I am greeted with big smiles, hugs, and kisses.
~ By Manny
Two weeks teaching in Escuela Primaria Julio Sauri, I am overwhelmed by all the love! The children of Julio Sauri are so, very loving. I am greeted with big smiles, hugs, and kisses. They give me flowers, candy, and cute little notes. I’ve never felt so welcomed to a school in the first weeks!
I’ve had teaching experience, but I did not know what to expect teaching in Mexico. The classes are small and the students are many. The energy of the classroom is high. The students look out for one another and they share everything. It’s all a beautiful mess!
Teaching ESL is new for me. However, teaching ESL is special for me. My first language was Spanish and I’ve lived in Dominican Republic. When I returned to the U.S. I had to take ESL. I like to remind the students that if you put in the effort and work they can speak two languages like me. I have absolute confident that they will be fluent in English. I remind them that they are lucky because they can practice their English on the island (because so many tourist speak English). I tell them to use it whenever they have the chance.
I can honestly say that I have so much love for the students and for this teaching position. I feel part of this community when I’m walking and I hear a student say “that’s my English teacher” it puts a big smile on my face. I’m excited to get to know my students and I’m excited to see what kind of teacher I will become after this experience.