Carolyn Flores - ESL Teacher, Writer, Business Owner

Carolyn Flores feels that becoming a teacherpreneur was a natural evolution for her. Read her personal advice on juggling everything and transitioning from teacher to teacherpreneur.

How long have you been teaching?  

Combined, teaching in the classroom and privately one to one, I’ve been teaching for over twenty years. 

Where do you teach now?  

I teach at the Centre for Skills Development and Training which is located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.  

Can you describe a typical teaching day?  

I teach about 15-20 higher level students in the morning. The group is a mix of students with various backgrounds and experiences. In the afternoons. I have a lower level class of about 15 students. I am also a lead PBLA (Portfolio-Based Language Assessment) teacher so I also help other teachers with this methodology and with implementation in their classrooms. 

You successfully transitioned from teacher to teacherpreneur. Can you talk...

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Jennifer Helfand - Online Teacher, Writer and Illustrator

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.

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Nancy Callan - ESL Teacher, Writer (ESL Jigsaws)

canada writer Feb 01, 2019

Nancy Callan turned her love of jigsaw readings into a series of successful books.  Read Nancy`s views on the importance of testing your materials before publishing, and how criticism of one's materials is an opportunity for improvement.  

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

In Vancouver, BC, Canada, but no longer full time as I have another job. Contrary to popular belief, I have not retired off the profit from my books!

2. How long have you been teaching?

Since 1992.

3. Teacher self-care is so important.  How do you relax?  

I run a dining group, I garden and study languages.

4.  You took on the tremendous challenge of writing several books: Callan’s Thematic Jigsaws 1 and 2, Callan’s Contemporary Jigsaws 1 &2, Callan’s New Canada Jigsaws, Callan’s Beginner Canada Jigsaws, Callan’s Holiday Jigsaws 1 & 2, Callan’s...

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Sarah Mulvey - EFL Teacher, Writer and Ex-pat Coach

coach japan writer Jun 21, 2017

Sarah Mulvey recently left classroom teaching after 22 years to focus on her coaching and counselling business for ex-pats in Japan. Sarah combines her interest and training in NLP, coaching and counselling with her personal experience of being an ex-pat to offer a very unique service.  Sarah believes that we should take chances, get our vision out there, and try new things. 

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

Well, my transition from teacherpreneur to small business owner has already happened. My teaching career came to an end on March 31st of this year, and I am in the process now of getting my new venture underway. Up until April 1st, I was teaching at Nagoya City University in the heart of Nagoya, Japan.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been a teacher for twenty-two years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

At Nagoya City University, my day would generally start at 9:00 am with a morning class. I taught 8 to 9 classes per...

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Marlene Paglia - ESL teacher, Writer

canada writer Feb 06, 2017

Marlene Paglia is a perfect example of a teacherpreneur with grit and determination despite receiving many rejection letters. Find out why she thinks that ‘being in the zone’ is a good barometer for knowing you’re on the right track.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long you’ve been teaching?

Hi! I’m Marlene Paglia and I’ve been teaching English as a Second Language with the Toronto District School Board for over 20 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I have taught all levels from Literacy to Toefl, but at present, I teach two (2) 2½ hour multilevel classes. My teaching day begins with my first Benchmark level 3-4 class from 9:00 to 11:30. The second Benchmark level 4-5-6 class begins at noon and ends at 2:30.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?

I enjoy travelling, watching engaging movies, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.

You took the tremendous task of writing two books....

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Leandra King - EFL Teacher, Writer

Leandra King has always wanted to combine teaching with entrepreneurship and has found the perfect way to do this as a teacherpreneur.  Find out why she hired people to help with the launch of her new book The Culture Sensitive Handbook and what she says about the value of networking online and collaborating with others in complementary niches.

 

Leandra can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently run English with Leandra where I help non-native expats learn how to fit in with their native English-speaking colleagues and friends by teaching them the culture behind the English language regarding politeness, social English such as small talk and everyday language functions.

How long have you been teaching?

I’d love to say since I was about 7. Haha. My teachers would always put me to help the weaker students in the class and I loved helping them along. But on a serious note, I’ve been teaching since 2013.

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Joan Bartel - ESL Teacher, Writer

canada soft skills writer Dec 27, 2016

Joan Bartel has published three books.  Joan candidly talks about both the "success and failure" and how she has applied what she has learned to become a successful teacherpreneur.

1. Thanks for joining us Joan.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’ve been at Humber College, Toronto, Canada, for several years now. I teach Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT) courses on contract (usually three per year) and give guest workshops in the TESL Training Program. OSLT is a free program for job-seeking professionals who have immigrated into Canada.

By the way, I haven’t always been a teacher. I’ve spent a significant part of my career in ESL/EFL program management, most happily when I was able to creatively influence the program. But I chose to go back to teaching in 2005.

2. How long have you been involved in ESL education?

A long time! Over 30 years. And I’ve never regretted my career choice.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching...

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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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James Rice - ESL Teacher, Language School Owner and Textbook Writer

canada school owner writer Dec 15, 2016

James Rice has spent last past 20 years in the ELT field in Canada and abroad as an ESL teacher, language school owner, and writer. Find out how the iBooks Author software created the perfect opportunity for him to produce over 50 different digital textbooks with valuable feedback from students. 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach at Connect School of Languages in Toronto, Canada.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching English for over 20 years throughout the world before coming back to Toronto. I taught in Toronto for a number of years before opening my own school in 2003.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I only teach on a part-time basis now.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

I am a film buff. I take any chance I can get to watch movies.

You took on the tremendous task of writing the Study It ESL textbook series. Can you tell us about it?

The Study It ESL textbook series grew from a desire of getting rid...

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Nicholas Walker - ESL Teacher, Writer and Website Designer

app designer canada writer Dec 11, 2016

Nicholas Walker is a fellow Canadian who has successfully used his experience as an ESL teacher to write books and design and develop a website to help students improve their writing.  Find out how Nicholas reduced his marking time significantly by developing a website called the Virtual Writing Tutor. 

Could you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach English as a Second Language at Ahuntsic College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is the largest publically funded French language CEGEP in Montreal. We have a student population of about 10, 000 students in a range of pre-university and vocational programs.

Could explain a little about the CEGEP system for our readers?

Sure. Quebec does things a little differently from the other provinces in Canada. Students graduate high school at the end of grade eleven here. After that, they have a choice of going to either an English or French junior college, called CEGEPs. Most are publically funded and offer a range of...

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