How did you get into teaching English as a foreign language?
After being a teacher in Los Angeles for 8 years, I had an urge to see another country and wound up teaching in England for a year. After that, I’ve never stopped teaching and traveling.
Where in the world have you most enjoyed teaching?
I came to Thailand 3 years ago, thinking I’d stay for a year and move on. But after 3 months I realized I was finally home. I’ll never leave.
What’s the worst tense to teach? Past progressive.
How did it feel to stand up in front of a class for the first time?
Terrifying. If I hadn’t had a solid lesson plan, I would’ve been eaten alive.
What’s your favourite food?
It’s a tie between kow mun gai, moo taut and kwet tiow -all Thai dishes.
What’s the most interesting thing that has happened to you abroad?
Every day something new and interesting happens. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have this profession and visit so many places. It’s miraculous.
What is your best TEFL experience?
I love seeing trainees go from being novices on day one to competent teachers ready to take on the world when they finish a course.
What is your worst TEFL experience?
A company here in Thailand (that I will not name) was pretty terrible, to their staff and trainees. Thankfully TEFL Org UK is the opposite.
Do you have any advice for anyone who is about to head out abroad to teach English?
Be professional and have fun!