Kim Carroll - ESL Teacher, TESOL Trainer, Online Course Designer & Coach

Kim Carroll is a perfect example of a multi-tasking teacherpreneur. Find out how she juggles teaching, training and managing two businesses and why she is writing a workbook for teachers moving overseas that focuses on intercultural transition. 

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

2. How long have you been teaching?

I began teaching ESL in 1999.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

Not really, there are no typical days, it seems! :-)  I own English for...

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Andrew Woodbury - ESL Instructor & Managing Director of Learn YOUR English

Andrew Woodbury divides his time between the ESL classroom and managing an educational start-up called Learn YOUR English with the goal to create a community of like-minded teachers where everyone can learn and improve together. He believes that he has excelled as a teacherpreneur because he has been inspired by his students who took a leap of faith coming to a new country. 

1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

Thank you for having me! I currently teach in Toronto, Canada as part of Ryerson University’s ESL Foundation Program. This is in addition to being one of the managing directors of the educational startup two colleagues and I have started called Learn YOUR English. 2019 marks one decade for me as a teacher.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

It really depends on the day. When the university year is running, I have classes from about 9 until...

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Cara Leopold - Online Teacher, Owner of Leo Listening

france online teacher Feb 18, 2019

Cara Leopold's niche is helping English language learners get their listening conversation ready.  Find out why Cara thinks that teacherpreneurs should invest in themselves by paying for paid programmes, books or courses by people who’ve been there and know what they’re talking about.


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

From my office, which is a room in my apartment. I live in the French city of Besançon virtually unheard of both inside and outside of France. For those in the know, it’s a city of 100,000 people, about an hour from the Swiss border.

2. How long have you been teaching?

I started back in 2007 when I finished university, so I’ve been teaching (on and off, because I have studied full-time as well and worked outside of teaching) for almost ten years. I used that opportunity to come and live and work in France.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching...

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Nancy Callan - ESL Teacher, Writer (ESL Jigsaws)

canada writer Feb 01, 2019

Nancy Callan turned her love of jigsaw readings into a series of successful books.  Read Nancy`s views on the importance of testing your materials before publishing, and how criticism of one's materials is an opportunity for improvement.  

1. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

In Vancouver, BC, Canada, but no longer full time as I have another job. Contrary to popular belief, I have not retired off the profit from my books!

2. How long have you been teaching?

Since 1992.

3. Teacher self-care is so important.  How do you relax?  

I run a dining group, I garden and study languages.

4.  You took on the tremendous challenge of writing several books: Callan’s Thematic Jigsaws 1 and 2, Callan’s Contemporary Jigsaws 1 &2, Callan’s New Canada Jigsaws, Callan’s Beginner Canada Jigsaws, Callan’s Holiday Jigsaws 1 & 2, Callan’s...

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Venice Irving - Cross-Cultural Communications Expert, Online EFL Consultant

Venice Irving is a teacherpreneur from Jamaica.  She taught in Taiwan for 8 years and that experience resulted in setting up a growing cross-cultural communications firm that specializes in language and global skills acquisition and business skills.  Venice says team up with a partner if you are not sure which route to take for your venture.

 

1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to be interviewed.  Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching at various online schools for over 5 years in Europe and Asia however I started teaching English as a Foreign language in 2000. I spent 8 years teaching English in Taiwan and now reside in Jamaica.  

2. Can you describe a typical day?

My day usually starts at about 4 a.m. where I meditate and have worship. Afterward, I get my son ready for school and eat breakfast which is usually a green smoothie. By 8 a.m. I'll be in my home office taking phone calls...

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Steve Mullen - EFL Teacher, Website designer, MyLAMPA Team Leader

Steve Mullen has spent the past 10 years developing an online platform for teachers and students called MyLAMPA. Find out how the motto “Teachers Together” relates to this powerful networking platform.  

1. Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I live and teach freelance in Vsetín, which is a town of about 27,000 in eastern Moravia.

2. How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching since 1991 and, with the exception of three years in the late ‘90s when I worked as a training course writer in Canada, I have spent my entire ELT career working in the Czech Republic.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

At the moment, it’s overwhelming. I start teaching shortly after 7:00 a.m. on most days. I teach 7-10 lessons a day, so it works out to more than 40 contact hours per week, but I do that out of necessity. I mostly teach individuals and I’m lucky that I’m established and known here so I usually...

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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.

1. 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.

2. How long have you been teaching?

It's been 9 years.

3. 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.    

4. Teacher self-care is so important.  How do you 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...

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Stanislaw Saluda and Justyna Makarczyk - EFL teachers & ESLBrains Creators

eslbrains poland Jan 26, 2019

Stanislaw Saluda and Justyna Makarczyk are busy teachers who live in Poland.  They are the brains behind the website ESL Brains. Find out what regrets they have as teacherpreneurs and the #1 teaching skill that has helped them to achieve success.  

 

1. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

S: We’ve been teaching English for over 10 years. We’ve had a lot of Business English learners, engineers, and IT professionals. We've also taught for 2 years at a university.

J: I’ve also taught some senior learners and my oldest student was 75. Now, we have our own business and give private lessons to adults.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

J: A typical day? That’s a tricky one. Apart from teaching English, we are also involved in many other activities. We’re English translators and Stan works for a large company. Our working day ends at around...

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Tetyana Skrypkina - Multilingual Online Teacher, #teachingisfun Creator

Tetyana Skrypkina is a very busy teacherpreneur.  She teaches English, German, Spanish, Ukrainian as a foreign language and survival Hungarian,  works as a language teacher consultant, is the creator #teachingisfun and a successful YouTuber. She does it all by being a self-proclaimed planning maniac!

1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I am self-employed and I teach online. I teach English, German, Spanish, survival Hungarian and Ukrainian as a foreign language. Also, I consult language teachers, sometimes conduct workshops for them and run my project #teachingisfun for teachers.  I’ve been teaching for 12 years.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

My husband wakes me up at about 8:30 with a cup of coffee and it cheers me up. I do my morning routine and start teaching online. When I have breaks between lessons, I do quick exercises as...

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Agata Pul - EFL/Business English Instructor, DIY handouts Creator

Agata Pul is the creative genius behind DIY handouts - a grammar handouts generator that helps English teachers to create personalized grammar exercises for their students. When she couldn't find what she needed for her own students, she found a solution.  Her productivity tip? The worst thing you can do is start your day with social media, replying to emails or reading the news.

1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I have been working as an English teacher for more than 8 years running in-company courses. My students are CEOs, managers, artists and other professionals who are passionate about their jobs and inspire me to develop as a teacher and entrepreneur.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

My day looks the way I plan it so it can be different every day. I am self-employed so I make my own schedule. I love the flexibility of my job. I often travel...

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