Hiring the Second Native Teacher
The full-time native teacher I first hired, Mr. M, helped me out a lot when interviewing new teachers. He would select the capable candidates from the applicants, and conduct phone interviews before my actual in-person interviews.
ABC’s second full-time native teacher was a Mexican American — Mr. E.
The New Classroom
Because of our first full-time native teacher’s contributions to get new students, I needed to expand the school. I didn’t expect to develop so rapidly. So what I needed quickly was … MONEY!
On a crystalline autumn morning, earlier than the appointment, there was a knock on the school window. I immediately knew that he was the teacher I had been waiting for.
A boy is crying in front of me because he can’t change his diaper by himself. And it is not only him. It happens many times, almost every day.
Native English Teachers
ABC English School’s first native, English-speaking teacher was an Indian-American man who used to be an ALT in Yoshikawa city. He was born in India, but moved to the US when he was two years old.
A Sudden Event
At my little ABC English School, student enrollment gradually started to increase so lessons were held more than once a week. I soon began to think that I would need to quit my other job.
One day, I was forced to make this decision in a hard way.
Part Time Work
When I first started ABC English School, I also worked part time at other English schools to gain experience. That experience and the people I met there have been a big help.
What did I do?
Distributing flyers wasn’t increasing student enrollment at ABC English School. So what could I do with my current students? I planned some special events.
How I prepared to start.
My dream to open an English school came true. But that was not my goal, it was just a start.
Just before I opened the school, my father told me, “Never give up once you start something.” “Isn’t that obvious?” I thought, so I replied with a light hearted, “Of course.” But soon I started to strongly feel the real meaning of his words.
ABC English School, my dream come true.
Every day I can hear bright, cheerful voices saying “Good morning!” and “How are you?” Our full-immersion program has enabled nonnative children to communicate in English. ABC English School, my energy source, develops lessons that are full of joy.
I made my dream come true because I never gave up.