Meet The International TEFL Academy Instructors

ITA Online TEFL Course Professor

Emily Ricklefs

Online TEFL Class Professor


What class do you teach at International TEFL Academy & when did you start?

I teach the Online TEFL/TESOL Certification Course. I started with ITA in October 2015.


What is your educational background?

I hold BA degrees from Cornell College in International Relations, Latin American Studies, and Spanish, and I was fortunate enough to study and travel abroad throughout my undergraduate years.

After graduating with my Master’s Degree in TEFL/TESL and Education from Colorado State University, I traveled across many parts of South America and Europe and lived while working in South America for a few years before coming back to the United States to work.

 

What's Your Story?

My name is Emily Ricklefs.  I am originally from Colorado, but I have traveled to and lived in many other countries and states before I came back home for good. I have a son and we enjoy many aspects of the beautiful state we live in. We love to hike, bike, ski, snowboard, kayak, camp and travel. My BA degrees are in International Relations, Latin American Studies, and Spanish, and I was fortunate enough to study and travel abroad throughout my undergraduate years. After graduating with my Master’s Degree in TEFL/TESL and Education, I moved to South America and taught EFL in Bolivia for several years. Since then, I have taught in many different venues including; high school, elementary school, adult education, and I currently teach at the college level.

Emily loves exploring the Great Outdoors in Colorado with her family.

Online Professor - Emily Riklefs

 Tell us a little bit about your International Travel Experience

I lived abroad in Germany to study the language and then I also traveled to Guatemala to study anthropology and Spanish for a semester during college.  I worked for the Red Cross in Mexico during grad school and after graduating with my Master’s Degree,  I moved to South America and taught EFL in Bolivia for several years.

What is Your Teaching Background?

I have been teaching ESL for almost ten years in many different venues. I taught in the community for a non-profit organization and I also taught in elementary, middle and high schools for several years. I now teach ESL, English Composition, Reading, Grammar and Advanced Academic Achievement at the college level.

What countries have you visited?

Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Mexico, Canada, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, Chile

What Advice Do You Have for ITA Students Who Want to Teach English Abroad? 

The best advice I can give is to get involved. Get to know your students and the families of the students you teach,  engage in community activities and accept offers for dinners, sports, music, cultural events etc. By immersing yourself in the lives of those who live there, you will learn a great deal about the culture and be less likely to experience homesickness while away. Your stay will be exponentially more rewarding, fulfilling and enjoyable.  

"I’m happy to share my story in hopes of helping other
International TEFL students connect to the world."

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