Hello! My name is Inna and I am an English teacher. I started my teaching career 11 years ago when I gave my first English lesson as a tutor. I straightaway knew that was something I wanted to do. This is how it all began.
Up till now I’ve been discovering new ways of teaching, my strong points and my niche. Observing other teachers classes, participating in training courses, browsing the internet and Youtube have definitely been so important. I’ve also learned a lot through working with young learners, teenagers and adult students. Never have I imagined that lesson failures, low results of my students, parents complaints, pressure from school administration would be the most precious part of becoming a Teacher. Teaching appeared to be a more complex thing that I assumed. Teacher-student relationship, student psychology, the image of the teacher, it all plays huge role in becoming a confident educator.
But my most challenging episode as a teacher happened last year. I experienced professional burnout and the emotional consequences of that. I couldn’t make myself wake up and go to school. Friday night was the best day of the week (in case I wasn’t working on Saturdays). Coming back home I would burst out in tears because of the exhaustion. I lost my temper and literally couldn’t perform the way I used to. I didn’t know what to do and how to help myself. At the end of a school year I made a decision to take a sabbatical year and think things through.
It took me almost 6 months to get through this crisis, to figure out what I did wrong and to learn from that. What I did learn is that to be a successful teacher you need to be a happy person. We can’t escape all the workload but we can definitely manage it. Sometimes it just takes to say “No”. And you don’t have to be on a sabbatical to figure it out. Now that I’ve got so much experience under my belt I want to share it all with you.
One of the most important thing that got to me is that moral, psychological support of other teachers is crucial. No one can understand us better than other teachers and so we have to stick together.
I would love to create a community for teachers where you can spew out all accumulated emotions, stress and anxiety and never regret about it.
My first teaching experience
My first English lesson (tutor) still being a junior student. I was only 18!
2008 — 2012
Master Degree in Philology
Philologist, the English and German languages and literatures teacher
Mechnikov National University of Odessa (Ukraine)
2014 — 2015
English Teacher in China
Students’ level: Beginner (pre-school education)
- teaching adults and children whose first or main language is not English;
- planning and preparing lessons;
- preparing and setting tests, exercises;
I survived the whole year in a kindergarten with 400 kids! Woohoo!
Got CELTA certificate
30 days of extremely intensive CELTA course with tons of homework, open lessons, lesson plans, analysis and new experience.
This helped me found a job in Italy
2016 — 2019
English Teacher in Italy
- Students’ level: Beginner, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, Advanced
- teaching and preparing for Cambridge exams; invigilating Cambridge exams
- preparing school syllabus
Studied in Israel
I won a grant for a 4-months Hebrew course which I succeeded in!
I studied new teaching Technics as well.
There was waaaaay to much Humus in my life 🙂
2020 — present
Launched Linguinna project
I tried really hard to make this website easy to use and our session to be useful for you !