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Colette Ioannou

Colette Ioannou | British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park

Spanish Specialist

I grew up in a small village on the western coast of Scotland. I love to travel and enjoy experiencing new cultures and languages. I moved to Chicago in 2009 and have since been married and had our child, Finlay, who will be in Year 3 during the 2021-22 academic year. The thing I most love about Chicago is its diverse neighborhoods and the strong feeling of community; we very much enjoy exploring each of these, particularly during the summer months at festivals.

Unique and global opportunities enhance every student's learning experience. I very much believe in this statement since I am proof of this. During my high school years, I did not enjoy learning languages (French and German). The learning environment was stale, and my teachers did not seem to tailor their lessons to young, innovative students. At the age of almost 18, I had the opportunity to spend a year volunteering as a teacher of English in a school in Honduras, Central America. Speaking no Spanish, this was, at first, a real challenge, but one that I would never trade. This experience inspired me and helped shape the languages teacher I am today. I feel that offering students exciting ways to learn is key to grasping their attention and in turn help develop their love for learning. I enjoy the experience of both perspectives of the school, being a staff member and parent.  


  • Universities Attended: University of Aberdeen, University of Strathclyde 
  • Degrees Earned: BSc (Hons) Health Science, PGCE Primary Education 
  • Certifications Earned: MLPS Primary Schools 
  • Professional Development Experiences: Taught at a Bilingual School in Honduras, Central America; Pedagogy in Primary Languages at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain