Meet one of the first Foreign Trainers

Is this the “real Disney?”

I asked that question during my interview in 2008 to be one of the first Foreign Trainers for the new Disney English company opening in China. Previously, I had been fortunate to extensively travel and live internationally, so I had seen my fair share of knockoff and bootleg Disney items and businesses around the world.

On my first day in Shanghai, I realized this was indeed the real Disney! One tour around the Disney Corporate office confirmed that, and a trip to the hard hat construction zone of our first Disney English Center made it crystal clear. Continue reading “Meet one of the first Foreign Trainers”

Curiosity that Drives Your Career Development

Walt Disney said, “When you are curious, you find lots of interesting things to do!” Curiosity can open many doors when you begin to explore. As a Foreign Trainer at Disney English, there are many opportunities to grow and learn in regard to teaching, lesson planning and educational games. And Disney provides many self-directed learning tools that can help prepare you professionally and personally. Continue reading “Curiosity that Drives Your Career Development”

From Disney College Program, to Disney English and back to Walt Disney World

After graduating from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor’s degree in theater and a minor in education, Sammie moved to Orlando for the Disney College Program. She worked in Merchandise at Storybook Circus in Magic Kingdom Park.

When her program ended, her years of experience teaching dance and theater helped her land jobs as a preschool teacher and as a resident assistant at a boarding school.

Her experiences helped her prepare for the adventure of a lifetime as a Disney English Foreign Trainer in Beijing! Continue reading “From Disney College Program, to Disney English and back to Walt Disney World”