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 the city of Lille in northern France, Margaux worked in a number of French ski resorts before settling in New Plymouth, her husband's home town, in early 2017.
Through her work in the hospitality and tourism industry, Margaux got to know people from around the world and discovered her passion for sharing with them her love for the French culture and language.
Margaux enjoys working with people of all ages, helping them learn French at their own pace, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. At Lingua, she is responsible for the French programme, teaching children, teens and adults.
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.
Originally from the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas, Sinai has extensively travelled across Latin America and Spain. As a result, she has a high degree of fluency in major Spanish dialects.
With a background in graphic design, there is always creativity involved in her way of teaching. She is enthusiastic and devoted to her work as well as passionate about maximising learning opportunities in diverse classroom settings.
Prior to moving to New Plymouth, Sinai worked as a Spanish instructor in Australia for seven years. At Lingua, Sinai is responsible for the Spanish programme 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.