Louise Potter has extensive experience in the ELT field as a teacher, author, and trainer. Find out how she started her teacher training company in Brazil and her advice for teachers thinking about starting a company and her #1 productivity tip for getting things done.
1. Thanks for joining us, Louise. Can you start off by telling us where you teach?
I am not physically in the classroom anymore. I am an English coordinator at a mainstream school in Jundiai , a small city 60 km out of São Paulo, Brazil. I am also a writer for young learners at Somos Educação, one of Brazil’s largest basic education company and one of the largest educational groups in the world. As a coordinator, I am constantly in contact with students in K-12. Interacting directly with teachers and promoting workshops in teacher training I feel I learn every day from these teachers. Apart from that, I have a teacher trainer’ website called Teach-in Education, where...
Tuula Lindholm and Johanne Mednick Myles are the authors of a new book Navigating the Intercultural Classroom. Read how they combined their skills and expertise to co-author the book as well their advice for finding time to write while teaching.
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?
Johanne: I teach at Queen’s University, in Ontario, Canada and have been teaching for over 35 years at the college and university level.
Tuula: I teach communication skills courses in two community colleges and coach individual students. I have been in the ESOL field for 20 years and was an adult educator and business trainer before.
2. You took on the tremendous task of writing a book. Can you talk a bit about it?
J: I was interested in exploring educational research in the area of second language acquisition and intercultural communication. The sole idea was...
Aziz Soubai teaches English in Morocco. He was curious about making grammar instruction more fun for his students and easier for teachers. Read about how he gathered information from teachers before writing his book on using games in grammar teaching. Aziz's advice? Success means working hard, trying new things, failing and trying one more time.
1. Thank you, Aziz, 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?
I teach in Tighmert at a little high school on the outskirts of Guelmim city in the south of Morocco. I have more than 10 years of classroom practice.
2. Can you describe a typical day?
I’m an early riser so I wake up around 7 a.m., have breakfast and check what I’m going to teach (my lesson plans and the activities or projects that I planned with my students) I’m a huge fan of project-based learning. When the class is over, I encourage my...
Jake Young is an inspirational teacherpreneur who had to learn many technical skills to launch his website Fluentize. His advice? Stop thinking and start doing. There's not a person in the world who built something from thinking - they built it from doing. Business is the result of action and every action you take is worth taking.
I'm from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA but I've been living and teaching ESL for 7 and a half years in Prague, Czech Republic. I received my TEFL certification from TLH in Prague in 2010. I started off teaching a variety of different lessons for language schools in Prague. I then shifted to develop my own private practice for one-on-one / small group lessons for both teenagers and adults. Now I mostly teach private lessons for students at small and big companies in Prague.
Suzanne Rajkumar is one of the hardest working teacherpreneurs putting in 14 hour days. As a result of her teaching of English in Honduras, she developed a game called Codebreaker which helps students excel in their language learning and develop their confidence as speakers of English. She believes that becoming a teacherpreneur ensures our survival as teachers.
1. Thank you for taking time out of your very busy day for this interview. Let's start with where you teach and how long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 1993. I started as a middle school substitute teacher for Spanish, Literature and History in Trinidad and Tobago, my country of birth. I taught in Trinidad at public high school and part-time at three adult ESL institutions - teaching French and also English to Venezuelans. Now, I am married and living in Honduras, Central America and I have been teaching here for the 18 years with a 14-hour work day for the last 12 years. In Honduras, I...
Anne Marie Fowler started her online company after a 20 year career in ELT. Even the most experienced teachers like Anne Marie have doubts about becoming a teacherpreneur. Her advice? "Stay true to who you are and what you want to do, put your head down and do the work, and you’ll be able to accomplish far more than you thought was possible".
I currently teach 100% online via my company, Speak Confident English. I made this move in 2014 after nearly 20 years in the industry where I gained experience as an EFL/ESL teacher, a curriculum designer, a teacher trainer, a program coordinator and the deputy director of a language school.
To a large extent, it depends on the time of year. One of my courses is a month-long intensive course. I only offer it 3 times per...
Tracy Sherriff has always had a side hustle or two and enjoys finding ways to turn her passions into things that create additional monthly revenue. Read more about Tracy's successful side hustles and her challenge with conquering "imposter syndrome".
1. Thanks for taking the time to be interviewed Tracy. Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?
I currently teach part-time at a college in Ontario, Canada. I have been teaching in higher education since 2007 but have been a practicing Registered Early Childhood Educator since 1994. My primary focus in early childhood has been supporting children with special needs, their families, and their caregivers. I have also tutored school-aged children and sought both informal and formal teaching opportunities within my community. I currently work in developmental services, leading a team of educators who build caregiver capacity in inclusive practice in licensed child care programs.
Nik Peachey is a very creative and well-known Digital Product Developer, Materials Writer and Author in the ELT field. His advice about facing your fears of putting yourself out there? "There is nothing to lose but your fear. In the end, it comes down to the saying, It's the things you don't do and the risks you don't take that you end up regretting."
1. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you start by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?
I've been involved in education since about 1990. I started off teaching guitar in a prison while I was a student and when I left I did CELTA with IH in Cairo and got hooked on teaching. Since then I've migrated through teaching, teacher training, ICT training and now I work mainly in digital product development. At the moment I'm working for EtonX, an edtech company owned by Eton College, and I'm developing online courses aimed at non-native speakers of...
Bernard Kuhn started a very useful website where he reviews online teaching companies and helps teachers navigate this relatively new world. What has he learned about trying to start a business? "Believe in yourself, take your lumps and keep going and remember that as a teacher you are already different from other people".
I have been teaching in one form or another for 11 years. I am a high school Spanish teacher in Pennsylvania, and I have also taught online for a few different companies on and off for the past 4 years.
I run a website https://www.stressfreeteach.com/ where I write review articles for many different online English teaching companies. I try to update the site at least every other day with a new company review. A...
Adra Young is a compassionate educator, trainer and author who devotes her time working with youth tackling tough topics such as race, anti-bullying, suicide prevention and reducing school suspensions. Read more about Adra's important work and how she finds clients to share her important work.
1. Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?
I’m currently certified to teach in the State of Indiana, USA however I'm not teaching full time at the moment. I have taught youngsters from 1995-2016 for the Detroit Public School System. I worked at the Detroit Impact Center as a Social Skills provider where I pinpointed the lack of resources available for both middle and high school students so I created a curriculum that addressed the concerns of youngsters facing overwhelming social dynamics. I'm happy to report that this program was utilized in several Detroit Schools. During that time, I also...