Today we’d like to introduce you to Caprisha Page.
Hi Caprisha, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I used to be a high school English teacher in a brick-and-mortar school. I was diagnosed with epilepsy and hypermobility spectrum disorder, which helped to explain some of the health issues I was having.
This made it impossible for me to continue teaching in a regular classroom because my seizures were difficult to control fully. With the help of an amazing neurologist, I was able to gain enough control of my seizures to teach ESL online part-time.
Since then, I have been teaching English to students all over the world. Most recently, I am working with a US-based company focused on improving students’ reading skills. I am active on social media where I work to raise awareness about different methodologies for teaching online, epilepsy, and disabilities in general.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Epilepsy interrupted my life in a way I could never have imagined. Not only was I unable to teach at a traditional school, but I can’t drive, swim, or even shop by myself.
For a while, I lost nearly every aspect of my independence. As my seizure control has improved, I have regained some of those privileges. I still may not be able to drive, swim, or shop by myself, but I can cook, teach online, and order my groceries online.
Learning to be flexible with my idea of independence has helped me see that my world isn’t as small as I feared it was going to be.
Any big plans?
I am hoping to continue teaching. I have learned enough from the past 20 years to know that epilepsy can throw me a curve ball at any moment.
I also hope to continue to make content on my social media platform, adding additional platforms, to raise awareness of education and disability.
- Instagram: @teachercaprisha