Our Teachers

Our goals are to inspire students to be confident English learners, create a comfortable learning atmosphere, and to build a language community

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Our teachers are specifically trained and instructed to create a comfortable and confident learning atmosphere.  The teachers at ULC promise to provide the best English classes in Singapore.  Our teachers are chosen for their expertise, experience, and friendly personalities.  

Our Teachers
Matthew Fast

Matthew Fast

Principal / English Teacher

Hello, my name is Matt and I have been living and teaching English in Singapore since 2006, just after getting my TESOL certificate and I have been in love with teaching English ever since. I really enjoy learning about Asia, its culture and languages, particularly Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. I always teach my class in a fun way and enjoy being able to come up with interesting topics that relate well with my students. I would say my favourite thing about teaching English is breaking down grammar in a way that is easy to understand.

Natalie Milne

Natalie Milne

Academic Director / English Teacher

Hi, My name is Natalie. I moved from sunny Australia in March 2015. I enjoy teaching English and chatting with students and connecting with them on a personal level. In my class, I make sure that the students are laughing and having fun, while focussing on conversational English.  I try to make sure that students in my class are able to feel relaxed and comfortable learning English, and inspire them to feel confident when they speak in English. I teach a mixture of private and group lessons for both Essential English and Business English.

Mark Schenker

Mark Schenker

English Teacher

My name is Mark and I was born in the United States and went to university in New York. After graduating, I worked as an English teacher in Japan before moving to Singapore. I love learning Japanese and hope to learn Chinese and Korean someday too! I also enjoy reading books and watching movies. I always try to fill my lessons with fun and practical exercises. Learning a new language is all about practice and I hope to provide you with the resources you need to excel. I can’t wait to see you in one of my classes!

Carol Thomas

Carol Thomas

English Teacher

Hi, my name is Carol, and I was born in Kuwait. I moved from Dubai to Singapore in December 2018, with my husband and two children. My earlier experience includes training adults in Culture and Communications at Microsoft and other corporates like Infosys, IBM, etc. I’ve also helped prepare ‘O-level’ students for the London Board of Examinations, at St. Mary’s Catholic School, Dubai. I’m a CELTA and DiSC Certified Trainer. My diverse experiences have connected me to people of all backgrounds, and I wish to help international students in Singapore build a bridge to the new culture in which they are immersed. I use the customs and traditions of various cultures in teaching so that learners don’t feel completely alienated and learn English through familiar contexts. On weekends I love spending time with my family and volunteering in community service programs.

Sasha Wilkerson

Sasha Wilkerson

English Teacher

Hello, I’m Sasha. I am from San Francisco, California and moved to Singapore in 2011.  I love traveling to the countries around Singapore and the rest of the world. I really enjoy listening to music in my free time, and am never afraid to dance.
My classes are always active and filled with fun, and I pride myself on making English easy to understand and giving students the opportunity to speak in class and have their questions answered in a friendly way.
In my class, you will have the opportunity to join in lively conversations, and enjoy a comfortable class environment!

Natalie Holstad

Natalie Holstad

English Teacher

Hi there, Natalie. I am originally from Singapore and have lived in the US, Nicaragua and Norway. I’m half Norwegian, half Chinese. I have a great love for people and different cultures, which is why I enjoy teaching English as a second language. I am passionate about language and communication and how the art of language can bring people together.

I started teaching here at ULC this year and love the diversity of teachers here. My classes are always interactive. Everyone has an equal chance to speak, learn and improve based on their needs in a relaxed and safe environment. I do my best to make English fun and easy to understand using both formal and conversational English.

I’m excited to meet you and have the opportunity to help you in your journey through this wonderful world I call the English language.

 

Celeste Valdes Lim

Celeste Valdes Lim

English Teacher

Hello, my name is Celeste. I am from Singapore and I have studied in Australia and the United States. I obtained my CELTA in 2018 however, I’ve been teaching English to all ages for much longer.

I have visited over 30 countries and really love to experience and immerse myself in different cultures and trying new foods. I particularly enjoy adventure travel so ask me about scuba diving, skydiving, kayaking or jumping in an ice lake.

Coming from a multicultural background of both Asian and Western descent, I understand the struggles with learning a new language, but I assure you I’m a passionate teacher and my class is full of energy and laughter. ULC is not only a great place to learn and improve your English, but you might even make some great friends along the way too.

Nikhat Shah

Nikhat Shah

English Teacher

Hello Everyone!  I am Niki from London. My husband and I moved to Singapore in 2017.  I completed my CELTA with the British Council and then began teaching at ULC. 

I  enjoy teaching in groups and one-to-one.  I make my lessons fun and memorable and strive to meet the learning needs of each student. Learning English can be a challenge but we can overcome it together!  My classrooms are  a safe, fun learning space and the lessons are paced to suit the students. 

In London, I had a varied working background including training, recruitment, television, and in the Mental Health sector. I speak English, Hindi and a bit of Spanish.  I love travelling, all species of animals, reading, swimming and dancing.  I look forward to meeting you and being part of your learning journey!!

Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter

English Teacher

Hello students! My name is Andrew and I have been teaching English and business communication for more than 14 years to students from all corners of the world. 

I love doing activities and pair work in my class. These help use new vocabulary and grammar in a more relaxed way that improves student’s English while they enjoy themselves.  A relaxed student remembers more of what they learn and can use it more effectively in real life.

At ULC, one of my responsibilities is the Corporate English lesson program and we hope to grow this aspect of ULC.  Part of this is reaching out to businesses to help their employees improve their English and business communication skills. 

Amanda Womersley

Amanda Womersley

English Teacher

Hello, my name’s Amanda and I’m from England. 

I’ve been living in Singapore for 6 years with my family and I was living in Shanghai, China before this for 5 years.  Since getting my CELTA qualification at the British Council, I have been teaching English to students  from all around the world, which I really enjoy!

The  group lessons are a great way to support and encourage students to participate in class activities and interact with other students.   We have lots of time to practice new vocabulary and grammar points through speaking activities. 

I try to make my lessons fun and relevant so that the students can relax and enjoy themselves.  I love teaching all aspects of English, particularly vocabulary and speaking.

Seeing my students make progress is my greatest achievement and makes me really happy.   If you’re looking for a teacher then I’d love to meet you.

Brady Becker

Brady Becker

English Teacher

My name is Brady and I’m from New Jersey, USA.  After graduating from Princeton University in 2007, I worked as an executive recruiter before spending five years at Gill St. Bernard’s, a private K-12 school in Gladstone, NJ.  While there, I worked with admissions and coached four different sports for both boys and girls, ages 12-18.  

My wife and I moved to Singapore a year ago after living in the Netherlands for four years, so I know what it is like to live in a foreign country where people speak a different language.  I also understand how important it is to find the right teacher when you are trying to learn something new.  This has pushed me to make my lessons interactive and fun, with a strong emphasis on practical conversation skills.

In my free time I love to hike, go to the beach, run, lift weights, and play a variety of sports.  I speak conversational Spanish and have played on elite baseball and softball teams for the past 10 years.  I have fond memories of those who have taught, mentored, and coached me and it has inspired me to do the same for others.  This has made working at ULC a perfect fit!

Martine Janssens

Martine Janssens

English Teacher

Hello! I was born and raised in Belgium to Swedish and South African parents. I studied journalism, tourism and majored in French and German languages as a translator/interpreter. After my studies I was hired by an international tour operator and sent to Honolulu in Hawaii. A few years later I married there and had our first son Jeremy. In 1996 we moved to Singapore, the country where my Eurasian husband originated from and had our second son Jonathan.

I used to work for a year at the Royal Belgian Embassy as a bi-lingual secretary but simultaneously took evening courses to become a tourist guide. I obtained my license at the end 1997 and was engaged by the tourism board to be a tourist guide handling the European media and events. Sadly starting March 2020, this position was no longer available due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Hence, I turned into the direction of teaching and am super grateful and happy I found this great school United Language Centre. It’s a new beginning in terms of career for me, but I’m very excited and dedicated to contribute successfully to this wonderful task as a teacher to any age group and any level.

Louise Shearer

Louise Shearer

English Teacher

Hi everyone! My name is Louise and I’m from the UK. I moved to Singapore with my husband, daughter, and cat in 2018 and became CELTA qualified with the British Council in 2019. A large chunk of my career was spent working in tax and finance, and I also volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau whilst living in the UK.

I love to travel (and have lived in London, The Netherlands and Abu Dhabi) and I enjoy walking and cycling. I’ve studied French, German, Dutch and Spanish and am passionate about learning and teaching languages!

My classes are fun and relaxed but also very practical. I really enjoy making English grammar easier to understand and remember. I always try to instil confidence and it is wonderful to see students blossom at ULC!

I cannot wait to meet you!

Amanda Scully

Amanda Scully

English Teacher

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Abhay Shah

Abhay Shah

English Teacher

Hello students, I am Abs from London. I worked in senior positions for large multinational companies (MNCs) across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and America for 25 years. I am an experienced trainer and teacher and my students quickly achieve outstanding results.

Learning a second language is scary for some students and so I create an environment in which students feel comfortable and supported. I also help students to be clear about their English learning objectives, so they achieve their English learning goals faster.

My classes are fun and interactive and focus on students’ needs. I specialise in Business and General English, vocabulary, and pronunciation from beginner to advanced level. This includes emails, meetings, and other business communications.

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From Our Principal

“In 2012, I decided to open a school that was different from all of the other English schools in Singapore.  A place where students could feel confident and comfortable.  Most importantly, a school where students could become a part of a community, because learning together creates faster language learners.  Come and experience the difference for yourself.”

– Matthew Fast

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