Erin Shaw Hernandez

Degree: TESOL MA, 2011

Thesis: Teaching Vocabulary Through Data-driven Learning

What you have done since graduation: After graduating, I worked for 3 years at the ELC on the Executive Council. Since then, I’ve started my own language teaching and consulting company and work part-time from home so that I can be with my kids. Through my company, I teach private students, do special projects for curriculum or language training for companies, and work as a certified OPI tester. In the future, I hope to expand my company and work more with international clients.

Advice for future students: As far as advice goes, I recommend that student join professional organizations, network and talk to people. Those contacts can go a long way in helping you find a path that fits for you. I also recommend being creative and open to trying new experiences. There are a lot of people that need TESOL skills that don’t know that’s what they’re looking for. Find mentors at all stages of their careers and people who can give you advice along the way.