Continuing Professional Development: Investing in Yourself for Betters Jobs, More Money and Greater Student Satisfaction

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Continuing professional development (“CPD”) is an important but often overlooked investment for ESL teachers. Perhaps many teachers think language schools don’t require it. Maybe independent teachers don’t see the value (or “ROI”) in it. The truth is that CPD can help you stand out from other applicants if you’re looking for a new job. It can also help you advance in your current job. Most importantly, it leads to greater student outcomes and satisfaction. This session will explore the benefits of CPD in detail: the various ways to boost your resume; how school owners and operators feel about it; and how independent teachers leverage CPD to advance their businesses.


Cheryl Evans
Cheryl Evans Lym is a Business English teacher who is MBA qualified and has more than 20 years of experience working in the corporate environment of large multinational companies in the airline, telecommunication, food distribution and pharmaceutical industries. 8 of those years she spent leading, training, coaching, and developing sales and marketing teams. Cheryl soon discovered her passion for teaching adults and helping them to achieve their best potential in their roles. Fast forward to 2020, she became a certified TEFL instructor. During the first year she became a tutor volunteer with Paper Airplanes, for Middle East refugee students, and also joined the BridgeEnglish Chile team. She teaches professionals with the company, and privately. In 2021 this lover of learning completed the BridgeEnglish Business English certificate course and believe that new knowledge, has really sharpened her skills and creativity in the virtual classroom.
Donald Moen
Donald Moen is a professor in the Language Institute at the Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ottawa, Canada, and President of TESL Canada. He holds degrees from The University of Western Ontario (Ed.D.), University of Calgary (M.Ed.), University of Alberta (M.A.), and the University of Victoria (B.A.). He has taught in various parts of Canada, China and South Korea. His research interests include Intercultural Communication, Educational Technology, Online Education, and Educational Leadership.
Rachel Story
Rachel Story is a nomadic ESL teacher originally from Tennessee. In 2010, she moved to China to begin teaching ESL. For five years, she taught at a variety of schools and training centers in Beijing and Kunming. In 2016, she began teaching English online with VIPKid and traveling full-time. Since then, she has been teaching, traveling, and living around the world with her husband Sasha. Together they document their travels and teach others how to become traveling teachers on their blog, Grateful Gypsies.
Karina Zew
Karina Zew lived most of her childhood in the U.S., but moved to Argentina as a teenager. She has a master's degree in psychology and has been involved in the education field for many years. Karina’s career began nearly 30 years ago, when she taught Business English classes at international companies, and during that time she also taught general English to young learners. She has also shared her knowledge in the field of English teaching as a speaker at TEFL/TESOL conferences. Karina joined Bridge in 2003 at our center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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