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Beijing Teacher Ambassadors

Kids & Teens Teachers

Mackenzie Hoffer: mackenzie.hoffer@ef.com

Being a military brat, you learn to be comfortable with change. Because of this Mackenzie has always felt comfort in changing and moving forward, whether it’s changing her hair or location on the globe. After studying abroad in India, hosting EF exchange students, and tutoring ESL in the United States, she knew she needed to see more with an open-ended timeline. Teaching with EF felt like the next step after graduating. She joined EF in January 2018, moving from the small city of Omaha to the big city of Beijing.

Advice for new teachers: You can find commonalities all over the world. Keep an open mind to the differences and take advantage of the experiences.

 

Khayelihle Chagadama: khayelihle.chagadama@ef.com

While her family currently resides in Durban South Africa, Khayelihle really grew up all over South Africa. Growing up in a multi-cultural family that valued travel Khayelihle grew up with a healthy amount of wonder lust. In her spare time she enjoys a good book, the great outdoors and getting some exercise. Before coming to EF Khayelihle worked as a school facilitator for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental and learning disorders. She joined EF in August 2018 and has thoroughly enjoyed the process of falling in love with Beijing!

Advice for new teachers: You cannot fail if you try your best.

Kaleb Brown: kaleb.brown@ef.com

Kaleb comes from Indianapolis, Indiana in the United States. Growing up, Kaleb enjoyed participating in activities pertaining to service to his community and others around him. Additionally, Kaleb is passionate about traveling and learning about other cultures in order to have a better understanding of the world. Kaleb graduated from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio with a Bachelors of Science degree in Healthcare Management. There he competed on the Men’s Swimming and Diving team while also serving as an international service abroad student leader. Kaleb Joined EF in October 2018 and has since used his passion for service, traveling, and embracing other cultures to have a positive influence on young learners through education.

Advice for new teachers:  Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.  Be willing to try new things! Immerse yourself and try things outside of your comfort zone.

Ivonne Flores: ivonne.flores@ef.com

Born as a dual-citizen of both Mexico and the U.S., Ivonne moved from Mexico to Texas at the age of 8. Having to learn English on her own at a very young age, she prides herself in having the opportunity to teach others English as a second language. She always looked for new adventures that would further her opportunities of advancement in the workplace and travel. When she found EF, she knew this was the job for her. She has traveled through Europe, North America, South America, and is now exploring different parts of Asia. Ivonne starter her career with EF in September 2018, and has since earned a specialist position and a Teacher Ambassador role. She loves immersing herself with her job, as well as Chinese culture

Advice for new teachers: Always keep an eye open for new opportunities. Immerse yourself and embrace the new possibilities and exciting adventures ahead of you

Adult Center Teachers 

Kashmira Bhattcharjee: Kashmira.b@ef.com  

South African born Kashmira did not expect the many first she would experience  when she first got to China. As she is from a country where snow is not an annual event, she was elated the first time she experienced it. This inspired to learn to ski, the rest as they say the rest  is history. An avid traveler, Asia is no stranger to her, so she was able to adapt and assimilate quite easily. She has been active in her role as an International Teacher but also has taken on many more projects with enthusiasm. She currently consults for EF Corporate Solutions, a member of EF Hearing Volunteer Programme and fulfulling the role of Teacher Ambassador currently. When asked what is the most rewarding part of her work she replied, “to know you are making a global impact and that it is appreciated”.

Advice to teachers: Life is all about chances, you may feel like this is something you may never be able to do but there is a chance you may excel in it. EF makes the transition as smooth as possible.

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