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Nerea Lyons

Nerea Lyons

Spanish Specialist

British International School of Chicago is an amazing and unique school environment to work in. As a language teacher, I love that we have such a varied and diverse student and parent body, with a variety of languages and cultures represented. I appreciate how motivated the students at BISC are to learn other languages and about other cultures, and how enthusiastic and supportive the parents are about this, too.

I am a bilingual English and Spanish speaker and loved studying languages at school. As a result, I decided to study Spanish along with history at University of Nottingham, and as part of my degree I also opted to learn a new language, Portuguese. My degree included a semester at the University of Granada in Spain and a semester in Portugal, where I worked as a language assistant in a Secondary school, giving me my first real experience of teaching.

After completing my degree, I worked as a translator and then took some time out to travel around China and Vietnam. I soon realized that my passion lay in teaching and I began my Secondary postgraduate certificate of education (PGCE) in modern languages. After completing my PGCE, I worked at a Secondary school in Bedfordshire, where I successfully introduced Spanish as a new language to the curriculum. I believe that language learning is an integral part of a child’s education and provides them with essential communication skills and a deeper appreciation for other cultures.

In August 2012 I joined BISC as a Spanish teacher for Years 2-11, and I now teach Spanish in the Middle and High Schools. As a teacher of the Ab Initio International Baccalaurate Spanish course and the College Prep courses, I thoroughly enjoy introducing students to a new language and culture, and developing their interest and motivation for language learning.

Although I was born and raised in Bedfordshire, England, my mother is Spanish, and I was lucky enough to spend time in southern Spain throughout my childhood. In my free time, I enjoy reading and the arts, in particular music, and I have made the most of all of the cultural opportunities available in Chicago. I play both the violin and the tenor saxophone and I have played in the band for the school production of Bugsy Malone and taken part in the Key Stage 2 house music competitions as a judge. I also love to travel and have been working my way around the US since arriving in Chicago.

What Students Say

"Ms. Lyons works very hard trying to get everyone to reach the highest level they can achieve."

"Ms. Lyons is very organized and teaches class in a way that allows for students to have fun with the curriculum. Her lessons are always engaging and enjoyable."

"She never teaches at us, she always engages us."

"Ms. Lyons takes lessons very seriously and is fully involved in them as well, yet she also knows how to make the lessons fun and enjoyable for the students."