My journey into ELT started when I was 18 years old and I started teaching to support my studies, which were totally unrelated to the teaching of English. A few years later I realized it was my passion and started to study for a language related career. I hold a Degree in Literary and Technical Translation from Asociacion Argentina de Cultura Inglesa (Argentina) and a Diploma in the Theory and Methodology of TESOL (Distinction) from Eurolink (UK). I have recently finished a Diploma in Educational Technology from Universidad Tecnologica Nacional (Argentina).
I was the Overall Coordinator of the EFL department at Instituto San Francisco de Asís, a private school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for over 20 years. I currently work in Buenos Aires English High School, a bilingual primary school, where I carry out digital projects with all the classes, and I keep teaching upper secondary level students at Instituto San Francisco de Asis.
I am co-author of Teacher Development Interactive: Preparing for the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), author of Meeting Point 3 and 4: a guide to digital tools for the Storyline coursebook series and series consultant for English in Common coursebook series, all for Pearson. I have written two online professional development courses: the Primary Digital Teacher Training Course and the Secondary Digital Teacher Training Course; I have also written digital projects and materials for Eyes Open and Uncover coursebook series and I was a consultant for Kid's Box coursebook series, all for Cambridge University Press. I have also done training for Santillana and Macmillan.
I was the author and tutor of New Learning Environments for the Master’s in ELT at Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia, where I taught online from 2009 to 2013.
I am a member of The C Group, an initiative started in 2014. The C group is an independent and informal grouping of ELT professionals. It aims collaboratively to share information, promote reflection and inquiry, and encourage action through more creative and open teaching practices.
I am actively involved with IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a FOreign Language). I am the Joint Coordinator of the Learning Technologies SIG, where I previously served as a community manager and treasurer. I was also a committee member in IATEFL's Publications Committee from 2015 to 2020.
I am on the advisory committee for Laureate-Cambridge OLLReN (Online Language Learning Research Network).
I am also a freelance materials writer, teacher trainer and presenter at professional development conferences, especially on the integration of new technologies for language learning.
In 2017, I started my own educational consultancy group SaumellSimonetti with my colleague Silvana Simonetti. We currently offer educational services and consultancy both in English and Spanish, as well as self-paced online courses. You can find out more about this at www.saumellsimonetti.com.