Dave Stevens - Language School Owner and Author

Dave Stevens love of learning Spanish lead to opening his own language school and publishing 10 books!  Dave says that we have to be honest about our ideas and make it about our students, not us. Dave's advice for becoming a teacherpreneur?  “If you try, the worst that can happen is that you might learn something".

 

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

I teach at The Language School in Denver, Colorada in the United States.  I started teaching English informally in 2001 when I started learning how to speak Spanish.  My first “student” was a neighbour of mine named Juan, from Mexico.  One evening I was on my patio and he was on his, and I invited him over for a “cerveza”.  We became really good friends, and within about 6 months he was very conversational.

Later, I moved to Argentina to study Spanish full time for a year.  Everyone I came in contact with wanted to practice English...

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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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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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