What is your role at international TEFL Academy?
As an Advisor, my job is to help people realize their dreams of teaching English abroad & traveling the world. That means providing straight-forward & realistic answers to important questions like "where can I teach?", "what type of certification do I need?" & "how can I actually make this happen?" People are depending on me to provide guidance & information to help them make a life-changing decision to move and live abroad as an English teacher, so it is incumbent upon myself & the rest of the ITA staff to be up-to-speed on all aspects of teaching English abroad, including job markets, visas, hiring requirements, financial matters & TEFL certification. I also need to be able to help our students put together a realistic plan and timeline that will enable them to realize their goals.
In addition, I am the chief writer and Director of Content Development. Our goal at ITA is to provide the most comprehensive and accurate information anywhere on teaching English abroad & TEFL certification. We understand that by providing great information, we are empowering people from all walks of life to realize their dreams of teaching abroad and we have published more than 600 articles from our staff & alumni in addition to more than 200 videos.
NOTE: John is a recognized expert who has published numerous articles on the topics of TEFL certification & teaching English abroad. As an author, his articles have appeared across many of the field's top websites, including: Goabroad.com, InterExchange, GoOverseas.com, StudyAbroad.com, AdventureTeaching.com & many others. He has also spoken as an expert on Teaching English Abroad & TEFL certification at major conferences like MeetPlanGo (San Francisco) and Lessons From Abroad (LFA) in Portland & San Diego.
Watch the video to learn more about John
What's Your Story?
I'm originally from Southern California (Malibu), but I had the great fortune of growing up in Cairo, Egypt, one of the World's truly colorful & historic cities. I was lucky that my parents were avid travelers and growing up I was fortunate to travel not only throughout Egypt, but across Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and later Asia (my folks later to moved to Vietnam where they have lived for 20+ years).
I got the travel bug and leaped at an great opportunity to write for the Let's Go! guidebook series (Egypt-Israel edition) during my student days at Harvard. I later got a Masters in Journalism (MSJ) from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and have worked in the fields of international education, journalism & travel throughout my career.
I have been with International TEFL Academy since 2010, and as a father of two daughters, I value international travel & education more than ever.