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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Irina Malinina - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer

Irina Malinina is a bilingual multi-talented teacherpreneur.  Read Irina's interview where she honestly discusses what she had to do outside of her comfort zone as a teacherpreneur, what drives her to be the best she can be and discrimination against non-native teachers of English.

1. Thank you so much Irina, for taking the time for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

Currently I am a freelance teacher. I embarked on this adventure after 20 years of teaching first at university and then at language schools. 

Leaving my full-time job was a tough call for me since it looked rather precarious and dubious. But I had to bank on both my extensive experience, commitment to teaching, and, last but not least, a stroke of luck.  I mapped out the way to get to my goal. Once the guidelines were set forth, I quit.

2. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I mostly teach via Skype now so a normal day would see me prepare for a morning set...

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Anastasiia Martinez - ESL teacher, Materials Developer, Video Producer

Anastasiia Martinez is a creative bilingual teacher who is a new teacherpreneur.  Find out why she thinks that teachers should take risks, engage in professional and self-development and why native/non-native doesn't matter in the world of teacherpreneurship.

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

I teach English Language Arts and English Language Development classes at a public middle school in Pittsburg, California in the United States.

How long have you been teaching?

It’s my first year at a public school. Before I jumped on a middle school teaching journey, I’d taught at several private language schools for 7 years. I’ve also been teaching English online for 5 years and I’m absolutely loving it! I wouldn’t say that an online classroom is completely different from a traditional one. I just have to use different tools when I teach online.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My day usually starts very early. I like...

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Helen Waldron - EFL Teacher, Translator, Writer

germany translator writer Feb 18, 2017

Helen Waldron is a veteran EFL teacher who is now making her mark in the ELT materials writing world.  Find out why Helen believes that teacherpreneurs should cultivate their networks and support others as well as the importance of keeping a sense of balance.

 

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

I teach freelance in companies around Hamburg, Germany.

How long have you been teaching?

Over 30 years, which makes me a real survivor! I have to add I’ve recently reduced this to 2-3 days a week, and am spending the rest of the week writing company materials and translating. Writing ELT materials is the new adventure.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

If I’m teaching, I get up earlier than I would like, as I seem to have an odd affinity for teaching techie people (why do they all get up so early?). Having spent years coaching senior managers one to one, I’ve recently returned to teaching elementary and pre-intermediate classes,...

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Anthony Holt - EFL Teacher and Co-creator of Dimmideck

italy materials writer Feb 08, 2017

New ESL/EFL teachers can also be teacherpreneurs. Find out how Anthony Holt and his talented partner Alessandra Gagliano combined their creativity and ambition to see an idea come to life as Dimmideck.  Read why Anthony believes that getting feedback from people will only improve your product.

 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I moved to Palermo in Sicily, Italy in August 2016. It’s my first experience teaching outside the UK. I speak Italian quite well, so it’s been interesting seeing the issues the students have here when studying English as a lot of them are very logical when you understand both languages. It’s been really interesting so far as an insight into what it’s like to be a foreigner trying to get by in their second language in a strange city with a different culture. I think the experience will have a really positive effect on my teaching!

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve actually only been teaching...

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Marlene Paglia - ESL teacher, Writer

canada writer Feb 06, 2017

Marlene Paglia is a perfect example of a teacherpreneur with grit and determination despite receiving many rejection letters. Find out why she thinks that ‘being in the zone’ is a good barometer for knowing you’re on the right track.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long you’ve been teaching?

Hi! I’m Marlene Paglia and I’ve been teaching English as a Second Language with the Toronto District School Board for over 20 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I have taught all levels from Literacy to Toefl, but at present, I teach two (2) 2½ hour multilevel classes. My teaching day begins with my first Benchmark level 3-4 class from 9:00 to 11:30. The second Benchmark level 4-5-6 class begins at noon and ends at 2:30.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?

I enjoy travelling, watching engaging movies, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.

You took the tremendous task of writing two books....

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Leandra King - EFL Teacher, Writer

Leandra King has always wanted to combine teaching with entrepreneurship and has found the perfect way to do this as a teacherpreneur.  Find out why she hired people to help with the launch of her new book The Culture Sensitive Handbook and what she says about the value of networking online and collaborating with others in complementary niches.

 

Leandra can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently run English with Leandra where I help non-native expats learn how to fit in with their native English-speaking colleagues and friends by teaching them the culture behind the English language regarding politeness, social English such as small talk and everyday language functions.

How long have you been teaching?

I’d love to say since I was about 7. Haha. My teachers would always put me to help the weaker students in the class and I loved helping them along. But on a serious note, I’ve been teaching since 2013.

Can you describe a typical...

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Daria Storozhilova - EFL Teacher, Digital Product Designer

Find out why Daria Storozhilova decided to develop a digital product.  Read what she has to say about perfectionism in business and the benefits of being a non-native speaker.  Daria also took time out of her busy day to record a podcast with me.  Go to https://soundcloud.com/user-819463124/interview-with-daria-storozhilova

1. Daria, thank you for taking time out from your busy day for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I have two contracts with IT companies as their corporate English teacher. I teach the staff of these companies online. I also have a couple of students from italki.com and some private students. So, it's about 20 teaching hours a week, all of them online.

2. How long have you been teaching?

It's been 16 years now. The number increases every year and scares me. I got my first student in my last year at university, and have been teaching non-stop since that time. I worked in two language schools, then...

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