1. What is your background?
I was born and raised with my older brother in Spain, in a beautiful town next to the Mediterranean. My parents educated me with a strong sense of respect and empathy for others, kindness and love for nature and animals as well as effort and perseverance to achieve my goals. I can say I was very lucky to grow up with really strong family ties and that has always been by my side supporting me.
After finishing all my studies I traveled to Australia to learn English. Here I met my husband, Cristian (Spanish as well), and we decided to start our life together in Byron Bay where, after more than four years, feels like our second home.
2. What do you remember best about primary school?
I remember my friends, which I still have! I remember the love I felt for some of my teachers and how much I looked up to them. But I also remember how bad and embarrassed I felt when learning a second language (English for me), my fear of trying in front of others and failing, and how I couldn’t find any support from my English teacher!
3. What teaching qualifications do you have?
I got all my qualifications in Spain. I have a Technical degree in Early Childhood and Degree in Primary School Education. These qualifications allow me to teach in pre-school, kindergarten and primary school. I also specialised in diversity and special needs education.
4. Where else have you worked and how has it shaped your general outlook and your approach to teaching children today?
I have worked in summer camps and after school activities during my six years of teaching studies. Through these jobs I learnt how to understand and manage student behavior, how to make them have fun and how to guide them to learn and explore their environment by themselves.
I was also working for more than seven years in a hospital as assistant nurse. I was working in many different departments, including pediatrics. I’m really thankful of having been able to work for so long in this environment as it shaped me into a more empathetic and supportive person and made me realise, among many other things, how a smile and a nice attitude can help others in many different ways.
5. What are your main teaching and classroom philosophies?
As a Spanish teacher, my main philosophy is to learn while having fun, to learn from other cultures with respect and develop a sensitive understanding of what traveling and learning another language means. Learning Spanish from an early age is an opportunity to engage children to speak the second language more spoke in the world and discover lots of different countries, societies and cultures that speak this amazing language.
I want my students to feel comfortable speaking Spanish and not being afraid of trying and exploring new ways of communication. These are really important goals to achieve in my classes.
I always introduce myself to new students by telling them how hard was for me to learn English because of my poor confidence and how proud I felt when I finally could speak it.
6. Why do you enjoy teaching at BCPS?
Because it is such a special school! I believe that it is a very unique school where students, parents and staff feel very comfortable and involved on everything that goes on.
I love that the goal of the school is not only to reach the academic aspect, but also to develop the individual creativity and talents of each student.
7. What do you enjoy teaching the most?
I love to teach Spanish through projects, arts and games, lots of games! I love to make my students laugh and the way they look at me in awe when I explain new things.
8. What is your greatest achievement?
So far, my greatest achievement has been overcoming my fear to speak English and move to Australia on my own! I remember the first time I had to ask for a coffee in the airport when I arrived to Brisbane… it took me more than an hour to get myself together and do it!
9. What aspirations still lie ahead of you?
Many of them! I usually set myself short-term goals and as soon as I achieve one of them I’m already thinking about the next one!
If I think about a long-term aspiration, the first think that comes to mind would be to be happy, travel the world and create a family.
10. What occupies your time outside school hours?
I’m a nature lover! Everything that involves animals, camping and the ocean goes with me. Family and friends are also the strongest pillar of my life.
11. If you weren’t a primary teacher, how do you think you’d be spending your days?
Because of my background working at the hospital and my love for children I would probably be a pediatrician. Actually, there was a moment in my life where I had to decide which path to follow between these two options.