Elena S

Elena S

Elena S

Teacher introduction

Hello! My name is Elena, and I’ve been teaching English to homestay students for 9 years. I enjoy teaching all levels, and create lessons that suit my students’ needs. I can focus on your job or your field of study, and if you are a business executive, Business English is my specialist area. My husband is Wayne (he’s a surgeon), and my children are Olli (14) and Emily (15). We have one cat! If you like walking, good food, nature, horseriding and history, our location is great for you! But Cambridge and London are quick to reach if you want a little city life! Our house is a typical historic building – over 200 years old – and it is warm and comfortable. Welcome!

No smoking Children at home Private bathroom available
No smoking Children at home Private bathroom

Location information

Location: Hertfordshire

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Stansted (STN) £95 each way


Academic information

University of London: degree in French and Spanish. Diploma in Translation: Spanish. TEFL certificate (Royal Society of Arts).
I have worked as an International Sales Director in a publishing company.
I have worked in an Embassy, and lived in Italy and Australia. I have taught English for 9 years.

Courses taught

Family information

We are a family of four (plus Pussa the cat). My husband is Wayne, who is in his 50s and is a surgeon, and I have a son (2004) and a daughter (2003). My son enjoys archery, table tennis and reading novels, and my daughter is training to be a ballet dancer. My parents live in a nearby town called Letchworth – the first Garden City in the world.

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Teacher’s hobbies and interests

 I enjoy current affairs, walking in the countryside, films, novels and cooking. If students enjoy cooking, we can bake cakes or biscuits together, and visit the local farm shop which is full of great ingredients.
Some students have even cooked typical dishes from their countries for us!

About the local area

Our village, Barkway, is small, friendly and very historic, with over 60 ‘listed’ buildings (which means they are protected). There is a pond, two churches, a pub, a social club and lots of beautiful countryside. The nearest town is Royston (3 miles/5km), where the mysterious Royston Cave can be visited. Cambridge is only 15 minutes by train: students enjoy visiting the ancient colleges, taking trips on the river and visiting the historic pubs. London is 40 minutes by fast train, so also easy to access. In our area there is a golf club in the village, a swimming pool and gym in Royston, and horseriding for all levels in the next village (2m miles/3 km). There is a shop and Post Office in the next village.

Excursions available with this teacher


A fascinating collection of some of the earliest aeroplanes and fighter jets, on display at Shuttleworth house, a country mansion, which also boasts a folly garden with a grotto and peacocks. After a leisurely wander, we can have lunch here too.

Cost: £14.00 collection and garden £10.50 collection only Children: FREE

2 – AUDLEY END HOUSE: afternoon trip

Description: Walk around this Jacobean country mansion and its beautiful gardens and water features. Enjoy an excellent lunch or tea in the traditional café.

Cost: £18.10 adult / £10.90 child

3– CAMBRIDGE: afternoon or whole day trip

Walk around the most beautiful colleges in this ancient city, and explore the river. Visit the market and many interesting shops. Lunch or tea at the wonderful Harriet’s Tea Room or a historic pub

Cost: Free

4 – THE WOODMAN PUB: afternoon or evening trip

walk to ‘The Woodman’, a much loved local pub 45 minutes walk from our home, via fields and small roads. A warm fire greets visitors, and a good lunch or dinner. The pub has a fascinating history as a social centre

Cost: Free

5 – CAMBRIDGE FOR AMUSEMENT: afternoon or evening trip

Description: ten pin bowling, swimming, cinema or theatre trip of choice

Cost: Free