Adam Gootnick - Founder of Journey to Teach Abroad

Adam Gootnick's experience teaching in Thailand was the inspiration behind the formation of his company Journey to Teach Abroad.  His advice for teacherpreneurs?  If you feel passionate about your venture, go for it. Once you’ve made that decision, your fears turn into excitement.  

1. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day for this interview Adam.  Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I'm a Los Angeles, California native. After living and teaching in Thailand for over a year, I grew so passionate about helping others discover what I experienced that I started Journey to Teach Abroad. The whole experience was transformative - traveling a beautiful country, bonding with international explorers, and teaching children who want to learn.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

While in Thailand, the morning started with a glass of water, a cold shower, and 20 minutes of stretching and meditation. I drove my scooter to...

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Chris Rush - Online Instructor & Off2Class Account Manager

off2class online teacher Feb 28, 2019

Chris Rush is well-known in the online teaching field.  He balances his time between online teaching and managing Off2Class - an innovative platform that designs high-quality lessons for online instructors.  Chris has had to learn new skills like amateur marketer, copywriter, web developer and sales rep!

 

1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

Hi, it’s great to participate in this project!  I’ve been teaching ESL online since 2012 when I got certified, and I joined the Off2Class team in October of 2017.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

I only teach once or twice a week – the rest of my time is spent on Off2Class!  I work on lots of projects to help teachers get the most out of the platform, including writing blog posts, managing social media, and responding to customer support requests.

3. Teacher self-care is so...

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Teacher to Teacherpreneur Tactics - Teachers taking Risks

courage fears risks Feb 20, 2019

Warm greetings from chilly Canada!  I hope your year is off to a good start.  The sun is brighter and the days are longer - Spring is just around the corner!

In this blog, I talk about the importance of believing in yourself and taking risks, post links to 10 new teacherpreneur interviews (that's a record), provide information about a new company in the UK that supports teachers in finding work outside of teaching and discuss a new freelance online directory called ELT Publishing Professionals.

Teachers taking Risks

I'm not a risk-taker.  Ask anyone who knows me well.  They will tell you that a) I'm not a risk-taker and b) I'm not impulsive or spontaneous.  Are successful teacherpreneurs risk-takers?  Are they courageous?  I think so.

One of the questions that I ask in my teacherpreneur interviews is what advice would you give teachers who are hesitant about "putting themselves" out there?  So far, I have conducted 85 interviews and only ONE...

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Kim Carroll - ESL Teacher, TESOL Trainer, Online Course Designer & Coach

Kim Carroll is a perfect example of a multi-tasking teacherpreneur. Find out how she juggles teaching, training and managing two businesses and why she is writing a workbook for teachers moving overseas that focuses on intercultural transition. 

1. Thanks for taking time out of your busy day for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently run an ESL teacher training company called English for Life Academy  www.english-forlife.com and an intercultural training company called Catalyst Intercultural www.catalystintercultural.com in the U.S.

Among many other jobs, my teaching load includes:

  • TESOL Certificate program (hybrid and f2f)
  • tutoring of adult English language learners
  • training for companies in intercultural communication

2. How long have you been teaching?

I began teaching ESL in 1999.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

Not really, there are no typical days, it seems! :-)  I own English for...

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Andrew Woodbury - ESL Instructor & Managing Director of Learn YOUR English

Andrew Woodbury divides his time between the ESL classroom and managing an educational start-up called Learn YOUR English with the goal to create a community of like-minded teachers where everyone can learn and improve together. He believes that he has excelled as a teacherpreneur because he has been inspired by his students who took a leap of faith coming to a new country. 

1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

Thank you for having me! I currently teach in Toronto, Canada as part of Ryerson University’s ESL Foundation Program. This is in addition to being one of the managing directors of the educational startup two colleagues and I have started called Learn YOUR English. 2019 marks one decade for me as a teacher.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

It really depends on the day. When the university year is running, I have classes from about 9 until...

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Cara Leopold - Online Teacher, Owner of Leo Listening

france online teacher Feb 18, 2019

Cara Leopold's niche is helping English language learners get their listening conversation ready.  Find out why Cara thinks that teacherpreneurs should invest in themselves by paying for paid programmes, books or courses by people who’ve been there and know what they’re talking about.


1. Thanks for taking time out of your busy day for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

From my office, which is a room in my apartment. I live in the French city of Besançon virtually unheard of both inside and outside of France. For those in the know, it’s a city of 100,000 people, about an hour from the Swiss border.

2. How long have you been teaching?

I started back in 2007 when I finished university, so I’ve been teaching (on and off, because I have studied full-time as well and worked outside of teaching) for almost ten years. I used that opportunity to come and live and work in France.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching...

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Nancy Callan - ESL Teacher, Writer (ESL Jigsaws)

canada writer Feb 01, 2019

Nancy Callan turned her love of jigsaw readings into a series of successful books.  Read Nancy`s views on the importance of testing your materials before publishing, and how criticism of one's materials is an opportunity for improvement.  

1. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

In Vancouver, BC, Canada, but no longer full time as I have another job. Contrary to popular belief, I have not retired off the profit from my books!

2. How long have you been teaching?

Since 1992.

3. Teacher self-care is so important.  How do you relax?  

I run a dining group, I garden and study languages.

4.  You took on the tremendous challenge of writing several books: Callan’s Thematic Jigsaws 1 and 2, Callan’s Contemporary Jigsaws 1 &2, Callan’s New Canada Jigsaws, Callan’s Beginner Canada Jigsaws, Callan’s Holiday Jigsaws 1 & 2, Callan’s...

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Venice Irving - Cross-Cultural Communications Expert, Online EFL Consultant

Venice Irving is a teacherpreneur from Jamaica.  She taught in Taiwan for 8 years and that experience resulted in setting up a growing cross-cultural communications firm that specializes in language and global skills acquisition and business skills.  Venice says team up with a partner if you are not sure which route to take for your venture.

 

1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to be interviewed.  Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching at various online schools for over 5 years in Europe and Asia however I started teaching English as a Foreign language in 2000. I spent 8 years teaching English in Taiwan and now reside in Jamaica.  

2. Can you describe a typical day?

My day usually starts at about 4 a.m. where I meditate and have worship. Afterward, I get my son ready for school and eat breakfast which is usually a green smoothie. By 8 a.m. I'll be in my home office taking phone calls...

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Steve Mullen - EFL Teacher, Website designer, MyLAMPA Team Leader

Steve Mullen has spent the past 10 years developing an online platform for teachers and students called MyLAMPA. Find out how the motto “Teachers Together” relates to this powerful networking platform.  

1. Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I live and teach freelance in Vsetín, which is a town of about 27,000 in eastern Moravia.

2. How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching since 1991 and, with the exception of three years in the late ‘90s when I worked as a training course writer in Canada, I have spent my entire ELT career working in the Czech Republic.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

At the moment, it’s overwhelming. I start teaching shortly after 7:00 a.m. on most days. I teach 7-10 lessons a day, so it works out to more than 40 contact hours per week, but I do that out of necessity. I mostly teach individuals and I’m lucky that I’m established and known here so I usually...

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Mateusz Wawrzynowicz - EFL Teacher, Web Designer, Materials Writer

Mateusz Wawrzynowicz is a bilingual teacherpreneur with technical skills that he used to design his own website.  Read why he thinks that we have nothing to lose by becoming a teacherpreneur and why being open and trying new things can make your students love English even more.

1. Mateusz, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I'm an ESL teacher in Poland. I teach kids aged 3-15. I work at a primary school as well as a language school. I also teach adults preparing for FCE and CAE exams.

2. How long have you been teaching?

It's been 9 years.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I'm always pretty busy. I start classes with my primary students at 8 a.m. and finish at 2 p.m. Next, it's time for the language school where I teach. I usually finish at about 7 p.m.    

4. Teacher self-care is so important.  How do you relax?

I go out as much as I can. I often meet my friends but I also try to be active. I jog whenever I can in the...

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