I started my teaching career as a Spanish Language and Literature teacher in Spain after having worked as a journalist for three years. Following my passion for teaching, I completed my Master's Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and in 2008 I pursued my career in England where I worked in several schools as an MFL teacher.
In 2015, I moved to St Andrews International School Bangkok and joined a wider community within the Nord Anglia Family. In 2017, I became Head of Spanish, coordinating the subject across both High School and Primary campuses. Since 2018, I have also been leading the Languages Department in Primary.
As a teacher who is passionate about her subject, I like to make my lessons meaningful and practical to all students. As we live in a globalised world which is continually changing, speaking languages has become crucial to finding a job. Nevertheless, learning languages is not only an academic matter, it's much more than just being able to reproduce and understand words. Learning a language increases mental focus as well as reading and writing abilities, but far more importantly, sharpens the critical thinking of students and broadens their perspective about society and the world around them.
Opening the mind to new cultures gives the opportunity to develop new ways of thinking, philosophies, histories and traditions. It is also a great way to develop great interpersonal skills. This is why, over the years, my teaching of languages has been centered around culture. And that is why I made my move to an international school and why I chose St Andrews International School Bangkok, which has a strong focus on languages.
I love teaching and I always try to better myself and to find innovative ways to teach. I have always brought practical activities to empower communication in the classroom and seeking the use of real resources is paramount in my lessons. In my schools in London I played an important role in introducing trips abroad.
At St Andrews I have developed an exchange programme pairing us with a Spanish school, which has given the students an opportunity to further expand their learning by participating in different activities involving letters, presentations and video exchanges. I also organize a Language Immersion Summer Camp in Spanish for High School students.
St Andrews International School Bangkok is an outstanding, successful and increasingly popular international school. However, it is the school's ethos that makes it a unique place to work. I believe that one of the most valuable qualities that a school should have is the desire to be as inclusive as possible. In St Andrews, inclusion not only promotes quality but also and more importantly, an equal education for every child.
There is a stimulating atmosphere which promotes a curiosity to learn, critical thinking and, in general, to be the best that everyone can be. St Andrews not only offers a supportive environment for students but also for staff. Teachers have many opportunities for development and are well cared for, maintaining a low turnover. Certainly, when you walk into St Andrews for the first time, you soon get involved in this aura of community, sense of achievement and happiness. St Andrews is such a great place to work and learn! That is why everybody is really proud of their school.