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Hallo Teacher Spotlight: Tessa | When You Get Knocked Down

Tessa’s Specialty

Tessa has an exceptional gift that everyone wants—the gift of turning creativity into a reality. She not only makes the best of her circumstances, but she tries to find joy in the journey. 

Language learning is the same thing. Though effort and practice is required, the journey is meant to be exciting, memorable, and unique. Like a toddler learning to walk, the first step is no more important than each preceding attempt.


When You Get Knocked Down

A particular experience in Tessa’s youth showed her that hard times often bring about good things. She was a gymnast in her younger years and loved the thrill of swinging on bars and balancing on beams. 

Unfortunately, gymnastics became only a memory when her family moved from city Chicago to rural Minnesota where no gym was relatively close. Wanting even a slight taste of similarity of the sport she loved, Tessa picked up cheerleading. 

Picture the half-time show. The cheerleading squad is closing their routine and hoists the smallest (and bravest) teammate into the air. Every person is biting their lip, closing one eye, and saying a silent prayer for the flyer who poses confidently on the wobbling arms of four trusted teammates . . .

As you probably guessed, Tessa was that flyer. Life isn’t always what you see on the court, however, and Tessa was that one-in-a-bunch who got the sprained ankle.


Finding Her Passions

But again, Tessa turns trials into triumphs. Inspired by the knowledge and expertise of her physical therapist, she found a new passion to pursue. The art of healing the body through creative techniques was the language she wanted to speak. Tessa aspired to be a physical therapist.

From Illinois, to Minnesota, to Iowa, to Arizona, Tessa made the best of every new living arrangement up through her college years. But a dream came true when Tessa and her husband settled near the sweet isthmuses of Seattle, Washington. 

Tessa cannot deny that the mountains, beaches, and luscious greenery of Washington have stolen her heart. Nonetheless, she has gained an appreciation for culture and diversity having traveled to many places.

Journey Off the Mainland

Another trip down memory lane. While in PT school, Tessa had the privilege of going on a service trip to Costa Rica. She could not help but sigh when she witnessed instances of tragic living conditions and poverty, yet the rewarding feeling of giving to those with so little is simply—indescribable.

These sensational feelings returned to Tessa’s life when she was introduced to an app. A close friend of Tessa’s husband named Ben talked her into giving the app a try. Who would think that in less than two years, Tessa and Ben (co-founder of Hallo) would become two faces of substantial influence in the realm of learning English digitally.


It’s All About the People

“Everyone is so supportive and so nice,” Tessa exclaims when she thinks about her cherished Halloers. Like the healing, creative craft of physical therapy, Tessa loves assisting people in their English-learning quest. 

Tessa shares, “It’s the highlight of my day to go home and do a Hallo video.” Being a perfect teacher is hard and near impossible, she says, but Hallo users are supportive, uplifting, and enlightening. 

Rather than making lessons serious and sophisticated, Tessa strives to make learning fun and interactive. She is one of Hallo’s renowned streamers which stems from her love for the people.


In regard to learning English, “there really is no magic answer,” she admits, but if students take advantage of Hallo’s many resources geared toward success, then students will be fluent in no time. 

“Hallo is bringing the world together in one place.” Tessa has learned that this phenomena is an experience no one can ever make on their own. 

Learning English, which opens unthinkable doors of opportunity, combined with friendship building is a feature unlike any other. Any enthusiastic learner should not wait to hop on.

Some Other Fun Facts About Tessa:

  1. She and her husband share the same birthday (Groundhog Day—do you Hallo students know your holidays?)
  2. Tessa enjoys taking trips to Seattle to try new, delectable dishes at unique restaurants.
  3. Arts, crafts, gardening, cooking, knitting—her passion for creativity is endless. .
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Suggested Topics for Products & Technology


  1. Showcasing Incredible Apps to Learn Foreign Languages
  2. Comparing & contrasting different foreign language apps based on functions
  3. How to Become Bilingual: Stories & Best Practices
  4. How to Become Multilingual: Stories & Best Practices
  5. Deciding on a language career outside of the industry
  6. Teaching Free English for Service online
  7. How to experience life abroad – at home
  8. Barriers to integrating technology in the classroom & how to overcome
  9. Free resources for teachers now teaching online due to COVID
  10. Integrating education technology in K-12 schools
  11. Integrating education technology in university & graduate programs
  12. Most Innovative Language Technology and Products when you don’t know the language
  13. Building community on a language learning app (as a business)
  14. Building community on a language learning app (as an influencer/teacher)
  15. How to host an online event (InEvent present)

Suggested Topics for Research


  1. The Pros and Cons of Online Learning
  2. The Pros and Cons of In-Class learning
  3. The relationship between technology and success in the classroom 
  4. How has the language learning industry changed throughout history
  5. Current growth trends in the education technology industry
  6. Current growth trends in the classic institutional education industry
  7. Presentation of 3 top TESOL Student Theses
  8. Discussion: Biggest flaws & opportunities in the language learning industry
  9. Discussion: Ways to improve classic educational system
  10. Comparing language learning programs & outcomes around the world
  11. International wealth & quality of life outcomes based on ESL acquisition
  12. Best careers in the language learning industry based on growth and salary
  13. Discussion: Which language learning educational systems need the most help & how to help
  14. In-Conference Research: Best methods for learning languages. Polling & Discussion
  15. Case study: reshaping policies in the institution to improve learning
  16. Language learning outcomes based on age
  17. Understanding and overcoming misconceptions about the difficulties of language learning
  18. Best curriculums based on short and long-term outcomes

Suggested Topics for Professional Development


  1. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Panel and Q&A
  2. Hallo Teaching Demonstration
  3. Hallo Teaching Practice
  4. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Presented by Professionals in their fields
  5. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Panel and Q&A
  6. Getting certified as an ESL Teacher (how to)
  7. Transitioning careers as a professional in the language learning industry
  8. Improving communication in your University Department
  9. Internship Opportunities & Tips for Finding a Student Internship 
  10. Find Your Students Internships
  11. Incorporating language learning apps into your curriculum
  12. Inside look at the life of Language Interpreters
  13. Inside look at the life of Forensic Linguists
  14. Inside look at the life of ASL Translators
  15. Inside look at the life of Computational linguists in the tech industry
  16. Inside look at the life of Speech Language Pathologists
  17. Inside look at the life of Content Developers
  18. Inside look at the life of International Business Workers
  19. Inside look at the life of Language Professors
  20. Interview Skills & What Interviewers Are Looking For – Panel
  21. Interview Skills & What Interviewers Are Looking For – Demonstrations & Practice
  22. How to Create the Best Resume
  23. Pros and Cons to getting certified online
  24. Developing personal brand (as a teacher, influencer, student, etc.)
  25. Tips for choosing a career
  26. How to transition to online teaching

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