More then your probably ever wanted to know about me.
I was born on November 11th, 1979, in Cebu City in the Philippines. My father was a US Peace Corps volunteer at the time, and my mother was a Filipina teacher for at the Peace Corps offices. At 11 months of age, I left the Philippines and moved to Istanbul, Turkey where I lived until I was 15 and then moved to the US.
I lived there until 2006 at which time I also joined the Peace Corps and moved to Mexico. Here I met my wonderful wife Laura and have settled down (for now… we love to travel).
It is a surprise to many people who are new to this website that despite the title of it, I am not a teacher.
I kind of stumbled upon the world of education back in 2008 when I launched my first online business with my wife Laura (who is a teacher). My background was in business, online marketing, and software development.
With only $2000 US in our bank account we started a language immersion school in Mexico. We slept on the floor on an inflatable mattress which we deflated and hid before the students came ad we had to use the room as a classroom.
We could not afford cleaning help so we would clean the school ourselves each morning before the students got there and then change into “work clothes” and work with the students. My wife would teach the classes and I would do the administrative tasks and handle the weekend tours. Since we had no money to invest in traditional marketing, we had to do all our marketing online.
At this point I started learning about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and within a few months were #1 in Mexico for language schools in most Google searches.
Things were going well… then the 2009 Swine Flu epidemic hit Mexico. All of our students canceled and we were worried we would have to close our doors. At that time, we came up with the idea of offering Spanish lessons via Skype to at least give some work to our teachers.
To our surprise, the online lessons exploded. Within 6 months our online Skype lessons were generating more income than our brick and mortar language schools.
In 2012 we took the hard decision to sell our brick and mortar language schools and focused entirely online.
Since then our online business has grown and I have launched other online education businesses ranging from a dashboard or K-12 students used by over 200,000 users (www.twiducate.com), language teaching platforms(www.livelingua.com), a math and music tutor directory (www.onmatu.com & www.onmutu.com), a learning style system (www.learningstylequiz.com) and even a project to help students in underprivileged schools increase their vocabulary (www.my400words.com).
Now I live a totally location independent lifestyle and are able to touch the lives of thousands of students around the world. I work when I want from wherever in the world I want. Don’t get me wrong, I still work a lot, but it is because I want to. We are anomalous educators, anomalies… and proud of it.
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