Louise Potter - EFL Teacher, Author, Teacher Trainer, Business Owner

Louise Potter has extensive experience in the ELT field as a teacher, author, and trainer.  Find out how she started her teacher training company in Brazil and her advice for teachers thinking about starting a company and her #1 productivity tip for getting things done.

1. Thanks for joining us, Louise.  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...

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Irina Malinina - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer

Irina Malinina is a bilingual multi-talented teacherpreneur.  Read Irina's interview where she honestly discusses what she had to do outside of her comfort zone as a teacherpreneur, what drives her to be the best she can be and discrimination against non-native teachers of English.

1. Thank you so much Irina, for taking the time for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

Currently I am a freelance teacher. I embarked on this adventure after 20 years of teaching first at university and then at language schools. 

Leaving my full-time job was a tough call for me since it looked rather precarious and dubious. But I had to bank on both my extensive experience, commitment to teaching, and, last but not least, a stroke of luck.  I mapped out the way to get to my goal. Once the guidelines were set forth, I quit.

2. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I mostly teach via Skype now so a normal day would see me prepare for a morning set...

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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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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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Karin Heuert Galv√£o - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, ELT Consultant and School Director

Karin Heuert Galvão is the ultimate multi-tasker - mother, EFL teacher, teacher trainer, ELT consultant and school director.  Read Karin's advice about wearing one's "teacher hat” and “businesswoman hat”. 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently teach at i-Study Interactive Learning, a language school based in São Paulo, Brazil.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for 16 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I start very early in the morning, because my first lesson is at 7 a.m., however I don’t need to worry about being stuck in traffic for hours, because all my morning lessons are online. God bless the Internet!

I teach online from 7 to 11 a.m., and then I get ready, pack my things and go to a company close to my house, where I teach General English, Business English and work as a consultant. I stay there until 2 p.m., then I come home, have a quick lunch and I am back online by...

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