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 [email protected] or via Skype at armai239
Are you working on any other projects at the moment?
Yes, I am planning to open a vocational English school which will help students to get a job after the course completion. It is my dream to enable my students to have a good career and take care of their families.
Do you do everything yourself or do you have someone help with the technical aspects, etc.?
I mostly do it myself, but I hired a logo designer and proofreader.
Where can people find you on social media?
I have a short introduction video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkExhAbJ1dc
What have you had to do outside of your comfort zone as a teacherpreneur?
- Record and upload my video and show to the public!
- Tell friends that I teach online Skype lessons
- Think, plan and take action
What skills did you gain from classroom teaching that have allowed you to excel as a teacherpreneur?
Understanding an individual’s needs so I can tailor the lesson to meet their goals and track their progress.
What advice would you give to teachers who are considering becoming a teacherpreneur?
The world is changing. Teachers can have different roles like content developers. We can adapt our professional passion into other areas. We can be leaders.
I talk to many teachers about their fear or doubt in trying something new or "putting themselves out there". What advice would you give to these teachers?
Many people do not like or accept “change” easily as it can make us feel insecure but we know there is something bright on the other side our fear.
Is there anything that you would like to add?
I welcome advice from any of teacherpreneurs.
Thanks so much Mai. All the best.
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. If you are a TESL Ontario member, watch a recording of my webinar Teacher to Teacherpreneur https://tutela.ca/GroupFiles?organicgroup=8594&cat=518
3. Check out The Essential Teacher to Teacherpreneur Toolkit at http://www.teacherpreneur.ca
4. Sign up for my 4-week online course with iTDi.pro - Teacher to Teacherpreneur http://itdi.pro/itdihome/teacherpreneur.php
5. Download 10 Tips to Transition from Teacher to Teacherpreneur https://www.teacherpreneur.ca/p/10-tips-to-transition-from-teacher-to-teachepreneur
6. Download The Social Media Make-over Checklist for Teacherpreneurs at www.teacherpreneur.ca
7. Connect with other teacherpreneurs by joining my LinkedIn group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7060976
8. Set up a private coaching call with me https://www.teacherpreneur.ca/pages/book-a-coaching-session-with-me
9. Connect with me on social media. Teacherpreneurs must be on social media.
My name is Patrice Palmer, OCELT, M.Ed., M.A. I have more than 20 years’ experience as an ESL Teacher, TESL Trainer, and Writer. Seven of those years were spent 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 and teaching materials; blogging, conducting instructional coaching for new teachers and coaching teacherpreneurs. Having a flexible schedule allows me to conduct training around the world at any time of the year.
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