Lola Fernandez started up Ole Kids with her friend Vanesa when they both realised there were no consistent Spanish language classes for children in London. They wanted to create a space for families to meet and speak Spanish with babies as young as possible in order to make the most of the inherent language abilities babies have during their first few years.
Lola has a background in Psychology, Social Work, Youth Work, Language teaching and for the past 9 years has worked as a massage therapist in a school for children with disabilities. All these different ways of working with people and children have given Lola a holistic view of learning and child development that she has used to design and create the magical classes that Ole Kids teachers are using around London.
After having her own children Lola became well informed about early language acquisition and her children are a constant source of inspiration and ideas. She is using her own experience and that of the hundreds of families who are now learning Spanish with Ole Kids to constantly improve and create more exciting material that is based on authentic books, songs, games and activities that are used in Spanish speaking countries. The idea behind Ole Kids is that language is a ‘tool for communication’ rather than a ‘classroom subject’ and therefore the more children are able to learn it through doing and playing the easier it will be for them and the less effort.
Almudena is a real linguist. Her degree was in Interpreting and Translation at the University of Granada. She has later studied an MA in Teaching Spanish as a foreign Language to adults and children. She has experience teaching groups and private lessons in Spain, France and the UK. She is lively and fun. She loves creating her material and finding a common ground with students to help them learn Spanish with the topics they love in their own language. She is always ready for new challenges and has a brilliant sense of humour.
Hello! my name is Lucía.
I have been in London for a while working as a Spanish teacher with children of all ages and abilites and love what I do. I have QTS (qualified teacher status) and bring all kind of games and fun into my classes.
I have a strong background in the world of theatre and acting and love bringing that into my lessons. Through role play, imagination and stories children can learn all kinds of language as well as develop their self esteem, empathy and sense of fun.
Come and join me!
Silvia completed a Speech and Language Therapy Degree at the University of Salamanca (Spain) and a Special Education Needs Degree and Educational Psychology Bachelor at the University of Granada (Spain).
In the UK, she got her QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) 2 years ago and since then has worked at different schools around London. She worked in Wembley Primary School doing (1:1) support and is currently teaching in a Secondary SEN school full time.
She loves her job and has the skills to engage children of all ages and abilites and take them into a fun & creative learning space. She believes we can best teach children through games and play and by linking in with what naturally interests them.
My name is Elisenda Sánchez, I’m from Barcelona and I’m bilingual Spanish / Catalán. I have a degree in Primary Education and now I’m studying towards an MA in Children’s Learning Difficulties. I particularly enjoy learning to adapt class contents to a child's individual needs.
I have a wide range of experience working with children as a baby sitter from a young age and later as a school teacher and instructor, working with children from 6 to 12 years old in a school and private teaching in with children of all ages. I have also worked in summer camps doing all kinds of activities and at the moment live in London as an au pair.
I love including arts and crafts in classes and consider myself to be active and responsible, full of dreams and resources that I can bring into lessons.
Olga has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). She majored in Geography and History in Alicante and later did an MA in Humanitarian Medicine.
Olga is passionate about making the world a better place through tolerance and education.
As a photographer she has travelled the world several times round to learn about and document ancient, isolated and in some cases endangered cultures and their lifestyles. She has published a book and continues to grow her amazing photographic work, lecturing at various universities in Spain about tolerance, dignity and beauty of plurality.
As a teacher Olga has worked with children around the world and in the UK teaching what they have needed most and adapting the material to meet those needs. She brings in her knowledge of the world and sense of adventure to make teaching more fun. Her love of teaching comes from her firm conviction that the way to make the world a better place is through education.
Arelys is from Venezuela. She is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher who has been teaching our classes for more than three years. She discovered her interest in teaching Spanish through her personal experiences. Living in a different country, she realised how beneficial and challenging learning new languages is. As a mum, she understood how essential and crucial is to work at early stages to help children to boost all their skills.
This adventure makes her enjoy immensely her work as a teacher and feel more excited about teaching young students. Arelys' approach is to introduce the wonderful journey of bilingualism to children and families, in a natural, friendly and amusing way. She has a teaching certificate from the Spanish Instituto Cervantes, in London, and has a degree in Journalism in Venezuela. Currently she is doing a Master in Bilingual Translation at the University of Westminster.
Maria has always been surrounded by children since her grandmother had a nursery school and her mother always had a house full of friends’ children or grandchildren. Because of this she now has a special gift for working with children; she can connect with them easily in a few minutes and engage them in learning when required. She can easily go into her ‘child’ to meet another child in their own world. Give her a piece of paper, a wig, toys or a microphone…and see what happens. She is a fun, positive, patient and creative teacher, who believes that teachers don’t just teach subjects but also support children’s sense of well being, self esteem and learning to empathize. She enjoys working with parents to support this development in her students. Currently she is working as a nanny and as a Spanish private tutor; in addition she is studying the course of teach Spanish to young learners at the Instituto Cervantes and Goldsmiths University.
Cristina is from Caracas - Venezuela. She is a highly motivated and qualified Early Years specialist with many years of experience teaching children of all ages and with special needs.
Cristina is passionate, creative, dynamic and responsible. She is always eager to engage and to teach fully her pupils in the world in which they are growing up through a wide range of activities which are fun and engaging.
Nothing is too big a job or too much of a challenge for Cristina, she has a natural flair with children who just can’t resist her methods or her calm and loving personality.
When Paloma was 8 she started a new school with a teacher called Miss Marina and she learnt alongside this teacher until she was 12.
She can remember her lessons as the best time of her school life, she really enjoyed every minute of class and dreamt of being like her.
As an adult Paloma has worked toward beaming a teacher. She is passionate about inclusion and equal opportunities for all children. Paloma wants her work to matter, to help children grow into adults who are able to reflect, think about the world around them and make informed choices in their lives. This is why she trained as a ‘Social Educator’ in Spain.
Through her experience working with children and adolescents in various settings she has come to realise that we all have an amazing potential to teach and to learn, and sometimes we just need someone to help us tap into it. She believes children are a treasure that as adults we have to value and the more she teaches the more she realises what a privilege it is to do so.
Beatriz was born in Madrid. She has graduated as a Primary Education teacher specialized in Foreign Languages.
She understands education as the process of helping kids to grow and develop themselves. Her first experiences with children arose due to her interest in Emotional Intelligence and how emotions and feelings affect the learning acquisition of each student.
She is dynamic and she is keen on sports, this added to her passion for teaching led her to become a summer camp monitor for many years. She has also been part of a non profit organization working weekly with kids from 5 to 18 years old. And has four years experience teaching private classes.
Beatriz has experience in two bilingual schools in Spain, both with advanced students and students who needed specific learning support. And in the UK, she has been working in a school to improve her knowledge of the British Education System.
Beatriz really enjoys seeing how her students improve and achieve the objectives while having fun.
Yoana Paola Poloche
Paola LOVES Languages. She is a Spanish teacher and Interpreter who has been living in England for 14 years. She holds a degree in International Relations and Psychology and Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies. After she had her son she decided to go into teaching, trained in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages TESOL, English teaching for language assistants and Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector PTLLS. She has experience working as a Language teacher for 10 years in different settings. As well as this Paola has taught dance to children and loves doing this alongside Spanish. She has great rapport with children of all ages.