Meet our Awesome Team

We do everything with our core values of hard work, dedication and trust

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our team
“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”

- Japanese Proverb
Dave
Co-founder & CEO
“So you’re telling me there’s a chance?”

- Lloyd Christmas
Rene
Co-founder & President
“Thomas Jefferson...knew what schools were for - to ensure that citizens would know when and how to protect their liberty...It would not have come easily to the mind of such a man, as it does to political leaders today, that the young should be taught to read exclusively for the purpose of increasing their economic productivity.”

- Neil Postman
Ash
Director of Operations
“I can't, therefore I must.”
David
Commercial Director
“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”

- Confucius
Paula
Director of Marketing
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

- Mark Twain
Matty
Director of Technology
“Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”

- Martin Luther King Jr
Wendy
Controller
“Adventure is a path. Real adventure - self-determined, self-motivated, often risky - forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind - and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black and white.”

- Mark Jenkins
Rebecca
Product Manager
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Shannon
Data Analyst
“The unexamined life is not worth living”

- Socrates
Irma
Senior Account Manager
“Carpe diem.”

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Emily
Senior Account Manager
“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”

- Dr. Seuss
Lindsey
Placement Coordinator
“I travel not to cross countries off a list, but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations"

- The Cultureur
Chantelle
Placement Coordinator
Not all those who wander are lost

- Tolkien
Aine
Placement Coordinator
“Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just get up and work.”

- Chuck Close
Dave
Placement Coordinator
“Someday, somewhere - anywhere, unfailingly, you'll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.”

- Pablo Neruda
Nicole
Placement Coordinator
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

- JRR Tolkien
Shannon
Placement Coordinator
"Collect experiences, not things."

- Unknown
Mia
Account Manager
"Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can,In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can."

- John Wesley
Aisha
Administrative Coordinator
“A little spark of kindness can put a colossal burst of sunshine into someone's day.”

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Ailie
Placement Coordinator
“If you can’t fly, then run, If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl, But whatever you do, You have to keep moving forward.”

- Martin Luther King Jr
Melissa
Office Administrator & Accounting
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

- Marcus Aurelius
Lloyd
Education Partnerships Manager
“I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.”

- David Bowie
Sara
Sales Executive - Education Partnerships
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair

- Khalil Gibran
Ellie
Client Success Manager
“Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us."

- Earl Nightingale
Casey
Manager of Education Partnerships
“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, / To gain all while you give, / To roam the roads of lands remote, / To travel is to live.”

- Hans Christian Andersen
Christie
ELearning Marketing Strategist
"Paris is always a good idea."

- Audrey Hepburn
Elspeth
TEFL Online Course Coordinator
“A foot and lighthearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.”

- Walt Whitman
Kathy
Content Marketing Lead
“Alea iacta est/The die is cast.”

- Suetonius
Alex
Graphic Designer
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"

- Maya Angelou
Rachael
Marketing Coordinator
‘It’s “levi-O-sa’ not “levi-o-Saah”’

- Hermione Granger (Fictional), Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Brett
Marketing Specialist
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

- The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
Roxanne
Placement Coordinator
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."

- Saint Augustine
Doug
B2B Marketing Specialist
You’ll have to speak up, I’m wearing a towel."

- Homer Simpson
Graeme
Placement Coordinator
"Do not let making a living, prevent you from making a life."

- John Wooden
Elaine
Recruitment Manager
“A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what a ship is built for.”

- Unknown
Elian
Web Developer
"If you have time to think of a beautiful end, then live beautifully until the end."

- Gintama
Leni
Web Developer
"The only way to do great work, is to love what you do"

- Steve Jobs
Jonada
Web Developer
“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”

- André Gide
Rando
Front End Developer
“Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat.”

- Unknown
Jani
Research Data Analyst
David
Commercial Director

I started working with Teach Away in 2012 while living in Vancouver, BC with my wife, Sam. I graduated from the University of Stirling in Scotland with a BA in Business and have managed to build my professional career since then while incorporating another of my passions - travel.

Working at Teach Away affords me the opportunity to visit lots of exciting countries, meet amazing people and experience lots of different cultures (and try out some spectacular golf courses!) One of the best things about working with Teach Away is that no two days are the same. Our recruitment partners include governments, conglomerates, international schools and more - all of which have their own unique needs and challenges which we love building solutions for.

Dave
Co-founder & CEO

I started at Teach Away in 2004. My brother Rene and I traveled the globe forging new relationships with education ministries, schools and institutions to learn how we could help them hire better teachers. Now, 13 years later, I’ve been involved in large-scale education reform, helped thousands of teachers find new opportunities overseas - and even dodged tsunami waves in Sri Lanka.

If you’re an educator who’s hungry for an international teaching adventure, you’re in the right place. Our recruitment team is so supportive and helpful because of our own experiences with education overseas. We aim to use our knowledge gained through years in the industry to help you make the most of your teaching career today.

Rene
Co-founder & President

I first fell in love with education and recruitment while working as a lecturer at the University of Western Ontario, where I was in charge of faculty recruitment for lecturer positions within the Business department. Since having three children of my own, my belief - and the driving force behind Teach Away - that every child deserves a quality education has only grown stronger.

Over the past decade at Teach Away, I’ve led recruitment partnerships with government programs and education organizations in over 50 countries around the world, including the UAE Ministry of Education, the Abu Dhabi Education Council, the Hong Kong Education Bureau and the Korean Ministry of Education. We’ve successfully placed thousands of educators, teaching more than 400,000 students, at some of the top education institutions worldwide. At Teach Away, our team is proud to be at the forefront of the movement for student success on a truly global scale.

Ash
Director of Operations

We are awash in technology changes. At best, technology has the power to lift billions out of poverty – at worst, it can further widen the global gap between rich and poor, and deny opportunities to children for generations to come. I believe that the only path to the former is by using new technologies to provide access to quality education.

I studied Geography at university, have led Coast Guard search and rescue crews, researched rural development in Canada, taught in the megacity of Seoul, Korea, and the rural Acadian community of Caraquet. I’ve chanted with monks in Asia, rode my motorcycle through the wilds of Labrador, played lead roles on stage, and have spent too much time on airplanes. I volunteer with some of the world’s most talented and dedicated education professionals on the International Task Force on Child Protection. My best days are when I read with my two beautiful children.

At Teach Away, our work allows children around the world experience the power of a great teacher. I am immensely proud of our efforts, and every day at Teach Away is a day well spent.

Paula
Director of Marketing

I have always believed that education and travel go hand in hand. Opening your mind and hearts to different cultures, meeting people and witnessing the pure beauty of the big world we live in, really is one of the best learning experience you can ever have. I feel very lucky to be a part of a company that values the fact the world is our classroom (literally) and strives to create a place where every student experiences the power of a great teacher and reaches their full potential because of it.

I've spent my professional career in marketing and advertising, working with various global brands. My passion for education and travel brought me to Teach Away and nothing has made me more proud than to be a part of a talented group of people that are all working hard to find the best teachers and connect them with the best schools, both locally and internationally. I continue to push myself to expand my mind by making a point to go somewhere I've never been every year. Next on my travel bucket list: Tokyo and Thailand.

Matty
Director of Technology

I head up the technology team here at Teach Away - we take care of all of the technical stuff and work tirelessly to ensure the Teach Away site runs smoothly for our teachers. Our team is energetic, dynamic and diverse - we’re spread across several regions and time zones worldwide.

Originally from Albania, I moved to Canada to study Computer Science and Business Administration at Trent University, fell in love with Canada and have since made this amazing country my second home. Travel is one of my life’s passions: a highlight was an incredible backpacking trip through the Balkans after graduation. I’m also a soccer fanatic: last year’s Euro cup, when Albania finally made it to a major soccer tournament, was a dream come true for me.

Wendy
Controller

As the numbers person at Teach Away, what makes working here so unique is our shared sense of accomplishment - across teams and across borders - in placing so many wonderful educators in awesome jobs around the world. Knowing that what we do here directly impacts children’s education for the better every single day is a huge source of pride for the whole Teach Away team!

Kathy
Content Marketing Lead

I’m in the minority among my Teach Away colleagues in that I’ve never taught abroad - hearing their incredible stories makes me realize what I missed out on!

Having grown up in a little town in the south of Ireland, I’ve always wanted to explore the world. After graduating with my MA in English lit, I decided to take the plunge and move to Canada - in the depths of one of the coldest winters on record. Thankfully it didn’t put me off this amazing country. I’m still here almost six years down the road! So far in my life, I’ve been fortunate enough to live and travel around amazing spots in Europe, North America and Asia. Watch this space - I’m planning on hitting up the remaining continents by 2020!

I’ve found myself in the marketing world in a roundabout way: I got my start in magazine journalism and book publishing before landing at Teach Away, where I now work as a copywriter and content creator. I’ve had a passion for writing and travel all my life - and I’m also my friends’ resident spell checker, so this is pretty much the perfect job for me. Education is the common thread throughout my career. That’s what’s so great about being a part of Teach Away - our team’s shared passion for helping as many teachers start their incredible adventures abroad shines through each and every day.

Alex
Graphic Designer

Having graduated from Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu, Romania, my wife and I decided to make the move to Toronto, Canada three years ago. I’m an avid photographer - telling stories and capturing memories through photography is a special kind of magic for me.

After photography, traveling is my biggest passion. In my life so far, my travels have taken me all over Europe, including Austria, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, France and England. My favorite place in the world remains my home country of Romania - it’s the closest to my soul. I’m planning a visit to Machu Pichu at some point in the future - maybe when my newborn son is old enough to keep up with all the hiking!

Elian
Web Developer

I was born in sunny Albania and after living in Italy for seven years, I decided to move back to Tirana in Albania, which was in the midst of a massive tech boom. I’ve been at Teach Away for almost four years now, helping the team solve tech issues.

Leni
Web Developer

What started as a side hobby for me is now my full-time job. I began my career as an electronic engineer - now I’m a web developer here at Teach Away! What I love most about Teach Away is our drive. We’re tirelessly committed to connecting teachers with their dream jobs - wherever in the world they might be.

The best place I’ve been so far in my lifetime? Definitely France - the people are welcoming and the architecture is hard to beat! The best food I’ve ever eaten was in Istanbul. I firmly believe that the best is yet to come - next up on my radar is Japan. I’m excited to experience the calm oasis and tranquility of a Japanese garden - and to try some delicious Japanese street food.

Rando
Front End Developer

Although I’m originally from Albania, I’ve lived most of my life in Greece. After finishing up my studies in computer technology at Lamia University, my wife and I decided to make the move back to our home country, where I started working at Teach Away as a front end developer.

Being a part of the Teach Away team is a surefire way to get bitten by the travel bug - I haven’t ventured further than Europe just yet, but I’ve been busy compiling a long list of places I’m hoping to travel to over the next while. Life’s too short to stay put and I plan on seeing as much of this beautiful world as I possibly can!

Rachael
Marketing Coordinator

While I have never had the privilege of teaching abroad I am lucky enough to have lived in two countries as I was born in England and grew up there until my family immigrated to Canada in my early teens. After living on Vancouver Island since my arrival in Canada I made the decision to move to Toronto upon completion of my degree.

My family is spread out all over the world, which can be both a blessing and a curse. While I may not get to see them as often as I would like, visiting my family members has taken me to some amazing places such as Los Angeles and the British Virgin Islands. I’ve also had the privilege of travelling to some other great destinations, my favourite being Barcelona.

Between my educational background in marketing and my passion for education, my position as Marketing Coordinator at Teach Away is the perfect fit! I firmly believe that while we all come from different walks of life, everyone has the right to an education and deserves a great teacher.

Jani
Research Data Analyst

As a Electronic Engineering student, I’ve just recently begun my professional and personal journey. I love getting to work with a group of talented and inspiring people as part of a team that changes the lives of teachers and students in every corner of the world.

I was born and raised in Albania but I have big plans to see the world. My time in Greece has been my most memorable travel destination: Andros Island and Meteora were by far my favorite spots to visit. The US, Canada and Brazil are next up on my list of countries to see.

Jonada
Web Developer

Working around technology and being a web developer has been a lifelong dream of mine. It’s very rewarding to know that the work I do as a web developer at Teach Away helps to connect schools, teachers and students all around the world.

My travels throughout Greece were a personal life highlight of mine. Greece is so rich in culture and history and has such a beautiful landscape. Visiting the Acropolis was an amazing experience I will never forget. I hope to hit up Paris on my next trip abroad! It’s a place I’ve dreamed of visiting for a long time.

Brett
Marketing Specialist

The world is like that shirt you shrunk in the dryer - it used to be a lot bigger. Incredible technological advancements have allowed us to connect with people around the globe like never before. While this may seem obvious on the surface, the fact that we can communicate and travel so efficiently gives us a lot of power (and with great power comes great responsibility).

I am thrilled to be at Teach Away - a group of experienced educators and industry leaders that embraces the responsibility of helping the world’s best teachers impart lifelong skills, knowledge, and confidence in tomorrow’s leaders across every corner of the map.

Outside of Teach Away HQ, you can find me out for a run, yelling at the hockey game on TV, or lounging lakeside with a cold beer in hand.

Casey
Manager of Education Partnerships

My name is Casey and I’m known as the "crazy cat lady" to many of my coworkers in the Teach Away office because I love everything about my little furry feline friends. I don't own a cat, but I have dreams, and that is definitely top of the list!

After studying at Western University I started my career at Canadian LMS company, D2L, and fell in love with online learning and the power of educational technology. I've been working in business development since 2013 and couldn't be happier to be part of the Teach Away team. I’m continually inspired and challenged to connect with people and companies to find innovative ways to help each other.

Shannon
Data Analyst

My teaching experience started at the Nizhny Tagil Technological Institute in Russia, teaching business to a group of students who had rarely, if ever, traveled outside of the country. The experience ignited a love of and appreciation for travel and teaching, ultimately leading me back to Canada, where I started lecturing at the University of Western Ontario and using my summers to visit different places around the world.

I now work on the Product team at Teach Away, analyzing our data so we can give our teachers and partners the best possible experience. I love making sense of numbers and knowing that my work helps more students around the world benefit from amazing teachers!

Roxanne
Placement Coordinator

I have eight years of international work and travel experience and a solid passion for all things travel, food and education. It all began during my undergraduate years in university where I participated in an international internship program in Istanbul, Turkey.

With a love for the city, I decided to return and teach English after I had graduated. Three years later, I found myself working on a cruise ship - and now as a Placement Coordinator for Teach Away!

As a mental health awareness advocate, I carry my values with me throughout my travels - opening the space for a conversation that wasn’t there before. I love being a part of a team that supports teachers in achieving their personal and professional goals of teaching abroad.

Doug
B2B Marketing Specialist

Before coming to Teach Away, I worked on the marketing team at one of the world’s leading educational publishers for over 10 years. Education is very important to me, so I was proud of the small role I played in putting high-quality resources into the hands of educators and students.

At Teach Away, I'm excited to help international schools around the world connect with world-class educators, ensuring students around the world have the opportunity to receive the best education possible.

Like most of the team, I have a passion for travel. I consider myself fortunate to have visited many countries around the world - Vietnam, Indonesia, Nicaragua and the UK among my favorites - and am always eager to embark on my next journey.

Graeme
Placement Coordinator

After graduating from university, I taught and lived in Australia, England and South Korea. These opportunities allowed me to meet new friends, explore new lands and create tons of new memories. Now, as a Placement Coordinator at Teach Away, I am fortunate enough to get to help other educators pursue their own dreams of teaching abroad every day.

Outside of work you can find me playing, watching and reading about pretty much any sport that has ever existed (although my two favourites are basketball and soccer). Other hobbies of mine include endless Wiki-spirals on Wikipedia, cooking and eating every food imaginable and relaxing anywhere the sun is shining.

Irma
Senior Account Manager

When I saw a job posting, calling for Ontario-certified teachers at a Canadian curriculum school in China, I immediately sent in my resume and that of my partner to the school. It wasn’t long before we received a phone interview and made one of the most important decisions of our lives - to pack up and leave Canada for China. I had an incredible year teaching and traveling Asia and was fortunate enough to witness the beauty of Thailand, taste the best Hainanese Chicken in Singapore and experience the tranquility of Bali, Indonesia. Now working as a Senior Account Manager for Teach Away, I pride myself daily in being able to help others take a leap into the world of international teaching, to reform education and evolve individually.

Elspeth
TEFL Online Course Coordinator

I had often dreamed of moving to France, but I never imagined that this dream would become reality until it did when I became a TEFL certified English teacher in Paris. I learned as much from the students I taught as they did from me. It fuelled my passion for education and ignited a lifelong love of travel.

The experience of working and living in a foreign place was one that shaped me in ways I had never imagined. It inspires a confidence that you carry with you always and everywhere. Put simply, teaching English abroad is always a good idea!

Elaine
Recruitment Manager

Born and raised in Ireland, I moved to Toronto a couple years ago and joined the Teach Away family shortly after. I am a lover of live music, good food and exploring the great outdoors. I absolutely love traveling and jump at any opportunity to meet new people and try new things. Of the places I’ve traveled to, my absolute favorite was Malta - a small country in Europe with fascinating history and incredible scuba diving. Since moving to Toronto and working with Teach Away, I feel so lucky to work with such hilarious, amazing and like-minded people. Supporting our teachers on their own overseas journey and sharing our passion for travel are just two of the many reasons I love what I do.

Ellie
Client Success Manager

I completed my degree in International Relations in Toronto where I grew up, and had a serious case of wanderlust. I traveled Europe extensively over a decade and fulfilled a lifelong dream of volunteering in East Africa. I’m passionate about world history and love learning about other cultures. I’ve just made my first big move abroad to Edinburgh and am spending every spare minute exploring this beautiful city with my golden retriever, Summer.

Working 15 years in food service and retail operations, my career has been focused on customer satisfaction and process improvement. Working with the awesome team at Teach Away allows me to apply my extensive service and technical experience to the exciting world of education, connecting schools with teachers and making professional and educational opportunities more accessible to students around the globe.

Emily
Senior Account Manager

I have been working at Teach Away for 6 years and currently recruit licensed teachers for the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC). Before working at Teach Away, I lived in South Korea, where I owned and operated an ESL academy. I enjoy going to the theater, playing guitar and - most of all - travel. I’ve been lucky enough to visit many countries in Asia and Europe, as well as across North America and now spend everyday helping teachers follow their own teach abroad and travel dreams.

Aine
Placement Coordinator

After qualifying as a Geography and English secondary school teacher in Dublin, Ireland, I decided to take off and use my skills to travel. That was 9 years ago and I haven't been back (apart from my yearly stock up of tea bags) since! The 9 years have flown by. I have lived and worked in Italy, Costa Rica, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Georgia, Abu Dhabi and now Vancouver. I am so fortunate to have been able to teach in all of these countries! This has enhanced and fine-tuned my skills as an educator. I am excited to be part of this team of wonderful people and help teachers experience some of the same rewards and enrichment that you get from teaching abroad!

Lindsey
Placement Coordinator

Unlike most teachers, teaching was not my initial calling. I’m not sure I was ever predisposed to any particular profession. I decided to become a teacher after volunteering at an elementary school. A friend of mine had recommended that I get in touch with Teach Away, who helped me secure a teaching position with the Abu Dhabi Education Council! While I was in Abu Dhabi, I met my husband and shortly after we were married, we applied to immigrate back to Canada (knowing it was a lengthy process). After 5 years of living in Abu Dhabi, I moved back to Canada, with 6 years of international teaching experience which enriched my professional development and more importantly, my life. The number one reason a teacher should experience teaching abroad is for the overall professional and personal growth experience.

Dave
Placement Coordinator

After graduating from University with a degree in drawing and painting, I wasn't sure about the starving artist lifestyle, so I started teaching English abroad. My experiences in China and South Korea were challenging at times but made me the person I am today. I'm really excited to help our new teachers get started on their adventures abroad and enjoy answering their questions about the expat life.

Chantelle
Placement Coordinator

I was born and raised in Ireland, but moved to Toronto, Canada a couple years ago and joined the Teach Away family as a Placement Coordinator. My awesome job lets me combine three of my favorite things: traveling, teaching and technology. I love talking to teachers every day, hearing their stories and fulfilling their dreams of teaching abroad. I am passionate about exploring new places and getting completely lost, trying new food, playing basketball and - most of all - drinking tea (that might be the Irish in me!)

Sara
Sales Executive - Education Partnerships

The gorgeous city of Edinburgh is where I was born and now call home​. ​H​ow​ever, I grew up in the Middle East and Europe which exposed me to a diverse range of education systems and cultures at an early age. This ignited my interest in education and the exciting and the ever-changing challenges that are faced every day in classrooms across the globe.

I consider myself to be a creative and passionate person with a great enthusiasm for trying new things and meeting new people. I studied fine arts and painting at university, later qualifying as a teacher. This ​allowed me to apply my background in the arts to deliver a variety of subjects across the curriculum. I am fascinated and excited by the endless possibilities that new technologies bring to education.

A quality education unlocks doors that money cannot buy and being a part of the Teach Away team brings together my love of education and sales as part of an ever-evolving company at the forefront of the education recruitment sector.

Mia
Account Manager

I have always had a love for travel and a passion for education. This is what prompted me to initially become interested in a potential study-abroad program during my undergrad. After applying to a few international study programs, I was lucky enough to have been accepted into a program in a smaller city called Jaén, located in south-central Spain. The placement was unique in that it allowed me to take a few university courses every morning, and then shift to teaching ESL during the afternoons and some evenings. The experience was incredibly rewarding and, most of all, fun! I took advantage of travel opportunities, loved the people I met, and would absolutely do it again in a heartbeat. I now work as a Placement Coordinator here at Teach Away and feel so lucky to have the opportunity to help people to achieve their dreams of teaching internationally and have incredible life experiences of their own.

Nicole
Placement Coordinator

I grew up in Colombia and moved to Canada at a young age. When I completed my BA, I had always had a set goal of living and working in Europe, so I moved to Spain to teach English for a year. Finding my calling as an educator, a year later I moved back to Canada to become a certified teacher. This granted me the opportunity to teach in England and in France after graduation.

After living and traveling throughout Europe for four years, I moved back to Canada to complete my MA in Second Language Education. I used my personal background and teaching experience to research the social and academic struggles that immigrant students face when they arrive to another country and to uncover ways in which the school community can help these students succeed, not only academically but emotionally and socially as well.

My passion for teaching and my research has lead me to Teach Away, where I can combine my knowledge of and passion for education, helping place the best teachers internationally so they can bridge the academic and social gaps that their students c face.

Aisha
Administrative Coordinator

I am the "Documents Expert" here at Teach Away, which means that if you're applying for a position with ADEC or a Government School in the UAE, you'll probably be hearing from me. I’m the one who collects all your documents to apply for your UAE work visa! I love working with our candidates and hearing the excitement in their voices as I help them embark on such an exciting, life-changing journey.

Shannon
Placement Coordinator

As my final year of undergrad wound to a close, I was unsure what career I wanted to pursue after graduation. A friend told me about Teach Away and within a few months I had been hired and was on a plane to go teach English in South Korea! This was the start of an amazing six-year adventure that took me all over the globe and allowed me to grow and experience the world in a way I didn’t know was possible.

I now work at Teach Away as a Placement Coordinator and love that I get to help teachers start their own adventures living and teaching abroad!

Ailie
Placement Coordinator

Coming from a small village in rainy Scotland, I jumped at the chance to travel abroad to sunnier climes. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to study and work abroad in Spain, France, Italy and Finland! Meeting so many interesting characters along the way, having a deep insight into other cultures and sampling the scrumptious local cuisine were certainly the highlights for me. These experiences came with challenges and rollercoaster rides of emotions which helped me to gain a great deal of perspective and appreciation. I am excited to be working for Teach Away and living in luscious green Scotland again after 11 years overseas. For me, teaching abroad was a truly inspiring and rewarding experience. I love being part of a team that assists teachers to gain the chance to experience such enriching opportunities of their own.

Rebecca
Product Manager

My teaching experience started in Australia where I taught for two years. I discovered my love for education but also - like many of my fellow Australians - wanted to travel far north and see what the world had to offer. I moved to Japan to teach pre-kindergarten for a year and loved every minute! Teaching three year olds how to speak English was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. After a year, I decided to make the move to Europe and settled in Paris, coordinating the curriculum program for a language institute. I was lucky enough to be able to travel to so many countries in Europe in my free time. To this day, I still go back every year to explore little areas in Spain, France and Germany. After Japan and Europe, I made the decision not to move back to Australia and to continue my journey abroad instead. So, I moved to Vancouver, Canada! I've been with Teach Away for the past three years and I love helping teachers discover their potential and follow their dreams.

Melissa
Office Administrator & Accounting

You could say I’m pretty well traveled! I’ve lived in two countries in my life so far - Costa Rica and Canada. I’ve also been fortunate enough to visit inspiring places like Guyana, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Cuba and the US. I’ve experienced great history, culture and travel inspirations for the future (I’m hoping to visit Europe in the next year or so!)

Besides the delicious food, the next best thing about traveling has been experiencing different environments and learning the ways of others - their culture and their rituals. Travel is the most powerful way to gain insight into life from other people’s perspectives.

All of us have had inspirational teachers who have contributed to who we are today. Working at Teach Away inspires me in many different ways but mostly because our team helps teachers to travel and teach in order to make a difference in children’s lives and develop their creativity as individuals.

Lloyd
Education Partnerships Manager

With a passion for languages running deep from my early childhood spent in the Middle East, I jumped at the chance to move to Brazil to teach English. Upon my return to the UK, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the field of international education.

Having supported educational institutions with their recruitment goals for over four years, I'm very happy to be a part of the exciting team at Teach Away, working with a group of people who share my passion for education.

Christie
ELearning Marketing Strategist

After studying abroad in Florence, Italy, and a fast and furious tour around Central Europe between my third and fourth year studying for my BA in English, I realized my love of travel and had an overwhelming desire to live and work abroad. I soon decided the ticket to fulfill my dream of long-term work and travel was to teach English abroad, and I moved to Spain.

I arrived in Madrid jobless with only my determination, a year’s savings, valid working visa and TEFL certificate. One month later I moved to Asturias to start a position teaching conversational English to adults. I lived in Spain for one year, learned Spanish, traveled to nine more countries and became a valued teacher at my school. I still consider teaching abroad to be the best calculated risk of my life, but don’t take my word for it - do it!