This panel is based on our article on BridgeUniverse: ESL Philosophy of Teaching Statement: What Is It & Why Does It Matter? (

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As teachers, we’ve chosen this profession because we believe in making a change and impacting lives. But every educator has unique experiences, values, and motivations that drive their personal teaching philosophy. How do you communicate your teaching values to current and future employers or to your students?

Whether you’re just entering the field and looking for a way to differentiate yourself in the job market or you’re an experienced teacher but haven’t honed your value proposition, this webinar is for you!

Join Bridge Education Group to learn how you can craft a teaching philosophy that showcases your unique mission as an educator. The webinar will be hosted by Erin Shaw Hernandez, a longtime English teacher and language school owner, who will discuss the topic with a panel of ELT experts.


Erin Shaw Hernandez is president of Selnate International School, an online English language program based in Provo, Utah. She has traveled throughout South America and Europe and been working with English language programs as a teacher and administrator for over 10 years. She received BA Linguistics and MA TESOL degrees from Brigham Young University, and has extensive experience in curriculum and program development, teacher training, language assessment and program marketing.

Venice Irving, from Jamaica, has been in the ELT field for more than 20 years and taught in primary school, high school, and college before founding Happy Teachers, a communications firm, in 2009. She has also created several online courses for teachers, such as “Cross-Cultural Communication Skills for the ESOL Teacher,” and is a sought-after speaker for local and global ELT events. She currently leads an online group of over 3,000 teachers.

Terry McLean earned her BA in Business from Brenau College, and later completed a Master’s in Education in ESL from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is currently studying for her Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Terry has over 20 years’ experience teaching English, nine of which were spent working with high school students in rural North Carolina. She also taught abroad in Germany, where she worked as a ESL tutor. She is an instructor for the graduate-level Bridge IDELTOnline course, as well as a tutor for Bridge.