

Teacher

David is from Guildford in the South East of England. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and CELTA Young Learner teaching qualifications. David has been teaching English since 2003 when he moved to Bulgaria. He has worked for the British Council since 2005. He is married and has a daughter who was born in Sofia in 2006. He loves to spend his free time with his family, enjoys reading and the occasional jog.

Dilyana Georgieva

Teacher

Dilyana holds a BA in English Philology from Plovdiv University and an MA in Speech and Language from Queen’s University Belfast. She is CELTA-qualified and has experience in teaching both adults and teenagers in the UK, China and Bulgaria. Having lived in various locations around the globe, Dilyana is passionate about shaping curious minds caring about the future. In her free time, Dilyana enjoys reading and travelling as well as experimenting with various cuisines.

Emma Shiekova

Emma Shiekova

Teacher

Born in Middlesbrough, North England, Emma grew up in Bulgaria and the UK. After a degree in Economics and Politics at Manchester University, she started teaching English in a London EFL school and ESOL to immigrants and asylum-seekers. Emma then combined teaching with her love of other cultures, world food and travelling (her plan: to travel to all 196 countries) in Russia, Scotland and South Korea. Emma has a CELTA, CELTA YL and Certificate of Education in ESOL and Further Education Teaching.