We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalie Teboul and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natalie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind success is passion. I can confidently say I love my customers and working with kids!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a born and raised New Yorker. I started my career as a 6th grade Math and Science teacher with the New York City Teaching Fellows in the South Bronx. After completing my Master’s in Math Education through the program, I was accepted to San Diego State University on a Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship, so I moved cross country for the “west coast, best coast.” When I first moved to San Diego, I had a number of really odd and random jobs, including working for a juicery, before I got my job teaching in a private school. From 2016-2019 I completed my MFA in Creative Writing and finished a manuscript for a novel, all while teaching elementary school. After finishing the 2019-2020 school year virtually, I realized it was possible to teach online, which was a huge game changer. Classroom teaching on Zoom was a nightmare, but tutoring was a different story. So I decided to start my own tutoring business, which really took off when I partnered with my friends at Inspired Movement to academically support competitive dancers through the pandemic. I feel like I have the best job in the world because I’m still teaching, but it feels like I can make more of a difference one on one.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am absolutely obsessed with PB Fish Shop, so it is always my first stop on my list when I have friends in town to visit. I’ll usually take visitors for burgers at Rocky’s in Crown Point, brunch at Parakeet Cafe, a fun cocktail at Grass Skirt, and of course a red bull vodka slushie at Shore Club for sunset. Ohhhh I do love Lahaina’s for sunset too though… If it’s a Friday or Saturday, we will have a night out dancing to live music at Moonshine Beach, and then wake up to a Woody’s Benji breakfast burrito. Of course no trip to SD is complete without a little walk around Torrey Pines trails, and enjoying the beach!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Huge shoutout to Jenna Saylor, the owner and founder of Inspired Movement Dance and Performing Arts! I wouldn’t have left the classroom if she didn’t ask me to partner with her to support her dancers academically through the pandemic. She has been an incredible mentor, friend, and inspiration.