All of our passionate and dedicated teachers meet the highest international standards with formal qualifications and extensive experience in teaching English to students of all ages. Our minimum requirements for teachers are:

  • education to degree level or equivalent qualification
  • a certificate level qualification in teaching English as a foreign language such as Cambridge University CELTA or Trinity College London CertTESOL
  • at least two years’ teaching experience
  • high proficiency in the use of the English language.

Our teachers have also recently completed training courses to prepare them to teach English online by exploring the tools and teaching skills needed to develop learners’ language skills in both one-to-one and group online lessons.

Meet the teachers

Anellia Mladenova

Anellia Mladenova

Senior Teacher

Anellia has a Master’s degree in English Philology from Sofia University and an additional qualification in teaching learners with visual impairment from Birmingham University. She completed her DELTA at International House-London and the Young Learners’ Extension to CELTA in Poland. Anellia has extensive teaching experience in both Bulgaria and the UK, and was Head of the EFL School at Rochester Independent College.

Alexander Kirov

Alexander Kirov

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.

Brendan Marren

Brendan Marren

Brendan is a CELTA qualified teacher and has been teaching at the British Council since 2004. Before becoming a teacher he worked for the British Council in the UK and abroad in a number of financial posts and as an external consultant. He has also worked in real estate. In his spare time he enjoys walking in the mountain close to where he lives and cultivating his ever expanding vegetable garden. His favourite group is the UK 80’s band The Smiths.

Cathal Leonard

Cathal Leonard

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.

David How

David How

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.

Emma Shiekova

Emma Shiekova

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.

Gergana Stoeva

Teacher

Gergana has a BA in British and American studies from Sofia University and is currently doing a Master's degree in Written Translation. She has the Cambridge CELTA, as well as NILE training for teaching Young Learners and is more than happy to be doing her dream job at the British Council. Gerry enjoys teaching students of all ages. She is interested in painting, embroidery and all things crafty.

Hristina Yovcheva

Hristina Yovcheva

Hristina has M.Sc. degrees in Tourism and HR Management. She’s a CELTA-certified teacher with an IH Certificate in teaching Business English and a Thomas Int. expert in psychometric analysis. Business and Legal English are her passion, having previously had a 9-year corporate career in aviation. She taught skill-based courses to senior civil servants who represented Bulgaria at the Presidency of the EU Council. She’s an author of “Job Interviews in English”, a book translator and editor.

Ivaylo Ivanov

Ivaylo Ivanov

Ivaylo has an MA in International Relations and worked in the corporate sector for several years before training to become a teacher. He has a Cambridge CELTA and specialist qualifications in teaching business English and teaching young learners. He likes to explore how technology can be used to facilitate learning and this recently inspired him to start the British Council’s Code Club for primary students. Ivo is a keen cyclist and loves trekking adventures. 

Iveta Taseva

Iveta Tasseva

Since receiving her Master’s degree in British and American Studies, Iveta has worked as an English teacher in Bulgaria and the UK, and has attained DELTA and CELTYL qualifications. She has significant experience of preparing students and examining for internationally recognised English language tests. In her free time, energetic Iveta enjoys swimming, skating, and mountain walking.