Meet the Team - Premier TEFL

Get to know the TEFL experts

The Premier TEFL team is on a mission: to create the newest, most unique live teacher-training experiences in the TEFL market.

With 25 years of TEFL journeys between us, we know the ins and outs of teaching English abroad. We train our English teachers to be confident, impactful travelers who are ready to explore the entire world. Our internationally recognized, fully accredited online courses are comprehensive, easy to follow, and give you the exact information you need to start teaching English as a foreign language.

We’ve had our adventures – now it’s your turn.

TEFL & Travel Experts


Kate Popova

Senior TEFL Specialist + Academic Tutor

Kate lives and breathes travel; Skyscanner is the most used app on her phone! This yoga-practicing Education graduate completed TEFL training before gaining her CELTA certificate and loved teaching English in Malta. Ireland’s cutest Pomeranian owner.

  • Top Travel Spot: Iceland or Croatia (Anywhere Game of Thrones is filmed)
  • Favourite Food: Does Coffee count? I also love Thai Cuisine!
  • Best Part of Travel: Travel opens your eyes!
  • Would Love to Visit: Indonesia – for beach sunsets, treehouses in rain and Yoga.


Becky Popova

TEFL & Travel Specialist

After spending 3 years in Toronto, Becky feels inspired to help others travel! Her passion and BSc in Geology has taken her from across the UK to Greece an we’ve got a feeling she’s not quite ready to put her passport away yet 😉

  • Top travel spot: Anywhere Mediterranean!
  • I’m such a foodie! I do love to try chicken wings with the local sauces. 
  • The local food! Always love to try different things. The weirdest things so far would be escargot and frogs legs (gotta love the French)
  • Would love to visit: A Buddhist temple in any of the four sacred mountains! 


Sarah Goggin

TEFL & Travel Specialist

Our in-house fitness expert Sarah is well-traveled and can’t wait to help you plan your TEFL career. From hiking Yosemite National Park to a daybreak visit of Angkor Wat temple, this TEFL Advisor will make sure adventure is at the heart of your plans!

  • Top Travel Spot: Cambodia
  • Favourite Food: Pizza (all kinds)
  • Best Part of Travel: The WOW factor of scenery and traditions abroad
  • Would Love to Visit: Alaska

Partnerships & Development


Rosie Mansfield


Rosie has an impressive business career spanning 10+ years in the ESL training field. Always her favorite subject, she studied an English degree in Scotland. Her passion for travel and exploration is infectious, and her expertise is second to none.

  • Top travel spot: Vietnam – all of it!
  • Favorite food: Anything spicy, extra spicy
  • Best part about travel: Diversity… of food, culture, people
  • Would love to visit: Japan


Ian O'Sullivan


Ian’s educational travel career spans almost 20 years. In his opinion, travel is one of the most valuable educations you’ll ever get. This adventure-loving, dog-owning fitness enthusiast has a passion for living life to the fullest. Make every day count.

  • Top travel spot: Peru (and Greece)
  • Favorite food: a Vindaloo!
  • Best part about travel: the unexpected
  • Would love to visit: everywhere, I’m 1/2 way there at 100 countries


Nikki Foley


Nikki’s experience teaching in Barcelona means she’s walked in your shoes and is full of advice. This TEFL-qualified, Applied Languages graduate also cooks up a storm, making traditional, local dishes from her travels.

  • Top travel spot: Berlin, Germany
  • Favorite food: Lasagne (Di Carne o Vegetariana)
  • Best part about travel: Experiencing a new culture, especially the food, while broadening your own horizons
  • Would love to visit: Argentina (or anywhere in South America)

Digital Wizards


Adam Gilroy

Developer + Customer Care

Social media enthusiast Adam hails from the home of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. That’s all we need to say about that. This IT graduate is a huge music nerd with a huge love for Hip-Hop, Concerts, and Comedy.

  • Top travel spot: Barcelona, Spain
  • Favorite food: Anything Italian
  • Best part about travel: Submerging yourself in another culture (especially the food!)
  • Would love to visit: Los Angeles

Eoghan O'Sullivan


Preferring life on two wheels, Eoghan our resident techie has a penchant for Raspberry Pi and gaming. This guitar-loving Cork native is also a winner when it comes to culinary skills, cake anyone?

  • Top travel spot: Wales
  • Favorite food: Anything Italian
  • Best part about travel: Getting to see new places and take in new cultures
  • Would love to visit: Italy/Japan

Darragh Mangan

Lead Designer

#VisCom specialist Darragh is responsible for making sure our website looks on point. This guitar-owning rock music fan also loves a good soccer match. He’s the office comedian and has absolutely no guitar-playing skills.

  • Top travel spot: Rome, Italy
  • Favorite food: Beef bourguignon
  • Best part about travel: Meeting cool people that you can have a good laugh/beer with
  • Would love to visit: New York

Dan Goggin

Content & Affiliate Manager

Coffee addict and fashion obsessed, Dan has a masters in Public Relations & New Media and loves nothing more than to chat. This Cork native has a passion for social media and all things travel, he even loves airports—we know, he’s crazy!

  • Top travel spots: Paris, France
  • Favourite Food: Pizza
  • Best part about travel: Meeting new people and experiencing the culture.
  • Would love to visit: Madagascar

Hugo Rettien

Digital Marketing Consultant

Digital marketing consultant and web developer Hugo hails from France. This keen athlete is a multi-marathon runner and sports fan. He makes a mean crepe and would never say no to good wine and cheese.

  • Top travel spot: France, of course!
  • Favorite food: Tartiflette
  • Best part about travel: The chance to take good French wine and cheese around the world
  • Would love to visit: The Himalayas