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Staff Profile: Joseph Zetter

Joseph Zetter

Teacher of French/Spanish

I moved to Houston in November 2014 with my wife, a native Texan, and our cat Fozwhitt (named after an ex Texas Longhorns footballer). I have been lucky enough to work, live and travel throughout South America, Europe and Africa in the fields of Hospitality, Education and for an international pharmaceutical company. 

My passion for teaching languages originates from being a teaching assistant in Chile during my gap year at the age of 18. I feel that studying languages enables children to better understand and experience other cultures, to gain a deeper knowledge of their own culture, and to improve linguistic ability in their mother tongue. Instilling the value and importance of languages to children gives me great satisfaction and the enjoyment I gained from my role in Chile led me to become a Secondary French and Spanish teacher. Since December 2010 I have been working at an independent school with a large special needs department in Oxfordshire England.

I have run weekly language clubs and used Spanish to promote clubs for other departments. Since my first year as a teacher I initiated, organised and led several school language trips in England. I also established an extremely successful school exchange to Spain, which has become a highly anticipated annual event.

I took the decision to come to this school for several reasons. Mainly this was due to the positive atmosphere and willingness to learn I saw in classrooms which impressed me when I came to visit. On a more practical level, working here enables me to continue using the experience of the English National Curriculum which I have gained throughout my career.

I have been made to feel welcome here in my first week from both the teachers and pupils and I look forward to continuing my career in such a multicultural school.

As well as teaching, my hobbies include football (soccer) and cooking. I am a passionate Manchester United fan but have recently taken the decision to purchase a Houston Dynamo season ticket.

My main aspiration is to own a restaurant/catering business in my retirement. 

What the students say about me...

“I like French and Spanish because Mr Zetter tries to make our lessons interesting and fun. He also challenges us to do more than we have already done.”

“I really enjoyed Spanish because we didn’t just write in our books, we sang and played fun games.”

“Mr Zetter is really enthusiastic and is encouraging me to work harder on my languages. He always helps people when they are struggling. He gives us examples of what to do.”

“I enjoyed language lessons because we have the best Spanish and French teacher in the world.”

This school is different to all others I have worked at because…

From my first impressions, this school is a unique place to work due to the maturity of the pupils and their willingness to work. I will remember for a long time walking down a corridor and being amazed at the listening skills and communication skills shown by 4 Year 3s I chanced upon working independently outside the classroom.

The multicultural aspect of the school is also something to be cherished. 

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