Teaching is Believing!

margot_canfieldI’m an elementary school teacher in transition between jobs, prepping for a wedding, and planning a big cross country move– so you could say that I’m extremely busy.  I had been looking for work but it was really hard to find something rewarding to do with a tricky schedule like mine.  One day, my fiancée was surfing online and told me about this website called italki. He told me that I could work from home, continue to teach (which is my passion), and make some extra money on the side.

I was pretty skeptical about the whole concept but figured that it wouldn’t hurt to try it out.  I remember filling out the language teacher application form and still feeling like it was too good to be true.  I was also skeptical about teaching online.  In my professional job, I didn’t think that you could replicate the “magic” of teaching young children on an online environment.  I also didn’t think that people would be willing to pay me without meeting face to face.

After I submitted my Professional Teacher application, I was actually surprised that they accepted me.  I was even more surprised when after a few days, a mother of a 6-year old boy contacted me to see if I was available to do a trial teaching session. She came from China of all places! All my doubts were erased within five minutes of my first session.  I immediately saw that the student-teacher connection I value so much actually was possible on Skype.  My 6-year old student was so cute as well.  I had never taught a child from China before and that was a lot of fun.

I’m so thankful I found italki and I’m happy to tell everyone I meet about it!  Even with my crazy hectic schedule, I hope that I can continue teaching children from all over the world on it.

I really love teaching children (and women!) so if you are interested in my services, book a session with me!

Margot has been a member of italki since June 2013