Opening New Doors: Meet VIPKid Teacher Edison

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We are continually surprised by the countless different ways that online teaching affects our different teachers. For Teacher Edison, VIPKid has opened a few doors he never even knew existed.

Looking after a family business always presents its own unique challenges (the least of which is of course, working with your family). For Edison, the nature of his business has meant the absence of a regular, predictable paycheck. Through teaching with VIPKid, he has supplemented his already successful family business, with an element of stability in the times between hunting down clients to cough up.

Not only has this meant there is less need to prematurely call in the muscle to deal with stalling clients, but VIPKid has also allowed him a new approach to his own life, one in which he can fund his hobbies, and begin considering investing in a house.

“It gives me liberty, it gives me that extra income to splurge on my expensive hobby. To save towards buying a house”

But there have been other, less obvious doors opened to Edison through his teaching. Since forever, Asia has had a strong draw on him, but only once he began teaching with VIPKid did the notion of moving to Asia as a teacher occur. The freedom and flexibility afforded by his role as a VIPKid teacher have allowed him to actively start imagining eating dumplings between classes in the heart of Beijing, or munching on an edamame bean before starting class in Kyoto.

“I’ve always been attracted to Asian culture in general, and I’m actually planning on moving in a year or two to teach. I never thought of moving as a teacher because I hadn’t been a teacher before, so it opened up this door.”

Of all these new open doors, maybe the most heartwarming is a new level of engagement with children. Edison does not consider himself a happy-go-lucky-teaching-with-puppets type of teacher, and prides himself on his stricter approach to learning. But even he has found himself more than a little susceptible to the charms of VIPKids. He shares a story of an encounter with a 4-year student which exemplifies the unique connections developed between students and teachers. Warning: if you don’t have kids yet, this might make you want one… proceed with caution.

Edison’s account is paraphrased for this article below:

“There is this girl, Molly. She is four-years old, and the youngest student I teach. I usually teach kids around five or six years old and above. I guess teaching young kids isn’t really my forte. But somehow this 4-year old Molly snuck into my schedule. She’s really advanced for her age, and learns Level 2 with me. Part of lesson means singing a song together at the end of each class.

Usually even the five or six-year-olds struggle with this song. But not Molly. It’s obvious she’s studied every song in the Unit and knows them all by heart. So, when the time for our song arrives, she doesn’t just sit there and listen to me sing. Instead she hops up and runs to the back of the room, where she can show off her big flowing Frozen dress in all its glory (she’s always decked out in Elsa gear).

Then she begins dancing like a seasoned ballerina while singing our song with all her heart. On the side of her room her parents sit and clap, and together we enjoy a private performance sung by a four-year-old superstar.

I mean, if you know me you’d know I’m not one to use flowery words often (or even ever), but honestly, it’s adorable. She’s amazing.”

Stories like this give Edison even more motivation to get up every morning. As he says, “I wake up eager to see what they bring to the table.”

And stories like these are the reason we love learning about every one of our teachers’ personal encounters with their students.

29 COMMENTS

  1. I think it is amazing when the family shares the class with the student. You were honored by them including you in their child’s singing performance. VIP kids is the BEST!

  2. Nice, sweet story. I love teaching with VIPKID. It has allowed me to work from home and be with my 90-year-old mother and 88-year-old dad every day. I can arrange my teaching schedule around their many doctor appointments. I love the smiles of my students, sharing my culture, and learning more about theirs. Edison, go for it! Move to Asia! My husband and I spent two years teaching in Japan. I will always treasure my experience overseas. For now, I need to be here. Someday, my husband and I will travel and live abroad again. I hope I will still be teaching for VIPKID and loving it just as much when that time happens!

  3. Enjoyed this article … Edison … go for it! I spent a year in China teaching and loved it! Unfortunately, I’m ‘too old’ for a work visa now but love teaching with VIPKID. Almost like being there!

  4. I love teaching for VIPKid! I can’t move to Asia, but I am very excited to learn about new cultures and debunk misconceptions. Chinese culture is fascinating to me! I love my students! Yesterday, I got so tickled with one of my students, I had a hard time keeping my laughter under control so that I could teach him the lesson! Some days and some students can be challenging, but I have to say, this is my most favorite job EVER!!!

    Teacher Martha

  5. I’m 3 days in and scared to open those windows. But this story reminds me if what I love about teaching. Thanks.

  6. Nice story. I love working with VIPKIDS so far. I am so excited because my first class is Sunday morning and I can not wait. I am a B&M teacher and I love the different varieties of students that VIPKIDS is going to allow me to encounter. I can not wait to get this exciting adventure started!

  7. I was lucky to be chosen as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher with Hampshire, England, in 2001. My host was the Saunders family, and Dr. Saunders came to the USA to visit in my school district. My favorite class was teaching 7 year old children how to use laptop computers. They were adorable! I made one big mistake in describing who Dr. Saunders was to the children. I said he was tall with brown hair and glasses and always wore a jacket and tie with khaki pants. The children laughed so hard and I had no clue what was going on. The teacher was also giggling and she had tears running down her cheeks! I approached her and asked why everyone was laughing. She told me I had misused a couple of words. Khaki, the way I pronounced it, meant poop, and pants meant underwear. I nearly fainted. I knew all about lifts and bonnets and flats, but no one warned me about these two words. I had just told them their Administrative Representative from Hampshire wore poopy underwear!

  8. Such a great story! I love VIPKID! It allows me to work from home and bring in extra income! I love to see my students when I teach them and their smiles make my day!

  9. Thank you, Edison, for sharing this sweet, unexpected story. I, too, have had my heart melted by a handful of our adorable VIPKID students. I wish you safe travels and good luck in your future endeavors!

  10. Thank you for such an encouraging story… I have such extreme goals and dreams, and you have given me inspiration. Thank you so much

  11. I retired early so I could help my daughter with her two little ones, my grandsons 2,and 3. I also have a daughter who is challenged with mental illness and needs my help at times making staying home more of a necessity than an option. VIP KID has been a real financial help to me at a needed time. I also enjoy the challenge of waking up early to teach a class across the world. I am a 64 year old gramma enjoying my retirement years teaching VIP KIDS in China

  12. Ah, Edison, I have a Molly, too! I love my students so much. One of my VIPKID students is like Molly, a 4-year-old girls who is always singing and dancing. So sweet! And then I have a very cerebral 13-year-old advanced student interested in astronomy and saving the world. His parents are scientists. Often, my conversations with students touch on ethics and values, not just English and Math. Now, if only the hours were not so insane!

  13. My sons (now grown) were adopted from Korea as babies. I went to Korea to get the youngest one and the experience of spending a week alone in Korea (5 days of it with a new baby) stuck with me and drew me into the culture with new eyes.
    Teaching these young children with VIPKID brings back memories of my boys, even though they only knew English since they were raised here. The facial expressions and happy attitudes of Asian children are universal.

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