Vámonos North Tyne Team

Vámonos North Tyne Team

Lorna Gilpin – North Tyne Area Manager

¡Hola! I am Lorna, the owner of the North Tyne franchise of Vamonos Spanish. I have always been passionate about focusing my career as a teacher around languages. In 2017, I started working with the founder of Vamonos, Kay Sambell, and her lovely team at Vamonos Spanish North Tyne. This gave me a great chance to focus on exactly that – teaching languages.

In December 2018 I was given the chance to expand Vamonos Spanish as a franchise in the North Tyne area. Where we have venues in North Shields and Gosforth. And we are still adding more all the time! We have courses for every level and age running. I am very happy and excited for this opportunity and feel very overwhelmed with the support so far, from local businesses, parents and pupils.

I was raised in a lovely costal village in Southern Spain and returned to England when I was in my early twenties. Upon my return, I went onto study languages at Northumbria University and obtained a PGCE in Primary Education. It was during my PGCE when my focus and determination on pushing languages at a primary level became my main target as a teacher. I really felt the need to provide our children the opportunity to learn another language to a higher level than we currently do in our primary schools, as they do in most European schools. My masters papers are all focused on language acquisition and target age, where I have extensive research into pedagogy and child language development to explore how many benefits learning another language has.

I am delighted with my new adventure as a Vamonos franchisee and transferring my love for languages on to all my pupils and I beam with pride when I hear my pupils speaking Spanish. I am a very energetic person with a nurturing disposition. My classes are usually filled with fun, games and giggles to make the whole language learning process an enjoyable experience.

Hope to see you at a class soon!

A portrait photograph of Kay Sambell, owner of Vámonos Spanish
A portrait photograph of Kay Sambell, owner of Vámonos Spanish

Lorna Gilpin – North Tyne Area Manager

¡Hola! I am Lorna, the owner of the North Tyne franchise of Vamonos Spanish. I have always been passionate about focusing my career as a teacher around languages. In 2017, I started working with the founder of Vamonos, Kay Sambell, and her lovely team at Vamonos Spanish North Tyne. This gave me a great chance to focus on exactly that – teaching languages.

In December 2018 I was given the chance to expand Vamonos Spanish as a franchise in the North Tyne area. Where we have venues in North Shields and Gosforth. And we are still adding more all the time! We have courses for every level and age running. I am very happy and excited for this opportunity and feel very overwhelmed with the support so far, from local businesses, parents and pupils.

I was raised in a lovely costal village in Southern Spain and returned to England when I was in my early twenties. Upon my return, I went onto study languages at Northumbria University and obtained a PGCE in Primary Education. It was during my PGCE when my focus and determination on pushing languages at a primary level became my main target as a teacher. I really felt the need to provide our children the opportunity to learn another language to a higher level than we currently do in our primary schools, as they do in most European schools. My masters papers are all focused on language acquisition and target age, where I have extensive research into pedagogy and child language development to explore how many benefits learning another language has.

I am delighted with my new adventure as a Vamonos franchisee and transferring my love for languages on to all my pupils and I beam with pride when I hear my pupils speaking Spanish. I am a very energetic person with a nurturing disposition. My classes are usually filled with fun, games and giggles to make the whole language learning process an enjoyable experience.

Hope to see you at a class soon!

A portrait image of Vámonos Spanish teacher Lorna Gilpin

Veronica Barazzetta – Teacher

¡Hola! My name is Veronica. I am from Milan, Italy. I have always had a great passion for languages, I started studying English when I was a young child. My desire to discover new cultures led me to study tourism in high school, where I also studied German and Spanish, and where I fell in love with Spanish.

I decided to go to University in Milan, because I wanted to keep improving my languages skills. After three years I got a degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures, with a specialisation in English and Spanish, achieving an advanced level. During my university studies, I had the opportunity to deliver English and Spanish private classes in my city, mainly with teenagers. I worked in the tourism industry and for Spanish companies in Italy, where I was in contact with people from all over the world and thanks to this I had the opportunity to practice my languages skills.

In 2016 I decided to move to Newcastle to have a new life experience. I love travelling and discovering new countries and their cultures and communicating with new people, because I think it allows you to learn something new every day. I believe that teaching Spanish is a great way to share what I love and help people to enrich their knowledge, having been a student of the Spanish language myself I have extra insight into how to learn the language.

Mari Pau Guzman – Teacher

¡Hola! My name is Mari Pau and I’m from Sant Carles de la Rapita, a small town south of Barcelona. 

I studied fine arts at The University of Barcelona. During this time I spent one year in Palermo, Italy on a Erasmus program, this was my first encounter of experiencing a different culture and I truly enjoyed my time. I was hooked, hunting for more and more foreign languages and cultures to explore. 

I completed my degree in 2013 and moved to Wales for a short period of time, where I learned English. When I returned to Barcelona I started my Masters degree in Teaching, which I completed in 2015. I have always loved languages so on completion of my Masters I moved to Malta to further improve my English and Italian. I spend a couple if year teaching in a school near my town in Catalonia before moving to the North East of England last year. 

I have loved working with all types of people and cultures from all over the globe, I hope to meet lots of new and exciting people during my time here at Vámonos. 

A portrait image of Vámonos Spanish teacher Tamara Lopez
A portrait image of Vámonos Spanish teacher Lola Temblador

Mari Pau Guzman – Teacher

¡Hola! My name is Mari Pau and I’m from Sant Carles de la Rapita, a small town south of Barcelona. 

I studied fine arts at The University of Barcelona. During this time I spent one year in Palermo, Italy on a Erasmus program, this was my first encounter of experiencing a different culture and I truly enjoyed my time. I was hooked, hunting for more and more foreign languages and cultures to explore. 

I completed my degree in 2013 and moved to Wales for a short period of time, where I learned English. When I returned to Barcelona I started my Masters degree in Teaching, which I completed in 2015. I have always loved languages so on completion of my Masters I moved to Malta to further improve my English and Italian. I spend a couple if year teaching in a school near my town in Catalonia before moving to the North East of England last year. 

I have loved working with all types of people and cultures from all over the globe, I hope to meet lots of new and exciting people during my time here at Vámonos. 

A portrait image of Vámonos Spanish teacher Lola Temblador

Elena Martínez del Barrio – Teacher

¡Hola! My name is Elena and I am from a lovely village in the North of Spain called Reinosa, next to Santander.

From an early age I wanted to be a historian and that is what I became after completing my University Degree in History. Soon after finishing my time at University I found a job as a librarian and at the same time I obtained my Spanish Qualified Teaching Status (PGCE).

I started studying English when I was very young, and I have been always very passionate about languages. In 2013 after thinking about it long and hard I organised everything to come to England, starting my studies of English in Newcastle College where I obtained my English Certificate Level 1. It was then that I started to think about the idea of becoming a teacher of Spanish.

I have experience teaching in different schools within the North East, working with children aged 3 to 17 years old as a Teacher Assistant of Spanish and History, as a Learning Support Assistant, as a Cover Supervisor and as an Exam Invigilator.

Nothing suits me more than teaching my mother tongue, perfectly knowing the processes students need to go through to learn a new language, as I have experienced it myself for the last six years.

Now I am very pleased to be part of the “Vamonos” team and have the opportunity to help many people through their journey of learning my Language and Culture.

Katy Murray – Teacher

¡Hola! My name is Katy and I have recently moved back to the North East from Spain, where I have lived for the best part of 10 years.

I first moved to Spain in 2007. I lived in Barcelona and taught English as a foreign language to Spanish students. It wasn’t long before I realised how much I loved learning languages myself and soon started Spanish lessons. I have since lived in all corners of Spain, in Cádiz, in Andalucía, in Bilbao in the north and most recently I have been living in Valencia for the last two years of my time in Spain.

It was in Valencia where I started working in a more structured Spanish environment, away from English teaching. I worked in a bilingual nursery. It was here where I learnt so much about the language itself and teaching Spanish and this consolidated my love for teaching early years, particularly in the Spanish language.

My son, born in 2014, has also been my inspiration as he attended a Spanish school in Valencia and I have witnessed how incredible it is how a child learns a second language.

I have also used my Spanish to travel. I’ve travelled extensively in Spain including hiking the Camino de Santiago and on a backpacking trip to Central and South America. Spanish has been a doorway to meeting people from all over the world and my greatest achievement using the language was to be accepted as part of a Spanish gospel choir and being chosen to sing solo in Spanish. Spanish is such an important part of mine and my family’s life and I am very happy and proud to be a part of the Vámonos team.

A portrait image of Vámonos Spanish teacher Nuria López
A portrait image of Vámonos Spanish teacher Nuria López

Katy Murray – Teacher

¡Hola!My name is Katy and I have recently moved back to the North East from Spain, where I have lived for the best part of 10 years.

I first moved to Spain in 2007. I lived in Barcelona and taught English as a foreign language to Spanish students. It wasn’t long before I realised how much I loved learning languages myself and soon started Spanish lessons. I have since lived in all corners of Spain, in Cádiz, in Andalucía, in Bilbao in the north and most recently I have been living in Valencia for the last two years of my time in Spain.

It was in Valencia where I started working in a more structured Spanish environment, away from English teaching. I worked in a bilingual nursery. It was here where I learnt so much about the language itself and teaching Spanish and this consolidated my love for teaching early years, particularly in the Spanish language.

My son, born in 2014, has also been my inspiration as he attended a Spanish school in Valencia and I have witnessed how incredible it is how a child learns a second language. I have also used my Spanish to travel. I’ve travelled extensively in Spain including hiking the Camino de Santiago and on a backpacking trip to Central and South America.

Spanish has been a doorway to meeting people from all over the world and my greatest achievement using the language was to be accepted as part of a Spanish gospel choir and being chosen to sing solo in Spanish. Spanish is such an important part of mine and my family’s life and I am very happy and proud to be a part of the Vámonos team.