Despite her steady career path, Teacher Karen Essy found that she was still falling short of what her children needed. Find out how 51Talk changed her life.
Every parent dreams of a bright and secure future for their children. This rings true for Teacher Karen Essy who stands as both the mother and father of her family. As a single parent, she understands that taking care of her children is more than just providing for their needs, so she sought an opportunity that would allow her to earn a living and be with her children at the same time – a life-changing break she found with 51Talk.
Teacher Karen Essy hails from Cagayan de Oro. She used to work as a customer service representative in Davao, a city far away from her hometown. Despite the steady career path she was on, she found that she was still somehow falling short of what her children needed. It was then that she realized what was lacking. She needed to find her way back home to them. "I consider myself not only as a mother but also a father to them. I know that they need guidance from both." Then came a friend’s invitation to join 51Talk and teach English online. Teacher Karen Essy was eager to find out about an opportunity that would prove to be the key to a door that leads to a bright future for her and her children. She signed on, qualified, and has not looked back since.
“51Talk has been the best thing that happened to me.” More than two years into her teaching journey, teacher Karen Essy deems teaching at home with 51Talk as an achievement. She can now sustain her children’s needs while having control over her own time and schedule. She was able to make up for lost time and create more memorable moments with them. Earning a livelihood from home, she is able to support them, be involved in every step of the way, and watch them grow with her own eyes.
Aside from her two children, she also draws inspiration from her students. "I fill their hearts and minds with the love of a mother and a father." Hearing them say "I love you, teacher" every time she ends her lessons makes teacher Karen Essy want to give her best every time. To see them "improving little by little as time goes by" is positively overwhelming for her, so she makes it a point to deliver lessons that are especially fun and engaging.
It has been empowering, too. With their financial situation taken care of, she now has the energy to focus on the other rewards of her teaching profession. 51Talk has helped enhance her skills in “dealing with different types of characteristics of children” which she found very helpful in teaching them and raising her own. With every lesson she conducts and training program she delivers, she has grown both in knowledge and confidence as a teacher and a parent. Teaching at home has given her “a lot of opportunities and realizations” that she “could do better and better every day.” “I was not just given the chance to be a teacher;” she is also thankful to be a home-based trainer. Most of all, she is very grateful to have been a club captain in her hometown for two terms now. “I can say that I have really grown so much here in 51Talk.”
It is with 51Talk that teacher Karen Essy has found her way back home. She believes that for children, "no toy or financial support will ever compare to the feeling of having their parents by their side" while growing up. Bravely, she faced the odds and chose a better life for her children and herself. "To all the single parents like me, I encourage you to give it a try." She hopes future 51Talk teachers will have the same courage to embark on a similar teaching journey towards a brighter future, one that starts at home.
51Talk is looking for thousands of home-based online teachers to give one-on-one English lessons. You can earn up to Php80K as a full-time teacher and enjoy a wide range of perks –