Exceptional Teachers

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Tatiana Spiteri

Tatiana is the founder of Exceptional English and the teacher of English, Finnish, Spanish, German and Russian as a foreign language. She graduated cum laude from Amur State University (Inglish-German Philology) and finished her Master's degree cum laude at Tallinn University and Erasmus University Rotterdam.


She perfected her English teaching skills in St. Petersburg and polished her pronunciation in Philadelphia, PA. She has received a 

City&Guilds certificate of C2 level (level of a native speaker), recognized by the British Council.


Tatiana studied Spanish language in St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Helsinki: she completed Spanish B2 level course at Tallinn University and the C1 level speaking course at the Helsinki Summer University (Helsingin Seudun Kesäyliopisto). She has taught Spanish at Studia Lingua in St. Petersburg (2015-2016) and has been teaching at Exceptional English since 2019.


In St. Petersburg, Tatiana also taught Finnish for two years on the renowned "Vash Repetitor" portal and refreshed her Finnish skills at Tampere's University (Tampereen Kesäyliopisto) in Finland.


In addition, in Moscow he received a certificate of teaching Russian as a foreign language (РКИ) and taught Russian in St. Petersburg (Studia Lingua) and Tallinn (Tallinn University's Summer University).


"It's impossible to find time to learn a language. If you need time, take it!"


Her favorite Shakespeare's quote: 

No profit grows

Where is no pleasure ta'en:
In brief, sir, study

What you most affect.






Tatiana is a never-resting polyglot, who already speaks 7 languages and is currently learning the 8th one! 



Aleksandra Svetlaia


Aleksandra fell in love with English so much that one day she decided to drastically change her life, leave her previous career in economics and get a degree as a linguist-teacher at St. Petersburg State University.


Aleksandra has been teaching English for 10 years in various language schools, including Studia Lingua (2013-2015) and English First (2019). Currently, she teaches in our language center (since 2021) both in groups and individually, and students want to keep studying under patient guidance from course to course.


Aleksandra passed TOEFL certification (2013) for the highest exam level , C1!


Alena Kanina


Alena graduated from the International University in Moscow with a BA in journalism. In 2018, she obtained the Cambridge CELTA certificate, which allows her to teach English to adults, and in 2020, the International House VYL certificate (Certificate for Teaching Very Young Learners).


Alena has worked at language schools BKC-International House, Language Link Russia, Lingua Jam and Harmony as an English teacher, senior teacher and head of the English language department/methodologist.


Having taught a lot in Moscow, Alena can tell you that big city dictates high requirements for the quality of teaching and the need to be flexible and adaptive to students from all over the world! The best qualities of Alena are her clear explanation of new material, unlimited patience and positive atmosphere of classes!


Aleksandra passed TOEFL (2013) for the highest exam level , C1!




At our school, Alena teaches English to adults online, via Zoom or Skype.

Tiiina Toomingas

Tiina is a very kind and motivating Estonian language teacher. She completed the Master's program at the University of Technology and is talented in many areas: from educating the Estonian language to teaching computer science.


Tiina has studied multimedia technologies, and it helps her implement our signature audio-video method. Love for technicality and details helps Tiina introduce the Estonian language as a system and not only teach according to the program, but also teach the nuances of Estonian vocabulary and expressiveness of the speech.


Tiina has been successfully teaching Estonian language in our language school for two years. She also teaches Estonian language at a primary school and Lasnemäe Vene Gümnaasium as an assistant teacher.

Students love Tiina very much and study with her from year to year. Her secret is in a friendly atmosphere and individual approach to everyone!