English Teachers of South Korea: Mark Pheterson

English Teachers of South Korea: Mark Pheterson

Name: Mark Pheterson
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
Age: 31
Currently Living: Dongducheon, South Korea
Job: English Teacher

What are you doing right now?

Teaching English in a private academy in Dongducheon.

And what’s your typical day?

As far as most schools go, I think mine is relatively lax. Quick and easy prep, so most of the time I engage with the students to make learning English fun.

Where are you from?

I'm from South Florida, near Miami.

Why did you decide to move here?

Living abroad has always been something I wanted to try. I've been told by everyone that I'm a natural teacher. So these reasons along with the slow economy in Florida were part of the deciding factors for me to move to Korea.

Why do you teach?

Teaching has always come naturally to me and I enjoy opening people's minds and see them progress.


If you weren’t teaching, what would you be doing?

Most likely I'd be doing something related to my field Urban and Regional Planning.

What separates the good teachers from the bad?

Taking time to understand the student's point-of-view, work at their pace, and bring them up from there.

What were the hardest life lessons you had to learn while here?

There wasn't much culture shock for me because I'm well traveled, but the first few months took an adjustment period. Also I had to send my phone to the states to be fixed, that made basic things like getting around much more difficult. Thankfully, now living here is easier and enjoyable.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about teaching abroad or living abroad?

Definitely go for it! You can always go back home, but can't create experiences you never had. Living abroad significantly expands your mindset and enriches your life in every way.

Do you have any passions or hobbies that you pursue abroad?

In South Florida it never snows, so I loved learning to ski. Usually I enjoy spending time with my friends and training my pet parrot.


What would you be doing if you were still in your home country?

Most likely I'd be doing something related to my field Urban and Regional Planning.


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