Welcome to all my new subscribers here and to those who recently joined my LinkedIn Group Teacher to Teacherpreneur. In this Fall issue, I discuss a growing trend in alternative career information for ESL teachers, mention the MWIS Panel at TESOL and include five new Teacher to Teacherpreneur interviews.
Career Connections - A Growing Trend in the ELT Field
Last week, I was part of a panel at the annual TESL Ontario conference (in Toronto, Canada) to discuss alternative careers for ESL teachers. There were approximately 85 teachers in attendance. My particular section addressed how to earn income from online sources. Do you think that more and more conferences are addressing this issue? A teacher friend of mine recently told me that she is having trouble finding supply ESL teachers at their school. It makes me wonder if fewer people are enrolling in TESL programs due to the lack of full-time or permanent positions in my part of the...
Suzanne Rajkumar is one of the hardest working teacherpreneurs putting in 14 hour days. As a result of her teaching of English in Honduras, she developed a game called Codebreaker which helps students excel in their language learning and develop their confidence as speakers of English. She believes that becoming a teacherpreneur ensures our survival as teachers.
1. Thank you for taking time out of your very busy day for this interview. Let's start with where you teach and how long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 1993. I started as a middle school substitute teacher for Spanish, Literature and History in Trinidad and Tobago, my country of birth. I taught in Trinidad at public high school and part-time at three adult ESL institutions - teaching French and also English to Venezuelans. Now, I am married and living in Honduras, Central America and I have been teaching here for the 18 years with a 14-hour work day for the last 12 years. In Honduras, I...
Anne Marie Fowler started her online company after a 20 year career in ELT. Even the most experienced teachers like Anne Marie have doubts about becoming a teacherpreneur. Her advice? "Stay true to who you are and what you want to do, put your head down and do the work, and you’ll be able to accomplish far more than you thought was possible".
I currently teach 100% online via my company, Speak Confident English. I made this move in 2014 after nearly 20 years in the industry where I gained experience as an EFL/ESL teacher, a curriculum designer, a teacher trainer, a program coordinator and the deputy director of a language school.
To a large extent, it depends on the time of year. One of my courses is a month-long intensive course. I only offer it 3 times per...
Tracy Sherriff has always had a side hustle or two and enjoys finding ways to turn her passions into things that create additional monthly revenue. Read more about Tracy's successful side hustles and her challenge with conquering "imposter syndrome".
1. Thanks for taking the time to be interviewed Tracy. Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?
I currently teach part-time at a college in Ontario, Canada. I have been teaching in higher education since 2007 but have been a practicing Registered Early Childhood Educator since 1994. My primary focus in early childhood has been supporting children with special needs, their families, and their caregivers. I have also tutored school-aged children and sought both informal and formal teaching opportunities within my community. I currently work in developmental services, leading a team of educators who build caregiver capacity in inclusive practice in licensed child care programs.
Nik Peachey is a very creative and well-known Digital Product Developer, Materials Writer and Author in the ELT field. His advice about facing your fears of putting yourself out there? "There is nothing to lose but your fear. In the end, it comes down to the saying, It's the things you don't do and the risks you don't take that you end up regretting."
1. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you start by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?
I've been involved in education since about 1990. I started off teaching guitar in a prison while I was a student and when I left I did CELTA with IH in Cairo and got hooked on teaching. Since then I've migrated through teaching, teacher training, ICT training and now I work mainly in digital product development. At the moment I'm working for EtonX, an edtech company owned by Eton College, and I'm developing online courses aimed at non-native speakers of...
Bernard Kuhn started a very useful website where he reviews online teaching companies and helps teachers navigate this relatively new world. What has he learned about trying to start a business? "Believe in yourself, take your lumps and keep going and remember that as a teacher you are already different from other people".
I have been teaching in one form or another for 11 years. I am a high school Spanish teacher in Pennsylvania, and I have also taught online for a few different companies on and off for the past 4 years.
I run a website https://www.stressfreeteach.com/ where I write review articles for many different online English teaching companies. I try to update the site at least every other day with a new company review. A...
Adra Young is a compassionate educator, trainer and author who devotes her time working with youth tackling tough topics such as race, anti-bullying, suicide prevention and reducing school suspensions. Read more about Adra's important work and how she finds clients to share her important work.
1. Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?
I’m currently certified to teach in the State of Indiana, USA however I'm not teaching full time at the moment. I have taught youngsters from 1995-2016 for the Detroit Public School System. I worked at the Detroit Impact Center as a Social Skills provider where I pinpointed the lack of resources available for both middle and high school students so I created a curriculum that addressed the concerns of youngsters facing overwhelming social dynamics. I'm happy to report that this program was utilized in several Detroit Schools. During that time, I also...
Dr. Marquita Blades is an outstanding educator, consultant, author and talk-show host. Dr. Blades says that it’s okay to want to earn more money but self-care is very important which means putting ourselves and our families first.
I am not currently teaching. I resigned in 2016 to focus on consulting full-time. I taught high school biology, chemistry, and physics for 16 years in the United States.
My typical day begins with me getting up at 4:00 am and I am in my office by 4:30 am. The first thing I do is respond to and send emails for action items that are currently open on my To-Do List and post/interact on social media. By mid-morning (8:00 – 11:00 am), I am working on consulting projects which include creating workshops, resources, and writing. I spend the early afternoon (11:00 am-12:30 pm) checking and responding to emails. I also use this...
Dave Stevens love of learning Spanish lead to opening his own language school and publishing 10 books! Dave says that we have to be honest about our ideas and make it about our students, not us. Dave's advice for becoming a teacherpreneur? “If you try, the worst that can happen is that you might learn something".
I teach at The Language School in Denver, Colorada in the United States. I started teaching English informally in 2001 when I started learning how to speak Spanish. My first “student” was a neighbour of mine named Juan, from Mexico. One evening I was on my patio and he was on his, and I invited him over for a “cerveza”. We became really good friends, and within about 6 months he was very conversational.
Later, I moved to Argentina to study Spanish full time for a year. Everyone I came in contact with wanted to practice English...
Jake Young is an inspirational teacherpreneur who had to learn many technical skills to launch his website Veslio. His advice? Stop thinking and start doing. There's not a person in the world who built something from thinking - they built it from doing. Business is the result of action and every action you take is worth taking.
I'm from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA but I've been living and teaching ESL for 7 and a half years in Prague, Czech Republic. I received my TEFL certification from TLH in Prague in 2010. I started off teaching a variety of different lessons for language schools in Prague. I then shifted to develop my own private practice for one-on-one / small group lessons for both teenagers and adults. Now I mostly teach private lessons for students at small and big companies in Prague.