Meet The International TEFL Academy Instructors

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Jasmine Shepherd

Online TEFL Class Professor


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

I have taught the Online TEFL/TESOL Certification Course since January 2017.


What is your educational background?

Master of Science in Elementary Education, PreK-6, December 2012

Major: Elementary Education
Old Dominion University
Darden College of Education
Norfolk, Virginia, United States

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Teacher Preparation, May 2011
Major: Teacher Preparation
Old Dominion University 
College of Arts and Letters
Norfolk, Virginia, United States

Commonwealth of Virginia Licensure: Postgraduate Professional Licensure in Elementary Education, Pre-K through 6th grade

Georgia Educator Certificate: Early Childhood Education, Pre-K through 5th grade

International TEFL Academy and INTESOL Worldwide: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 2012 

Where have you taught abroad?

Nicaragua, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, India, Thailand, Cambodia, South Korea, Ghana, and Rwanda.

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What countries have you visited?

South Korea, Philippines, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Jamaica, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Colombia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panama, Spain, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda.

What's your favorite travel memory?

I’ll never forget the feeling I felt leaving the United States for the very first time. I remember looking down over the city of Seoul as the plane prepared for landing with excitement to start such an incredible journey. My decision to step out on faith, to travel, and to teach, has changed my entire life. I have experienced tremendous personal and professional growth and have connected with so many beautiful people all over the world.

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

I encourage all ITA students who desire to teach abroad to go for it! Chase your dreams, immerse yourselves into the culture of new lands, be a HERO to your students, and make the most of this life! Teaching abroad is the opportunity of a lifetime!

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