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.
Hello! my name is Kathy I am a primary teacher from Venezuela. I have now lived in London for a while and what I love doing most is teaching children Spanish! I really enjoy creating material that fits the child's needs. I am reliable, really approachable and always eager to learn and experience new things. Come and join me!
Estela is a graduate of Educational Psychology and SEN teaching. She has also studied to teach Spanish as a second language. She believes we can best teach children through games and play and by linking in with what naturally interests them. Estela is an energetic and fun-loving teacher. She easily engages children in learning and loves the process of building relationships and creating great spaces to learn.
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.
Laia is a qualified primary teacher. She has vast experience working with children of all ages and a special sensitivity towards working with children with special needs. Laia is calm and quiet but strong and very lively in her lessons. She is a great teacher and can build rapport very quickly with her students.
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.
Sara is a wonderful and experienced teacher. She is extremely qualified and has worked with children in many different settings. Sara enjoys the challenge of meeting new students and finding out what motivates them to learn. She has worked for many years with SEN as well as mainstream students. Sara is lovely to have around, gentle and upbeat and has many teaching tools up her sleeve!
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.