Teachers bring out their unique way of guiding students on their educational journey and help with their growth and development.
Connector spoke to Jose Hernandez, the Head of Languages at Emirates International School Jumeirah, about his life as a teacher.
With over 10 years of teaching experience, out of which four have been in Dubai, Jose aims at encouraging and introducing his students to the world of languages.
Jose received his Master's Degree in teaching languages from Sevilla, Spain and has taught in multiple schools around the world.
Being multilingual in English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, Jose shares his passion for languages by inspiring his students through his teaching.
What inspired you to start teaching?
In high school, I started helping my classmates and my brother's classmates to prepare for their exams and that is when I realised that I wanted to become a teacher.
How did you decide to teach your current subject?
During my career, I studied for a year in Italy and another in Portugal. I taught Spanish as a volunteer at the University of Lecce and Algarve to foreign students during my stay. I loved it and I realised that teaching was meant to be my passion and profession.
Why do you love teaching?
I love sharing my language, culture, and customs and seeing how my students progress. I am also passionate about teaching the second most spoken language in the world.
Do you remember your favourite teacher from school?
My philosophy teacher was very inspiring and made an huge impact on my passion for teaching.
How do you make everyday classes more interesting?
Connecting in each class the Hispanic culture with my students and learning through games and role-plays.
What is a unique part of the school?
The wonderful relationship and connection between students, teachers and all members of the community.
What would you do if you were not a teacher?
I would have my own company running summer camps or a café/restaurant by the sea where my clients could rent surf boards and take surfing lessons.