Mike Simpson - ESL Teacher, Graphic Designer, Digital Storyteller

Mike Simpson has found a way to combine his skills as an ESL teacher and graphic designer. Mike believes that everyone can cultivate original ideas and learn how to express themselves creatively. It may be dormant from childhood but it’s still there. His advice?  Get creative and experiment – try some new things and try to offer a unique service or product.

 Mike, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I am not currently teaching in the classroom, but I’m an ESL teacher with LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) and EAP experience. In spring of 2017, I supply taught for Centennial College and CCLCS, a provider of LINC classes and TESL training (both schools are in Toronto, Canada). Earlier this year, I designed an online course on my website Ancestry Project called Introduction to Digital Storytelling. I’m the official instructor and I invite everyone to register for the site and take this free course.

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Daniel Israel - EFL Teacher & Author

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Daniel Israel has written three books.  Find out how writing articles and interviewing teachers was the impetus for his first book The EFL Teacher's Handbook and read his productivity tip for writing while teaching.

1. Daniel, can you start by telling us where you teach?

I teach in various cities in the Netherlands such as Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.

2. How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for 9 years, though as a freelancer for eight years. For four years I taught at universities and one year at secondary school. While, most of the time, I've been working with language centres (in-house and in-company).

3. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I tend to teach 2 x 2-hour lessons on weekdays. Sometimes, I have 1 x 3-hour BEC (Business English Certificate) preparation class and then a 2 hour-lesson. I have worked evenings, though this had only been when I wanted to earn some extra cash or, most recently, as a favour for a friend and...

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Sarah Mulvey - EFL Teacher, Writer and Ex-pat Coach

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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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Christina Cavage - ESL Educator, Writer, Consultant, Content Creator & App Designer

Christina Cavage wears many hats as a teacherpreneur.  Find out how she came up with the idea to develop a brilliant app that helps her students to practice syllabification while acquiring key vocabulary.  

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I have been teaching at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia, U.S. for the last five years.  Prior to joining SCAD, I taught at Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey for 20 years.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching ESL for over 27 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

Is there ever a typical day teaching? Every day brings new experiences, and even after 27 years, every day is dynamic.  However, on most days I arrive early and meet with students.  When classes begin, the fun starts! I like to use a lot of games, pair/group activities and other tasks that really engage students.  I love developing materials that are innovative and...

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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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Elizabeth Ortiz - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Author and Publisher

Elizabeth Ortiz is an experienced EFL teacher, teacher trainer, author and publisher.  She believes that teacherpreneurs should think big but start one step at a time and ask for help or support from a teacherpreneur community willing to help.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently run my own Institute called World English Institute in two cities (Quevedo and Portoviejo in Ecuador). I am also a freelance ELT Trainer and Consultant. Last year, I decided to start publishing so Serenity Press was born to support local novice writers and ELT professionals willing to go beyond the classroom.

How long have you been teaching?

I start teaching when I was 18 so 32 years teaching from preschool, primary, secondary, higher education, and private education. Fifteen years ago I found my passion for Teacher Education and ELT Management and I haven´t stopped.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

As an independent professional, there is no a “typical...

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Camelia Martincu, Business English Trainer, Language School Owner

Camelia Martincu started her own language centre after she realized that teaching children was not her "cup of tea".  Camelia has great advice for teacherpreneurs including the importance of investing in yourself by continuously learning and surrounding yourself with inspiring people who help you grow.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach general and business English, IELTS and Cambridge exams to adults and teenagers at my own language center, BETTER ENGLISH, in Lasi, Romania. I also deliver in-company training (mostly to IT companies, but not only) and assist HR departments with linguistic auditing.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching for almost 13 years now. I started teaching at a local private school in 2004, straight after graduating from university, but I realized that teaching young children wasn’t my cup of tea. Then, for two years I taught Business English courses in-company with International House...

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Mai - English & Thai Teacher, Educational Consultant, Course Designer

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 ...

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Lalitha Murthy - Freelance Consultant, Business English Trainer

Lalitha Murthy has successfully transitioned from classroom teacher to freelance Business English trainer.  Lalitha feels strongly that we should never wait to start something new and that we need to take risks and keep learning new skills as teacherpreneurs.

Lalitha - thanks for your time.  You are my first teacherpreneur interview from India. Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I train adult engineers in the IT Industry. These engineers interact in English,  almost on a daily basis, with customers all over the world. I live and work in Bangalore, India.

How long have you been teaching?

I taught in schools for over 25 years all over India and moved into business English training in 2002. I am at present a freelance trainer working with various companies. I worked almost exclusively with a single company for 13 years and became an independent trainer in 2016.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

A typical training day starts at 9.30 a.m. and...

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Tom Czaban - EFL Lecturer, Writer, Editor, Documentary Producer

Tom Czaban has learned many skills as a teacherpreneur including how to self-publish his own books.  Find out why Tom thinks that trying to make everything perfect is a perfect way to never finish anything and how the habit of intellectualizing everything can bring a project to a standstill.

Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed, Tom.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach at the University of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching for around five years now.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

It’s difficult to say because teaching at the university is just one of my jobs; I’m also an editor for a university journal, and I have a number of language school students too. I try to plan all my classes for the week on Mondays (in between classes), which makes the rest of the week pretty straightforward. I usually teach three or four classes a day and do any other tasks I might have...

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