9 years with Englishtown, becoming one of the most senior
teachers, mentoring other teachers, and being the Group Leader
for all of the N. America teachers - I find it is time for me to
leave. This was difficult for me because I have developed
many friendships between the teachers, Shanghai staff, and
especially all of the great students I've had a chance to get to
know over the years. I have visited the ET/EF Mega Center
in Shanghai several times. I have visited and met MANY
students as well as have many visit me here in Hawaii. OK,
why did I leave? I found I could no longer support all of
the things that were taking place at Etown. See below:
a. Several teachers were cut 5% - 25%
b. Number of assigned classes were cut
c. Number of writing corrections per hour was
d. Several other issues.
Students in some areas were hit with
subscription price increase during these hard
a. Max number of students in conversation
classes was increased from 8 to 10.
b. Upgrading the conversation classroom causing
many students to NOT be able to attend a class.
c. Other various services limited.
The final issue that caused me to leave:
We, the teachers, were forced to accept a new manager who in my
opinion was totally unqualified to accept the responsibility of
managing and supporting the contract teachers. She has
demonstrated a total lack of management ability, has no people
skills, and seems to be spineless when it comes to representing
the teachers to upper management. I was required to
give her my full support which I simply could not do - so, I
I am no longer with Etown, please do not let this interfere with
our continued friendship. Keep in touch ! ! !