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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Mateusz Wawrzynowicz - EFL Teacher, Web Designer, Materials Writer

Mateusz Wawrzynowicz is a bilingual teacherpreneur with technical skills that he used to design his own website.  Read why he thinks that we have nothing to lose by becoming a teacherpreneur and why being open and trying new things can make your students love English even more.

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

I'm an ESL teacher in Poland. I teach kids aged 3-15. I work at a primary school as well as a language school. I also teach adults preparing for FCE and CAE exams.

How long have you been teaching?

It's been 7 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I'm always pretty busy. I start classes with my primary students at 8 a.m. and finish at 2 p.m. Next, it's time for the language school where I teach. I usually finish at about 7 p.m.    

What do you do in your spare time to relax?

I go out as much as I can. I often meet my friends but I also try to be active. I jog whenever I can in the evenings.  

You took on...

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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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Anthony Holt - EFL Teacher and Co-creator of Dimmideck

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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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Eva Oros - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Writer, School Owner

Eva Oros is a creative teacherpreneur who is constantly working on improving her teaching methods to meet students' needs.  Find out what Eva says about embracing the digital era and how it is opening new doors for education.

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

I’m an online English teacher, teacher-trainer, materials designer and blogger currently based in Porto, Portugal. I’ve been around since 2003 helping people from all over the world improve their English language skills. I am a passionate educator who believes that professional development is not always formally delivered. I am a technology missionary, on a quest to inspire and help teachers to try something new.

How long have you been teaching?

For almost 15 years.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

I like watching movies, reading and working out. I believe that having time for hobbies can help you escape to a happy place.

You took on the tremendous task of...

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Katy Simpson - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Online School Owner, Writer

Katy Simpson has developed online resources that focus on a specific niche.  Find out how Katy used feedback to improve her resources and why she asked for advice from people outside the ELT field.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I'm based in Thailand but since taking the plunge to go freelance I'm often travelling. In 2016, I set up an online school for speakers of International English, called My English Voice http://myenglishvoice.com/ I publish self-study listening lessons featuring speakers from around the world, aimed at developing learners’ ability to understand a wider range of accents than you find in most coursebooks. I also offer lessons in communication skills using Skype, with groups of learners from different first language backgrounds.

How long have you been teaching?

I've been teaching for seven years, in the UK, Dubai, and Thailand. Before that, I worked as a journalist in the UK, so I have always been passionate about...

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Matt Purland - One of the First Teacherpreneurs!

Matt is a prolific writer with 24 books to his name and more than 4,000 worksheets! I think that Matt is one of the original teacherpreneurs. He wrote his first book 15 years ago, and I remember using it in Hong Kong. If you have been teaching for a long time, you may be familiar with some of Matt's books such as Big Grammar Book, Big Grammar Book 2, Big Activity Book, Big Resource Book, and Talk a Lot Elementary Books 1 and 2. I also had the opportunity to interview Matt live and have posted our podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-819463124/interview-with-matt-purland

 

 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach in language schools in northern Poland, and also on Skype.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching English since 1999, when I first became qualified with the Trinity Cert. TESOL. I started off by teaching EFL in a summer school and then worked as an ESOL teacher at a government-funded training centre in Derby, where I...

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Walton Burns – ESL Teacher, Author, Owner of Alphabet Publishing

Walton Burns is the author of 50 Activities for the First Day of School and two other books. He is the owner of Alphabet Publishing. Find out how a brave student inspired him to write his book.

 

Thank you for doing this interview Walton. Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

At the moment, I do some freelance tutoring mainly for international students or adults living in the area New Haven area of Connecticut, USA but I’m currently doing more materials writing as it allows me to spend time with my son.

How long have you been teaching?

I began teaching in 2001 when I traveled to Vanuatu in the Peace Corps and I started writing materials professionally in 2007.

Can you describe a typical working day?

After breakfast, I usually run up to my home office and answer emails for half an hour or take care of some other small quick business, like paying bills. My wife gets our son ready for preschool. It’s my job to take my son to preschool, he has decided....

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