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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Brad Deacon - EFL Teacher and Owner of Brad's English Boot Camp

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Brad Deacon's casual response to his students was the catalyst for his successful teacherpreneur venture - Brad's English Boot Camp. Read the full interview to find out what Brad said!  Brad believes that there are potential “teacherpreneur” seeds that are ready to grow within all of us.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

My primary job is as a teacher-researcher in the newly formed Global Liberal Studies department at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.

I am also a teacherpreneur running private workshops through “Brad’s English Boot Camp” (BEBC). BEBC uses a wide variety of activities (discussion, debate, presentations, survival simulations, etc.) primarily to develop participants’ language skills.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching in Japan now for about 20 years.  BEBC was launched about 5 years ago.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I usually have a class or two each day and spend the...

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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.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

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

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching about 23 years.

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).

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

I play music, take walks, do tai chi, talk to the cats, brew beer, and read.

You took on the tremendous task of writing a book, developing teaching resource and starting a...

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Kim Carroll - ESL Teacher, TESOL Trainer and Online Course Designer

Kim Carroll is a perfect example of a multi-tasking teacherpreneur. Find out how she juggles teaching, training and managing two businesses.

Kim - can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently run an ESL teacher training company called English for Life Academy  www.english-forlife.com and an intercultural training company called Catalyst Intercultural www.catalystintercultural.com 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

How long have you been teaching?

I began teaching ESL in 1999.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

Not really, there are no typical days, it seems! :-)  I own English for Life, and co-own Catalyst Intercultural, so there are lots of non-teaching related tasks. But in a typical day I “run” the business during regular office hours, and teach...

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Michel Leroux - Teacher, Writer, Co-Founder of Educators Home Share

Michel Leroux believes that the time it takes to create projects as an entrepreneur is secondary to finding the right people to work with. Find out what "important life lesson" Michel learned after a disastrous trip to Hong Kong and how teachers can overcome fear so they can make the world a better place with their ideas.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

At this point, I am not teaching. My wife Christine Hanna and I were living in Bangladesh before coming to Bandung, Indonesia, where we currently live. Dhaka turned out to be a very difficult place for us to live and work. Before going to Dhaka, we had looked into working at Bandung Independent School but there was an opening for only one of us (we are both teachers). Because of that, we accepted jobs in Dhaka. But when we decided to leave Dhaka, we contacted the school in Bandung and once again, there was only one opening available – for Christine (grade 1). We made the decision to accept the one...

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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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Rob Howard - EFL Teacher, Writer, Business Owner

Rob Howard is a multi-talented ELT professional involved in many interesting projects as a teacherpreneur.  Read about Rob's EFLtalks and how he has provided Continuous Professional Development to more than 100,000 teachers around the world. 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I own Online Language Center where I do most of my teaching to advanced level learners, teachers and professionals throughout the world. I was a face-2-face and classroom teacher for years while I built up the online business so I and my students could truly experience a seamless global classroom regardless of where we were on any given day.

How long have you been teaching?

Coming from a business background in Sales Management, you could say I have been teaching for over 36 years. Teaching EFL started in 2002 when I moved to Brazil and was asked to open a school where I lived in the Northeast before moving to Rio de Janeiro.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

For me, there...

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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, writer, and trainer.  Find out how she started her teacher training company in Brazil and her advice for teachers thinking about starting a company.

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 I also run online courses, write articles for teachers and give hints for teacher...

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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...

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