This week is time to get to know a little more in-depth Mr. Xavier Soler, our G11 Homeroom IB teacher, and IT coordinator. Graduated in industrial engineering, Mr. Xavier is one of the teachers who spent the most time at Gresol, as he was a student before he was a teacher. His 12 years of experience in the teaching field have been here, so he has grown professionally with the school. Few know the institution like Xavier Soler, a professional committed to the school and its students.
Why did you want to be a teacher?
I came to the world of teaching a bit by chance. In college days, like many, he had already worked in academies, but nothing serious. In 2008, as a result of the crisis, I had to reinvent myself. In those days, the opportunity arose to replace the science teacher, thanks to my relationship with Gresol. I liked it so much that I am still here, trying to help my students grow and mature so that they can achieve their dreams.
As an IB coordinator, why would you recommend studying the International Baccalaureate?
Absolutely yes. I would recommend it because it is a type of baccalaureate that is more reasoning and less memorizing, in which being able to think and reason prevails. I am sure that most of my students will work in positions that do not yet exist. There, it is not so important what you know, but the challenges and situations in which you are able to overcome yourself.
The Baccalaureate is a critical time in the students’ progress for different reasons and because it is when they begin to think about what to do in the future. How do you help or guide them at this time?
In the end, having to choose, and more when you are doubting, generates stressful situations. We try to help them find smaller goals through which they can decide where to guide their studies, but being very clear that if you make a mistake and have to take a step back to orient your goals again, nothing wrong happens. Not all of us have a perfectly defined vocation between the ages of 16 and 18.
What would you highlight about the education given at Gresol?
It is a very close education/training focused on the development of the student. Being a one-line school allows us to personalize a lot in teacher-student relationships.