Bernard Kuhn - Spanish Teacher, Website Owner and Online Teacher

Bernard Kuhn started a very useful website where he reviews online teaching companies and helps teachers navigate this relatively new world.  What has he learned about trying to start a business?  "Believe in yourself, take your lumps and keep going and remember that as a teacher you are already different from other people".  

 

  1. Welcome Bernard.  Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview.  Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching in one form or another for 11 years.  I am a high school Spanish teacher in Pennsylvania, and I have also taught online for a few different companies on and off for the past 4 years.

  1. Can you describe a typical day?

I run a website https://www.stressfreeteach.com/ where I write review articles for many different online English teaching companies.  I try to update the site at least every other day with a new company review.  A...

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Fiona Oates - Online English Language Teacher/Translator/Communication Coach

Fiona Oates wears many hats as an online language teacher, translator, and communication coach.  Read how nursing, improvisation workshops, meditation courses and empowerment training has helped her succeed as a teacherpreneur.

Thanks for agreeing to this interview Fiona.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach? 

I teach, at the moment, online and in the Canary Islands. I have taught in many companies and a few good quality academies in Barcelona, Spain. I lived there for almost 12 years.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching since September 2006.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

At the moment, I get up early and I head to my classroom that I rent by the hour and teach online classes with my clients all over the world.  Most of my students are from Spain at the moment. Then I go home for lunch and I have some afternoon classes with students from the Canary Islands.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

I go to...

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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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Monique Simpson - ESL Teacher, Online Instructor, English Centre & Tea Shop Owner

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Monique Simpson teaches English online and in her unique tea shop in Otavalo, Ecuador. Now that is creative!  

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach in Otavalo, Ecuador (South America).

How long have you been teaching?

I started teaching as a TA in 2004.  In August 2005, I went to Japan to teach in the Jet Programme.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I teach Chinese students online Sun-Sat (every day) starting as early as 3:30 a.m. to as late as 10 a.m. For these lessons, I do a little prep, which consists of finding pictures/videos to go along with the pre-made PPT lesson.

Then I teach English at my new English center. Sometimes I teach young learners in the morning or conversation class at night.  I also have English lessons at my tea shop called “English Tea.” We have tea and cupcakes while chatting in English. It is a conversation course for intermediate and advanced students.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?...

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Jennifer Scupi - Online Teacher

Jennifer Scupi has combined her expertise as a corporate trainer and ESL teacher to find the perfect niche.  Find out what Jennifer says about the challenges of marketing and the hardest thing she has ever done as a teacherpreneur.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach interview prep to non-native English speakers. My company is called Interview Genie and my website is www.interviewgenie.com.

How long have you been teaching?

I got my TEFL certificate and started teaching ESL about 6 years ago. I taught general ESL classes for a while but then focused on business English. Now, while I do teach some Business English classes, I focus mostly on interview prep and plan to do that exclusively in the future.

What does your company do?

I teach interview skills to students trying to get into high school, college, or grad school or to adults trying to get a job. My students typically want me to:

(1)  Explain the interview process as it happens in America...

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Mai - English & Thai Teacher, Educational Consultant, Course Designer

Mai is involved in many aspects of teaching in Thailand including online lessons. She is learning as much as she can about teacherpreneurship so she can help teachers in Thailand become teacherpreneurs.  

Welcome Mai.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I work as an Education Manager for a language school in Thailand; manage an Authorised  Cambridge English Language Assessment Centre; teach English and Thai to adult learners and provide online lessons via Skype locally and internationally.

How long have you been teaching?

I have held a national teacher license for about 6 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My teaching days vary.  The offline classes are from 6– 9 p.m. on weekdays, and the weekends are for online classes.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

I love reading especially non-fiction books. 

How can people purchase your online lessons? 

They can get in touch with me via email ...

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Cara Leopold - Online Teacher, Owner of Leo Listening

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Cara Leopold's niche is helping English language learners get their listening conversation ready.  Find out why Cara thinks that teacherpreneurs should invest in themselves by paying for paid programmes, books or courses by people who’ve been there and know what they’re talking about. 

 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

From my office, which is a room in my apartment. I live in the French city of Besançon virtually unheard of both inside and outside of France. For those in the know, it’s a city of 100,000 people, about an hour from the Swiss border.

How long have you been teaching?

I started back in 2007 when I finished university, so I’ve been teaching (on and off, because I have studied full-time as well and worked outside of teaching) for almost ten years. I used that opportunity to come and live and work in France.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My “typical” teaching day keeps evolving as my...

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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

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.

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 became an...

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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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Moacir Sena - EFL Teacher to School Owner to Freelancer

Moacir Sena (aka Mo the Americanoid) has extensive experience as an EFL teacher, translator, language school owner and has had a successful solo career in the US, Ireland and his home country, Brazil. Find out why Mo thinks that a solo career is a good choice

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’ve been teaching English and Spanish at banks, law firms and other industries in Brazil. (99% of the time it’s been one-on-one basis) and the students usually came from managerial positions up to the CEO). I’d say 60-70% of the students have been upper-intermediate to advanced (B2-C1+).  I have some online students as well.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching since 1986.  I started teaching at a small language school near where I lived and from then on I moved to other language schools until I started my solo career back in 1998.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

In the past I’d have classes early in the...

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