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John Rakes

Asheville, United States of America

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The best teachers are students who inspire curiosity in others. As a life-long student, I have always enjoyed learning and sharing my knowledge and experience with those around me. Having taught in various settings to both children and adults, I believe that teaching must have an experiential component in order to be effective in the long-term. My goal as a teacher is not only to pass on content to my students, but to ensure that their quest for knowledge continues after class is over. My role as a teacher/counselor to at-risk youth (ages 12-17), covered core subjects such as Math, Science, and Language Arts as well as critical thinking, problem solving, structure building, team building, character education, and activities of daily living. While living in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I worked as a teacher/naturalist instructing students of all ages in Science and environmental curriculum. Supervisors and colleagues have described me as professional, reliable, positive, flexible, resilient and dynamic. I am confident I would make an valuable addition to your team.


UNI-Prep Institute

TESOL Certification

July 2017

Averett University

Masters of Business Administration

December 2009

Mars Hill University

Bachelors of Psychology

May 2003


ESL Teacher


September 2017 to Current

  • Provide one-on-one ESL instruction to Chinese students age 5-12 in a virtual setting
  • Conduct assessments and give feedback to parents on student performance


Tremont Institute

January 2012 to August 2014

• Taught Science curriculum, including natural history, Geology, Physics, and Ecology to students of all ages • Hosted groups ranging in size from 10 - 200 students for multi-day experiential education • Instructed certified teachers on how to incorporate experiential education techniques in the classroom


Eckerd Youth Alternatives

September 2004 to September 2005

• Assisted in the development and application of treatment plans • Served as Public Relations Coordinator for a 60-bed facility • Provided therapeutic interventions as the primary counselor for a group of 10 adolescent boys with behavior management issues and MI/DD


professional development experiential education ms suite proficiency management tesol native english speaker public speaking conflict resolution master's degree in business cultural exchange experience




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