Jennifer Scupi - Online Teacher

online teacher usa May 08, 2017

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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Kim Carroll - ESL Teacher, TESOL Trainer and Online Course Designer

Kim Carroll is a perfect example of a multi-tasking teacherpreneur. Find out how she juggles teaching, training and managing two businesses.

Kim - can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently run an ESL teacher training company called English for Life Academy  www.english-forlife.com and an intercultural training company called Catalyst Intercultural www.catalystintercultural.com in the U.S.

Among many other jobs, my teaching load includes:

  • TESOL Certificate program (hybrid and f2f)
  • tutoring of adult English language learners
  • training for companies in intercultural communication

How long have you been teaching?

I began teaching ESL in 1999.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

Not really, there are no typical days, it seems! :-)  I own English for Life, and co-own Catalyst Intercultural, so there are lots of non-teaching related tasks. But in a typical day I “run” the business during regular office hours, and teach...

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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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Ryan O'Loughlin - EFL Teacher and e-book/audiobook Writer

audiobooks usa writer Dec 17, 2016

Ryan O'Loughlin spent 4 years teaching in South Korea.  He is back in the US and has found his niche in the ELT market - phrasal verbs. Find out how Ryan promotes his products by using email list building to drive traffic to his website and his advice for teachers who have doubts about becoming teacherpreneurs.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach Ryan?

Actually, I don’t teach in the physical classroom anymore. I spent three years teachings at a public middle school in Seoul, South Korea and one year at an after-school program (just outside of Seoul) teaching elementary students. I used to give English Skype lessons. These days all of my teaching is done online through eBooks and (soon) courses. I actually now live back in the United States with my Korean wife and have a full time job in a completely unrelated field.

How long have you been teaching?

I taught for about four years, all in Korea.  I balance the part-time teaching business with the full...

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Chris Mares - EFL Teacher and Writer

usa writer Dec 10, 2016

Chris is an experienced EFL teacher and a very talented and creative writer.  Read how Chris wrote 150 "Richard" stories for his students based on his own life. Look for another interview in the future once the "Richard" stories are published, along with lesson ideas and templates for teachers and students to write their own stories.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach at the University of Maine (in the USA) where I’m Director of the Intensive English Institute.

How long have you been teaching?

Although I feel very youthful and zesty, I have been teaching for 37 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I get up early and write for an hour or so.  I like to get in to work early, around 7:15 am, before anyone else and deal with the fiddly stuff of administration.  I teach three classes, two called ‘Personal Writing’, where students work individually on their writing and I work with each student on their writing. ...

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Douglas Rummell - EFL Teacher and Board Game Designer

game designer usa writer Dec 06, 2016

How often do your students play board games?  Do you ever think about the creative genius that goes into designing engaging board games?  Read this fascinating interview with teacher to teacherpreneur Douglas Rummell.  Douglas talks about how he came up with the idea for Say it Right!

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

At the moment, I’m teaching part-time at a local language school here in Seattle, Washington, USA. I’m also working in the wine industry as a Sales Representative here in Washington State.  I think sales is the most important skill of an entrepreneur and I realize now that a lot of teaching English is sales.  You have to sell the students on the idea that a grammar lesson about noun clauses will be fun.  When you go into a job interview for another teaching position you have to sell the hiring manager or the school director that you are the right person for the job.  Getting up in front of a class of...

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Jose Torres - EFL teacher, Writer

When Jose Torres saw the need for a resource for his adult learners, and couldn't find an appropriate book, he decided to write his own.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach for Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) in the United States.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for over 15 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My day normally begins at 7:30 AM with young students at Curtis Bay Elementary School in Baltimore. Generally, I work with students at the Pre-K level all the way up to 8th grade. My day students are at different proficiency levels, so I differentiate a lot. I try to work with them in small groups, as I group them according to their proficiency levels. Some need more attention with their literacy skills, some auditory, others with reading and writing. So, I cover a wide range listening, speaking, reading and writing activities during the day. In the evenings, I work with adult...

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Alberto González - ESL Teacher, Translator, Writer

Alberto González is an experienced ESL teacher, translator, and the author of Spanish for English Speakers. Read how Alberto used his expertise and skills as a native speaker of Spanish to write his first book.

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

Sure, I teach in an international language institute called Berlitz Languages in the United States. Also, I have tutored in colleges and have provided freelance services to college and high school students.

How long have you been teaching?

8 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

There are a variety of courses offered, from a couple of hours per week to a full time week, 6-month long, full course. Taking the full course as an example, students go through an assessment/placement test to determine their level of proficiency. When the course start, the first thing I do is to keep assessing the students in terms of aptitude and attitude, to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses managing the...

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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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