Jim Kempster

Jim K.

North Providence, RI

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Jim delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+

Teaching since:
September 1982

I'm an experienced, creative, funny, and motivated ESL/EFL teacher who enjoys helping busy adults learn English and accomplish their goals. You bring the commitment and I'll bring well-planned lessons and creative energy to make your time productive and enjoyable.

You and I will tailor lessons to your English language level, interests and needs. But most importantly, I'll create a safe space for you to explore speaking a new language, challenge yourself, make mistakes, and become confident with how you communicate in English.

I am a writer, artist, photographer, and marketing communications professional, and can add activities for students interested in vocabulary and skills for these fields. You’ll also find that I enjoy conversations about culture and heritage, and especially food!

Most of all, I respect your time and your experience as an adult learner. You most likely have a job, a family, strong experience in your native country, and a lot to learn in your new home—and all of this can be overwhelming. I will always keep these in mind, make your lessons productive, bring a lot of humor, and show the greatest respect for your desire to learn and accomplish your dreams.

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Freelance ESL Teacher
Sep 1995 - Present

Assistant Vice President Marketing Communications
Feb 2016 - Aug 2017
Brown University, Providence RI

Senior Director Marketing Commiunications
Mar 2011 - Jan 2016
Fordham University, New York, NY

Director of Communications
Oct 2006 - Feb 2011
Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

Communications Web Developer
Nov 2001 - Sep 2006
Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY

Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator
Sep 1992 - Jun 2001
The Town School, New York, NY

Design, Writing and Digital Technology Specialist and Curriculum Coordinator

ESL Teacher
Sep 1995 - Jun 2000
Kings Borough Community College, Brooklyn, NY

Art Teacher and Coordinator
Sep 1982 - Jun 1985
DeSmet Jesuit High School


TEFL/TESL Certification
Aug 2017 - Present
TEFL Academy Online
M.F.A. - Painting
Sep 1990 - Jun 1992
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
M.Th. - Theology and Fine Arts
Sep 1988 - Jun 1989
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
Sep 1985 - Jun 1988
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
B.S. - Philosophy & Letters
Sep 1978 - Jun 1982
St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO


Limited Proficiency


TEFL/TESOL Certification
Nov 2017
TEFL Academy Online

Certification pending practicum to be completed December 2017.


2015 Best in Class: Education Website
Sep 2015
Interactive Media Awards, Inc.


Feb 2016

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.

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Hi, I’m Jim Kempster. Choosing the right instructor is important, so, let me tell you about myself.
I've had the privilege of teaching students of all ages and experience levels, in a variety of settings from universities to coffee shops.

And here I am with my dachshund Marcello, who is teaching me a whole new language—dog language.


5 Reviews

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James Nov 8, 2017

I welcome this opportunity to highly recommend Jim K. for this teaching position. I've known Jim for twenty six years and in that time I've gotten to know him as a loyal friend, as we shared family and life experiences. As a talented and creative artist, Jim brings these skills to his extensive use of computer and visual technology. As well as being a visual artist, Jim is also a skilled and creative writer with extensive verbal and communication skills. This is evident in his many written descriptions of visual art and our many discussions about art and technology. His extensive knowledge of art is the result of his extensive travel and his passion for beauty in all that he does. His enthusiasm is evident whenever he shares new ideas or new life goals.
Always quick to laugh and with a positive attitude, it's a pleasure to share his company.
Jim is sincere, talented, creative, caring, intelligent, curious, articulate, with strong problem solving skills. He will be an asset to any educational endeavor.

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Michael Nov 8, 2017
ESL · In studio

Jim is a great teacher for many reasons, but first and foremost, is his patience and understanding. Instead of pointing you in the right direction, he takes you by the hand and shows you the way. He also has a sense of humor, so mistakes turn into real opportunities to learn. He is a true asset to anyone looking to learn.

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Ana Nov 7, 2017
ESL · Online

Jim is a warm, and patient person, who has a natural understanding of languages.
He can make references and connections between words in different languages that are very helpful.
A great since of humor, and a wonderful wit with words will keep you laughing and make it fun to learn.
I strongly recommend Jim as a teacher.

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Kelly Nov 7, 2017

I have known Jim for over twenty eight years and can say only positive comments about him. Jim's most outstanding personality trait is his unwavering work ethic. Jim is a people pleaser extraordinaire! He will always go above and beyond what is expected to make sure he pleases those around him. As a person, Jim is kind, gentle, intelligent, witty, and thoughtful. Always ready with a humorous pun and quick to laugh, it is a joy to be in his company. With his many years of experience and his outstanding character, Jim will take your education seriously and create you a positive, productive, and personal environment for learning.
Kelly Gallagher. Art educator

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Fredy Nov 7, 2017

Jim has a very calm approach in his teaching methods that makes it very easy to comprehend the subject matter. He is very knowledgeable, patient and great at what he does.

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