When I was asked by the headteacher of my previous school, where I could see myself in five years’ time, my response was ‘Living and working in Spain, playing my guitar in the sun.’ Well, it happened. My wife and I have been living here and working at El Limonar, in the Primary Department, for seven years. As in every school, each day brings along its own problems to solve and pleasures to enjoy. After seven years, I continue to be in awe of our students who are able to switch from language to language, when the need arises. For a school with an age range of 3 to 18, El Limonar International School Villamartín has a smaller, familiar feel to it and that’s one of the main reasons why I hope to be here for many years to come.
Early Years Coordinator
After twenty four years of teaching in the UK, I felt that I needed a new challenge and a change of lifestyle for myself and my family. It was always a dream of mine to live and work in Spain, so I was overjoyed to be offered the post of Reception Teacher and later promoted to Early Years Coordinator where I could share my experience with the Early Years Team.An area of education that has always interested me is ‘Communication and Language’, so when meeting my Reception class for the first time, I knew this would be a challenge to embrace. It was wonderful to hear the different languages spoken and meet with the enthusiastic and lively characters, but I soon realised that I had a double challenge ahead of me. It wasn’t just about delivering a fun and exciting Early Years Curriculum, but for the children to learn, understand and be confident in speaking English. I soon found myself clutching for my guitar and singing action songs which happened to be a great success in the children’s eyes!
We are very lucky at El Limonar to have a wonderful outside environment for the children to explore their outdoor learning, so with the help of my team we are expanding on more exciting ideas of developing this area further.