Greetings, italki Teachers!
My name is Tracy, and I’m very pleased to be your new italki teachers’ community manager. I’m really looking forward to working with you. We’re already making italki the best place to learn a language online. With your help, I’d also like to make us the best place to teach a language online.
Like many of you, I’m a Professional Teacher. Before joining italki, I worked in Suzhou, China (it’s a little city of 6.3 million near Shanghai) where I taught at the Wujiang Pearl School campus of the Suzhou Experimental Elementary School. At the Wujiang Pearl School, I helped start the new International Department by developing bilingual class curricula and managing other foreign teachers. Over the two and a half years that I was there I taught pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade students in English and bilingual classes in Math, Art, Science, Physical Education and Health.
I also volunteer with Techyizu, a collection of organizers who plan free events for the entrepreneurship, design, and tech communities in Shanghai, my favorite of which is Shanghai Barcamp. I enjoy unconferences so much that I started Suzhou Barcamp in the fall of 2013. And, although I live in Shanghai now, I’m still connected to the TEDxSuzhou and TED ED community in Suzhou.
It’s great to be a part of italki as I see this as a great opportunity to combine my interests in online learning, language, technology, and community. Most of my experience has been with classroom teaching, but I’m very interested in the ongoing innovations in educational technology and online education.
I’m hoping to learn a lot about online education from the italki teaching community since you’ve already been teaching online lessons for a long time now!
Here at italki, I’ll be doing everything I can to make italki a great teaching tool for you and your students. I welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvements that would make italki an even better place to teach.
The more we know about how italki can help you teach, the better we can guide the development of the site and the services available for you.
Oh, and since you’re probably curious, I also love language learning. My native language is English. I studied Spanish in High School, and also started German and Arabic, but since I’ve been focusing on Chinese and living in China, Chinese is the only language besides English that I can speak. My language goals are to increase my Chinese to C2 level, become conversational in the Suzhou local dialect, and revive my Spanish. In the future, I would also like to get back to German and Arabic… and maybe even start Japanese!
You can find me on italki or in our Google+ italki Teachers’ Community. I’m very excited to see what we can do together.
Thanks for reading, and see you around!