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!


Hello! My name is Alex and I am originally from Toronto, Canada! I lived in China for more than 10 years (in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Shanghai) where I worked as a teacher and teacher trainer. I have taught students of all ages (from kindergarten to adults). I love painting, yoga, spinning and curling. I do a lot of these things in my free time! I am a passionate teacher and excited to teach you English! I hope to see you in the classroom soon!


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!


I'm Lily! I am from Wolfville, Nova Scotia and have called Halifax home for the last 3 years. Before that, I lived in St. John's, Newfoundland for four years while I attended Memorial University! I have a double major in English Literature and Social Anthropology and a background working in a variety of educational settings. My students will tell you that I firmly believe that learning should be fun. 

I'm excited to explore with you! 


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!