Our team

Colin Thomas

Colin Thomas has been teaching for 13 years. He has worked at Thomas English for 6 years.

He has a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching for Adults) from Cambridge University. He worked for three years as an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Speaking Examiner for the British Council. He went to the University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington, USA, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative History of Ideas.

He has taught levels of English from Beginner to Proficiency. He has taught exam courses such as PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, ICFE, IELTS and TOEFL. He has taught in companies such as SCM, Siemens, Metinvest, Harveast, Altana Capital, Levi9, AK Art Stroi, Kreston, Smart, Sigma, Corum and ERS.

He has led numerous Book Clubs, Movie Clubs, Speaking Clubs and Game Clubs. He has co-created English social events such as Halloween Tractor Rides with Hot Apple Cider and Pumpkin Carving, Monte Carlo Casino Christmas Weekend at Shangri La Hotel in Svyatogorsk and Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Christmas Party at Thomas English School in Donetsk.

He currently works remotely for Thomas English from Knoxville, Tennessee, USA as well as on-site at Thomas English in Kyiv.

Outside of English his interests include traveling, fishing, taking it easy, sunshine, water sports, water parks, his son, bilingualism, his wife, technology, movies, music, karaoke, board games, card games, easy-going poker games, good food, driving, going places, hiking, river rafting and getting people together for outrageously memorable events.

Yulia Kurchenko

Yulia Kurchenko has been teaching for 11 years. She has been working at Thomas English in Kiev since November 2015. She is from Donetsk.

She has a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching for Adults) from Cambridge University. She went to Donetsk National University in Donetsk, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Philology. She is also a certified Pearson examiner.

She has taught levels of English from Beginner to Upper Intermediate. She has taught exam courses such as Pearson Testing Groups and External Independent Testing (ZNO) and specialized courses for business. She has taught in companies such as Metinvest and Europlast.

She has led Book, Library and Movie Clubs as well as very popular Grammar-Crammer Clubs.

Outside of English, her interests include freelance writing and her family.

Katya Markova

Katya Markova has been teaching for 3 years. She has been working at Thomas English in Kiev since October 2015. She is from Kyiv.

She is currently a student at Kyiv National Linguistic University in Kyiv, where she is working on a Master's Degree in English Philology.

She has taught levels of English from Beginner to Intermediate. She is currently teaching groups at our Olesya Gonchara location near Golden Gate in Kyiv.

Outside of English her interests include ballroom dance, art and crafting.

Anastasia Lunyova

Nastya Lunyova has been teaching English for almost 4 years. She has worked at Thomas English for 3 years.

She has a CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) from Cambridge. She went to Donetsk National University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Translation from/into English and German.

She has taught levels from Beginner to Advanced. She has taught exam courses such as FCE and IELTS. She has taught in companies such as DTEK, Wargaming and Watsons.

She currently works for Thomas English in Kyiv, where she spends nearly all of her working hours at an IT company - SPS Commerce. Outside of English her interests include travelling, reading and playing the guitar.

Anna Lobacheva

Anya joined Thomas English in March of 2012. She works with both children and adults. She majored in foreign languages and literature at Makeevka University. At Thomas English Preschool she teaches as well as develops the curriculum.

She plans the children's lessons, chooses materials, answers the phone and organizes the children into various groups at various times. She loves children and enjoys working with them. Anya is full of ideas and enthusiasm. She works to ensure that her lessons are fun and worthwhile for everyone she teaches.

She isn't one to rest on her laurels but rather continues to work on her own knowledge of early child development and English. Her students love her.

Abed al Rahman Barhoosh

Abed al Rahman Barhoosh has been teaching English for 17 years. He has worked for Thomas English for four years. Abed is from Syria yet speaks with a perfect British accent.

He has a degree in electrical engineering. He has taught levels of English from beginner to advanced. He has taught in companies such as DTEK, Metinvest, Volvo, Johnson and Johnson and Bayer. He has led speaking clubs.

He currently works for himself and for Thomas English. Outside of English his interests include walking and writing scripts for comedy films. He is also the owner of 62 dictionaries.

Paul Signorelli

Paul Signorelli has been teaching for 5 years. He worked at Thomas English for 2 years. He is from New Jersey, USA.

He has a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching for Adults) from Cambridge University. He went to Montclair State University in New Jersey, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in world history.

He has taught levels of English from beginners to advanced and test preparation levels. He has taught exam courses such as TOEFL and IELTS and ESP courses in business, oil and petrochemical fields. He has taught in companies such as Metinvest, Ciklum, Ma'aden, SABIC, and KGOC.

He has led Book Clubs and Speaking Clubs. He has started immensely popular English social events such as Pub Quizzes with over 50 attendees per week.

He currently works for Chevron in Kuwait. Outside of English his interests include language acquisition, traveling, translation, international affairs, baseball and rap music.

We hope to see him in Ukraine again someday.

Marina Babkina

Marina Babkina has been teaching English for 7 years. She has worked at Thomas English since September 2013.

She has a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching for Adults) from Cambridge University. She also has a CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) from Cambridge. She went to Taurida National Vernadsky University in Simferopol, Crimea where she earned a Master's Degree in Arabic Language and Literature.

She has taught levels from Beginner to Advanced. She has taught exam courses such as KET, PET, FCE, CAE, BEC and IELTS. She has taught in companies such as Levi9 and Metinvest.

She currently works for Thomas English online delivering lessons through Skype. Outside of English her interests include travelling, hanging out with her friends, psychology, long distance driving and reading detective stories with twisted plots.