Adam Gootnick - Founder of Journey to Teach Abroad

Adam Gootnick's experience teaching in Thailand was the inspiration behind the formation of his company Journey to Teach Abroad.  His advice for teacherpreneurs?  If you feel passionate about your venture, go for it. Once you’ve made that decision, your fears turn into excitement.  

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

I'm a Los Angeles, California native. After living and teaching in Thailand for over a year, I grew so passionate about helping others discover what I experienced that I started Journey to Teach Abroad. The whole experience was transformative - traveling a beautiful country, bonding with international explorers, and teaching children who want to learn.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

While in Thailand, the morning started with a glass of water, a cold shower, and 20 minutes of stretching and meditation. I drove my scooter to...

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Kim Carroll - ESL Teacher, TESOL Trainer, Online Course Designer & Coach

Kim Carroll is a perfect example of a multi-tasking teacherpreneur. Find out how she juggles teaching, training and managing two businesses and why she is writing a workbook for teachers moving overseas that focuses on intercultural transition. 

1. Thanks for taking time out of your busy day for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently run an ESL teacher training company called English for Life Academy and an intercultural training company called Catalyst Intercultural 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

2. How long have you been teaching?

I began teaching ESL in 1999.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

Not really, there are no typical days, it seems! :-)  I own English for...

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Julie Vorholt - ESL Instructor, Writer, Editor & Consultant

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Julie Vorholt's career path hasn't followed one direct path which has provided her with opportunities to develop many skills.  Julie shares a productivity tip which helped her to balance teaching and editing a massive new book for TESOL.  


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?

I have been teaching ESL, EFL, and English for over 20 years. Since 2006, I’ve been teaching ESL at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, USA while also working as a freelance writer, editor, and consultant.  

It may interest other teacherpreneurs to know that my career path has not followed one direct path. My entire career has been dedicated to the field of education, but I have not always worked in the classroom. For example, I worked as Employer Relations Coordinator at the San Jose State University Career Center and the Enrollment Manager and...

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Dave Stevens - Language School Owner and Author

Dave Stevens love of learning Spanish lead to opening his own language school and publishing 10 books!  Dave says that we have to be honest about our ideas and make it about our students, not us. Dave's advice for becoming a teacherpreneur?  “If you try, the worst that can happen is that you might learn something".


  1. Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I teach at The Language School in Denver, Colorada in the United States.  I started teaching English informally in 2001 when I started learning how to speak Spanish.  My first “student” was a neighbour of mine named Juan, from Mexico.  One evening I was on my patio and he was on his, and I invited him over for a “cerveza”.  We became really good friends, and within about 6 months he was very conversational.

Later, I moved to Argentina to study Spanish full time for a year.  Everyone I came in contact with wanted to practice English...

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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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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

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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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