Carolyn Flores feels that becoming a teacherpreneur was a natural evolution for her. Read her personal advice on juggling everything and transitioning from teacher to teacherpreneur.
How long have you been teaching?
Combined, teaching in the classroom and privately one to one, I’ve been teaching for over twenty years.
Where do you teach now?
I teach at the Centre for Skills Development and Training which is located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
Can you describe a typical teaching day?
I teach about 15-20 higher level students in the morning. The group is a mix of students with various backgrounds and experiences. In the afternoons. I have a lower level class of about 15 students. I am also a lead PBLA (Portfolio-Based Language Assessment) teacher so I also help other teachers with this methodology and with implementation in their classrooms.
You successfully transitioned from teacher to teacherpreneur. Can you talk about how that happened?
Getting into other projects besides teaching was a natural evolution for me. I have always been interested in the creative side of ESL and wanted to be able to put all my years of experience into something I could share with new and seasoned teachers on my blog. I also had years of experience private tutoring, so the project of creating a guide and acting as a consultant for those ESL teachers interesting in starting their own business was an easy and suitable project for me to consider doing.
Can you tell us about your teacherpreneur projects?
When I’m not busy teaching in the classroom, I’m busy posting new links to helpful ESL resources on my blog on www.eslmadeeasy.ca Sharing resources and knowledge has been a great joy for me. Besides blogging, I run a tutoring business for students in the elementary years as well as keep busy with some writing projects. My most recent, and most exciting, project has been co-writing for Cambridge University – part of this new series will be coming out in 2017. I also run a How to Enhance Your ESL Skills with Private Tutoring for teachers to start their own tutoring business. A video as well as a link to the guide with editable templates can be found on my blog and via TESL Ontario’s webinar series or at this link http://www.eslmadeeasy.ca/p/blog-page_7.html
How do you market or promote your website and other projects?
I market mainly through social media - Twitter and LinkedIn. I have also been a TESL Ontario presenter which also helps as well as run workshops on private tutoring through a certificate program for aspiring ESL teachers.
What has been your biggest challenge?
I think my biggest challenge has been trying to keep up with all the exciting resources and talent in the ESL field worldwide.
What is your personal system for juggling everything?
I try to spend more time in the summer when I am not teaching getting organized and setting up a schedule for some of the projects I am involved in throughout the new school year. I think when you are doing something that you love, juggling can be done with little stress.
What do you do when you are not teaching or working?
I try to spend time with my family and friends. I do like to relax and sometimes that can be with creative writing – fiction, of course.
Do you have any advice for someone considering teacherpreneurship?
If you have experience/talent in one area or another in the ESL world, then go for it. You’ll already be “the expert”. It’s much easier to get started and to grow!
Where can people follow you on social media?
Thanks so much Carolyn.
Interested in learning more about transitioning from a teacher to teacherpreneur but don’t know how to get started? Here are some ways:
1. Read more teacherpreneur interviews at www.teacherpreneur.ca/blog
2. Check out my Teacher to Teacherpreneur Toolkit at http://www.teacherpreneur.ca
3. Sign up for my 4 week online course with iTDi.pro - Teacher to Teacherpreneur http://itdi.pro/itdihome/teacherpreneur.php
4. Download 10 Tips to Transition from Teacher to Teacherpreneur https://www.teacherpreneur.ca/p/10-tips-to-transition-from-teacher-to-teachepreneur
5. Join my LinkedIn group for teacherpreneurs. Connect with other teacherpreneurs https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7060976
6. Set up a private coaching call with me https://www.teacherpreneur.ca/pages/book-a-coaching-session-with-me
7. Add your name to the list of teacherpreneurs who will be part of the 2017 More than a Teacher Mastermind! Email me for more details!
8. Connect with me on social media. Teacherpreneurs must be on social media!
Who am I?
My name is Patrice Palmer, M.Ed., M.A., TESL and I reside in Canada. I have 20 years’ experience as an ESL Teacher, TESL Trainer, and Writer including 7 amazing years in Hong Kong. I have taught students from 8 to 80 years in a variety of programs such as ESP, EAP, Business English, and language programs for new immigrants in Canada. I'm now a teacherpreneur doing the things that I love such as writing courses, blogging, sharing teaching materials, instructional coaching for new teachers and coaching teacherpreneurs. Having a flexible schedule allows me to conduct short-term training around the world at any time of the year.
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