Jennifer Helfand is a creative online teacher, writer, and illustrator. Find out how stopping the vicious inner critic propelled her into the teacherpreneur world and hear her advice for "putting yourself out there".
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?
Currently, I teach online. This is my 15th year of teaching.
2. Can you describe a typical day?
At the moment, my days aren’t really typical. When I started teaching online three years ago, I had a regular schedule. I’d teach all day and work on my writing and drawings at night. Now, aside from teaching, writing, and marketing, I’m setting up an educational/travel program in Spain.
3. Teacher self-care is so important. How do you relax?
I start my day by reading Rumi poetry and end it with meditation. I try to go for a walk every day. Drawing almost always relaxes me.
Sapna Sehgal successfully balances graduate studies, teaching and developing resources for both teachers and teacherpreneurs. Read how a single blog post inspired Sapna to write an e-book and how she is blogging as a way to increase her profile.
Thanks for taking time out from your busy day for this interview Sapna. Can you start off by telling us where you teach?
Well, I teach in quite a few places! For my in-person private classes, I teach English as a Second Language to Spanish children and adults here in Barcelona, Spain. In the past, I taught at language schools in the city, but I now teach English to undergraduates at the University of Barcelona. Online, I help a variety of students, including some students I used to tutor in person in Canada.
How long have you been teaching?
When I was 15 years old I started private tutoring by giving English lessons to the neighbours' children; there were both native speakers and ESL kids. So,...