My name is Amelia Da Silva. I was born in Portugal, I grew up and studied in France and I have been in Switzerland for thirty years now.
I do not believe in coincidences but in destiny and that my primary teacher dictated my way. At the age of nineteen, I began teaching French as a foreign language (FLE) to share my passion with young high school students. When I arrived in Switzerland, I took a break to focus on my family life, while working as a housekeeper for a teacher couple who had four children. This position allowed me to be there for my two children, to accompany those of my employers and to stay in touch with the world of education.
When these six children had reached the age of flying on their own wings as well as guided, supported and encouraged by generous people of my entourage who knew and respected each other, I returned to "the school benches" to learn how to teach younger people. It is obviously out of conviction but also out of love, respect and gratitude for these people that I strive to apply the Positive Discipline. I am very attached to Collège Champittet Nyon because I have been working with them since their creation. What I like most about this school is the family-like atmosphere that fosters the connection with each student. There is a very good collaboration amongst all the adults who supervise them and our team spirit reassures them.
After half a century, I am still surprised by the students and as long as they take pleasure in coming to my class or having me in theirs (in the framework of Prevention Violence or Discipline Positive) I will continue to rise with happiness. What I wish for each of my pupils is to be able to choose one's path and have the freedom to assert one's choices.