All of our passionate and dedicated teachers meet the highest international standards with formal qualifications and extensive experience in teaching English to children.

Our minimum requirements for teachers are:

  • education to degree level or equivalent qualification
  • a certificate level qualification in teaching English as a foreign language such as Cambridge University CELTA or Trinity College London CertTESOL
  • at least two years’ teaching experience
  • high proficiency in the use of the English language



Nick Weston (Young Learner Coordinator)

I help to develop and deliver the range of Young Learner courses we offer and I’m very excited to get a chance to meet some new students and learn together using Primary Plus! I have been teaching for over eight years now, and have experience teaching at Japanese elementary schools, junior high schools and private group and one-to-one lessons with learners aged from three to twelve. 

Qualifications: MA TESOL, DipTESOL, CELTA, and Cambridge TKT: Young Learners


Esther Ratcliff

I have been an English teacher for eleven years. I have worked with adults, teenagers and young children in Spain, Portugal and Japan. I have always taught children, including primary and secondary aged students. I love watching children learn whilst having fun in the classroom and becoming more confident using English. I am also a trained Cambridge ESOL examiner for a range of International Cambridge exams.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) English & Spanish, CELTA, DELTA

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Alex Buckley

I have been an English teacher for 7 years. I have worked with adults, teenagers and children in the UAE, Vietnam, and Japan. Most of my experience with young learners has been with elementary school students, and I’m also currently teaching at a private elementary school for the British Council. I appreciate children’s enthusiasm and their curiosity about the world. Let’s try our best to improve our English!    

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Psychology, CELTA, International House CYLT

Agnieszka Blonka

Agnieszka Blonka

I've been an English teacher for 4 years and have experience teaching all ages, from children as young as 4 years old up to adults. I've worked in public schools as well as with private groups and individuals in Poland, Vietnam and Japan. I get the biggest satisfaction from seeing students learn, grow and gain new skills and confidence while having fun in the classroom.

Qualifications: MSc Finance, CELTA

Jacob Washington

Jake Washington

I have been teaching English in Japan for over four years. While I have experience working with Japanese learners of all ages, I have primarily taught young learners in elementary and junior high schools. As a language learner myself, I love watching my students grow confident and experience the joy of communication. I’m looking forward to working and learning together with many new students through using Primary Plus!

Qualifications: BA (Hons) TESOL and Japanese, CELTA, PTLLS

*The teachers may be subject to change.
*The teachers will be announced on the first day of the lesson.