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The Finer English Team

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Finer English stands for quality.

That's why every teacher in our international team of native-speakers provides first class, professional language training tailored to your needs.

Some have a wealth of experience teaching business people in Germany and around the world. Others are brimming with enthusiasm in the spring of their career. All are excellent teachers.

The Finer English team also includes experienced specialists for Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.


Agnes Trapp
I'm from Nordrhein-Westfalia and came to Kassel in 1991. After my teacher training, I earned a Master’s in German Literature and Education. In 2006 I wrote my Ph. D. thesis about a very interesting German-Polish female author from the Golden Twenties. I’ve taught German since 2001. It’s like travelling around the world while staying in my home country - it's always exciting. And it's also interesting to get to know so many different professions. I really appreciate the trusting and supportive atmosphere of Finer English.

Amanda Kuhn
My name is Amanda Kuhn. I am originally from Detroit, Michigan. However, I've been living in different places in Europe for the last eight years. The last four years were spent here in Germany and I moved to Kassel in the summer of 2019. I have a background in teaching English as a second language and I enjoy it very much. I am really enjoying the experience of teaching with Finer English!

Claire Carter
I’m from the coastal city of Brighton in the south-east of England. I worked for one of the largest corporate companies in the UK as a business and sales trainer for over 10 years before moving to China to teach English. I joined Finer English in March 2018 and have settled into Kassel life quickly. I enjoy the variety of teaching students across different businesses with Finer English and creating bespoke lesson plans based on the students’ needs. When not working I enjoy exploring new areas and things to do in and around Kassel.

Cristina Mata
I joined the Finer English team in September 2015. Eight years ago I left my home country, Spain, where I studied to be a primary school teacher. I feel more fulfilled teaching Spanish to adults. In Madrid I completed my Master’s in Spanish as a foreign language. Since then I have being teaching the secrets of my language in Italy and Germany.

Destin Markland
I joined the Finer English team in September 2010. I'm from Montana, in the wild American West. I have a B.A. in French and Political Science, as well as a minor in Music Composition. When I discovered Finer English, I decided that Kassel is the perfect place for me to continue my English teaching career. I'm a 'people person' and that is one of the main reasons I love teaching. What other job allows you to develop relationships with so many people? I also love discussing ideas and hearing students' opinions. Teaching English is not just about grammar and vocabulary. It's also about giving students the skills and confidence they need to express themselves.

Jana Ricken
I have worked for Finer English since October 2019. I studied French, English and economics at the university of my hometown, Kassel. I spent the first years of my working life at different companies from various sectors, mainly in the purchasing and sales departments. After working some years in these companies it was my wish to focus on language because it’s my real passion. Since 2016 I have been working as a language teacher. Postgraduate studies for German as a foreign and a second language have made it possible for me to teach my mother tongue in addition to French and English.

Jane Oliveira-Holzkamp
I’m from the province of Bahia in Brazil. I studied at the Federal University of Bahia and graduated as a teacher for natural sciences. After several years of development work in South America, my family and I moved to Kassel where I’m delighted to be a member of the Finer English team as a teacher of Portuguese.

Janine Magnussen
I started working for Finer English in September 2009 and enjoy it very much. As a link between teachers and administration, I do all the preparation work for invoicing. I’m always looking forward to our meetings because it's so interesting to get to know all the teachers from foreign countries with different backgrounds and amazing stories. Since our business language is English, I enjoy the opportunity to improve my English constantly.

Joe Finer
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have such a stimulating and satisfying job. I love language and working with people. So this is the ideal job for me. It's a delight and a privilege to work with our splendid team of talented teachers, almost all of whom have travelled half-way round the world to be here in Kassel. I'm originally from Canada but spent half my life in England. But home is where the heart is and that, for me, is Kassel.

Julie Bastien
I've been a French teacher in the Finer English team since September 2010. I’m from Quebec in Canada and have lived in Germany since November 2004. I worked as an interior designer in Canada for over 10 years and parallel to that took courses in psychology and administration. On my arrival in Germany, I made use of the opportunity I was offered and fulfilled one of my dreams: to teach French. At Finer English I really appreciate the professionalism and the support they offer. It’s great to share ideas with other colleagues and to learn from their experiences. I really enjoy teaching French: it’s great to give others an understanding of my native language and culture.

Lacey Giles
I'm from the Lone Star State, otherwise known as the Great State of Texas in the United States. (Howdy y'all!) I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and have been working with students in a variety of ways over the last ten years. I moved to Germany in 2013 to start my teaching career and was immediately charmed by Bavarian culture and traditions. As a teacher for Finer English, I'm excited to explore Kassel and the surrounding region. Finer English takes great care in supporting their teachers and I am happy to teach English for a company that puts so much focus on meeting each student's needs.

Leslie Kay
I came from New York to Kassel in 2004 and have fallen in love with the city. I have been teaching English since I arrived and joined the Finer English team in August 2014. Over the years, I feel I have learned as much from the clients I teach as they have learned English from me. I am excited to be a part of the Finer English team and appreciate the encouragement, support and friendship they have offered me.

Micha Challal
I’ve been working for Finer English since the spring of 2001 and enjoy it very much. I do all the invoicing and other necessary office work. I take care of the teachers' needs when they first come to Kassel, helping them find accommodation and showing them around the city. I support them in all bureaucratic questions like getting registered with the government authorities or opening a bank account. It’s a pleasure and a real enrichment to get to know people from all over the world. I’m German and have always spoken English quite well. Finer English gives me the opportunity to improve my English constantly as it’s our business language.

Milagros Hernández
I studied German language and literature in my hometown, Havana, Cuba. Through a variety of activities I developed a deep knowledge of the German and Spanish languages and their mediation. In Kassel, where I’ve lived with my husband since 2006, I extended my training by way of a master’s degree in German as a foreign language. Languages have occupied me for more than half my life. I love to learn them and to teach them. At Finer English, the diversity of the teachers’ various cultures is a genuine richness.

Norman Warrilow
Winston Churchill once called it “the workshop of the world”, we called it “the black country” due to heavy industrialisation and most people today call it Birmingham or the West Midlands - that is where I was born. The journey from there to Kassel has taken in London, Australia and quite a few countries in between. I’ve taught English in most of them and played tennis in all of them. I’m grateful for the opportunity to pass on some of those skills to new students of English in Kassel now that my partner and baby and I have settled here. When not teaching I hope to find time to rejuvenate the backhand.

Ray Gard
I joined the Finer English team in August 2014 and travel across the border into Hessen to work with a wide and fascinating range of people as they grapple with the English language. I live in Lower Saxony and enjoy being back in a large town like Kassel. I was born and brought up in Liverpool which explains my inherent abilities in football. I have lived in Germany since 2002 and spent much of that time teaching English in different settings. Prior to that, I spent my time in the UK in places as disparate as Kent and Cardiff and a number of places in between.

Tanja Troll
I was born in Kassel. I teach German for the Finer English team. What I appreciate most in my work is that I get to know many kind and open-minded people with whom I can talk about different origins, opinions, interests and work. During my free time I read a lot, do sports (skating and cycling) and I like visits to the cinema or little concerts.

Tetsu Kido
I’m a freelance journalist and Japanese teacher. I’ve been teaching Japanese in Kassel for the past 25 years and began teaching for Finer English in July 2015. Finer English is like a breath of fresh air. That’s what I’d like my students to say about me.

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