Mike Simpson - ESL Teacher, Graphic Designer, Digital Storyteller

Mike Simpson has found a way to combine his skills as an ESL teacher and graphic designer. Mike believes that everyone can cultivate original ideas and learn how to express themselves creatively. It may be dormant from childhood but it’s still there. His advice?  Get creative and experiment – try some new things and try to offer a unique service or product.

 Mike, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I am not currently teaching in the classroom, but I’m an ESL teacher with LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) and EAP experience. In spring of 2017, I supply taught for Centennial College and CCLCS, a provider of LINC classes and TESL training (both schools are in Toronto, Canada). Earlier this year, I designed an online course on my website Ancestry Project called Introduction to Digital Storytelling. I’m the official instructor and I invite everyone to register for the site and take this free course.

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Daniel Israel - EFL Teacher & Writer

netherlands writer Jun 28, 2017

Daniel Israel recently took on the challenge of writing his first book.  Find out how writing articles and interviewing teachers was the impetus for his first book The EFL Teacher's Handbook.

Daniel, can you start by telling us where you teach?

I teach in various cities in the Netherlands such as Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for eight years, though as a freelancer for seven years.  For four years, I taught at universities, one year at a secondary school, while most, of the time, I’ve been working with language centres (in-house and in-company).

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I tend to teach 2 x 2-hour lessons on weekdays. Sometimes, I have 1 x 3-hour BEC (Business English Certificate) preparation class and then a 2 hour-lesson. I have worked evenings, though this had only been when I wanted to earn some extra cash or, most recently, as a favour for a friend and colleague.

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Sarah Mulvey - EFL Teacher, Writer and Ex-pat Coach

coach japan writer Jun 21, 2017

Sarah Mulvey recently left classroom teaching after 22 years to focus on her coaching and counselling business for ex-pats in Japan. Sarah combines her interest and training in NLP, coaching and counselling with her personal experience of being an ex-pat to offer a very unique service.  Sarah believes that we should take chances, get our vision out there, and try new things. 

Sarah, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

Well, my transition from teacherpreneur to small business owner has already happened. My teaching career came to an end on March 31st of this year, and I am in the process now of getting my new venture underway. Up until April 1st, I was teaching at Nagoya City University in the heart of Nagoya, Japan.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been a teacher for twenty-two years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

At Nagoya City University, my day would generally start at 9:00 am with a morning class. I taught 8 to 9 classes per...

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Brad Deacon - EFL Teacher and Owner of Brad's English Boot Camp

business owner japan Jun 14, 2017

Brad Deacon's casual response to his students was the catalyst for his successful teacherpreneur venture - Brad's English Boot Camp. Read the full interview to find out what Brad said!  Brad believes that there are potential “teacherpreneur” seeds that are ready to grow within all of us.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

My primary job is as a teacher-researcher in the newly formed Global Liberal Studies department at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.

I am also a teacherpreneur running private workshops through “Brad’s English Boot Camp” (BEBC). BEBC uses a wide variety of activities (discussion, debate, presentations, survival simulations, etc.) primarily to develop participants’ language skills.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching in Japan now for about 20 years.  BEBC was launched about 5 years ago.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I usually have a class or two each day and spend the...

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Brian Cullen - EFL teacher, Writer, Business Owner

Brian Cullen is a multi-talented teacher, writer and trainer living in Japan.  Brian believes that you don’t need to invest a lot of money to get started as a teacherpreneur but just start small and ignore people who tell you that your idea is impossible.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach at Nagoya Institute of Technology, an engineering university in Japan.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching about 23 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My typical day involves teaching my classes, doing preparation (most of my preparation has been done because I write textbooks for my own courses), working on research projects, keeping a light eye on part-time teachers and admin stuff (way too much of that).

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

I play music, take walks, do tai chi, talk to the cats, brew beer, and read.

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Sam Robertson - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Learneng.eu Co-founder

Sam Robertson has been working hard to get learneng.eu up and running so that teachers and learners can connect online.  Sam believes that teacherpreneurs should partner with someone who has skills that they don’t have. Find out why Sam thinks that teachers should save some of their enormous energy and invest it in themselves.

Hello Sam.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently teach freelance in and around Milan, Italy.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for 7 years, in various countries including Spain and South Korea. I’ve worked as a teacher for schools, a private teacher, and a teacher trainer. 

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I often work in the mornings and evenings. I teach regular conversational English as well as Business English and exam preparation. I occasionally do some online teaching.  My days are really varied especially since we started https://www.learneng.eu Today, for example,...

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Christina Cavage - ESL Educator, Writer, Consultant, Content Creator & App Designer

Christina Cavage wears many hats as a teacherpreneur.  Find out how she came up with the idea to develop a brilliant app that helps her students to practice syllabification while acquiring key vocabulary.  

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I have been teaching at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia, U.S. for the last five years.  Prior to joining SCAD, I taught at Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey for 20 years.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching ESL for over 27 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

Is there ever a typical day teaching? Every day brings new experiences, and even after 27 years, every day is dynamic.  However, on most days I arrive early and meet with students.  When classes begin, the fun starts! I like to use a lot of games, pair/group activities and other tasks that really engage students.  I love developing materials that are innovative and...

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Jennifer Scupi - Online Teacher

online teacher usa May 08, 2017

Jennifer Scupi has combined her expertise as a corporate trainer and ESL teacher to find the perfect niche.  Find out what Jennifer says about the challenges of marketing and the hardest thing she has ever done as a teacherpreneur.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach interview prep to non-native English speakers. My company is called Interview Genie and my website is www.interviewgenie.com.

How long have you been teaching?

I got my TEFL certificate and started teaching ESL about 6 years ago. I taught general ESL classes for a while but then focused on business English. Now, while I do teach some Business English classes, I focus mostly on interview prep and plan to do that exclusively in the future.

What does your company do?

I teach interview skills to students trying to get into high school, college, or grad school or to adults trying to get a job. My students typically want me to:

(1)  Explain the interview process as it happens in America...

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Elizabeth Ortiz - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Author and Publisher

Elizabeth Ortiz is an experienced EFL teacher, teacher trainer, author and publisher.  She believes that teacherpreneurs should think big but start one step at a time and ask for help or support from a teacherpreneur community willing to help.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently run my own Institute called World English Institute in two cities (Quevedo and Portoviejo in Ecuador). I am also a freelance ELT Trainer and Consultant. Last year, I decided to start publishing so Serenity Press was born to support local novice writers and ELT professionals willing to go beyond the classroom.

How long have you been teaching?

I start teaching when I was 18 so 32 years teaching from preschool, primary, secondary, higher education, and private education. Fifteen years ago I found my passion for Teacher Education and ELT Management and I haven´t stopped.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

As an independent professional, there is no a “typical...

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Camelia Martincu, Business English Trainer, Language School Owner

Camelia Martincu started her own language centre after she realized that teaching children was not her "cup of tea".  Camelia has great advice for teacherpreneurs including the importance of investing in yourself by continuously learning and surrounding yourself with inspiring people who help you grow.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach general and business English, IELTS and Cambridge exams to adults and teenagers at my own language center, BETTER ENGLISH, in Lasi, Romania. I also deliver in-company training (mostly to IT companies, but not only) and assist HR departments with linguistic auditing.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching for almost 13 years now. I started teaching at a local private school in 2004, straight after graduating from university, but I realized that teaching young children wasn’t my cup of tea. Then, for two years I taught Business English courses in-company with International House...

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