Featured Teacher

Cayleigh Heitsmith

Berlin, Germany

We would like to recognize Speakeasy Teacher Cayleigh Heitsmith who has shown great motivation and dedication to building her private freelancing student base.  Cayleigh began teaching English to children in southern France in 2016 and joined the Speakeasy Berlin team in the Fall of 2017. She works with all ages and levels, and enjoys learning about new cultures!  She teaches in a local Kita as well as private lessons online and in-person throughout Berlin and surrounding areas. 


Cayleigh is a highly motivated and ambitious teacher. She loves living and teaching in Germany. Teaching privately is one of Cayleigh's favorite parts of English teaching. She really knows how to customize lessons based on her student's needs.


When she isn't teaching privately or working with young learners, she is out cycling around the city or jet-setting around Europe.  

For teachers and students everywhere... This little nine year old boy is already learning how to inspire. 


Questions & Answers with Cayleigh

1. Tell us about your time living and teaching abroad. 

My time teaching abroad started in October 2016 in Toulon, France after I graduated from Fairfield University. I was looking for a way to live and work in France, and teaching English seemed like the perfect option! I was teaching elementary school kids there until May 2017. Then I came to Berlin and started teaching here in November 2017 until the present day. 


2. Where did you receive you TEFL Certification?

I received my TEFL certificate from the International TEFL Academy, through their online program.


3. What is the most surprising thing you have learned during this experience?

The most surprising thing I have learned about myself is how adaptable I am to new cultures. My parents have told me they don't know how I'm living so far from home/adapting to a new culture, but for me, it's such an exciting and necessary challenge that I think everyone should have if they get the opportunity. 

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. -William A. Ward


Auditory Learning


Auditory learners learn best while they are actively listening. They concentrate best by receiving new or difficult information by listening to themselves or someone else talking. 


People with strong auditory preferences are more confident and successful when they can:

  • Learn by listening to others

  • Receive instructions aurally from speakers and recordings

  • Repeat the information aloud and/or repeat it in their heads

  • Talk about/Discuss/Record texts when mastering or reinforcing new or difficult information and ideas   

Visual Learning 


Visual learners are those who find it easiest to remember what they read or view.  


They can visualize pages and sections of printed text, and they remember the layout, headings, subheadings, keywords, captions, and images.


  • Learn by viewing images, graphics, demonstrations, and performances

  • Watch introductory presentations and instructional videos

  • Visualize or see the required finished product – its shapes, colors, and features

  • Timelines with symbols and images, storyboards and animations, and/or pictorial flash cards



compassion /kəmˈpæʃən/ noun


Learner's definition of Compassion


: a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.



Compassion used in a sentence. 

  • He felt compassion for the lost child.

  • She shows compassion to the sick.

  • She had the compassion to offer help when it was needed most.


Look up the definitions for the words listed below. Write them down to create your very own vocabulary list. Most importantly: Practice, Practice, Practice.







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Kinesthetic Learning


Kinaesthetic learners prefer to learn new or difficult information through 'real-life' experiences and demonstrations. They concentrate best when they are physically active and able to use their large muscle groups in the learning process. Experiential learning suits them well.


People with strong kinaesthetic preferences are more confident and successful when they can:

  • Engage in physical activities and games while learning

  • Learn through active participation in real situations or imagined scenarios

  • Practice following instructions and directions before attempting a task or an assessment

  • Kinesthetic learners prefer roleplay, active problem-solving, information walls and musical performances just to name a few

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