A native of Germany, Andreas wanted to travel and learn foreign languages from a young age. After going on exchange programmes to Kazakhstan and the United States while still in high school, he was subsequently educated at American, Canadian and New Zealand universities.
His travels have taken him to many countries across the world, inspiring his passion for languages, cultures and international politics. After a few years of lecturing in International Relations at universities, Andreas decided to focus on his interest in languages instead. He completed a diploma in the teaching of German as a foreign language and established Lingua in 2013.
At Lingua, Andreas teaches German and English and is also involved in the French and Latin programmes.
Guzel comes from the city of Ufa in Central Russia. With a passion for languages, she studied to become a translator and interpreter before eventually gaining her doctorate in Linguistics.
Her career as a Russian and English language instructor began in 2004. Since then, she has worked at universities and international schools both in Russia and Singapore. She has also been involved in the Critical Language Scholarship Program, a cultural and educational exchange program sponsored by the US Department of State.
At Lingua, Guzel teaches Russian and is also involved in the English language programme.
Coming from the tropical portion of the world, Karoline was born in Brazil and has lived in many different parts of the country. Her travels have brought her into contact with many different dialects and cultures from across Brazil.
With a background in physiotherapy, Karoline has a lot of experience working with people from different backgrounds and age groups. She enjoys the interaction with people and is passionate about sharing with them her knowledge of Portuguese.
Karoline is patient, calm, creative and always happy to help. At Lingua, she is responsible for the Portuguese programme.
Margaret was born and brought up in New Plymouth. After completing her studies at the University of Victoria in Wellington, she went abroad and spent the last thirty years in Italy. Her husband is Italian and her two daughters were both born there.
They have all travelled widely in Europe and the UK, but still find that the country they love is Italy: the wealth of history, art, literature, cultural activities, music, colour and cuisine that Italy offers.
Margaret has always worked as a teacher and has a postgraduate diploma in second-language teaching. She has worked with students of all ages, both at school and in a business setting.
At Lingua, Margaret is responsible for the Italian and Latin programmes.
Originally from Fujian Province in China, Fanfei started her career as a university lecturer before relocating to New Plymouth in the late 1990s to continue her studies at WITT.
In 2005, Fanfei returned to China, where she worked in the marketing sector in Shanghai for a number of years, a job that allowed her to travel the world and get to know different cultures.
Through her interest in literature, Fanfei discovered her passion for sharing the Chinese language and culture with others. This prompted her to obtain her International Teaching Certificate as a Senior Chinese Language Teacher.
After a few years of teaching Mandarin in China, Fanfei now runs the Mandarin programme at Lingua.
Originally from Venezuela in South America, Maria began her career as a computer engineer but started teaching Spanish in 2009.
Maria has visited several different countries in Latin America and lived in the United States before settling in New Zealand in 2014. As a result, Maria is well-travelled and brings with her a thorough understanding of different Spanish dialects.
Creativity and an innovative approach to learning characterise Maria's style. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of Spanish, the Latin culture and her love of the language with her students.
Melanie is a Kiwi with a passion for languages. Having studied French and Spanish in high school, Melanie participated in an exchange programme to the Canadian province of Québec. Upon her return to New Zealand, she completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in French and Spanish.
During her university years, Melanie spent a semester in Alicante, Spain. Together with her husband, she has travelled extensively through Latin America where she has been able to practice speaking Spanish.
Melanie and her family returned to New Plymouth in 2013 to be close to family and enjoy the wonderful lifestyle the city offers. She thoroughly enjoys sharing her love for languages by teaching Spanish at Lingua.
PostGradDipArts (Massey), BA (Sukhothai)
Cert in Early Childhood Education, Cert in Adult & Tertiary Teaching
Cherry is a Thai-born Kiwi who has travelled the world and has lived in France, Argentina, Denmark and Brunei. Extensive international experience gives her the ability to understand cultural differences and find creative ways to educate people of all ages and backgrounds.
Cherry has a positive attitude with a passion for teaching. She speaks fluent Thai, French and English but also has knowledge of Spanish, Danish and basic te reo Maori.
At Lingua, Cherry is responsible for the Thai and French programmes and teaches children, teens and adults.
Qui was born and raised in Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam. She came to New Zealand to complete her schooling in Wellington, then went on to study pharmacy at the University of Otago.
After working as a pharmacist for several years, Qui gained an additional qualification as a project manager. She joined Lingua in this capacity and has since then also developed our Vietnamese language program.
At Lingua, Qui teaches Vietnamese and also works at the main reception desk, where she welcomes clients, answers customer queries and works to ensure that everything runs smoothly.