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George Coles

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George Coles

In a short introduction, tell me: your name, where you are from, how long you have been teaching and when you started teaching.

My name is George Coles and I am from Cleveland, OH. I have been teaching children within the Boy Scout Community for 13 years and I have been teaching English for less than one year.

Tell me about getting certified to become an English teacher. Was it difficult? How did you feel when you decided to enroll for the class? Lastly why did you decide to become a teacher?

The TEFL Certification was difficult but not impossible. I am familiar with teaching children but not teaching English, I had to think on different terms to relate to this aspect. I was nervous about taking this certification class but I was excited to have an opportunity to take the class and work with children again. I have worked with children from many financial backgrounds and some with disabilities, like Autism. I feel that I can use this experience together with the English language.

How many countries have you taught in and how many countries have you visited now?

I have only taught in Russia. I have been visited 23 countries in my life, from 5 continents.

How do you feel about children as students? Why do you like working with them?

Children are amazing, their brains are like sponges and they are much easier to work with than Adults on many levels because they do not have society's weight and expectations upon them. If you can relate to children on their level, they will give you so much life and energy.

• What are the most rewarding and the most difficult parts of working with children?

The most rewarding part of working with children is watching them develop skills that they thought might be difficult, and once they understand what they have learned...they have a hunger for more learning!

The most difficult part of working with children is when they become boisterous or lose interest in what you are teaching. You have to be able to adapt every second of the class to keep their energy and focus high.

Tell me a short story about a time when you were in class and something interesting or funny happened that is related to English learning.

I need to think about this one!

Why did you decide to come back to Russia and work here?

I have been fascinated with Russia since I was a young boy. The people are amazing, the culture is fascinating, and I just fell in love with Russia when I first came here in 1997.

What is your favorite and least favorite English and Russian food?

My favorite English food is spicy chicken wings and my least favorite English food is liver.

My favorite Russian food is Pelmeni and my least favorite Russian food is Pelmeni, because I have an allergy to wheat and I cannot eat Pelmeni.

What are you most proud of in your career as a teacher?

I am most proud of helping troubled students realize their potential by giving them the support that they need to be successful.

What do you like to do for fun and what are your big loves in life?

I LOVE to fish for fun or food... I like to play Pokemon Go and walk in the park. I enjoy camping outside and cooking food over a nice warm fire, watching the stars at night, next to my lovely wife!

The Russian language is a hard one, how are you coping with the language?

I honestly do not know how I was capable of coping with life in Russia WITHOUT Google Translate 20 years ago although the Berlitz phrasebooks are pretty good. I am immersed in Russian language daily and I am always trying to learn a new word every day.

Please say this - Я люблю преподавать!

I will have to practice that...LOL!