Hello there, and thank you very much for the visit!
I’ve proudly been in the ELT area for 13 years (since 1999), having worked for several language schools in Brazil as a director of studies, pedagogical consultant, teacher and teacher trainer.
As a teacher, I have mostly worked with young adults and adults in the areas of General English, Business English and Exams Preparation, with only very brief stints as a teacher of younger learners. In the past few years, I have been more involved than ever in exams preparation – an area I’m very fond of -, not only as a teacher and course designer, but also as an examiner for the Cambridge Main Suite (KET, PET, FCE, CAE and CPE).
My experience as the director of studies of Wizard (back in 2000!) and St Giles Sao Paulo (2006-2008) is something I look back on fondly. Nevertheless, my favorite part of these jobs was always the contact with teachers and students, and the active participation in their development. It was during the time I worked for St Giles that I made the most important decision of my career: Teacher training was something I definitely wanted to be involved with forever.
Teacher training has been very good to me! I’ve met most of my closest friends and most talented colleagues (often the very same people) working in teacher development. I have traveled all over my beautiful country training teachers and doing consultancy for schools (so far it’s been over 15 Brazilian states, over 100 cities and well over 2000 teachers), and this is certainly one of the most incredible parts of the job. Last March (2012), I had the privilege of presenting in an international conference for the first time (the 2012 IATEFL conference in Glasgow, Scotland), on the importance of reading for exams preparation.
As import as all that, however, and one of the most rewarding parts of teacher training for me, is how much it helps my professional development as a teacher. Studying, the constant reading to keep updated (new books, articles from professional journals etc), participation in conferences, the contact with fellow teachers and trainers is what guarantees I’m always curious, always motivated, and never suffer from teacher burnout, which Jeremy Harmer defines as when teachers get depressed or overtired and lose interest in (or have no enthusiasm for) teaching.*
Finally, I studied English at University of Sao Paulo (USP), and have the Cambridge CELTA, CPE, and am presently working on my Trinity Diploma (Trinity DipTESOL) with Oxford TEFL, a teacher training center in Barcelona, Spain.
*”Essential Teacher Knowledge”, Jeremy Harmer – p 260. Pearson, 2012