#HERITAGETEACHERS // Consuelo Johnson: “I knew that at Heritage I would have a wonderful international experience”
I took the challenge to come to Moldova when everybody thought it was a foolish idea. I came here for the first time on a study visit. I was impressed how Moldovans display proudly their culture and tradition; it was fascinating.
What attracted me the most at Heritage was the student engagement. I noticed little things that make learning fun and engaging.
As a teacher, my greatest achievement is seeing the success of my students. When I see that they join initiatives, take steps forward or prove to themselves that they can succeed in situations when they didn’t have enough confidence or knowledge, I am very proud of them.
Through my example, my students embrace challenges they never thought of before. I once had a student who was insecure to go study and work abroad, but after seeing my experience with exchange mobilities, my doubts and also my enthusiasm, it encouraged her to take the first step and she was later accepted.
One excellent strategy is learning the students. I hold true to the fact that you need to reach the child before you can actually teach him or her something.
When entering the class, I do my best to find out their likes or dislikes, how can we get on the same page, what makes their eyes sparkle. I often monitor their body language and evaluate what type of learners they are, after which I set the tone of the lessons. I also like to use games to challenge their logical thinking.
The role of the teacher is interesting and rewarding, but it can be challenging sometimes.
A day at Heritage. Teaching is never the same from one day to the next. Each day is a new, unique experience and that fascinates me.
My favourite thing at Heritage and one I won’t forget revolves around my relationship with students, how we get along and see positive changes.
If you ask me about global education, I think it’s a necessity for the modern world and that everybody can benefit from it. I believe that global education will become more prevalent in the school system, in the next years. I genuinely think global education will evolve into an entity that people embrace, providing them with social, cognitive and emotional skills to succeed in the future.