Hasan Ali runs Air Tutors where he creates opportunities for his community by sharing educational experiences with school administrators, educational consultants, and families. To best share his story he loves to meet with people one-on-one; however, all of the work he does is remote and as such he mostly works online in his home office.
Your Side Gig?
Air Tutors, an online tutoring company.
Tell us a little about your work.
I feel that we are curating a list of inspirational mentor-minded educators to help students and families succeed through an amazing educational experience.
What led you to work outside the classroom?
I had to move away from classroom work because I began pursuing a career in medicine; however, I wanted to continue to refine my teaching craft and began working with students one-on-one. A family that lived too far from me to travel suggested that I work with her learning-different student online. and right when we began working online her level of engagement and comprehension skyrocketed. And from her remarkable transformation, I knew I was onto something and hence we created our entire educational experience to help students of all learning levels.
What advice do you have for other teachers who want to do what you do?
Think hard and take a lot of action.
What's the biggest mistake you've made and what did you learn?
I was once lazy and I learned that hard work is the vehicle to my dreams.
If you could go back and give your 20-year old self some advice, what would it be?
You're on the right path.
If your FUTURE self in 20 years could look back at where you are today, what advice might the Future You offer the Current You?
You're on the right path.
When are you the happiest?
When parents and students are happiest.
Do you have a favorite quote or expression?
Looking for the light at the end of the tunnel means you are forgetting about the light already present.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do, be, or try?
I'd do the same thing.
What are the 2-3 most important work-related purchases you've made in the last year?
Tablet, laptop, and phone.
You're being shot at dawn; what's your last dinner request?
Anything gastromolecular from Chef Michael Voltaggio.
What's your next goal?
I'm only focused on the one I'm pursuing currently.
Anything else you'd like to share with other teachers who want to follow in your footsteps?
Yeah! Feel free to message me.
What's one additional question we should ask and how would you respond?
What motivates you? Doing something challenging for the benefit of all.
This teacher profile is part of SimpleK12's Extra Teacher Income series, where we interview educators about the things they're doing outside of the classroom, for both enjoyment and also a little bit of cash. To read more in this series go here, or to suggest your own story and a possible profile, go here.
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For a different extra teacher income story, check on what Heather Brandon (blogging and educational consulting) is up to.
Or, follow along with full-time college prof, Dustin York, and his many side gigs.