Curt Ford - English and Russian teacher, YouTuber and Audio Curator

app russian youtube Mar 20, 2018

Curt Ford has turned his love of story-telling into a unique online learning experience for students and teachers.  He also has a very successful YouTube channel for students of Russian!  Find out how you can collaborate with Curt to co-promote your work as teacherprenuers.  

1. Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I taught Russian at the University of South Carolina, USA for 15 years; now I work from home on online projects for learners of English and Russian.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

I'm up and working by 7:30, as soon as the kids are off to school. Most of the time I'm at the laptop, looking for stories, creating supporting material for stories, wrestling with WordPress, or planning, recording, and editing a video tutorial. I do try to remember to go for walks at least once a day, since stepping away from the screen is sometimes the best way to get unstuck or get a new idea.

For the most part I work at home, though...

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Lina Marcela Gómez Quintero - ELT Teacher, Coach, STEAM Consultant

Lina Marcela Gómez Quintero wears many hats as a teacherpreneur in Colombia.  Find out why she believes that empathy and assertive communication have helped her become a successful teacherpreneur. Also, learn how her projects are positively changing the educational landscape in her country.

1.  Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

Currently, I teach English at Colegio de la Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, in Medellín (Colombia), where I also am Homeroom Teacher for the Ninth grade. I have been teaching here since September 2017, but my teaching experience started more than 10 years ago. In addition, I am STEAM teacher, coach, and consultant.

2.   Can you describe a typical day?

A typical day starts at 6:00 am. After saying hello to my colleagues and students walking through the corridors, I meet Jorge Hugo, my workmate (here, English teachers work in pairs: one teacher is with Basic Level students and the...

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Monique Simpson - ESL Teacher, Online Instructor, English Centre & Tea Shop Owner

ecuador online teacher Aug 22, 2017

Monique Simpson teaches English online and in her unique tea shop in Otavalo, Ecuador. Now that is creative!  

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach in Otavalo, Ecuador (South America).

How long have you been teaching?

I started teaching as a TA in 2004.  In August 2005, I went to Japan to teach in the Jet Programme.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I teach Chinese students online Sun-Sat (every day) starting as early as 3:30 a.m. to as late as 10 a.m. For these lessons, I do a little prep, which consists of finding pictures/videos to go along with the pre-made PPT lesson.

Then I teach English at my new English center. Sometimes I teach young learners in the morning or conversation class at night.  I also have English lessons at my tea shop called “English Tea.” We have tea and cupcakes while chatting in English. It is a conversation course for intermediate and advanced students.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?...

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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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Jennifer Scupi - Online Teacher

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.

 

1. Thanks for taking time out of your busy day for this interview.  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.

2. 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.

3. 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...

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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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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, what drives her to be the best she can be and discrimination against non-native teachers of English.

1. Thank you so much Irina, for taking the time for this interview.  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.

2. 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...

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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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Anthony Holt - EFL Teacher and Co-creator of Dimmideck

italy materials writer Feb 08, 2017

New ESL/EFL teachers can also be teacherpreneurs. Find out how Anthony Holt and his talented partner Alessandra Gagliano combined their creativity and ambition to see an idea come to life as Dimmideck.  Read why Anthony believes that getting feedback from people will only improve your product.

 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I moved to Palermo in Sicily, Italy in August 2016. It’s my first experience teaching outside the UK. I speak Italian quite well, so it’s been interesting seeing the issues the students have here when studying English as a lot of them are very logical when you understand both languages. It’s been really interesting so far as an insight into what it’s like to be a foreigner trying to get by in their second language in a strange city with a different culture. I think the experience will have a really positive effect on my teaching!

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve actually only been teaching...

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Marlene Paglia - ESL teacher, Writer

canada writer Feb 06, 2017

Marlene Paglia is a perfect example of a teacherpreneur with grit and determination despite receiving many rejection letters. Find out why she thinks that ‘being in the zone’ is a good barometer for knowing you’re on the right track.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long you’ve been teaching?

Hi! I’m Marlene Paglia and I’ve been teaching English as a Second Language with the Toronto District School Board for over 20 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I have taught all levels from Literacy to Toefl, but at present, I teach two (2) 2½ hour multilevel classes. My teaching day begins with my first Benchmark level 3-4 class from 9:00 to 11:30. The second Benchmark level 4-5-6 class begins at noon and ends at 2:30.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?

I enjoy travelling, watching engaging movies, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.

You took the tremendous task of writing two books....

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