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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Sapna Sehgal - EFL Teacher, Online Course Developer, E-book Writer

Sapna Sehgal successfully balances graduate studies, teaching and developing resources for both teachers and teacherpreneurs.  Read how a single blog post inspired Sapna to write an e-book and how she is blogging as a way to increase her profile.

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

Well, I teach in quite a few places! For my in-person private classes, I teach English as a Second Language to Spanish children and adults here in Barcelona, Spain. In the past, I taught at language schools in the city, but I now teach English to undergraduates at the University of Barcelona. Online, I help a variety of students, including some students I used to tutor in person in Canada.

How long have you been teaching?

When I was 15 years old I started private tutoring by giving English lessons to the neighbours' children; there were both native speakers and ESL kids. So,...

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Sara Svenja - Teacher/Trainer, Materials Writer, Language School Owner

Sara Svenja wears many hats and has found a way to combine her expertise and creativity as a successful teacherpreneur. Find out how Sara - an introvert - overcame her doubts and fears and why she thinks that criticism may help us to produce better resources.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently live in Paris, France, where I teach ESL to children in my own little language school, but I’m also an educational manager and teacher trainer for English teachers at a private school north of Paris where I have 4 teachers under my wings there this year and about 200 students. We mainly teach children aged 3-14. Our kindergarten is a mix of Montessori and Steiner, the rest of the classes follow the national curriculum.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching for over 15 years now. My first job was in a private school. I started out with helping children with their homework in English, as well as those that were having a difficult time...

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Jonathan Hill - EFL Teacher and YouTube Videographer

Jonathan Hill has found his niche where the demand for quality English learning products is high.  Find out how Jonathan plans to use his car to promote his brand, and why teachers should not feel confined to the classrooms.

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

Sure, I rather interestingly teach in two countries.  Since Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia where I am based is located very close to the Austrian border, I have the option to work in both places. I teach in-company, Business English in Bratislava and my students are predominantly business people in mainly corporate settings. In Austria, I teach Academic English at the University of Applied Sciences in a city called Eisenstadt which is the capital of Burgenland.  It is less than one hour away by car from Vienna and Bratislava.

That is interesting.  I'm not sure that I have met other teacherpreneurs who teach in two countries the same time.  How long have you been teaching?

I...

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