Quinn Cruz | Online TEFL Course Instructor


What's your role at International TEFL Academy?

I have been teaching the Online TEFL/TESOL Certification Course since 2015.

What is your educational background?

  • B.A. Wheaton College English/Spanish 

  • M.A. Wheaton College TESOL and Intercultural Studies

  • Certificate: University of Chicago Translation Studies

Where have you taught?


  • World Relief—Non-profit adult ESL courses for adult immigrants/refugees

  • Bilingual Elementary Program in the U.S. Public Schools working with at-risk students


  • Private High School Spanish Language Teacher and World Languages Department Head—8 years

  • Costa Rica through the non-profit WorldTeach—1 year in a rural public elementary school, grades K-6

  • Costa Rica at the International Christian School teaching High School English at a bilingual school

  • Ecuador at the Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja teaching English Majors and General English-1 year

  • Costa Rica at “Inlingua” a language institute for professionals for about 6 months

What is your favorite travel memory?

One favorite travel memory is from very early on in my life when I was 16 and I traveled with a group of students to live for a week with an indigenous group in the jungles of Ecuador.  We were given new names, were painted, slept in hammocks, bathed in waterfalls, and ate monkey soup (don’t recommend).  Certainly a life-altering experience.

What countries have you visited?

USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brasil, Argentina, Spain, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, and Italy.

What advice do you have for ITA students who want to teach English abroad?

Be teachable and be humble.  While you will go with much to give and teach others, allow yourself to learn and be taught by the local community and culture wherever you are teaching.

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