MEET THE INTERNATIONAL
TEFL ACADEMY TEAM

 

The staff at International TEFL Academy work together as a team to achieve one goal: to ensure that our students realize their dreams of going abroad to teach, travel, and explore.

All of our staff members have lived, traveled, and/or taught internationally. We've been in your shoes and now, we seek to empower our students to share in the experience of discovering new cultures, exploring the world, and becoming true global citizens while teaching English online & abroad.

We're Here To Help, Every Step of The Way

Work with your Admissions Advisor, TEFL Course Instructor and Student Affairs Advisor to successfully prepare for your English teaching career and get a job teaching English online and/or abroad.

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The ITA Founders

Back in 2010, Bruce Jones, Ian Davis, John Bentley, and Karen Grant had several meetings around Bruce's dining room table to discuss their vision to build the best TEFL school in the world. 30,000 students later, and here we are - with numerous awards to our name to prove it! With hard work and many late nights, this team brought their vision to life and because of them, we continue to change the lives of thousands of people each and every year, and we wouldn't have it any other way!

Read more: ITA's Vision Statement
Read more: Why ITA Is The Best Company To Work For

 

Your Support For TEFL Success

Admissions

Admissions Advisors

BEFORE YOUR TEFL COURSE

Before registering for a course, all students are provided with comprehensive pre-enrollment advice from expert advisors to determine how they can realistically achieve their goals of working as professional English teachers online & abroad. From certification options to the realities of the international job market, our commitment is for each student to embark on their adventure fully informed and prepared in a manner that enables them to succeed.

Academics Department

Highly credentialed TEFL Professors

DURING YOUR TEFL COURSE

International TEFL Academy is committed to providing the very best TEFL training available and at the heart of it all are our instructors, who meet the highest standards. All of our instructors possess advanced degrees (Masters Degrees, Ph.D.'s or the equivalent) and at least 10 years of teaching & training experience; all have lived and taught abroad as well, and are passionate about both teaching and living abroad.

Student Affairs

Student Affairs

DURING/AFTER YOUR TEFL COURSE

Our Student Affairs Department serves enrolled students by providing support in areas like preparing for their course and their move abroad. Following enrollment, students receive lifetime job search guidance through the Student Affairs Department to assist them in navigating the international job market, gaining employment, and preparing to travel and live abroad.

Partner Relations

Looking To Partner with ITA?

Business-to-Business, University Relations, and Teacher Recruitment - We're always looking to expand our network and form mutually beneficial partnerships with other like-minded companies, universities, organizations, and schools here in the USA or overseas. Meet our Partner Relations Team. 

Our Committees

Alumni Association

Alumni Association

International TEFL Academy’s Alumni Association is committed to Reach, Serve, and Engage all ITA students and alumni through outreach and promotion of your experiences abroad. Building a traveling and teaching community for you is at the heart of our mission. Services and benefits include exclusive networking opportunities on social; sponsored alumni meet-ups around the globe; regular newsletters; article & photos contests; and much more!

 

Diversity & Inclusion

D&I Committee

The D&I Committee is committed to providing an environment that fosters safe conversation and discussion across all backgrounds. They continually strive to reflect and represent these values in the three pillars of our company: our students; staff; and community. Their goal is to represent and celebrate individuals of all backgrounds and to create a more inclusive culture, which means involving and empowering each individual based on their inherent worth and human dignity.

 

Charitable Initiatives

Charity Committee

Our staff, instructors, and students are Global Citizens, and we realize how fortunate we are to travel and live abroad. We have a commitment to make an impact on the world, both large and small, by direct involvement or by simply spreading the word on what each one of us can do. We actively contribute to both local and international charities which is an initiative spearheaded by our Charity Committee.

 

Our Behind-The-Scenes Peeps

Chief HR Officer

Debora Dantas

Debora joined Team ITA in April of 2021 as our first ever in-house Chief HR Officer. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Debora lived in Australia for two years while studying for her MBA in International Business. She has since moved to the USA and is in the process of completing her Master's in Human Resources and Labor Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Chief Financial Officer

Kim-Johnson-Bio-Headshot-2

Joining the team in July of 2021, Kim is ITA's first-ever CFO! Originally from Daegu, South Korea, Kim moved to Dallas, Texas in 1998 and completed her Accounting degree from UT-D. She was fortunate enough to join a global company soon after graduating which saw her travel through 30+ countries, including living in South Africa and Morocco for five years before relocating to NYC in 2017.

Marketing

Marketing

Our dynamic Marketing team works to provide a smooth experience for our students from day one of the TEFL research process, through the process of getting TEFL certified, and eventually an official ITA Alumni. Our goal is to break down the process of teaching abroad & traveling the world and make sure our students can easily find the information they are seeking at the right time.

 

Head of New Product Development

Jessie Smith | Head of New Product Development

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 has worked as an ITA Admissions Advisor, as our Director of Marketing, and in the summer of 2021 transitioned into our newly created role of Head of New Product Development.

System Analytics

System Analytics

Leah is our stats, data, and analytics wizard. We throw our numerical problems at her, and she solves them, sometimes within minutes! She works to ensure that ITA maximizes efficiency and capitalizes on the full features and benefits of Salesforce. Leah is responsible for executing the day-to-day configuration, support, maintenance, and improvement of ITA’s CRM platform. She serves as the go-to for users, promotes adoption, keeps current on new releases, solutions, & provides training.

 

Office Administration

Seamus McMahon ITA Office Administrative Assistant

Seamus is our magical office wizard. He answers the phone, organizes the office, and works with all our teams to make the office a better place. There are lots of moving parts to ITA, but Seamus handles them seamlessly. If you ever stop by our Chicago office, Seamus will likely be the first smiling face ready to greet you!

 

 

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