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Our staff

For the current list of language teachers, check out the Euroasia staff page.

Teaching staff

ELA teachers come from all over the world. All of them are experienced teachers who are enthusiastic about their profession, and continue to learn and develop their skills. The most important personal attributes possessed by ELA teachers are patience, enthusiasm and a sense of humour.

Management/administration staff

A key focus of management is to ensure ELA maintains high standards consistent with our reputation. Staff work with the teachers to ensure students have a positive learning experience at ELA.

Kenneth Leong
BMS (First Class Hons); MMS (Finance)
Director / Cross Cultural Specialist

In addition to having overall leadership responsibility for the ELA team, Kenneth is one of very few cross cultural consultants in New Zealand. Kenneth has advised various companies on strategies in working with people from other cultural backgrounds and delivered seminars in this area. He has also appeared on national media discussing cross cultural issues. Prior to being Director of ELA, Kenneth was running his own business consulting practice and has previously worked in the Auckland offices of a global investment bank and a multinational consulting firm.


Peter Chapple

MA (Cambridge); Postgraduate Certificate in Education


Peter has a degree in German and French, and has long been fascinated by languages around the world, learning a number of others to varying degrees.  After teaching German and French for a few years in his native UK, he worked for five years at an English language school there; he also taught English in Germany for one year.  After coming to New Zealand in 1992, he acted as a language school consultant before becoming principal of a large Christchurch language school, a position he held for 9 years.  He is still based in Christchurch, and manages the school there; however, he also acts as Principal of ELA as a whole, making frequent trips to Auckland.

Estelle Durst

Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Language Studies, (Mulhouse University, France); TESOL Certificate (French American Institute, France)
French Teacher / Office Manager

Estelle juggles the teaching of French and managing client liaison at the Academy. Estelle is a qualified teacher with extensive experience teaching French and English. Estelle is the first point of contact for clients.

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