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Staff Profile: Jose Garcia

Jose Garcia

French First Language & MFL Teacher

I developed a passion for languages at a very early age, which was triggered by my desire to integrate in the French speaking environment I grew up in. Originally from Spain, settling in Belgium, then France a few years later, turned out to be a life-changing experience. Attending French lycées and absorbing the culture sparked a burning curiosity that inspired me to become a more devoted learner. I must say my route into learning and teaching languages was significantly shaped by the hands of very uniquely skilled teachers who paved the way for my thrilling life-long journey as a pedagogue. I remember them with humility and great affection and intend to have the same positive impact on my pupils.

After years of teaching students ranging from small children to adults, I have always gravitated towards environments and experiences that will forge me into a better educator. Today I am a focused, committed and passionate educator. I speak three languages fluently and have been teaching them for over a decade. I have taught in a wide variety of settings, from challenging comprehensive schools to high-achieving ​international schools in Spain, the Dominican Republic, England and now Thailand. Since I started teaching at St Andrews I have felt welcomed and grateful to be part of such an inclusive family of talented teachers, inspired pupils and supportive parents.

Since the very beginning of my career, I have fiercely advocated the idea that learning happens when pupils thoroughly enjoy and can see the purpose of what they do. When they do, they unleash their natural creativity and try so hard they exceed our own expectations of them and baffle everyone.

What drives me in teaching is the desire of helping others develop their unique potential to become autonomous, inquisitive and resilient individuals who will only offer their very best to the world. I am passionate about working with young people and help them build their character, develop their self-and other-awareness while cultivating a love for intercultural communication and collaboration.