Staff Spotlight: Sophia Isis

Vice President
Sophia was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She earned a BA in Biology from the University of Texas. She has 5 years teaching experience and has traveled to over 20 different countries. Her love of teaching and travel make her excited to be able to share the opportunity with others through Teaching Nomad.

What is your favorite travel memory?

teacher and students from Teaching Nomad

While living in Shanghai, my husband and I took a trip to Chiang Mai to complete the Mai Hong Son loop by motorcycle. It's a 600 km loop that takes you through some of the more out of the way travel destinations of Northern Thailand including the highest point in Thailand to rice terraces to a cool little hippie town called Pai.

The sights were breathtaking and the riding was exhilarating. Before this trip, I'd never driven a motorcycle, so mastering a new skill along the way was just an added bonus.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I've changed and grown in a lot of ways since working with Teaching Nomad, but I think the most significant change has come from the exposure to so many new cultures. While living in Shanghai, I learned Mandarin and had the opportunity to travel to so many different countries.

This has really opened my eyes to other ways of thinking and doing things.

Living in such a connected world makes a development of cultural sensitivity and knowledge especially important. I wouldn't trade this experience experience for anything.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our company is unique because it was started in Shanghai, China and while we now have a second location in Denver, USA, the office in China continues to run and helps us coordinate with schools and teachers living in the area.

Additionally, having an international presence has given our team real life experience of what it's like to live and work abroad, which helps us relate to international teachers. We can really share in the excitement and challenges that you will face when moving abroad.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

One of the biggest reasons why Teaching Nomad has had success is because we take the time to listen to teachers and strive to get an understanding of the type of position they would be most suited to.

We have many different types of jobs available and we put a lot of importance on matching teachers to the right job. This is important for both the teacher and the school to have a mutually positive experience.