After blogging for awhile on blogspot, it’s kind of fun to do something different. I don’t think anyone other than EPIK people would be aware of this blog’s existence at this point so it’ll be fun to write to a particularly cool audience like the EPIK crowd.
So for any Facebook group members, we are the Guerra family. ESL is our game, but family even more. It started back when Carlos was an ESL student himself, back in the 90s. He went on to dominate English while also becoming pretty good at Italian, Catalan, and even some Portuguese and German alongside his native Spanish.
I (Amy) began to develop an interest in teaching during high school. During middle school, my dream was to become a journalist. Coming face-to-face with actual deadlines and regular journalistic challenges while writing columns for a local daily paper during high school cured me of that. So I went to school to get licensed as an elementary school teacher with a specialization in teaching new learners of English. After a year as a bilingual teacher, I went to Barcelona to obtain a TESOL certificate. Probably one of the greatest summers of my life. I made some lifelong acquaintances, some of whom had just finished teaching in Korea, and others who would go on to do so after the program completed.
After Barcelona, Carlos and I married and took off for a whirlwind adventure involving multiple countries in Europe and then Mexico. We both became ESL teachers in his home country - I in a bilingual private academy, and Carlos in a language institute for adults.
Later, we became parents to our absolutely awesome little boy, Lucas. Carlos kept teaching while I switched to a career that gave me more time at home. This caused our path to become a little more complicated for awhile, but we’re getting back in the game now, and I’ll be making my return to ESL while Carlos becomes a full-time teacher at home with our son.
It was always our dream to return to international adventure, and we’re grateful to Korea for making this possible for our family!