Hi! My name is Ma. Teresa Hill and I’d like to begin by telling you more about myself. I graduated from the University of the Cordilleras, Philippines with a degree in Political Science. I have been an ESL/EFL teacher for more than fifteen years now.
In 2003, I started my teaching career as a private teacher to young kids. Mostly, I helped them with their homework by breaking down instructions to their level of understanding. Soon after, I have developed an interests in teaching preparatory subjects which made me better understand foreign adult students. Then in 2005, equipped with my experience as a private ESL teacher, I went on to apply in Pines International Academy. With Pines, I began as a classroom teacher, I coached Korean company executives to present better in English. I taught survival English to different nationalities who wish to travel to the US and Europe. I coached Korean and Japanese students who want to take EILTS, TOEFL, OPIC and TOEIC tests. I taught Business English and Presentation Classes to groups of university students who wish to apply in airline companies. On the side, I was also coaching Korean students online through Skype. It did not take me long to become part of the management. Pines has given me much responsibility which I am very grateful. My very first promotion was, as an Assistant Faculty head in charge of the curriculum development, hiring and training of teachers for the Jr. Dept. From then on, I was given more tasks and promotions. My last position with Pines, was as Faculty Head for both the Main Campus and the Junior Dept. Personally, I believe that, I was rewarded the most while training teachers on Accent Neutralization. I say this, because it gave me a wider perspective on the importance of sound formation in language acquisition. Somehow, I got to understand fully the IPA symbols, which plays a vital role in teaching English, especially to non-native teachers like myself.
As much as I love my work in the Philippines, I resigned last June of 2019, to move here in Indiana, USA. Now that I am fully settled here in America, I can’t wait to get back in teaching.
These being said, I am already excited to meet you in my class!
Pines International Academy
February 2005 to July 2019
In 2005, I started working with Pines International Academy, Philippines, as a classroom teacher for Korean executives and their children. I was promoted to Assistant Faculty Head after 4 months. I worked in the Junior Dept. of the company hiring and training new teachers. In 2009, I was again promoted to Faculty Head for a new campus established in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines. Months after that, I was transferred back to Baguio City to man the Junior Dept. there. At the same time I was also tasked to supervise the HR Training Team. My job with Pines become wider in scope when I was also tasked to become the Faculty Head of the Refresher Course Dept. Not long after, I was transferred to supervise both the Junior Campus and the Main Campus in the new building in Baguio City, Philippines. I left the company for the reason of moving permanently here in Indiana, USA.
Taken in my home office where I usually ...