The core values - achievement, support, passion, integrity, respect, and empowerment – are the heart of ECLC and top priority for our teachers. These values combined with professionalism, experience and dedication is what makes our teachers unique. All of our teachers are highly trained in bringing quality education to our students. We have post-secondary degrees in various fields and specialities and hold TESL Canada recognized certification. Some of us are teacher trainers as well! We are passionate about education and are involved in professional development on a regular basis. Therefore, only the most current teaching methods and techniques are used to bring effective and dynamic lessons to the classroom. We strive to create a safe and inclusive learning environment where we can get to know our students on a personal level and focus on their individual needs to help them reach their language goals.



Hello, my name is Ashleigh Barry. I am from Yarmouth, NS, but I have also called Halifax, NS, Wolfville, NS, and Suzhou, Jiangsu home. I have a Bachelor of Arts (English, Classics, and Psychology) from Saint Mary’s University, and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and TESOL Certificate from Acadia University. After finishing university, I taught at a NS curriculum high school in China for three years; I miss the culture (and xiaolongbao) every day! I enjoy travelling, trying exotic foods, baking, reading Canadian literature, and watching films. Teaching is my passion, and I can’t wait to see you in class!



Audrey studied English and Classics at Saint Mary's University, and graduated in 2006. She worked for three years in South Korea as an English language teacher. She received her CELTA in 2011. She began working at ECLC in 2009 as a substitute and began full-time teaching in 2011.



Hi everyone! My name is David Taplin and I am originally from Calgary, Alberta. I first fell in love with Atlantic Canada when I moved to New Brunswick after high school to attend Mount Allison University. I graduated Mt. A in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science and in the summer of 2018 I completed my CELTA certification. After my CELTA, I taught in Calgary for a little while before moving to France to teach English for seven months! I've driven across Canada twice and I love travelling, learning about other cultures and peoples as well as being active. I'm so happy to be here in Halifax and working with the wonderful staff and students at ECLC!

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Hi.   My name is Donna MacIntyre.  I am from Halifax.  I like reading, travelling, gardening and watching scary movies! I taught ESL to adults and children from countries all over the world until I retired a few years ago.  However, after I retired I knew that I still wanted to teach. ECLC hired me as one of their subs – that means I come in and teach when the school needs an extra teacher.  I love working here.  The professional staff and excellent teachers are a pleasure to work with.  And, I admire you students for studying in a second (or third!) language to get to your goal.

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Hi everybody. My name is Don Rieder.  I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, on Lake Erie. I began performing on the streets in the USA as a Busker, which started my travels around the world. If you’ve seen the Buskers Festival in Halifax, you know what I am talking about. As a Director I have worked with many companies, such as Théâtre de la pire espèce, Cirque d’anges heureux and the Cirque du Soleil. Traveling is in my blood and it influences my hobbies, which are all about traveling – hiking, kayaking, running and reading. At ECLC I get to meet people from all over the world, share experiences, have fun, and learn about what’s in their hearts and on their minds.



Hi there! I’m Jenny Hunter, and I’m an instructor and advisor here at ECLC.  I grew up in a small town in Ontario and then studied anthropology and social work in university.  After finishing my studies, I moved to Korea where I taught English for 10 years.  Aside from teaching, I spent my time traveling around Asia and eating all of the wonderful food.  I love my new home of Halifax, playing tennis, puppies, baking, and working at ECLC!  If you ever need a tennis partner, come find me!

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Hello! My name is John Kyle Varley and I'm from Cape Breton, NS. I have been teaching for more than ten years, and traveled to many countries. I love music, athletics, and a good story. While we are studying, I'm probably going to ask you to teach me something as well. I love learning about other languages and other cultures. I will help you speak fluently, and you'll look and sound very strange while we're practicing!

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Hello, everyone. My name is Laura Maskell, and I have been teaching at ECLC since 2012. My hometown is Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, but I have lived in Nova Scotia for most of my life. After graduating from high school in Victoria, I attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. In 2007, I graduated from St. FX with a BA Joint Major in English and History. In 2010, I received my TESL diploma from Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. Shortly after graduating from my TESL program, and teaching at Conestoga College, I made the decision to teach in China. Teaching in China was a wonderful experience because I was able to experience a completely different culture. I am excited to be teaching at ECLC.

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Mild-mannered English teacher by day, elegant and passionate tango dancer by night—I’m Lorne Buick. My experience growing up in a diplomatic family exposed me to many different languages and cultures, especially around Latin America. My 25-year career as a clarinetist and music teacher took me all over North America as well as to China and Japan, and finally in 2005 to Argentina, where I discovered the Argentine Tango. I met my wife (in a tango class, of course) a few years later, and we have been dancing and teaching together ever since. After taking my CELTA training in 2015, I am excited to bring my teaching experience and background in languages to help the diverse and wonderful students of ECLC!

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Priya Jasmine Andrade is a Goan-Canadian who has taught English as an additional language in Okinawa, Japan; Gwang-ju, Korea; and here at ECLC since 2008. She is CELTA certified, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queens University, and is working on a Masters in Child and Youth Studies. Priya was born and raised in Dubai and has called Canada home since 1997. Her dad was born in Goa, India and her mum in Kampala, Uganda. These histories have shaped her. She is passionate about her identity as a Canadian, Indigenous-settler reconciliation, being around little kids, and learning about people's stories.

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Hello! My name is Ray (Raymonde) Geneau. I graduated from St. F. X.  University with a B.A. majoring in English and returned for my B. Ed. (a long time ago).  I taught French as a second language for a few years in the public school system in Nova Scotia as well on the DND base in Sept-Iles, Quebec. I returned to Nova Scotia and got sidetracked by a long and successful career in Mortgage Finance at Maritime Life Assurance Company. Needing a change, I received my CELTA training in 2010.  I started at ECLC as a substitute teacher in 2011. I enjoy travelling and meeting new people. I am happy to be a part of ECLC.

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Hi! My name is Rachael Bethune, and I'm from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. I originally came to Halifax for university, but now it's where I call home. I have an undergraduate degree in German and early modern studies from the University of King's College, and after graduating I travelled to Germany to teach English for a year. Since then I have returned to Halifax, and now I'm a teacher here at ECLC. I also became a swimming coach, and I ran the Blue Nose Half Marathon twice. My hobbies include reading, writing, running, and swimming. My favourite things to talk about are books and cool adventures in Nova Scotia. Welcome to ECLC. I can't wait to meet you!

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I'm Steve, and I've been teaching at ECLC for over six years. The aspect I enjoy most about teaching is seeing students become successful in their Canadian journey, whether that is starting a new life here or improving their communication skills before returning home. I also enjoy getting to know students in class and Iearning about their lives and their home countries.