Today we want to introduce you to two of the teachers who have been at Gresol International-American School the longest, Ms. Rosa Argemí and Ms. Maribel Arranz. The first is a nursery and primary school teacher and has been teaching at Gresol for 36 years. Ms. Maribel, on the other hand, is a teacher and speech therapist and has been in the world of education for 34 years, of which 33 in Gresol. Two magnificent and experienced professionals offer us an enriching perspective and form an essential part of our excellent teaching team.
Why did you want to dedicate yourselves to teaching?
RA: Because I have always liked children. And I find it fascinating to observe the global evolution of a child, not only of learning but also of personal maturation.
MA: Vocation is the starting point. It was clear to me that I wanted to dedicate myself to something that would make me happy. Working with children is very grateful, but also demanding, in which routine has no place. And that motivated me.
How has the teaching changed from your point of view?
RA: Now, many aspects of learning are taken into account in each student, personalizing much more the needs of each one, facilitating the process, so they can evolve and acquire the skills and abilities they need.
MA: A class today differs in many ways from decades ago, but it has not undergone as radical a change as other professions. We are in a globalized and technological world, and we cannot be left behind. Social, technological, and political changes have a full impact on education, and new methodologies and resources are put in place to face the present and the future. A teacher teaches but never stops learning.
What do you think is the most important thing when working with Elementary boys and girls?
RA and MA: Work habits, as well as an open attitude to learning. The boys and girls of today are the society of tomorrow. As teachers, we must make them grow in values of equality, justice, and solidarity. That is an exciting challenge and responsibility. Take their interests into account, respect them, and help them communicate effectively, fostering their curiosity and critical thinking. Encourage strategies so that they know how to work cooperatively, respecting others.
What would you highlight about the education given at Gresol?
RA: I believe that education should be given at all times in school. The teachers know all the students, from Early to finishing the Elementary stage. That makes it easier for us to meet students even when you are not teaching them any subject. I also value that we have good communication with families.
MA: A stimulating and motivating environment where students grow, learn, and develop their different abilities living in the present and with a vision of the future at the same time. That is an important part, but there is more like the social commitment beyond the transmission of knowledge. We can also count the accompaniment in growth, in the formation of personality, in the ability to make decisions.
RA and MA: An American international curriculum with English as the first language and an outstanding musical and sports project.