Carolyn Flores - ESL Teacher, Writer, Business Owner

Carolyn Flores feels that becoming a teacherpreneur was a natural evolution for her. Read her personal advice on juggling everything and transitioning from teacher to teacherpreneur.

How long have you been teaching?  

Combined, teaching in the classroom and privately one to one, I’ve been teaching for over twenty years. 

Where do you teach now?  

I teach at the Centre for Skills Development and Training which is located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.  

Can you describe a typical teaching day?  

I teach about 15-20 higher level students in the morning. The group is a mix of students with various backgrounds and experiences. In the afternoons. I have a lower level class of about 15 students. I am also a lead PBLA (Portfolio-Based Language Assessment) teacher so I also help other teachers with this methodology and with implementation in their classrooms. 

You successfully transitioned from teacher to teacherpreneur. Can you talk about...

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Julia Atkinson - Online English Instructor and Owner of Virtually101

Julia Atkinson balances her time teaching English online and is in the process of launching a company called Virtually101.  Julia's experience in customer service plus online teaching gave her the confidence to start a company.  



1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I reside in Jamaica and I have been teaching English for a company called Bibo Global Opportunity for over 3 years. They have 2 websites, DMM Eikaiwa (for Japanese students) and Engoo (for other students). I also teach on italki and have been teaching there for more than 2 years.  

2. Can you describe a typical day?

I work with Bibo 5 days a week, sometimes 7 days, if there are bonuses on the weekend. I usually work for 5 hours in the morning, 7 a.m. - 12 noon (GMT-5). Those hours are called cores hours, which means a lot of students usually book around that...

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Kim Carroll - ESL Teacher, TESOL Trainer, Online Course Designer & Coach

Kim Carroll is a perfect example of a multi-tasking teacherpreneur. Find out how she juggles teaching, training and managing two businesses and why she is writing a workbook for teachers moving overseas that focuses on intercultural transition. 

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

I currently run an ESL teacher training company called English for Life Academy and an intercultural training company called Catalyst Intercultural in the U.S.

Among many other jobs, my teaching load includes:

  • TESOL Certificate program (hybrid and f2f)
  • tutoring of adult English language learners
  • training for companies in intercultural communication

2. How long have you been teaching?

I began teaching ESL in 1999.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

Not really, there are no typical days, it seems! :-)  I own English for...

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Brian Cullen - EFL teacher, Writer, Business Owner

Brian Cullen is a multi-talented teacher, writer and trainer living in Japan. Brian believes that you don’t need to invest a lot of money to get started as a teacherpreneur but just start small and ignore people who tell you that your idea is impossible. Brian shares his #1 productivity tip. 

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

I teach at Nagoya Institute of Technology, an engineering university in Japan.

2. How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching about 24 years.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My typical day involves teaching my classes, doing preparation (most of my preparation has been done because I write textbooks for my own courses), working on research projects, keeping a light eye on part-time teachers and admin stuff (way too much of that).

4. Teacher self-care is so important.  How do you relax?  

I play music, take walks, do tai...

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Louise Potter - EFL Teacher, Author, Teacher Trainer, Business Owner

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...

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Suzanne Rajkumar - Business Owner, Language Game Developer

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...

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Maha Hassan - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Training Company Owner

Maha Hassan feels that teachers have a lot to give beyond the borders of classrooms and schools.  Read about her innovative ideas for teacher professional development in Egypt and find out what she believes is the secret to success as a teacherpreneur.

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

I used to teach Preparatory, Secondary students and Adults for more than 30 years in different language schools and language centres.  I have trained teachers in different schools for more than 17 years. I am still working as a Teacher Trainer and Teacherpreneur in Egypt.

How long have you been teaching?

For more than 30 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

A teaching day usually starts the night before when you had to go through the lesson at hand, prepare the lesson plan and materials to be used. You may also do some correcting late at night. The next day, the day may start with a morning class or two and ends with you as a teacher running...

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