I taught in private language schools for over 6 years and throughout that time, I always wanted more time and freedom to be able to do what I wanted both in and out of the classroom. I never knew exactly how I would achieve this or if this was even possible. In 2017, however, this became a reality. I had just arrived home from teaching abroad and I was feeling lost. This gave me a chance to ask myself what I really wanted to do. Though I didn’t have a very clear answer, I knew for sure that I still enjoyed teaching. I went back to teaching at a language school for a few months. I then realized that I wanted to teach English privately in a one-to-one setting. Back then, the reason was simple: I liked that I could address the unique concerns every student has with English. That was when I decided to become a freelance private English teacher. I never expected that it would give me everything I always longed for when I was teaching in a classroom.
Melissa Alvia is a graduate of OnTESOL’s 120-hour Advanced TESOL certificate. She is currently a freelance teacher in Toronto, Canada.