Mai - English & Thai Teacher, Educational Consultant, Course Designer

 

Mai is involved in many aspects of teaching in Thailand including online lessons. She is learning as much as she can about teacherpreneurship so she can help teachers in Thailand become teacherpreneurs.  

Welcome Mai.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I work as an Education Manager for a language school in Thailand; manage an Authorised  Cambridge English Language Assessment Centre; teach English and Thai to adult learners and provide online lessons via Skype locally and internationally.

How long have you been teaching?

I have held a national teacher license for about 6 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My teaching days vary.  The offline classes are from 6– 9 p.m. on weekdays, and the weekends are for online classes.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

I love reading especially non-fiction books. 

How can people purchase your online lessons? 

They can get in touch with me via email ...

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Lalitha Murthy - Freelance Consultant, Business English Trainer

Lalitha Murthy has successfully transitioned from classroom teacher to freelance Business English trainer.  Lalitha feels strongly that we should never wait to start something new and that we need to take risks and keep learning new skills as teacherpreneurs.

Lalitha - thanks for your time.  You are my first teacherpreneur interview from India. Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I train adult engineers in the IT Industry. These engineers interact in English,  almost on a daily basis, with customers all over the world. I live and work in Bangalore, India.

How long have you been teaching?

I taught in schools for over 25 years all over India and moved into business English training in 2002. I am at present a freelance trainer working with various companies. I worked almost exclusively with a single company for 13 years and became an independent trainer in 2016.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

A typical training day starts at 9.30 a.m. and...

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Tom Czaban - EFL Lecturer, Writer, Editor, Documentary Producer

Tom Czaban has learned many skills as a teacherpreneur including how to self-publish his own books.  Find out why Tom thinks that trying to make everything perfect is a perfect way to never finish anything and how the habit of intellectualizing everything can bring a project to a standstill.

Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed, Tom.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach at the University of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching for around five years now.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

It’s difficult to say because teaching at the university is just one of my jobs; I’m also an editor for a university journal, and I have a number of language school students too. I try to plan all my classes for the week on Mondays (in between classes), which makes the rest of the week pretty straightforward. I usually teach three or four classes a day and do any other tasks I might have...

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Sapna Sehgal - EFL Teacher, Online Course Developer, E-book Writer

Sapna Sehgal successfully balances graduate studies, teaching and developing resources for both teachers and teacherpreneurs.  Read how a single blog post inspired Sapna to write an e-book and how she is blogging as a way to increase her profile.

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

Well, I teach in quite a few places! For my in-person private classes, I teach English as a Second Language to Spanish children and adults here in Barcelona, Spain. In the past, I taught at language schools in the city, but I now teach English to undergraduates at the University of Barcelona. Online, I help a variety of students, including some students I used to tutor in person in Canada.

How long have you been teaching?

When I was 15 years old I started private tutoring by giving English lessons to the neighbours' children; there were both native speakers and ESL kids. So,...

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Kim Carroll - ESL Teacher, TESOL Trainer and Online Course Designer

Kim Carroll is a perfect example of a multi-tasking teacherpreneur. Find out how she juggles teaching, training and managing two businesses.

Kim - 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

How long have you been teaching?

I began teaching ESL in 1999.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

Not really, there are no typical days, it seems! :-)  I own English for Life, and co-own Catalyst Intercultural, so there are lots of non-teaching related tasks. But in a typical day I “run” the business during regular office hours, and teach...

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Sara Svenja - Teacher/Trainer, Materials Writer, Language School Owner

Sara Svenja wears many hats and has found a way to combine her expertise and creativity as a successful teacherpreneur. Find out how Sara - an introvert - overcame her doubts and fears and why she thinks that criticism may help us to produce better resources.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently live in Paris, France, where I teach ESL to children in my own little language school, but I’m also an educational manager and teacher trainer for English teachers at a private school north of Paris where I have 4 teachers under my wings there this year and about 200 students. We mainly teach children aged 3-14. Our kindergarten is a mix of Montessori and Steiner, the rest of the classes follow the national curriculum.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching for over 15 years now. My first job was in a private school. I started out with helping children with their homework in English, as well as those that were having a difficult time...

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Jonathan Hill - EFL Teacher and YouTube Videographer

Jonathan Hill has found his niche where the demand for quality English learning products is high.  Find out how Jonathan plans to use his car to promote his brand, and why teachers should not feel confined to the classrooms.

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

Sure, I rather interestingly teach in two countries.  Since Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia where I am based is located very close to the Austrian border, I have the option to work in both places. I teach in-company, Business English in Bratislava and my students are predominantly business people in mainly corporate settings. In Austria, I teach Academic English at the University of Applied Sciences in a city called Eisenstadt which is the capital of Burgenland.  It is less than one hour away by car from Vienna and Bratislava.

That is interesting.  I'm not sure that I have met other teacherpreneurs who teach in two countries the same time.  How long have you been teaching?

I...

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Irina Malinina - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer

Irina Malinina is a bilingual multi-talented teacherpreneur.  Read Irina's interview where she honestly discusses what she had to do outside of her comfort zone as a teacherpreneur, and what drives her to be the best she can be.  

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

Currently I am a freelance teacher. I embarked on this adventure after 20 years of teaching first at university and then at language schools. 

Leaving my full-time job was a tough call for me since it looked rather precarious and dubious. But I had to bank on both my extensive experience, commitment to teaching, and, last but not least, a stroke of luck.  I mapped out the way to get to my goal. Once the guidelines were set forth, I quit.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I mostly teach via Skype now so a normal day would see me prepare for a morning set of classes. Then I do research, gear up for my evening lessons, and develop customized materials for my trainees.

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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.

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.

How long have you been teaching?

It's been 7 years.

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.    

What do you do in your spare time to 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 evenings.  

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Anastasiia Martinez - ESL teacher, Materials Developer, Video Producer

Anastasiia Martinez is a creative bilingual teacher who is a new teacherpreneur.  Find out why she thinks that teachers should take risks, engage in professional and self-development and why native/non-native doesn't matter in the world of teacherpreneurship.

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

I teach English Language Arts and English Language Development classes at a public middle school in Pittsburg, California in the United States.

How long have you been teaching?

It’s my first year at a public school. Before I jumped on a middle school teaching journey, I’d taught at several private language schools for 7 years. I’ve also been teaching English online for 5 years and I’m absolutely loving it! I wouldn’t say that an online classroom is completely different from a traditional one. I just have to use different tools when I teach online.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My day usually starts very early. I like...

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