Meet the Trainers
Leona Máslová, MA
Head of Teacher Training Centre
CELTA course director & DELTA tutor
I have been involved in teaching and teacher training since 1995, in Hungary, Russia, South Africa and the Czech Republic. At Akcent IH Prague I oversee the Teacher Training Department and work on CELTA, DELTA and TKT courses. I am a CELTA assessor, which means I also get to travel a fair amount and see other CELTA centres in the region. My main free time activity is being a mum, but I also like reading, watching films, skiing and playing badminton.
Cathy Bowden, MA
DELTA course director, CELTA and IH BET1 tutor
I have taught in Vilnius in Lithuania, Brno and Prague in the Czech Republic for more years than I care to remember. I teach on the CELTA and Delta courses as well as still keeping my hand in with teaching English directly. I came to AKCENT IH Prague in order to do the Delta course and have stayed thanks partly thanks to the opportunities offered here to develop in new ways. Also Prague is a very pleasant place to live! I enjoy going to the theatre and cinema, sampling Czech beer in cozy pubs and am an avid fan of The Archers.
Mgr. Alžběta Polišenská
CELTA, DELTA, TKT
I have taught English since 1993. I received Trinity Licentiate Diploma in ELT in 1998 and I have been involved in teacher training since 2001. I’m based in Brno and work on CELTA courses in Brno and Prague. If I’m not travelling between these two places, I like hiking, photography, listening to music or sometimes just staying in and reading.
Gregor Kalinowski, PhD
I’ve worked in EFL since 2003, and have been in Prague since 2005. I currently work as a teacher-trainer (CELTA) and college tutor for AKCENT IH Prague.
Jaime Lilley, BA
CELTA, DELTA, IH BET1, TKT
I moved to Prague from Los Angeles in 2005, and have been teaching ever since. I did both my CELTA and DELTA at Akcent, and I’ve been a CELTA tutor since 2009, and a DELTA tutor since 2012. Nowadays, I split my time between teaching and training, and it’s the most enjoyable work I’ve ever had: I’m always learning and experimenting, and no two days are ever the same, but the best thing about it is the relationships with students and trainees. I really can honestly say that I love doing my job. In my free time, I’m an avid reader and writer, and I enjoy photography, traveling, yoga and spending time with my husband and son.
Finn Boanas, BA
CELTA, IH BET1, IH LAC, TKT
I’ve been working in EFL since 2005 in Moscow and Prague. I’ve been with Akcent IH Prague since 2006, where I’ve worked as a teacher, director of studies and teacher trainer (IHLAC, IHBET 1 and CELTA). In my free time, I like to pursue my studies in Zappology and delude myself that I’m a great football player.
Dana Hánková, PeadDr.
DELTA and CELTA tutor
I graduated in Pedagogy from Charles University, Prague, and have taught both children and adults – mainly the latter in recent years. Teacher training now takes up an increasing amount of my time, particularly training on DELTA courses. My other interests include outdoor sports activities, reading and my two children.
CELTA, CELTA YL extension and IH CYLT tutor, IH World’s online VYL course
I am a teacher and a teacher trainer. I have worked at IH schools in China, Poland, Vietnam, and the Czech Republic in numerous roles from teaching and management to training since 2005. I started tutoring on the CELTA courses in 2016 after years of experience in young learners training, which I am still involved in. In my free time, I like to watch films, read, and stroll along the Vltava river. I have a passion for cooking and enjoy sharing meals with friends.
Michal Tatarko, PhD
I´ve been teaching EFL since 2009. Currently I work as a college teacher at Akcent College Prague where I specialize in English language methodology. I also work as a CELTA tutor at Akcent IH Prague. I enjoy hiking and summer sports like cycling and inline skating. My other interests are space documentaries and any sci-fi movies.
CELTA tutor, TBE tutor Having been involved in English language teaching since 2002, I have taught many different class types and held many roles from teacher to department head. Previously working in Paris, Istanbul, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, I moved to Prague in 2017 to work as a teacher trainer on the CELTA courses here. Although Prague is undoubtedly a great place to live, the winters take a bit of getting used to after 9 years in Vietnam!