Education Resume 2023

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Mike Simpson

Why Mike? Passion & Purpose

I’m a curious and creative teacher with a passion for learning. My favourite part of teaching is connecting with my students. I’ve been a teacher since 2002 and I’ve found purpose working in teaching and education development. Bringing design skills and thinking to my work elevates my teaching. I’m proud that in 2017 my education website won an innovation award from TESL Canada.


  • Taught ESL English with CCCLS, Centennial College, George Brown College, University of Toronto (2002-present)
  • Developed & instructed courses at Story Arts Centre, Centennial College (2017-present)
  • Established a successful academic English tutoring business (2018-present)
  • Won an innovation award from TESL Canada for “” (2017)


English ESL instructor
Summer 2023

Instructed teenage international students in main skills including reading, writing, speaking, listening and vocabulary,

  • created a 4 week curriculum including a student independent study project
  • planned lessons and activities for each class
  • utilized online materials (ESL library) and developed new materials from scratch
  • collaborated with other teachers by coordinating lesson plans and document sharing
  • Submitted weekly curriculum reports

LINC ESL English instructor
2002 – present

Occasional work as instructor in LINC English ESL program

  • Instructed general reading, writing, vocabulary, speaking, and listening skills classes
  • Implemented curriculum and developed materials according to CLB / PBLA guidelines and school requirements
  • Innovated by introducing beginner students to digital skills (presentations, computers)
  • Collaborated with other teachers via professional development opportunities
  • Also led CALL Workshop facilitator for TESL program (2009-2011)

Organizations I’ve worked with

I’m grateful to have worked with schools, agencies and organizations on this page. Many of my employers have hired me as a teacher but also employed me in a supplementary way, as, for example, a trainer or website admin.

This is a partial list and I’d be happy to tell you about some other experiences I’m thankful to have had.

School agency employment logos



  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education certificate, Centennial College, 2021-present
  • E-Learning Certificate, University of Toronto, 2015-2016
  • Design-Media Diploma, Centennial College, 2009-2011
  • TESL Certificate, CCLCS Toronto, 2001-2002
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto, 1989-1992


  • Teaching, training, presentations
  • • Computers and design software (Office, Adobe CC)
  • • Education tech (LMS, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodle, Google Classroom, WordPress)


  • “Digital Teaching or Learning Resource (website, software)”
    TESL Canada for, 2017
  • Various blog posts at and
  • Presentations including TESL Ontario, TESL Toronto, TESL Ottawa, TESL Hamilton, and TESL Durham conferences from 2012 to present (View list)
Mike leading a presentation on Ancestry Project
Mike leading a presentation on his ward-winning Ancestry Project at a TESL Conference