Nadia Albaladejo García - Owner & Spanish Language Teacher
Nadia Albaladejo Garcia is a native Spanish teacher and educator from Barcelona (Spain). She has been living in Ireland for almost 22 years. She first worked as an aupair for a beautiful Irish family in Dublin and soon realised Ireland was home for her.
Nadia always knew she wanted to teach, however, it was not until she was 27 that she embarked on the adventure of university. Nadia achieved First Class honours in her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Spanish & Art History). While teaching part time in schools, University College Cork and privately, she then went on to complete her Masters Degree. Her thesis 'Error Humanum Est: Oral Corrective feedback in Irish Secondary School Students of Spanish', explored from an affective dimension, what type of feedback techniques produce less anxiety on students and therefore aided language learning. She graduated from her Masters with a First in February 2015.
Supported by the Irish Research Council and the Spanish and Latin American Studies Department in UCC, Nadia continued to pursue her other interest, Art History and graduated as a Doctor in February 2020, with her thesis 'Through the Looking-Glass: the Interartistic Practice of Remedios Varo'. Although different disciplines, Nadia often incorporates the visual and artistic elements into her teaching.
Nadia is also one of the founding members of the first Spanish Organisation for Spanish Teachers in Ireland (ELEinEirinn) and as such has organised and carried out different events and activities since its foundation. [visit https://eleineirinn.wordpress.com]
Nowadays, Nadia lives in Dungarvan Co. Waterford and manages Spaniology while also working as a Full Time Lecturer in Spanish at Waterford Institute of Technology.
Her teaching style constantly reflects student's individual needs. As she herself explains: "I do not think all students need one to one sessions but most of them would definitely benefit from them, both for academic and self-esteem purposes; I am NOT your usual grinds teacher."
Sergio Fernández Redondo - PR Specialist & Spanish Language Teacher
Spaniology's new Spanish teacher and PR assistant, Sergio, hails from Asturias in Northern Spain and is presently a resident in Dungarvan. Love brought him to The Déise in 2021, after having spent the previous seventeen years away from his homeland on a journey that took him to Sweden, Dublin, Limerick and Cork.
His eclectic educational background comprises a BSc in Electronics Engineering, multiple language proficiency certificates, a TEFL title and, most recently, an HDip in Modern Languages and Global Communication in UCC, where he also carried out his dissertation on the historical development of the Asturian language.
Although initially educated in engineering, he has always had keen multi-disciplinary interests encompassing various humanistic disciplines like History, linguistics, philosophy and music. Learning new languages has always been a great passion of his and at present he speaks fluent Swedish, English, Italian, Asturian and Spanish, having knowledge of many other languages and Irish being his latest endeavour.
His broad professional experience includes engineering, localisation, translation and even a spell in the Irish Civil Service, among others, but he has always had time to dedicate to his passion for linguistics and History by doing translations, writing articles, teaching languages and carrying out research —for instance for the Asturian Celtic League, cultural association whereof he remains a member—.
When he is not immersed in books of his favourite subjects, he dedicates his spare time to his other interests like gardening, cooking, painting, comedy, music —clumsily attempting to play the guitar whilst nostalgically reminiscing about his younger days in punk bands—, ag foghlaim na Gaeilge, and especially hiking through the local woods, glens and mountains or visiting historical sites with his beloved girlfriend. An ex-rugby player (in Spain, where the sport does not carry any additional connotations), he now tries to maintain his shape with more gentle activities appropriate for his age.