Meet The International TEFL Academy Instructors

International TEFL Academy Professor

Quinn Cruz

Online TEFL Class Professor

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

I have been teaching the Online TEFL/TESOL Certification Course since 2015.

What is your educational background?

- B.A. Wheaton College English/Spanish 

- M.A. Wheaton College TESOL and Intercultural Studies 

Certificate: University of Chicago Translation Studies —in progress


Where else have you taught ESL?


- World Relief—Non-profit adult ESL courses for adult immigrants/refugees

- Bilingual Elementary Program in the U.S. Public Schools working with at-risk students

What other subjects have you taught in the U.S. Or Abroad?

- Private High School Spanish Language Teacher and World Languages Department Head—8 years

- Costa Rica through the non-profit WorldTeach—1 year in a rural public elementary school grades K-6

- Costa Rica at the International Christian School teaching High School English at a bilingual school

- Ecuador at the Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja teaching English Majors and General English-1 year

- Costa Rica at “Inlingua” a language institute for professionals for about 6 months

What's Your Favorite Travel Memory?

One favorite travel memory is from very early on in my life when I was 16 and I traveled with a group of students to live  for a week with an indigenous group in the jungles of Ecuador.  We were given new names, were painted, slept in hammocks, bathed in waterfalls, and ate monkey soup (don’t recommend).  Certainly a life-altering experience.

I'm excited to help you along in your journey abroad!

International TEFL Academy Instructor


What countries have you visited?

USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brasil, Argentina, Spain, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy

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

Be teachable and be humble.  While you will go with much to give and teach others, allow yourself to learn and be taught by the local community and culture wherever you are teaching.

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

International TEFL Academy Professor