Making Magic Behind the Scenes

The International TEFL Academy marketing team is made up of world-class travelers, writers, social media and video experts, and website designers. We are committed to making your TEFL journey the smoothest experience possible. Our goal is to provide you with inspiring, insightful, and up-to-date information from day one of your TEFL research. We seek to break down, step-by-step, the process of teaching abroad to make sure you can easily find the information you are looking for, and realizing your dream of traveling the world while teaching English. 

The Marketing team has published over 1,500 articles, FAQs, and alumni videos. Recognized as thought leaders in the field of teaching English abroad, our writing team has been featured on major websites, including:,, Intern Queen, The Penny Hoarder, InterExchange,,, and many more.

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The 4 members of the ITA Marketing Team

Primary Marketing Responsibilities Include:

  • Producing the most comprehensive and accurate information about all aspects of teaching English abroad for our readers, prospective ITA students and our alumni network.
  • Bringing the experience of living & teaching abroad to life by creating, editing, and promoting great content and on-the-ground alumni videos across our website and social media channels.
  • Website design, updates, and maintenance.
  • Creation of new ebooks including routine updates and edits.


John Bentley
Senior Marketer & Writer

John Bentley

A lifelong traveler who grew up in Cairo, Egypt, John Bentley wrote for the Egypt-Israel Edition of the famous Let’s Go! guidebook series during his student days at Harvard and has worked in the fields of international travel, education, and journalism ever since. Residing in Vancouver, Washington, John enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and cooking up a feast!

Jessie Smith
Director of Marketing

Jessie Smith

Born and raised in Chicago, and a journalism major at the University of Iowa, Jessie took the ITA Online TEFL Course and taught English in South Korea and Vietnam before joining the team in 2014. She worked as an ITA Admissions Advisor before making the switch to the marketing team in 2016. Jessie now resides in Portland, Oregon with her pup, Lola.

Lynda Galea
Marketing Manager

Lynda Galea

An accomplished traveler having visited 40 countries, Lynda hails from Melbourne, Australia but now calls Chicago home. A Business and Marketing major at LaTrobe University, Lynda spent a year working at the happiest place on earth, Disney World, as part of the Disney College Program before becoming one in a million to win the Green Card Lottery and establish permanent US residency. When she's not busy marketing, Lynda enjoys working on her new condo, catching a Broadway show, cooking, and snuggling with her two adorable cats!

Stéphane Le Mentec
Marketing Manager

Stephane Le Mentec

A passionate traveler from Brittany, France, Stéphane has always been eager to explore the world. He lived in 4 different countries and traveled to 16 more. Having now made Chicago his home, he will never have to worry about being “abroadsick” again. When Stéphane is not marketing ITA, you can probably find him at Wrigley Field trying to catch his second foul ball, enjoying the Chicago culinary scene with his wife, or baking the most delicious sourdough bread ever!


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