For each newsletter this year, we will interview a BSB Teacher so that parents and students can get to know interesting facts about our teachers. This month, we interviewed Ms. Salina Sankar, English Teacher, who has been teaching at BSB since 2013.
I moved from to Beijing in 2008 with my husband and children from New York where my husband worked for the South African mission at the United Nations. At that time, I was not working but finishing off my MBA while my husband worked at South African Embassy in Beijing. Previous to this I had worked for the South African Revenue and before that I had been a teacher in South Africa.
I joined BSB in January of 2013 and both my daughters also enrolled at the school at the same time. They have since graduated from BSB and are attending university at The University of Manchester and University of York in England. They return to Beijing during the holidays and have fond memories of the school and teachers who have taught them.
Currently I teach English from Year 8 to Year 13. I thoroughly enjoy teaching the literature part of the course as literature, history and politics are what I am passionate about. Literature allows for these other disciplines to be explored. The IB course is probably my favourite as I enjoy the challenge that it brings to these young adults who are trying to make sense of their world. They are forced to grapple with issues of gender, mass communication, and some of the bigger issues challenging the world. I often hear back from our alumni of how well the course has prepared them for university and this is very fulfilling.
I run the World Scholar’s Cup programme at BSB and have over the years had the pleasure of taking students to various rounds as well as the grand finale at Yale University. This is an academically challenging competition and students at BSB perform exceptionally well in this.
I have lived in the UK, New York and South Africa, all great places but China probably tops the list. One of the reasons for that is the fulfilment I get at seeing the progress students who come in with no English but who graduate with 6s and 7s or As and A* in their IGCSE and IB Diploma.
Please click here to see Salina’s profile on the website.
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