I was fortunate enough to be at Maximo Nivel (MN) in Cusco, Peru last September when Tom Kearin offered his meticulously planned and frankly riveting class in teaching business English. Like my fellow TBEers I had earned my TEFL certification at MN and thus had had ample opportunity to observe Tom, who taught our week-long, full-day class while serving as Maximo Nivel’s General Manager, in action as he donned and exchanged his teaching and managing “hats” with no discernable difficulty. This I would attribute to Tom’s warm, engaging, outer-directed personality and formidable teaching talent. He is a bright, sharp, and engaging instructor who combines the skill set and discipline required for effective TEFL-TESOL teaching with terrific humor and generosity of spirit. I was particularly struck by Tom’s adherence to the careful pacing of his course even as MN administrative matters pressed. Known and liked by everyone at MN, when not in the classroom he seemed to be everywhere else at once. I credit Tom with having virtually saved the grammar paper I wrote as a TEFL student from a bloated lack of focus with some advice he called over his shoulder as he hurried from one MN obligation to another. My fondest ESL-related hope is to continue to benefit from Tom’s talent and example. He is a wonderful instructor and an extremely organized and effective administrator.
"It was a privilege to have worked directly with Tom as a young manager/executive at Maximo Nivel for the last 3+ years..."
"Do not waste your time learning from average people. Always seek to learn from the best to become the best version of yourself..."
"Tom inspired me to follow the path of my dreams when changing careers. He is an enthusiastic, highly intelligent professional who has the keen ability to relate to all types of people..."
"Tom gave me, a 'Dutchy', the opportunity to work for Maximo Nivel as a Field Manager in Cusco, Peru..."
"Tom always pushed me to be a better version of myself both professionally and personally..."
"Thomas Kearin is a passionate dynamic motivator. He ignites the classroom with energy and has a seemingly magic touch..."
"I've worked with Tom since September 2008. I had the privilege of being the final TEFL-TESOL class that he instructed before..."