Mary Hanson | Online TEFL Course Instructor

Mary Hanson | Online TEFL Course Instructor

What's your role at International TEFL Academy?

I have taught the Online TEFL/TESOL Certification Course since October 2018.

What is your educational background?

  • MA in TESOL, University of London

  • BA in Elementary Education, Michigan State University

  • TEFL Certificate

Where have you taught?


  • Colorado Springs, CO:  Middle School Newcomer Teacher
  • Breckenridge, CO:  High School Newcomer Teacher
  • Breckenridge, CO:  Colorado Mountain College, Intermediate ESL
  • Colorado Springs, CO:  Adult and Family Education
  • Colorado Springs, CO: The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS),
  • Associate Director of International Affairs ad responsible for   the Intensive English Program
  • UCCS: Faculty member in the College of Education, teach in the MA TESOL program and the BA in Inclusive Elementary Education


  • San Luis Potosi, Mexico

  • Warsaw, Poland

  • London, England

  • La Roche Sur Yon, France

  • Daegu, South Korea

What countries have you visited?

Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain Portugal, Italy, Hungary, Greece,  Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Vietnam, South Korea, Ethiopia.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My husband and I spent a month in Guatemala learning Spanish in an intensive program.  We stayed in Antigua for three weeks and lived with a local family.  Our school was in a beautiful colonial building and we had one-on-one Spanish classes, sitting in the garden courtyard.  After these three weeks, we went to Lake Atitlan and studied for another week there.  We fell in love with this incredible country and the wonderful people!

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

Go for it!  There are so many opportunities for you to grow professionally and as an individual in classrooms around the world.  Be open to all that your students have to teach you about their country, culture, and language, and don’t be afraid to explore the countries in your vicinity. 

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