Daphne Vallas was born in Vichy, France and moved to London after completing her language studies (BA in English Literature). She soon caught the teaching bug after completing her CELTA teaching qualification with Distinction. She went on to qualify as a teacher trainer and led Modern Language Teacher and Trainer training programmes for International House London while holding the post of Head of French Department.
She started as French Lecturer at the University of Westminster in 1994 and went on to also become a course materials developer and in-house teacher trainer for both Polylang and the BA language programmes.
Since then, Daphne has completed further teacher training qualifications (EUROLTA Master Training, 2012) and has become a Language Training Consultant and blogger in residence for Network for Languages. Her role includes consulting on teacher training issues, providing support to novice and experienced teachers and developing teaching and training course materials through the London Schools Excellence Fund. LSEF which is part funded by the Department for Education, has been established by the Mayor to focus on raising the quality of teaching in primary and secondary schools and improving pupils' attainment in core subjects, including languages.
In addition, she is an IH World Organisation school inspector and a CBLC (Cambridge Business Language Competence) examiner.