Meet the Recruitment Team

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“The unexamined life is not worth living”

- Socrates
Irma
Senior Account Manager
"I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference."

- Robert Frost
Sean
Senior Account Manager
"Do not let making a living, prevent you from making a life."

- John Wooden
Elaine
Senior Account Manager
“Carpe diem.”

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Emily
Senior Account Manager
"In the end we only regret the chances we didn't take."

- Lewis Carroll
Heather
Placement Coordinator
“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
"Collect experiences, not things."

- Unknown
Mia
Placement Coordinator
“I am the greatest - I said that before I knew I was.”

- Muhammad Ali
Miller
Placement Coordinator
"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
“Look past your thoughts so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment.”

- Rumi
Shirin
Community Coordinator
“A little spark of kindness can put a colossal burst of sunshine into someone's day.”

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Ailie
Placement Coordinator
“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”

- John Steinbeck
Alison
Placement Coordinator
“Traveling. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

- Ibn Battuta
Linda
Placement Coordinator
“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
Recruitment Manager
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.

Sean
Senior Account Manager

My teach abroad journey started in 2006 when my wife and I couldn’t resist the urge to travel and see the world any longer. We started by teaching ESL in Korea. Up until that point I had some substitute teaching experience and a few summers working with kids as a camp counselor but that’s it! We spent 3 years in Korea before returning to Canada, but it wasn’t long until we caught the travel bug again and moved to China for a new adventure. We spent two years in China and in our last 2 months, my daughter was born. Her Chinese birth certificate is our ultimate souvenir! I now work as a Senior Account Manager for Teach Away and being part of this organization and among fellow international teachers is something I am very grateful for. To be able to help you and others take this remarkable step, take the road less traveled, is something I am very grateful for and proud of.

Elaine
Senior Account 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.

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.

Heather
Placement Coordinator

My experiences teaching abroad were unconventional but they are a testament of the opportunities that are out there for determined and open minded teachers. I taught in both South Korea and in the UK and I know how challenging, yet rewarding teaching abroad can be.
Fast forward to today, I am now working at Teach Away where I take pride in helping teachers like you start their own journeys. The employees of Teach Away are a mosaic of teachers with international experiences that span the world. My colleagues and I offer full recruitment services every step of your journey from when you first click apply to when you arrive safely in your new home. We have been in your shoes, and we are here to help walk you through this exciting journey!

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.

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!)

Mia
Placement Coordinator

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.

Miller
Placement Coordinator

Having lived in Scotland all my life, the urge to travel and see more of the world was overwhelming. Fresh out of school, I decided to pack my bags and move to Vancouver. After spending a couple years teaching ESL at a private college in Vancouver, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “Why teach here when I could be teaching somewhere more exciting, like Japan?” I was fortunate to have a friend who was already teaching in Japan and was able to help me secure a position. The staff and students at my school were incredibly kind. I am currently happily married to the Head Teacher of my branch - safe to say - we got along! I stayed for 2 years - the best of my life. When I returned to Canada, I jumped at the opportunity to work for Teach Away. I had such an incredible experience abroad and have no hesitations when recommending teaching overseas to candidates. It is great seeing so many enthusiastic teachers embarking on a similar journey.

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.

Shirin
Community Coordinator

I lived and studied in the Middle East for a few years and can definitely relate to the culture shock that many of our candidates experience when they move there. Living in a foreign country can be tough at times, but the benefits always outweigh the challenges. I now work as an Community Coordinator here at Teach Away and it has been an absolute breath of fresh air. I love helping teachers achieve their dream of teaching and traveling 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.

Alison
Placement Coordinator

Traveling has always felt natural to me, so after graduation I was excited to get out and start exploring more of our beautiful world. I hopped on a plane to Japan and spent two years teaching English in a little town by the ocean. Living off the beaten track gave me an opportunity to experience a unique way of life. Highlights included the delicious food (of course) and the local people, who were very warm and welcoming. After Japan, I came back to my hometown, Toronto, to study for my teaching certificate. Inevitably, I got itchy feet again. Over the next two years spent teaching in London, I experienced real British life and culture from the inside. Busy London couldn’t have been more of a contrast to rural Japan, but I relished every minute of it. Now, back in Toronto and working at Teach Away, I have the chance to help teachers make their wanderlust dreams of living and teaching internationally a reality - just like I did!

Linda
Placement Coordinator

I’ve always had a long bucket list of places to visit in my lifetime. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree, I decided to combine my love of travel with my career aspirations. Wanting a change from the freezing Canadian winter, I decided to go where the summers are endless - Australia! I was accepted into teacher's college in Melbourne and in my free time backpacked all around the stunning country. After graduation, I was lucky enough to find jobs teaching in the UK and Korea. After my last stint in Korea, a friend told me about a teaching opportunity with the Abu Dhabi Education Council offered through Teach Away. I spent five amazing years teaching in the UAE and fell in love with the expat life there. Having returned to Canada, I love being part of the Teach Away team. Every day, I feel privileged to play a significant role in helping others pursue their personal travel and teaching passions.

Rebecca
Recruitment 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.