Introducing our 2016-2017 Guest Teachers & Interns
We would like to introduce this year’s guest teachers and interns to our school community. We are very happy to be able to host a total of four teachers and interns this school year. They provide invaluable cultural and linguistic support to our immersion programs at all grade levels. You can learn a little bit more about them below. Please be sure to say hello when you see them at school!
From Spain, we have our intern Oscar Blanco Larrosa, who just earned his Master’s Degree in June 2016. Oscar has a strong background in sports and he has experience with students ages 10-17. Here are a few words from Oscar:
“Hi everyone! My name is Oscar and I come from Barcelona, Spain. I finished my studies in Science & Sports, and I also did a Master in Teaching. After five years at University of Barcelona, I can say that I am a Physical Education Teacher. I will be working with the Spanish teachers this year to help all of them to give our best to the students. I am looking forward to learning and teaching a lot at BIA. It is going to be a wonderful year!”
From China, we have two volunteer teachers through the Hanban/Confucius Institute, Jingmei (“Jenny”) Yang, and Ying Zhang.
Jenny comes from Guangxi Province and has a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering. She is certified to teach Chinese by the government of China. She has also worked as a Volunteer Chinese Teacher in Thailand for three years.
From Jenny: “I am so glad to work at BIA. It is my pleasure to be here. BIA is a big family, my colleagues are very enthusiastic and helpful, and the students are very lovely. I enjoy teaching Chinese language and culture to students. I hope I can help my students to make progress in Chinese. My wish for the school year is to have a great time working, studying and sharing our cultures.”
Ying comes from Zhengzhou in the Henan Province of China. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English as well as a Master’s Degree. She has worked as an English teacher in China for nine years.
Per Ying: “I’m very glad to be here! I love teaching very much, it makes me very happy and always full of energy. In my spare time, I like cooking Chinese traditional food and learning Chinese traditional arts, such as making Chinese knots and embroidering cross-stitch. I think Chinese language and culture are very interesting, and I hope to share them with more people. I am very glad to be a member of BIA- the people here are all very friendly and helpful and the students are all very lovely. I hope we can be good friends and lead a happy life here.
Our intern for French Immersion is Sophie Dobosz. Below is an introduction from Sophie herself:
“Hello! My name is Sophie, I'm originally from Lorraine, in the North East of France, but I've completed my first year of Master of French teaching at Tours, one hour away from Paris. I also have a background in English literature and civilization and I've spent the last three years teaching languages as a part time job. I'm very excited to be part of the team and can't wait to get started. I'm sure it's going to be a fun and enriching year, both for myself and the students. I will make sure that kids develop a sense of affinity and curiosity for the French culture and language and I'm very happy to promote the values of the school such as diversity, curiosity and open-mindedness. Discovering the different communities of Baltimore is one of the things I look forward to the most.”