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Tom Kearin - Trainer, Peru
Tom was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and now makes his home in Cusco, Peru. He is an ex-corporate Vice President turned ESL teacher with more than 18 years experience in technology companies and consulting. Tom has travelled most of the world and has spent the majority of his time in South America and Europe. Tom has a Bachelor's in Accounting and an MBA in Finance; he is also a certified accountant (CPA). Tom is also TEFL certified, and was previously an Accounting professor at the University of Nevada, though He has now turned his passion for teaching to the field of ESL.
Executive Team « TESOL courses/TEFL courses with INTESOL Peru
Tom has a Bachelors in Accounting and an MBA in Finance; he is also a certified accountant (CPA) in the states of Massachusetts and Nevada. Tom is an ex-coporate executive turned ESL teacher and TEFL Trainer. He is TEFL certified and has logged more than 5,000 hours of ESL teaching and more than 4,000 hours as a TEFL Trainer.
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Tom is a passionate, high energy international entrepreneur, consultant, coach, advisor, mentor, teacher and trainer. His business leadership spans a variety of industries including technology, computer manufacturing, accounting and audit, business consulting, and international study abroad and educational travel. Tom has held various corporate roles as an auditor, financial controller, treasurer, chief financial officer, chief operating officer, president, chief executive officer, board member and shareholder. Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a MBA in Finance. He started his career as an auditor in KPMG Peat Marwick in Boston with Certified Public Accountant certificates in the States of Massachusetts, California and Nevada. Tom is fluent in Spanish and currently divides his time between the United States and Latin America as a partner and the chief operating officer in an international study abroad and educational travel company. Testimonials "I have known Tom since he was the CFO of Smart Systems International (SSI) in the 1990s. I was on the Board of Directors and..." Ron Davies|President CEO at ProGolf International Inc "Tom is a powerful force. Tom was one of my TEFL instructors in Costa Rica in August '08 and subsequently became..." "I have had the pleasure and benefit of working with Tom. Tom has provided direction in instability, is focused and driven in..." Steve Dixon| Business Executive "Thomas Kearin is a passionate dynamic motivator. He ignites the classroom with energy and has a seemingly magic touch..." Todd Wesselhoeft| English Instructor at Nanshan International Bilingual Shool of Shenzhen "I've worked with Tom since September 2008.
- Tom Kearin
"I have known Tom since he was the CFO of Smart Systems International (SSI) in the 1990s. I was on the Board of Directors and..." Ron Davies|President CEO at ProGolf International Inc "Tom is a powerful force. Tom was one of my TEFL instructors in Costa Rica in August '08 and subsequently became..." "I have had the pleasure and benefit of working with Tom. Tom has provided direction in instability, is focused and driven in..." Steve Dixon| Business Executive "Thomas Kearin is a passionate dynamic motivator. He ignites the classroom with energy and has a seemingly magic touch..." Todd Wesselhoeft| English Instructor at Nanshan International Bilingual Shool of Shenzhen "I've worked with Tom since September 2008.
"I worked under Tom for almost two years all across Latin America, and he pushed me to grow as a businessperson and manager in so many ways.
Working with Tom, I learned how to speak up and stand out in a fast-paced environment saturated with a lot of voices. Tom helped me to grow into an effective, powerful, and exacting force, and I will always remember the multitude of workplace lessons I took from our experience working together." Jordan A. ParryEducation Management & Program Development at ShareLingo "Tom is a powerful force. Tom was one of my TEFL instructors in Costa Rica in August '08 and subsequently became my manager while teaching in Cusco, Peru until February of '09. Tom brings a large quantity of positive attributes to the table. He has an unparalleled combination of intelligence, confidence, and enthusiasm, which is second to none. As my TEFL instructor, he would consistently bring a positive and energetic attitude to the classroom. He would always present new material in an extremely clear and focused manner. This, in conjunction with a strong attention to detail, enabled me to digest lots of new information in a short amount of time. He also provided me with honest and constructive feedback after the "mini-lesson" portion of TEFL training, which proved invaluable later on in my teaching. It quickly becomes apparent after meeting Tom that he has a success driven mindset combined with a seemingly innate fearlessness to face all of life's challenges head on. In addition, Tom possesses a fantastic sense of humor. He kept me laughing from day one until my final departure from Maximo Nivel and made my time abroad some of the best days of my life. He was the major reason I accepted a teaching position in Cusco, Peru. I clearly recommend him to any organization and fully support him in any future endeavors he chooses to pursue." Michael HarringtonInformation Technology and Services Professional "I had the honor of working under Tom at Maximo Nivel, Cusco Peru. In my time there, I found Tom to be an extraordinary boss and manger. Additionally Tom always keeps in mind the well being of his employees and is highly understanding and flexible. Working with Tom was an amazing experience, which I would love to do again any day." "I have had the pleasure and benefit of working with Tom. Tom has provided direction in instability, is focused and driven in his daily work habit and is a fearless leader focused on the P&L. Tom taught me several things, first and foremost, the right team drives success. He is a great CEO with a broad understanding of business and what is required to succeed. I sincerely hope I have the pleasure of working on Tom's team again in the future." SC DixonStealtfully looking for the next great opportunity! "I have known Tom since he was the CFO of Smart Systems International(SSI) in the 1990s. I was on the Board of Directors and a personal friend of Joe Riley, the Founder and CEO of SSI. Both Joe and I come from Silicon Valley. Tom was a key part of the start-up team at SSI and a critical contributor to the early development of the company and its subsequent success. Tom demonstrated key financial and business leadership stretching beyond the role of a typical senior financial executive. Indeed, after the death of the Founder, Tom and I closed an $11MM equity financing that was essential to the company's survival. The success of the financing was in large part due to his financial expertise as the CFO, and his infectious energy and enthusiasm to get the deal done, and bring the Company to financial safety. Tom was also intimately involved in sales and all other areas of operations. After Joe's death, the responsibility to bring SSI to safety and later to success was on my and Tom's shoulders. After the financing and when I joined as President and CEO, Tom and I worked closely on a daily basis building a formidable business platform that poised SSI for rapid future growth. Tom's input and help reached far beyond the financial area and into every other part of the Company's operations. With Tom's help, we moved SSI (a company that previously was out of cash and had few solid sales prospects) to profitability and ongoing operations within months of the close of the financing. Tom was a pleasure to work with, to coach and mentor. And now, it's great to see how he has continued to mature into a seasoned business executive and has grown leaps and bounds beyond just a financial guy. I am delighted to recommend Tom and wish him continued success in his career." "Tom Kearin is a very energetic, creative and consistent TEFL instructor. I had a great time learning from him, as he taught my class the TEFL basics, and then worked with us, individually, to strengthen our teaching techniques and build our confidence. The structure of Tom's classes allowed him to provide us with all of the necessary skills and information to become strong ESL teachers, in a matter of just a few weeks and it is because of his precision and tremendous teaching skills that I'm glad I took his class. I graduated from Tom's TEFL course with a very strong sense of achievement, and a newfound confidence in my teaching abilities. Tom is very professional, and handled even those students who struggled with great respect. His words were nothing but encouraging, and he definitely knows how to build energy in a classroom. I have nothing but good things to say about Tom, and am very glad to have had the opportunity to learn this very valuable skill from him." "Tom is an excellent mentor and teacher. "Tom was a great TEFL instructor. I was his TEFL student in Peru in summer of 2008. He was very energetic and encouraging of his students. He was very confident and knowledgeable of the topic and helped instill that confidence in his students. He worked well with others in a group and individually to help us improve our teaching skills. Tom was a wonderful teacher, motivator, and overall mentor for his students." "Tom was my TEFL Trainer at Maximo Nivel in 2007. He was an excellent instructor, provided great feedback, was very high energy and motivating. I learned a great deal from Tom, and can't imagine what my teaching experience would have been like without my superb TEFL course." "Mr. Kearin is one of the most thorough and passionate people I know. "Tom was my instructor in the TESOL program at Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru. He was a consummate professional in every way. He took the study of English grammar and transformed it into something that was interesting, fun, and actually exciting. Even though he had taught this course many times before, Tom brought an infectious enthusiasm to every lesson. Taking Tom's class gave me purpose and much respect amoungst the locals. Being an an English teacher helped me feel as though I had a place in the Peru instead of just being a tourist. I will always be greatful for my experience. Thanks Peru, thanks Maximo Nivel, and thanks Tom." "Tom" was my teacher at Maximo Nivel in Cuzco, Peru. Tom was a superb teacher in every facet within the classroom. He demonstrated his wealth of knowledge not only in the arena of how to teach future teachers, but he also exhibited the rare ability of working with a diverse array of students and supporting them through their journey as student teachers. Tom's people skills and ability to practice what he preaches are just some of the skill sets that makes him a valuable resource no matter where he chooses to work." "Thom trained me to be an ESL teacher during a TEFL program in Cusco, Peru. Tom is a dynamic, high-energy instructor who manages to not only capture the essence of solid, successful ESL teaching but who also has a delivery and style which are both invigorating and motivational. I was one of eleven students in his class over the course of a month, and I never felt out of the loop or overlooked. Tom did an excellent job of inclusiveness, and helped craft a rapport among the students which proved to be self-sustaining. For these reasons and many others, I highly recommend Thomas Wayne Kearin in any training capacity." "I worked under Tom as an ESL teacher at Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru. "I had the opportunity to learn from Mr. Kearin in May of 2008. Stepping into Cusco, Peru to learn to be an instructor of English as a foreign language had always been a dream of mine. Little did I know the difficulties that were to lie ahead. Fortunately, I had Tom as my instructor and, although things on my side were not good in the beginning, his guidance allowed me to become a good instructor and pass the course with confidence.