Taylor Sapp - ESL Teacher and Author

author Apr 29, 2018

Taylor Sapp is a talented teacher and writer.  Read how he used his international teaching experience and love of creative writing as inspiration for his first book.  Advice? We all have an interesting and unique story in us because we’re all unique! The key is you just have to find what that is!  


1. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule for this interview.  Let's start by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

Currently, I have been teaching at ELS Portland (located at Concordia University in NE Portland, Oregon, USA) for the last 5 years.  Previously I spent about 8 years in Japan teaching English at several Universities including Meiji and Hosei in Tokyo and Sugiyama Jo Gakuen in Nagoya.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

I wake up very early ~ 5 a.m. and do writing and creative work then. I teach all day and then come home to my family and 2 young boys (2 and 4) who keep me busy in the evening!


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Curt Ford - English and Russian teacher, YouTuber and Audio Curator

app russian youtube Mar 20, 2018

Curt Ford has turned his love of story-telling into a unique online learning experience for students and teachers.  He also has a very successful YouTube channel for students of Russian!  Find out how you can collaborate with Curt to co-promote your work as teacherprenuers.  

1. Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I taught Russian at the University of South Carolina, USA for 15 years; now I work from home on online projects for learners of English and Russian.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

I'm up and working by 7:30, as soon as the kids are off to school. Most of the time I'm at the laptop, looking for stories, creating supporting material for stories, wrestling with WordPress, or planning, recording, and editing a video tutorial. I do try to remember to go for walks at least once a day, since stepping away from the screen is sometimes the best way to get unstuck or get a new idea.

For the most part I work at home, though...

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Lina Marcela Gómez Quintero - ELT Teacher, Coach, STEAM Consultant

Lina Marcela Gómez Quintero wears many hats as a teacherpreneur in Colombia.  Find out why she believes that empathy and assertive communication have helped her become a successful teacherpreneur. Also, learn how her projects are positively changing the educational landscape in her country.

1.  Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

Currently, I teach English at Colegio de la Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, in Medellín (Colombia), where I also am Homeroom Teacher for the Ninth grade. I have been teaching here since September 2017, but my teaching experience started more than 10 years ago. In addition, I am STEAM teacher, coach, and consultant.

2.   Can you describe a typical day?

A typical day starts at 6:00 am. After saying hello to my colleagues and students walking through the corridors, I meet Jorge Hugo, my workmate (here, English teachers work in pairs: one teacher is with Basic Level students and the...

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Fiona Oates - Online English Language Teacher/Translator/Communication Coach

Fiona Oates wears many hats as an online language teacher, translator, and communication coach.  Read how nursing, improvisation workshops, meditation courses and empowerment training has helped her succeed as a teacherpreneur.

Thanks for agreeing to this interview Fiona.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach? 

I teach, at the moment, online and in the Canary Islands. I have taught in many companies and a few good quality academies in Barcelona, Spain. I lived there for almost 12 years.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching since September 2006.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

At the moment, I get up early and I head to my classroom that I rent by the hour and teach online classes with my clients all over the world.  Most of my students are from Spain at the moment. Then I go home for lunch and I have some afternoon classes with students from the Canary Islands.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

I go to...

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Teresa Nguyen - ESL Teacher, Author and YouTuber

author vietnamese youtube Nov 21, 2017

Teresa Nguyen is an ESL Teacher, Author and successful YouTuber based in California.  Find out how she utilized her first language to start a bilingual (English-Vietnamese) YouTube channel with more than 12,000 subscribers from around the world to help Vietnamese speakers learn English.

Hello Teresa.  Can you start off by telling us about your teaching journey?

I became interested in language development due to my own experiences as a child immigrant from Vietnam, an ESL student, and then as an English instructor in three different countries. These experiences have given me an understanding of how lives can be transformed through learning English. 

Through the years, I have found that teaching a wide range of learners in a variety of subjects has allowed me to explore different perspectives on teaching as well. I taught specialized English to immigrant adults in corporate America (2008) and to Vietnamese programmers in corporate Vietnam (2010). I taught...

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Taiwanda Bason - Online Instructor, Consultant, Business Owner

Taiwanda Bason has found the perfect way to combine her international teaching and cross-cultural experiences to help others successfully adapt to life abroad.  Taiwanda's advice for following our dreams as teacherpreneurs is that "we become solutions to problems and help others to follow their dreams". 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’ve taught in the U.S., South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Peru and China. I currently teach students from around the world online. 

How long have you been teaching?

10+ years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

Now that I teach online, I just log-in to the platforms I use, making myself available to new and regular students, as well as fulfilling class reservations.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

Listen to music or just enjoy some quiet and stillness.

You took on the tremendous task of starting a company. Can you talk a bit about it?

I recently started my company, Taiwanda Bason, LLC (...

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Monique Simpson - ESL Teacher, Online Instructor, English Centre & Tea Shop Owner

ecuador online teacher Aug 22, 2017

Monique Simpson teaches English online and in her unique tea shop in Otavalo, Ecuador. Now that is creative!  

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach in Otavalo, Ecuador (South America).

How long have you been teaching?

I started teaching as a TA in 2004.  In August 2005, I went to Japan to teach in the Jet Programme.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I teach Chinese students online Sun-Sat (every day) starting as early as 3:30 a.m. to as late as 10 a.m. For these lessons, I do a little prep, which consists of finding pictures/videos to go along with the pre-made PPT lesson.

Then I teach English at my new English center. Sometimes I teach young learners in the morning or conversation class at night.  I also have English lessons at my tea shop called “English Tea.” We have tea and cupcakes while chatting in English. It is a conversation course for intermediate and advanced students.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?...

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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.

How long have you been...

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Daniel Israel - EFL Teacher & Author

author netherlands Jun 28, 2017


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

coach japan writer Jun 21, 2017

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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