The college is proud of its staff and teachers. The teacher community comprises of a team of highly educated, international and vibrant lecturers from many parts of the world.
Andrew Fearn (BA (Honours) – Drama/Theatre/Literature – University of Liverpool (UK). TEAK accredited drama educator.) is a professional actor, director, dramatist. His many years of experience include work for stage, TV, film and radio. He is also an internationally published poet. Andrew has 25 years experience as a drama and theatre educator. He specialised in TIE and non-conventional theatre and lectured and taught at universities and colleges in UK, Finland, Russia. He has run the English Drama Course at LSO for 20 years.
English and Singing
Evan Schoombie He has degrees in Literature, Education and Drama from the University of Pretoria (BA, B.Hons Drama and Languages, Highter Education Diploma UP.) . Evan is an award-winning performer and producer who began his career in professional musical theater and television in South Africa at the age of eight years old. He has subsequently performed and lectured all over the world. He is a published author and has a discography of many albums in 4 languages. His book “The Voice Clinic” is used internationally.
Marko Carlson achieved his Bachelor of Culture and Arts Degree from Savonia University of Applied Sciences, 2012. He actively performs nationally in various productions as dancer, singer, choreographer and director. At West Finland College, Marko is teaching ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, show dance and didactics.
Heli Keskikallio, head of Dance, obtained a Master’s Degree in Choreography from the Helsinki University of Arts Theater Academy in 2016. She qualified as a dance teacher from Savonia University of Applied Sciences in 2010. In addition to teaching at this college, Heli works as choreographer and performer both in Finland and abroad.Her subjects include contemporary and jazz dance, improvisation, body conditioning, theory of dance and anatomy.
Olga Ipatova is from Karelia, Russia and has lived in Finland for 9 years. She taught English to prospective English teachers at Karelian Pedagogic University, where she also obtained her pedagogic licentiate. Her professional interests lie in the field of adult education. Olga has an extensive experience of teaching English, Finnish and Russian in Finland. She recently started teaching Open University courses affiliated with the Finnish universities of Vaasa and Turku.
Finnish Language and Culture
Anne Helminen completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Tampere University. She has done extensive researched in Theatre & Drama, pedagogy, speech and drama, as well as special education. Anne has several academic qualifications. Her pedagogy degree is from Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK). She also graduated from Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) as theatre director. In addition, she graduated in drama pedagogy from the University of Jyväskylä. She teaches Finnish language and has done immigrant integration training and at West Finland College. For teaching languages, she combines theory of language and structures with the practical application of multi-faceted methods to encourage student participation. Anne believes that a positive and happy learning environment improves learning outcomes.
Finnish Language and Culture
Hanne Pietilä graduated from the University of Turku where she studied Finnish language and literature. While studying she majored in teaching Finnish as a foreign language, planning and designing teaching materials. She is a qualified language and literature teacher for 7-9 grades as well as Middle Years and tertiary levels. In her career she has been been mainly focused on working with adult foreigners, immigrants and refugees.