Bailey is our new E2School teacher and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and is TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certified.
Welcome, Bailey! Tell us about yourself.
I graduated from The University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and an emphasis in American Studies. My first job after graduation was as a customer support manager for a company which created ESL and primary school content, used to reinforce critical skills and test-prep.
During this time I began also working for Pearson Education. During my 6-year tenure, I marked a wide variety of exams, including the PTE.
In 2013, I moved to Guatemala in order to teach ESL to primary school students. This is when I realized that working directly with students was my passion – I love seeing things “click” and watching students improve.
Eventually, I decided to begin working for ETS where I marked the TOEFL exam. I did this for 4 years, up until I was hired with E2.
I also had a career designing and presenting online curriculum to primary school-aged children in China. While I loved many aspects of this position, it also made me realize that I am much more suited to teach adults.
Working for E2School has genuinely been a dream come true for me. Being able to work directly with students while using several areas of my expertise has been a perfect fit, and I cannot wait to help more people pass their exams!
Any fun facts about you?
I have lived in Kansas City, Kansas; Tampa, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; San Antonio, Texas; Antigua, Guatemala; Vancouver, British Columbia; and now Melbourne, Victoria with my husband and two well-travelled cats.
What’s your Top Tip for Success?
My advice for the speaking section is to just keep going. We all make mistakes and stumble over our words, it is how we recover from these errors that can make a huge difference. If you panic and focus on the mistake; you will continue to make more errors. However, if you either quickly correct yourself or even completely ignore the mistake and move on, you will do just fine.
What do you like doing in your spare time? Any hobbies?
Biking, hiking, going on walks and reading.
What do you do first thing every morning?
Cry. No, not really…but I am NOT a morning person.
Do you speak any other languages?
Beginner level Spanish, pero no soy muy buena. Entiendo más de lo que hablo.
What country is on your bucket list to travel to?
There are so many!
What would you like remembered about you?
That’s a great question! I would just like to be remembered as being a kind person.
Who is your number one inspiration?
My dad 🙂
What is your spirit animal?
All of them? I am a huge animal lover! I have two cats, but I’m also obsessed with dogs!
If you could have dinner with one famous person (dead or alive) who would it be?
My childhood answer was always Lucielle Ball from the I Love Lucy Show. Now I’d have to say my father (he was locally famous in Kansas City as an on-air radio host).
How do you take your coffee?
Soy latte or “flat white” when I’m trying to fit in Australia : )
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
PASTA!!! However, I have celiac/coeliac disease, so it would have to be gluten-free.
What’s your favourite movie?
“The Sandlot”, or “Lion”.
What would be your superpower?
I am already pretty good at reading minds, so let’s go with flying!
What would be the theme song for your life?
This is way too hard!
What are you most excited about with joining E2School?
Working for E2 has genuinely been a dream come true for me. Being able to work directly with students while using several areas of my expertise has been a perfect fit! I can’t wait to meet more students and help you progress in your language learning journey.