Teacher of Spanish,
Residential House Parent
- MA in Educational Psychology and Pedagogy, University of Huelva, Spain and University of Bari, Italy
- BA in Early Childhood Education- University of Extremadura, Spain
What was I doing before coming to Armenia? Well, I was cultivating and trying to spread my love for different cultures, for different languages and for people from all walks of life.
How? By travelling, by volunteering for different causes, by reading and listening to privileged and unprivileged people’s life stories and by trying to learn from them.
Is that it? Well, I have also lived, studied and/or worked in countries such as Spain, Italy, Canada, Ireland, Australia and, since August 2019, in Armenia, where, while teaching, I keep enjoying one of the many privileges of being a teacher: that of becoming a life-long learner myself whilst sharing moments and passions with my students, colleagues, family and friends.
What is the favourite part of the course you teach?
Intercultural understanding happening in front of my eyes!
Witnessing how our students grow and mature and seeing their faces of surprise when, during group discussions, they learn and discover new aspects about their mother tongues and about their own cultures. It is just priceless!
They shape their own identities in front of us, they become familiar with others' beliefs, habits and cultures, they learn to respect them and from the moment in which they become aware of the existence, meaning and relevance of stereotypes and the endless ways of doing, thinking, speaking, behaving and basically, the endless ways of understanding the world that we human beings have, nothing is taken for granted ever again.
To me, this is magic at its best!
Which teaching method you prefer and why?
When students feel comfortable and safe to make many mistakes in front of others knowing that that is just learning taking place!
What advice would you give to a student of your subject?
Do not make the same mistake twice, make it like 3 or 5 times, just to be sure! And... don't compare yourself with anyone else, everyone learns in a different way and at a different pace.
Who is your role model or mentor or who inspires you?
I don't think I have ever taught a year in the same way, even if I have been teaching the same IB curriculum for several years. Every student and every class become a guide and a true inspiration for me. Their interests, their past experiences, their thirst for knowledge, their eagerness to do well, their questions, their ideas, their hopes and also their complaints and their struggles are the ones who inspire me every day.
What is your life motto?
Be grateful for what you have, not for what you are missing and don't compare yourself with anyone else: "Life is the most difficult exam and many people fail because they try to copy others, not realising that everyone has a different question paper."
What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
I can't imagine my life without safety, shelter and food or water. Having said that, I'm very grateful that I have access to all of them while I also have a caring and supportive "given family", good friends who are my "chosen family" and great health that allows me to keep enjoying and learning from every experience and from every person that I have had the privilege to meet during my life.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
During my holidays I love travelling and discovering new places, new sensations, new smells and new flavours while I learn about the countless ways that people from many different corners of the planet have for them to see and understand the world.
On the other hand, I enjoy spending quality time with my family and my friends, that can be at home, surrounded by nature or in a restaurant! I also love making time for myself through activities such as pilates, yoga, meditation, bushwalking, reading, photography, arts and crafts, DIY projects, cooking and other times, when possible, I also allow myself to simply do nothing or to get a Thai massage!