Daniel Schulstad

Dan is originally from Perth, Australia and is based at the Holmes Education Group headquarters, at Teaching House Melbourne.

With over 14 years of experience teaching English as a second language, Dan has a Cambridge CELTA, DELTA an MA in IT in Education and Training. He has also worked for many of the leading language providers around the world, including Kaplan-Aspect in Sydney, International House Madrid, Embassy CES in the USA before coming to work for Teaching House. His love of travel and adventure has also seen him teach in remote locations such as Vietnam and Réunion Island.

Dan’s experience with recruiting teachers in Europe and the USA has led him to the conviction that the CELTA qualification is the best TEFL certification course in the world, and he is excited to be a part of the growth of CELTA training in the USA with Teaching House.

Q: How did you get into teaching English?

Dan: I was doing a year abroad on Reunion Island as part of my BA degree, and the local high schools received a grant to employ “conversation assistants”. As one of a small group of native English speakers I ended up with 12 hours per week teaching for 3 months. With no training or support, I taught French teenagers (or tried to keep them engaged). That was when I realized teaching ESL could be a potential career.

Q: Where have you traveled?

I’ve been all over, teaching in Australia, the USA, France, Vietnam, Spain and travelling around Europe, Asia and Africa. As a young child I lived in Saudi Arabia and Thailand before settling in Australia.

Q: When did you realize English teaching had become a career for you?

I started out straight off my CELTA with the school that certified me in Bondi Junction in Sydney and stayed there for 4 years, so teaching ESL was definitely a career from the start for me. Although I did get certified with the idea of working abroad.

Q: How has travel changed you as a person?

It's enabled me to become fluent in French and Spanish. I have an international family and network of friends (and storage!).

Q: What led you to become a CELTA teacher trainer?

After many years in ADoS (Assistant Director of Studies) and DoS (Director of Studies) roles responsible for in-service professional development programs, it was a natural progression to pre-service teacher training.

Q: What advice would you give a trainee about to start their CELTA?

I’ve found many of the principles I was introduced to on the CELTA have be reinforced and backed up through experience over the years. For new trainees, I always stress to stay organized, be confident and try and enjoy it -- although it’s very intensive, I would do it again in a heartbeat if I could travel back in time!

Q: What advice would you give to people looking to travel the world teaching English?

That work is always there for people willing to try hard to get it, regardless of where you are. But sometimes you need to just turn up and knock on doors. We are in a fortunate time for English teachers; take advantage and take the plunge!