Maria Wood

Owner of Grow My English

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I was born in the UK, and having lived most of my life in England, Zimbabwe and South Africa, I am currently residing in Panama.


  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, specialising in Languages
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • 120 hour TEFL Certificate
  • 30-Hour Teach IELTS Exam Preparation Course
  • 30-Hour Teach TOEFL Exam Preparation Course
  • 30-Hour Teach Cambridge Exam Preparation Course
  • 15+ years of teaching English, both in the classroom and online

My classroom experience involved teaching English to a range of students aged between 13 and 18 years in a multicultural secondary school in South Africa. This not only gave me an extensive knowledge of all aspects of the English language, but also a great deal of experience working with students from a broad spectrum of multicultural backgrounds. My transition to online teaching happened when I moved from South Africa to the U.K. and I love the fact that I can continue to teach English within a more flexible environment. I have already worked with some wonderful young people, and it is a privilege to help these students as they embark on their language journey and achieve their learning goals. Having studied foreign languages myself at both school and university, I am able to relate to students learning additional languages, and I really know how challenging it can be! This gives me patience and compassion for students, as well as an understanding of how they learn.


I have always loved reading (an interest that I try to pass on to my students), and I read a great deal during my spare time, alongside nature walks, dancing, listening to music, and writing in my journal.

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