Bio: David L. Hayter is a teacher and freelance writer based out of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
He first gained experience in education by working as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in Japan from 2014-2019. Although he primarily taught junior high school, he has taught all the grades from kindergarten through ninth grade.
Aside from teaching, his other duties included training and managing new ALTs, designing and delivering teacher training workshops, and performing other duties for his local Board of Education (BOE).
Outside of work, he actively volunteers in his community, enjoys playing video games, loves to cook, trains hard, is working on a new podcast/blog, and helps run the ALT Training Online blog.
The first time I came across ALTTO a few years ago was completely by accident. The board of education I was working for provides one month of in-house training every August for new ALTs. As veteran ALTs re-contract throughout the years, they are expected to teach the newly arrived ALTs how to teach in Japan (it’s easy, right?).
A simple Google search for “ALT training” led me to the site and my mind was blown. It was like finding cheat codes for a game!
This was the first time I had come across a website dedicated to making ALTs in Japan better teachers. Best of all, there was no charge for any of the information!
What really drew me to the site is that it was made for ALTs, by ALTs.
Other sites and resources dealing with education and teacher training in Japan usually had some other kind of angle. This wasn’t the case with ALTTO.
After pouring over the site for a few hours, I noticed that there was a call for proofreaders.
Initially, I offered to be a proofreader. After getting in contact with Nate (the founder of the site), he asked if I would like to take over the blog part of the site. He saw the work I was doing on my own blog and thought I could help out. This eventually led to me helping with other areas of the site like social media.
My work with ALTTO has led to opportunities to write for education blogs, be a guest on podcasts, and interact with professionals all over the world.
Although my time teaching in Japan has come to an end, the things I’ve learned working with ALTTO continue to help me for the rest of my life.
Companies and schools are looking for workers who are not only good at their job but are also skilled in collaboration using technology.
In closing, I’d like to give a big thank you to Nate, the team at ALTTO, all of our blog contributors, our readers, and everyone involved in the ALTTO community. Our work wouldn’t be what it is without you!
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