Hi, I’m Vannessa!
“Cascade Train Teach Learn started off as an educational training company focusing on schools and educators to prepare them for working with non-native English language learners. My vision was to cascade my experience and expertise about language teaching and learning. We have worked with clients in Indonesia, Singapore, Jeju, Hong Kong and mainland China. Our vision to teach and support English language development and literacy in a more holistic approach took us to where we are today.
Unlike English tutoring, I direct, design, deliver professional development programmes addressing language, literacy and learning across the curriculum for these non-English native students. I also coach parents, train teachers, advise schools and design classrooms to align the educational approach for the students’ wellbeing and learning success.
As a certified NeuroChange Method™ practitioner, experienced English teacher, examiner and trainer, I developed the “TLC” Coaching Method, a structured yet nurturing approach for non-native English parents and their children.
Regardless of whom I teach, I believe in creating interactive and reflective sessions that will leave participants inspired, brimming with ideas and confidence.”
Use 3 words to describe yourself
Determined, Resourceful, Organised
What is the best part about being a Mompreneur?
I think it’s showing my daughter that as a woman and a mother, I can still work and do what I’m passionate about. But that I’m not doing this alone and that I need their support too, so asking for help is not a weakness.
What are the 3 most important habits to be a successful entrepreneur?
A plan or routine to get the wheels moving each day, dedication or passion in the service or product you are providing and support, definitely support from people you care about.
What is your biggest fear as an entrepreneur?
To have the rug pulled out from under me and lose what I’ve built.
Is it tricky to balance work and home?
Most definitely. It is not just the physical struggle of trying to take care of the family and their well-being, it’s also the mental strain of feeling guilt when I’m not around to help with my daughter’s homework or just spend time with her.
What are your plans for your business in 2023?
This year I want to bring parents, guardians, educators and experts together in open discussion and learning through Cascade Talks. My focus is to discuss parenting, education and how we can be better at who we are and what we do, so that we may support the next generation of changemakers. My first event is coming up on March 10. More details here.