Updated by John Aitchison
We don't have teacher bios on display, for reasons we'll explain below!
How we recommend choosing a teacher
All of our teachers are exceptional; we only hire and retain amazing, native-speaking educators. So we hope that any teacher you work with will be great, but here are our two main recommendations:
- Choose a teacher whose schedule works well with yours. By far, the #1 success factor we have seen over teaching many many thousands of students, is sticking with lessons on a regular schedule
- If you want more details about "personality fit" or similar ideas, contact your learning coach and ask for recommendations! This is a big part of their job, and it's a resource we provide free to you. Your learning coach's contact information can be found on the Home page of your account
- Remember - give your teacher feedback. No first lesson is ever going to be perfect. It takes numerous lessons, getting to know you and your preferences well, for your teacher to really hone in on what you want. If you don't give them feedback....they'll never know you want less grammar and more conversational work, or more homework, or more practice on future tense, etc.
- Also remember - because of our scheduling flexibility, you can easily schedule a short 30-minute lesson with a teacher. If you want to, try a couple of lessons with a teacher, and then make a decision about whether you want to try a different teacher. If you do, you can easily schedule with another teacher
Why don't you have bios anymore?
Great question. In the past, we did list short bios for each teacher. What this resulted in was students choosing a teacher based on a few sentences in a bio, or a picture of the teacher hiking up a mountain. You as a student might think "I like mountain climbing, this teacher does too, they'll be great at teaching me German!" When in reality the teacher went on one hike and was terrified the entire time 🙂 This is actually a true story we heard when we asked a particular student how they chose their teacher.
Additionally, there was a bit of a "race" between teachers to create better and better bios.
None of this led to the end goal, which in our opinion should be you finding a teacher who will do a great job helping you reach your language learning goals.
Seeing this we asked ourselves "what are the main things that lead students to being happy, and successfully meeting their language learning goals?" We had already discovered that, by far, the #1 predictor of student success was the student setting up and sticking with a consistent schedule. So that's why we strongly recommend you look at teachers' schedules on the main schedule page, and find one that works well for you. If you still want more information, contact your learning coach, it's their job!