In 1992, I began teaching innercity children through nonprofit programs and organizations. I was inspired to continue to reach out to these children through creative writing and literacy programs. I worked with troubled teens at alternative schools and in low income neighborhoods. I also participated in programs that reached out to teens in juvenile detention centers. My greatest joy was working with homeless children as part of my non-profit organization, ETHOS. Since 2004, I have taught beginner, intermediate, and advanced English Language Learners of various ages, cultures, and backgrounds in the US, Germany, and Greece. I started teaching college students and high school students for the University of Incarnate Word in Texas with great success due to my collaboration with a phenomenal staff of educators dedicated to student achievement.
Where my journey has now led…
I use what I gained from these experiences to now train teachers worldwide online and face-to-face. I am blessed to have presented to over 1000s of teachers worldwide in over 100 countries. Many of these teachers participate in the various highly acclaimed and award winning free e-conferences and online professional development opportunities I help organize and have founded, which include Edchat, the ELTon nominated ELTChat, The Reform Symposium E-Conference, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators, and the ELTON nominated Virtual Round Table language and technology conference. My projects and prolific presence in the educator community through social media have been recognized by several notable entities, such as The New York Times, MicroSoft’s Heroes of Education, The Bammy’s, The Washington Post, UNESCO Bangkok, Edweek, Converge Magazine, the United Federation of Teachers, the 140 Conference, Mashable, English Central, Tefl.net, the ELTons, the Edublog Awards and T/H/E JOURNAL. In 2014 find my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators. The 30 Goals project is a unique professional development project in which over 9000 educators worldwide have participated in to help them develop Personal/Passionate Learning Networks and accomplish social media and teaching goals. In addition to my CELTA, I hold an Honours BA in English and a minor in Communication with a specialization in Electronic Media from the University of Texas in San Antonio and an Honours MA in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix. You can also connect with me and contact me on Twitter, @ShellTerrell where I connect with nearly 40,000 educators daily.
I am available for conferences, workshops, plenaries, and consulting. Your organization can reach me at ShellyTerrell at gmail.com to discuss arrangements. Here is a current listing of the various topics I present on and also my slide presentations, recorded webinars, interviews, write-ups, and more.
You can visit my complete portfolio here!