Our Teachers

ELICOS Teacher Profiles

Matt Spaulding

I have been teaching English for almost 10 years now. My career started off volunteer tutoring a migrant in Australia who was struggling with English. I then gained my CELTA and went abroad to teach in places such as Uzbekistan, China, Laos, and Ukraine.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Sydney. In my free time I like to attend cultural events, spend time in nature, and watch movies. I’m also a bit of a foodie and love Asian cuisine.

I am now the Academic Manager of English here at Victory, I really love my job and we look forward to guiding you through your English learning adventure here in Sydney!

Adeline Yan

I currently teach Elementary, but I have previously taught all levels and IELTS.  I have a Master of TESOL qualification and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116).   I started teaching ESL in 2011.  I have been teaching at Victory Institute Since June 2015.  I love teaching at Victory Institute because of its relaxed and friendly ambience.

I am a dedicated ESL teacher focused on providing an innovative, fun, and inspiring classroom.  I have a track record of encouraging students to master English while also nurturing their love of the language.  I am committed to finding new methods to get better results and enhance student outcomes. Outside the classroom, I enjoy outdoor activities and love travelling!

Silvia Ferrufino

I currently teach Pre-Intermediate English. I have a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education and a Master of Arts in TESOL. Outside the classroom I enjoy pilates, and aerobics. I love movies: action, drama, sci-fiction, rom-coms, and thrillers. I enjoy music and going out to dinner with friends. Lastly, when it comes to food, if it’s a choice between sweet and savoury, I prefer savoury.

Benjamin Fairley

I currently teach Intermediate.

Qualifications: BA in Economics and History, BA (Honours) in History, Graduate Certificate in Literary Studies, MRes in Ancient History, Graduate Certificate in TESOL

My honours thesis studied the utility of using fiction to study Australian early-twentieth century history, and my MRES thesis is a Jungian study of the works of Song dynasty Neo-Confucian philosopher Zhu Xi.

I enjoy working at Victory Institute as I am able to meet many different people and help them along their journey learning English.

Outside of work I enjoy reading, studying and drinking plenty of coffee.

Sam Keenan

I currently teach Pre Intermediate Level.

I started teaching ESL in 1991 when I was studying Japanese in Tokyo. I have also taught English in Paris and London; and did some translating in Switzerland.

I have taught Academic English to domestic Mature Age students at UNSW. I have a BA/LLB and a Grad Dip TESOL.

I have enjoyed many years of studying languages myself, and would like to pass this on to my students.