How Teachers Monetize their Professional Skills

teacherpreneurs Aug 23, 2016

This is the first Fall in 20 years that I won’t be teaching English in a classroom setting.  When I told a friend that it seemed strange, she asked “strange in a good way, or bad way?”  My answer is most definitely strange in a good way because I have successfully made the transition from teacher to teacherpreneur in the past year. 

In case you are wondering what a teacherpreneur is, the definition that I like to use is from Kiana Porter-Isom (2015):

“A classroom teacher or school based leader who is both educator and entrepreneur; an educator who works a flexible and/or freelance schedule; and/or an educator with a “side hustle” that supplements their income”.

In the past year, I began experimenting with different ways to monetize my transferrable/professional skills as a teacher.   Besides teaching online courses for a local university and college, I have also

  • designed and developed a 10 module online course for...
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Bilingualism : A Teacherpreneur's Advantage

teacherpreneurs Jul 28, 2016

For the past few months, I have been interviewing English language teachers with a passion for projects outside of classroom teaching.  Interviews with these successful teacherpreneurs have been included in my blog - Weekly Wisdom from 20 Years in the TESL Trenches 

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Alberto González.  I am always inspired by teachers who spent countless hours working on time-consuming projects outside of their teaching hours.

Patrice: Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

Alberto: Sure, I have taught in an international language institute in Wisconsin and Florida, USA.  Also, I have tutored in colleges and have provided freelance services to college and high school students.

P:  Tell us about your teaching experience.

A: I started working in the educational field as a faculty assistant in college after finishing my studies. I spent many years living in...

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ESL Teachers as Filmmakers

Last week, I wrote about trying new things and pushing ourselves professionally.  I think that Gwen Zeldenrust and Lynn Schneider are great examples of this. As "teachers to teacherpreneurs", they demonstrate what happens when you combine an understanding of language learning, student needs, creativity and hard work.  Have you ever thought about making a film as an English language resource?  Find out how they did this and more about Impressions:  Making Positive Impressions in Conversation Video Program in my interview with Gwen and Lynn below. I hope you feel inspired to try something new!

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Teacher to Teacherpreneur: An Interview with Jose Torres

In this week's blog posting, I took a different approach by interviewing a teacher. I have been interested in "teacherpreneurship" for the last year, and I am currently developing an online course called - Teacher to Teacherpreneur: How to Monetize your Professional Skills which should be ready in the next month.  

As language teachers, I am sure you share my delight when new words are developed and become part of the English language.  Words such as “edupreneur” and “teacherpreneur” are two great examples.


There are several definitions for edupreneur/teacherpreneur:

“A classroom teacher or school based leader who is both educator and entrepreneur; an educator who works a flexible and/or freelance schedule; and/or an educator with a “side hustle” that supplements their income” (Porter-Isom, 2015).

“They manage their own incomes, colonize and create new learning environments, create their own content and taste...

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My Biggest Surprise as a New Freelancer

teacherpreneurs Feb 14, 2016

It has been almost two months since I left classroom teaching and ventured out on my own as a teacherpreneur.  I love being my own boss and feel that I definitely made the right decision.  I was interested in the Forbes article that predicts that “more than 40% of the U.S. workforce will be made up of freelance workers by the year 2020”.

The article provides some good questions to ask before launching oneself as a freelancer.  I do believe that I have the motivation to work on my own however I have made one crucial error.  Constantine Anastasakis, Senior Director of Business Development and Strategy for Fiverr (an online marketplace for freelancers) says that “one of the worst mistakes new freelancers can make is selling themselves short “. This means doing too much work for too...

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Six Reasons Why I Left the Best Job in the World

teacherpreneurs Dec 15, 2015

Last August, I wrote about “The Best Job in the World” – being an ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher. I still believe that it is the best job however after 20 years of ESL classroom teaching, I have decided to end my career. You may be wondering why I would leave a career that I suggest is the best job so here are my six reasons:

1. Curiosity
Although I have developed as a teaching professional during the past two decades, there are so many other things that I would like to learn (including Spanish – see Costa Rica), and books that I would like to read (and not about language teaching, or course textbooks).

2. Contracts
My last full time teaching position was in Hong Kong which ended in 2007. This has meant the need to juggle many different positions, and contracts in order to earn a decent income. The plight of precarious employment is a serious issue in higher education. I believe that this creates stress which I would like to eliminate by being my...

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